Why People With Acne & Sensitive Skin Should Stop Using Towels

Acne and sensitive skin sufferers know that they have to be extremely careful about the products they choose to bring into their homes and use on their skin. One irritating product can set back your clear skin regimen for days, weeks, or even months. Some people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on facials, treatments, and doctor visits to try and find the cure to their skin issues. Marketing campaigns constantly bombard us with “new and improved” products and by the time we reach the supermarket or pharmacy’s personal care aisle, decision fatigue becomes a real problem. One item that’s probably never been given a second thought is something that’s already in your home. They’re used every day to dry objects, surfaces, and even our bodies. We’re talking of course about towels.

They say every person is like their own mini world and no two people will ever have the same skin issues. While one person could have dry, itchy skin, another could have an overproduction of sebum clogging their pores and causing blemishes, while still another person might have allergic reactions to chemicals in products. Whatever your personal issue is, the root cause of it could be aggravated by that seemingly innocent item hanging in your bathroom. Most people probably don’t give the towels in their home a second thought until laundry day comes around, but if you suffer from acne and sensitive skin it’s time to throw in the towel, literally.  

Here’s why people with sensitive skin and acne should have stopped using towels…like, yesterday.

Towels are filthy

I know, I know you’re probably thinking, “Maybe yours are but I wash my towels!” That’s all fine and good, but unless your towels are washed and sanitized every couple days on high heat, thoroughly dried, and properly spread out to dry after each use, the likelihood that they are breeding bacteria is very high. Did you ever notice a musty smell in your bathroom or on your washcloths or towels? That’s bacteria growth! Towels absorb moisture and retain it for long periods of time which is the perfect environment for bacteria to not just survive but thrive. When we wash our faces, we scrub away oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and other daily impurities, but if you reach for a dirty towel to dry your face, you could be putting dirt and bacteria back on your face. Why would you want to wipe away your clean skin with a dirty towel? Using a new, clean and 100% Natural Cotton Dry Wipe from Kubwipes gives you peace of mind knowing your skin is staying clean and clear. Our wipes are dry, antibacterial, and antifungal so you know you’re getting a perfectly clean “towel” each time you grab one. Just pull a wipe out of the convenient, recyclable packaging and fall in love with the superior absorbency and ultra-soft, pure cotton.  

Towels are not pure

Your towels are far from pure which means you’re introducing a whole host of things to your face and skin. We already talked about the icky bacteria that are most likely living (yes, living!) on your towels, but did you ever think about the other toxins? I’m talking about chemicals. So let’s say your towels were freshly laundered on high heat. What chemicals did you throw on them to get them clean? Detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, and bleach are full of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our health and irritating on our skin. While most of the product rinses out in the washer, there is still some chemical residue left on towels and clothes even after washing them. How do you think they get that clean smell? That’s chemical residue! People with sensitive skin know they have to be extra careful with what detergents they use and what fabrics touch their skin so they don’t have skin flare-ups or allergic reactions. KubWipes 100% Natural Cotton Dry Wipes are pure. Our wipes are chemical-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, soap-free, lotion-free, petrolatum-free, phthalate-free, alcohol-free, vegan, and cruelty-free…you get the idea. They’re free from all the gunk so your skin can stay clear and happy.

Towels are rough

You heard it here first. Towels are rough on your skin. Now, this issue is partly due to the fact that people often don’t use them correctly and partly due to how they’re made. Let’s start with how we use towels to dry ourselves, are you a patter or a wiper? If you answered the latter, stop wiping! (Says the wipes brand) (Haha) But seriously, you can use towels to wipe dry objects and surfaces but stop wiping your face. Most towels are made with terry cloth which is a method of making fabric with thousands of tiny loops which allows for better absorbency but also creates a rough texture that we drag across our skin which is especially bad for sensitive, broken, or blemished skin. Use the pat dry method with a soft and fresh KubWipe 100% Natural Cotton Dry Wipe and your skin will feel the difference with less redness and irritation.

Besides rough wiping, have you ever wondered why towels feel so soft in the store and then rough when you bring them home? Consumer Reports experts shared some insight on the topic by explaining that most manufacturers actually coat towels in a fabric softening finish to appear softer before you buy them, but that coating wears off after a wash or two. 😯 We know, we feel duped too. Besides the chemical coating, although many towels are made with 100% cotton, many more are made with other materials like microfiber and polyester. Polyester is a synthetic fabric (not natural) derived from petroleum and it is not good for delicate skin. Our skin is a living organism and it craves natural substances, so do yourself a favor and keep it 100% natural. KubWipes 100% Natural Cotton Dry Wipes are made with pure, plant-based, double-layered cotton for exquisite softness on even the most delicate and sensitive skin.

Towels are work 

We’ve already established that in order to avoid bacteria growth and cross-contamination of towels, we need to use a lot of towels in our daily lives. You need separate towels for your face, body, hair, hands, and of course to clean in the kitchen or around the house. If we have to use more towels and wash them more often in order to keep them truly clean, then that’s a lot of work! Even when we try to keep up with the laundry, some towels can be forgotten. (Like, that stinky towel you left in your gym bag for a week.) Oops! Doing laundry is one of those loathsome household chores that always seem to be put off until it can no longer be avoided and it’s not very environmentally friendly when you stop to think about it. All the water, electricity, and chemicals (that come in plastic bottles) used to get towels clean have an impact on our environment. Using a fresh, antibacterial, antifungal and eco-friendly KubWipe is a convenient and perfect way to stay clean without all the work. Cut down on your towel load by using a fresh wipe for your face each day. Our wipes can be taken anywhere and tossed when you’re finished. 100% natural cotton is plant-based and biodegradable when disposed of correctly, making it a perfect and convenient alternative to dirty facial and gym towels. KubWipes are soft on skin, and the environment. 

Tissues are flimsy

Throughout this whole post, you may have been one of the few people to smugly think, “I already nixed the towel. I use tissues, cotton disks, or paper towels.” If that’s the case, we’re happy for you for being ahead of the curve, but your routine can still improve. Paper towels are made of paper, obviously, and are therefore rough on skin and definitely not recommended for use on delicate or broken skin. Tissues are extremely flimsy and break or tear with vigorous use and cotton disks are so tiny you need several to get anything done! The best cleansing and drying towel for sensitive skin and acne is a KubWipes 100% Natural Cotton Dry Wipe. Our wipes are a perfect size, texture, and natural composition to apply your favorite products, gently scrub your face with a silky texture, and pat dry for supreme clean.

If you suffer from acne, blemishes, or sensitive skin, throw in the towel and try KubWipes 100% Natural Cotton Dry Wipes. Kubwipes come in convenient and eco-friendly packaging with each box consisting of 60 wipes to use one in your morning and one in your evening routine. Try out a wipes subscription and KubWipes will be delivered directly to your door on the schedule that fits best for you. Give them a try and feel the difference on your skin.