Using a washcloth to exfoliate your skin is commonplace for many men. After all, it’s cheap, it’s convenient and it no doubt feels like it’s working.

But the truth is that exfoliating with a washcloth simply isn’t getting the job done for most men. It’s not an effective way to slough off dead skin cells—in fact, it could be causing you to break out.

Here is what every guy should know about exfoliating with a washcloth:

  • Using a washcloth to exfoliate can be irritating to the skin and cause damage.
  • Washcloths are often not very clean and harbor bacteria that cause breakouts.
  • There are more effective ways for men to exfoliate. Using a men’s face scrub twice a week will keep your face smooth and blemish-free.

    If you’re still not convinced that you should ditch the washcloth for good, here are four good reasons to say goodbye to this bad habit:

    Friction and Irritation

    Washcloths may seem gentle at first, but a generic washcloth can be quite drying/damaging to the skin. This is especially true if you’re using an improper technique and being too rough with your washcloth.

    While a man’s skin might be thicker than a woman’s skin, it can’t withstand an abrasive scrubbing. Washcloths can dry out the skin by destroying the healthy skin cells on the surface, resulting in acne breakouts, redness and potential scarring.


    Bacteria and Possibly Mold

    One of the biggest reasons why most men shouldn’t use a washcloth is the simple fact that most of them won’t use a clean washcloth each time. Gentlemen, consider how much bacteria your wet washcloth holds after just one use.

    First, your washcloth has been used to wipe away the bacteria on your face once before. The bacteria are still on your washcloth and washing your face a second time with it is only spreading these bacteria back to your face.

    Secondly, you probably leave your washcloth in your bathroom after you’re finished exfoliating. Leaving an already-damp washcloth in a damp, hot environment such as your bathroom is just asking for bacteria and mold to grow on it. Your washcloth is probably within a foot of your toilet, which distributes micro-organisms into the air after each flush.

    Laundry Detergents

    Maybe you’re good about washing your washcloths regularly and keeping them clean. But are you using regular laundry detergent to wash them? If so, you could be irritating your skin.

    Laundry detergents are notorious for containing ingredients which cause skin irritation. The most common skin irritants in laundry detergents are dyes and fragrances, but there are many other harmful ingredients which could be wreaking havoc on your skin.

    Admittedly, this problem is an easy one to fix. There are now laundry detergents that are formulated specifically for those with sensitive skin.

    However, laundry detergent still isn’t made for contact with the sensitive skin on your face. Would you rather stick to laundry detergent or a face scrub designed to provide the best exfoliation for your face?

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    There Are Better Options!

    Gentlemen, we live in a time where there are more skin care options available to men. While this also makes things confusing at times, it also means that we have better exfoliation products that don’t require a bacteria-ridden washcloth.

    The most effective and fuss-free way to scrub your face is using a face scrub that is formulated specifically for your skin. Tiege Hanley’s Facial Exfoliating Scrub is made for men and contains no harsh chemicals or girly scents—just powerful ingredients that slough away dead skin cells and reveal smooth, supple skin.

    Plus, it’s packed with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Cucumber Extract and a host of other potent ingredients that are designed to gently exfoliate and soothe the skin. Can your washcloth provide anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties to your skin? We didn’t think so.

    Final Thoughts

    If you’re still using a washcloth to exfoliate your face, we’d like to pose a different solution. With Tiege Hanley’s Facial Exfoliating Scrub for men, you don’t need to worry about keeping your washcloth clean or fussing with a wet rag after you’re finished.

    Instead, you get a simple, yet powerful exfoliating scrub that is packed with skin benefits and formulated for a man’s skin. Plus, we deliver it straight to your door each month. Just choose your skin care level (they all include our exfoliating scrub) and we’ll send it to you with zero fuss—just clear, amazing-looking skin made simple.