Facial products are made to ensure they don’t clog pores, and they’re also formulated with ingredients that aren’t as harsh on the skin. Just like you wouldn’t dare using a body exfoliation product on your face, your bath sheet should never be used for drying your face after your nightly (or daily) face cleansing routine.
If you use your regular towel, which probably already contains some oil and bacteria from your body (or heaven forbid someone else’s), you’re just introducing more bacteria into pores that have been opened when you washed your face. And that kind of defeats the whole purpose.
“Wet, used towels can carry bacteria and fungus, transmitting them to the skin can cause breakouts and rashes,” adds Robert Anolik, MD, a New York-based dermatologist.