Microfiber towels are being touted as a life-saving towel, but a study suggests they might not be so harmless after all.
According to a new study, microfiber has been shown to have harmful side effects including:It’s not clear what causes microfibers to be more harmful than regular towels.
But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that washing your hands in a microfuge towel, which is often used for bathing and other activities, might be dangerous.
“The microfusion material has a very high boiling point and it contains a high concentration of oxygen and carbon dioxide,” Dr. John A. Smith, a researcher at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, said in a statement.
“It’s a highly reactive material, which means that it can react with many types of chemical agents, which can cause burns, as well as irritations of the skin.”
Smith’s research was funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Microfiber towel makers, such as the popular Hush Puppy and the brand Nivea, say that microfugs are safe to use.
They argue that they are less toxic than regular ones because they do not contain chlorine.
But the American Academy of Dermatology, a group that includes dermatologists, warns that the chemical composition of microfuges can also be harmful, according to a report published last year in the journal JAMA Dermatol.
“I would advise people not to wash their hands with microfudges because they may cause skin irritation, irritation, and damage to your skin,” Smith said in the statement.