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Can using a towel damage my skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Using a towel in a rubbing motion can dry out skin by scrubbing away the protective outer layer of dead skin cells. It's much better for you to use a soft towel to gently pat yourself dry or you can allow your skin to air dry.


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