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Keep Products with These Ingredients Away From Your Towels


As a Phoenix dermatologist I’ve learned that unless you use strictly white towels, you may have noticed that some of your towels have spots on them. Where did they come from? If you haven’t accidentally dumped a cap full of bleach in with your colors, there’s one simple answer: you’re using skin care products that bleach towels. There are a few ingredients that will leave your towels looking like a dalmatian or a holstein cow. 

Benzoyl Peroxide

This is a big culprit when it comes to ruined towels. You might as well have sprayed bleach on your towels because benzoyl peroxide is not only found in acne treatment products, but also in hair dyes. It stands to reason that if it can bleach your hair, it can bleach your towels. Benzoyl peroxide is an amazing ingredient, opening up pores and fighting breakouts, but keep it far away from your towels. Rinse your face and hands extremely well or make sure you use towels you don’t mind being ruined.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Similar to benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide is also found in bleaching hair dyes. Keep anything with hydrogen peroxide on the ingredients list far, far away from your best linens. 


This ingredient can be found in skin brighteners and other products designed to lessen the appearance of age spots and freckles. Substitutions for hydroquinone can be made to ensure your towels remain beautiful. Licorice extract and certain facial products including stabilized forms of vitamin C can replace your hydroquinone product.

Whether you’re fighting adult acne with benzoyl peroxide products or using hydrogen peroxide to clean a cut, it’s best to keep those products far from your best colored towels.

Related: Treat Adult Acne at Home 

If you have any questions on treating skin conditions or the Image Skincare line, please call 602-944-4626 to schedule an appointment at our Phoenix dermatology office.