What’s a konjac sponge?
Konjac, which is also referred to as glucomannan, may be best known for thickening and adding texture to foods, as well as its role in weight loss products. But this root is also used to make facial sponges that are gentle enough for daily use.
“A konjac facial sponge is a way to physically exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells for glowing, more radiant skin,” said Dr. Rita Linkner of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City.
While research on its effectiveness for skincare is limited, a 2013 study found that konjac could be used as a topical therapeutic product for acne to help improve skin health.
What is the Konjac made from?
If you’re wondering why so many people are using a facial sponge made from a root plant, we turned to the experts to get their take on this natural beauty product.
According to Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, founder of Mudgil Dermatology in New York City, konjac facial sponges are best known for cleansing and gently exfoliating.
Because the plant is extremely gentle, using a sponge with konjac is often recommended for unclogging pores, especially with oily and acne-prone skin. In addition to cleansing and exfoliating, Mudgil says a konjac facial sponge is also great for removing makeup.
Since konjac facial sponges allow you to gently exfoliate your skin without excess irritation, they’re generally considered safe for most skin types. However, Linkner does suggest avoiding them if you have very sensitive skin.
Are there different types of konjac sponges?
All sponges advertised as konjac facial sponges contain konjac. What makes them different is their color and added ingredients.
For example, a green konjac sponge typically has green tea, pink has pink clay, and gray or black has charcoal ingredients added to it.
When it comes to choosing the best sponge to use, the first thing to consider is your skin type.
- The basic konjac sponge, with no added ingredients, maybe the best option if you want something gentle and nonabrasive.
- A konjac sponge with charcoal is good for acne. “For oily skin types, I like ingredients such as charcoal to detoxify and control excess sebum, especially since charcoal has antibacterial properties to help with acne,” said Linkner.
- If you want more youthful-looking skin, a konjac sponge with pink clay may be the best choice.
- For extra hydration and more radiant skin, a konjac facial sponge with red clay oil may be worth a try. Red clay may help increase blood flow to the skin.
Can you use it every day?
Depending on how often you use it, it’s best to replace your konjac sponge about every 4 weeks.
If you use it more often, consider replacing it after 3 weeks, and if you only use it a few times a week, you may be able to stretch it to 5 weeks.