Discovering the Konjac Sponge
I happened to come across a quaint skincare beauty shop in a small outlet mall that had an assortment of unique goodies, one these being konjac sponges. Walking down the aisle, I came across a package and the label read the words “Konjac Sponge”. Knowing absolutely nothing about what exactly I was holding, I inquisitively beckoned for an associate to “sell me” on the idea of this strange item. The saleswoman made her pitch and told me it was an exotic vegetable and recommended the sponge as a purposeful method for cleaning my face. She went on to state how well the konjac sponge worked on her face and honestly I could not disagree, judging by her flawless skin. I picked up a pack destined to see the same remarkable results it provided for the saleswoman, that it would for me.
What exactly is a konjac sponge?
The packaging makes bold claims how the product will improve skin and gently exfoliate to create a natural glow after use. The konjac sponge is naturally recommended for atopic skin conditions. For women, the sponge will also help to remove makeup. The sponges comes in both a wet and dry version for you to choose from. The main differences are the dry ones can be stored for a couple years before use, compared to the wet ones, which are prone to accumulating mildew from being wet and sitting for long lengths.
To delve further regarding the konjac sponge, it’s a porous vegetable commonly found in Korea. At first glance it looks eerily similar to that of a mushroom. The unique idea behind this process is to turn the root vegetable into a sponge. The sponge has a remarkably soft almost gelatinous feel to it, unlike anything I have felt before. Washcloths and towels can be abrasive to the skin, so using the sponge is far superior. The sponge has been tested to offer an improved way to clean deep into pores, while eliminating any residual debris. Additionally, oil and makeup will easily clean off the face with regular use of the konjac sponge.
How to Use a Konjac Sponge for Seborrheic Dermatitis?
I am using the konjac sponge specifically to combat my oily skin, as it works effectively at controlling my sebum output. It’s interesting to note the sponge is naturally alkaline, which helps keep the skin at a neutral PH balance. The positive result of the sponge is that it leaves my skin soft and feels smooth to the touch. For the sensitive skin types, the sponge is soft enough to use on all variety of skin types, including children. Because the sponge is so soft, you do not need to be heavy handed with it to achieve optimal results. It’s also a good idea to replace the sponge every couple months after it wears. The sponge provides a full rich lather with only a drop of cleanser/shampoo. To prevent an accumulation of bacteria, you should air dry it after use. Finally, make sure to rinse the sponge thoroughly with water. Once dry, it will be ready for the next time you want to use it in the shower.
The konjac sponge works by cleansing the skin while providing a manual exfoliating benefit. I find it a struggle to find a great manual exfoliation product at times. I am always on the hunt for one that does not cause irritation, yet provides enough exfoliation to actually exfoliate my flakes away. For those of you who prefer going the manual exfoliation route over chemical, the konjac sponge might be your answer. Excessive exfoliation is something you want to try and avoid, but doing so once or twice a week is optimal. Rubbing the sponge on the face in circular motions will stimulate the skin thus encouraging skin renewal. For those of you dealing with flaky skin, it’s something that will help in your battle with seborrheic dermatitis. Knowing the difficulties of living with this condition it’s always nice to have as many tools possible to manage this awful condition.