A new study finds that the bathroom tiles that come with most modern bathrooms can also be a good choice for those who want a cleaner, more natural look.
A study published by the Association of American Building Officials found that Americans who use a tile with a “naturally flowing” look were less likely to have issues with dry skin and skin allergies.
The tiles with “soft” or “slim” finishes also had the highest percentage of those who said they used them for “a pleasant and relaxing environment.”
The study found that women who chose tile designs with a softer finish were more likely to use the tile in the bathroom.
While there’s no definitive answer for why a tile’s texture can have a different effect on skin allergies, the findings are consistent with previous research, which suggests that tiles with natural materials can help with skin sensitivity.
The findings also suggest that those with sensitive skin may want to consider the choice of a tile if they’re trying to avoid a dry skin reaction.
“Our study shows that the more natural the tile, the less likely you are to have a dry or allergic skin reaction,” said Dr. Stephanie L. Ritchie, an allergist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ritchie has been working with designers and tile makers to develop ways to make the most natural bathroom tiles available to consumers.
“They’re all based on a certain design philosophy.
I would say that’s why it’s so important that we have a wide range of options available,” she said.
She said that while some of the most common skin irritants in the U.S. are common allergens, “some of the more unusual ones are more common.”
The study found the most frequent skin irritations were eczema, psoriasis, and eczematous psoriasis, as well as hives, skin rashes, and rashes.
“This is not to say that there aren’t some natural materials that we can use,” said Ritchie.
“But the main issue is how to make them as natural as possible, without compromising quality.”
As the study noted, the tiles used in many modern bathrooms have a tendency to stick together, making them easier to break.
To minimize the problem, designers often use removable and replaceable tiles.
A tile with removable and replacementable tiles will last longer, the study found, while still maintaining the natural feel.
But even if the tiles don’t stick, they may have an impact on skin sensitivity, said Raney.
“It can be the case that these materials may be more sensitive to the elements than others,” she explained.
Raney said that a “natural” bathroom tile is one that has “no artificial color, no textures, and no grain, but is made with natural elements and is free of chemicals.”
She added that it’s important to keep in mind that the results of the study were based on self-selected samples.
To find out which tiles you like best, visit the ASBO website.
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