Here’s a question for you, how often do you change your pillowcase? Did you know that you should be changing/washing it at least once a week….Why you ask? Have a good look at your pillow. While your pillow is your ticket to ‘Dreamy Dreamland’ it can also cause damage to your skin.
Ok, so you’re probably wondering: dirty? Why would my pillowcase be dirty? It’s only me that sleeps on it and I’m clean. Well, if you’re not in the habit of changing your pillowcases once or twice a week, chances are they might be dirtier than you realise.Those pillowcases can soak up a lot of dirt and oil from your skin (especially when you sweat during the night or if you don’t wash your face before bed) and can quickly become a hotbed of bacteria and dead skin cells (ew!) which can then lead to clogged pores and breakouts on your face, back and shoulders – especially if you aren’t changing them on a regular basis.
Cotton, silk or satin, it probably doesn’t matter what material your pillowcase is made of, but rather what’s lurking on it. If you have any thick products on your hair when you sleep, the oils from your hair sit on the surface of your pillowcase and that can transfer to your face. But if you’re prone to breakouts, whether it’s because of hormones, genetics or stress, here is what you can do to prevent unnecessary blemishes….
Wash your face every night. Seems obvious, but this will help to prevent dirt, grime or makeup from getting onto your bedding. Use a gentle cleanser, followed by soothing face mask or anti-aging cream, a thick layer of night moisturiser to your face and neck, then apply your eye cream last.
Sleep on pillowcases made out of natural fabrics. These materials themselves breathe better and transfer less oil. Also, if you are using acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide or retinol, these products can deposit onto the pillowcase. So make sure your fabrics are white because the topical treatments will bleach them and interact with the fabric.
Launder your pillowcases every two to three days. This ensures you’re not lying on a pillowcase with several days’ worth of oil soaked into it or pooled on the surface. Also, think twice about using liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets as they leave behind a waxy residue that is highly pore clogging. Avoid using fabric softener on your pillowcases. Fragrance-free fabric softeners aren’t any better — in this case, it’s the softening agents that are a problem for acne-prone skin.
Not everyone is going to break out from a pillowcase, but for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, we hope that you will be able to sleep a little bit easier at night
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