Is Your Dirty Pillowcase Causing Acne?

Many people that have acne have heard that a dirty pillowcase can be the cause behind it.  This almost sounds too absurd to be true.  I agree that it may seem far fetched that something such as a pillowcase can cause your face to breakout all over in acne, and it may sound silly but your dirty pillowcase could in fact be the reason for your recent outbreaks of acne that won’t seem to disappear.  Here is what you need to know….

Why does it cause acne?

It is no myth that sleeping on a dirty pillowcase can cause acne, Using a dirty pillowcase can in fact cause acne because it can aggravate an acne condition and cause the skin to become inflamed and irritated.  Your face naturally secretes oils during the night and these oils are sticky.  If you are using a dirty pillowcase then you are allowing your face to collect extra bacteria and waste during the night which often results in further clogging of the pores and acne outbreaks.  It may sound dramatic, extreme or just plain foolish, but the truth of the matter is that using a dirty pillowcase is kind of like taking a dirty cloth and just wiping it all across your face for hours at a time.  People with really sensitive skin may also be more prone to the clogging of pores, as the littlest things can sometimes set acne off causing skin to become irritated or inflamed.

Bacteria from our eyes, nose, and mouth all cover our pillowcases at one point or another.  As you lay there totally unaware trying to count some Z’s your face is clogging up with toxins.  They seep into your skin and clog your pores, causing acne outbreaks and irritation to occur.

How can I prevent my pillowcase from causing acne?

Changing you pillowcase often may seem a bit extreme, but doing so can help reduce the chance of acne outbreaks from occurring.  Since your pillowcase may be covered in dust, bacteria and other acne-causing agents on it, changing to a new one can help reduce the spread of bacteria and prevent your pores from becoming clogged further thus reducing acne outbreaks.

Another good way to help prevent the spread of acne is to invest in a pillow protector.  Pillow protectors will help protect your pillow from things like dust, mites, allergens and bacteria.  One of the nice things about pillow protectors is that many have zippers so that you can close them.  Closing the protectors helps lessen your chances of your face coming in contact with your bacteria filled pillow.

While washing your pillowcase frequently may seem like one small step in treating acne, it is one small step that should never be ignored.  When combined with other treatments and preventions, no matter how small or foolish it may seem, it really does make a big difference in acne sufferers.

How often should I change my pillowcase?

Changing your linens once a month is really not enough, however changing your pillowcases once a day may be a bit excessive.  A good way to determine when you should change your pillowcase is to take into consideration if you have dry, normal, or oily hair and if you sweat a lot during the night.  If you do not have very oily hair and you don’t sweat a lot at night then changing your pillowcase at least once a week should be perfectly fine.  However if you do have oily hair or sweat a lot in your sleep then you may want to consider changing pillowcases twice a week.

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