Can Pillowcases Cause Acne?

by Dylan Bowen July 28, 2022 2 min read

Can pillowcases cause acne?

If you have woken up with a face full of acne and have no idea, you should probably have a closer look at your pillowcase as that may be the culprit. If you are someone who has acne-prone skin and are pondering whether a pillow cause can trigger your acne then the answer is yes it most definitely can.

Can changing your pillowcase and bed sheets help to clear your face?

If you have ever encountered a dermatologist, you would have heard the saying remember not to touch your face. This is an impossible reminder as touching your face can transfer the dirt and oil from your hands onto your face and this can cause your pores to become blocked and cause any acne you already have to become a lot worse. This type of acne is known by the name acne mechanica.

If you are wondering what you could do to your pillowcase to help and minimise the acne breakouts then I’ll make it very simple for you. All you have to do is wash your pillowcase on a regular basis, once a week is advised but this is only a minimum number you can wash your pillowcase a lot more. If your pillowcase is made out of fabrics such as cotton then they are a lot more absorbent and will absorb all of the oils and dirt from your hair and face in comparison to the non-absorbent materials. Therefore, these pillowcases will be a lot more likely to cause acne breakouts.

To help minimise the acne breakouts as much as possible you should also wash your face before bed too. This is a tip for everyone regardless if your skin is acne prone or not. It’s also essential to keep your pillowcases clean and washed regularly to prevent the build-up of oil and dirt that will clog up your pores.

Dylan Bowen
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