You’ve done everything that your dermatologist recommended for your acne problem. Toners, cleansers, facials, you name it. However your acne keeps coming back as if you’re not taking care of your skin. Aside from hormones, skin care products, and your towels, there’s one more thing you need ask. Can dirty pillowcase cause acne?
Yes, your dirty pillowcase (and pillow) can cause acne. When your gets breakouts when it touches a surface, that type of acne is called acne mechanica. Because we’ve been using pillows since childhood, all of us take for granted that 8-10 hours of skin contact. That is more than enough time for dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your face, hair, and scalp rub off on to the pillowcase. Layer upon layer, these will build up on your pillowcase and pillow.
As you toss and turn, the friction will cause the dirt and oil to transfer back to your skin. The result is clogged pores which lead to blemishes. Depending on how long you’ve been using your pillowcase, all that gunk will feed bacteria that can infect your skin. Add in some night drool on the side, and you have a bacteria party happening while you’re sleeping.
How do you to prevent acne mechanica?
There are several ways to prevent the onset of acne mechanica.
- Clean your pillowcase regularly. If you’re out often, daily changing is highly advisable. Buy enough pillowcases to make daily changing convenient for you before your laundry day. If you don’t have storage space, wash and change your pillowcase every 2-3 days.
- Disinfect your pillowcases. Especially if you’re prone to pustule-type acne. This is the type of acne that is red, tender, and filled with puss in the center. You can disinfect by washing them in bleach. If you have sensitive skin, ironing the pillowcase on the highest temperature setting it can tolerate is enough.
- Avoid using fabric softener. These can leave a waxy residue that can clog your pores. Even fragrance-free fabric softeners still carry oils that can irritate your skin.
- Choose pillowcases made from natural fiber. These are breathable materials that will transfer less oil. What’s even better is that benzoyl peroxide and
- Place a clean towel over the pillow. Placing a barrier between your pillow and your skin can help prevent accumulated dirt from touching your face. This step is crucial when you are having a sleepover or spending the night in a hotel.
Always wash your face
Changing pillowcases is a useless endeavour if you sleep with your face covered in makeup and dirt. It’s important to thoroughly cleanse your face before going to bed. Using Actinera® Bamboo Charcoal Face Wash can help remove traces of dirt, oil, and even bacteria from your skin. The activated charcoal seeps deep into your pores, providing a deeper clean that you won’t get from a regular facial wash. You can cleanse, purify, and detoxify your skin each time you wash. Whenever you use Actinera® Bamboo Charcoal Face Wash on your skin, you:
- Get smaller pores for a clear complexion.
- Control oily skin, giving you a clean, bright appearance.
- Treat acne by removing dirt and impurities
- Soothe and calm red, angry acne making them less visible
Use Actinera® Bamboo Charcoal Face Wash daily if you have oily skin. If you have dry, sensitive skin, a wash every 2-3 days with activated charcoal will be beneficial to prevent further irritation.
If you often wake up with a new acne, your pillowcase may be the culprit. Changing your pillowcase and regular cleansing of your skin will help you control breakouts from happening.
What material is your pillowcase made of? Do you wash it daily, or do you take the extra effort of disinfecting your pillowcase? Please share your practice in the comment section below!