Acne From a Pillow
When you wake up in the morning to new acne along your cheeks and chin, your pillow may be the last thing that you suspect as the culprit. Unfortunately, each night a combination of dirt, germs and oil is pressed against your face, causing your pores to become clogged and cause more tiny, red bumps. Luckily, it's an easy problem to solve. Frequent linen changing or even new types of pillowcases made especially for acne can help stop you from getting more acne while you sleep.
The problem with getting acne from a pillow is that it is one thing that you use daily. You may wash your face religiously, and wear makeup sparingly in an effort to keep your pores clean, but your face is against the material of your pillow each night, every night. And if you have especially oily or sweaty skin, that oil and sweat is trapped between your pillow and face, making it the perfect breeding ground for acne.
You can make a few small changes to your sleeping habits and hygiene habits that will stop your pillow from causing you to have more acne. The first is to simply change your pillowcase more often. Skin care website Acne Myths Etc. notes that changing your pillowcase at least once a week will keep it clean enough that it won't trap dirt and germs under your skin.
You may also want to try sleeping on your back, with your face away from the pillow. Not only does this keep your face away from the oil that could be in the pillow, but it stops your face from sweating excessively, which means less acne for you.
AcneTeen.org recommends that you use a gentle or dye-free laundry detergent when washing your pillowcases; it may be the harsh detergent irritating the skin and causing problems.
A variety of products are on the market to help your skin stay clear when sleeping on a pillow. New pillowcases are available that are made out of bamboo instead of the traditional cotton, which are supposedly more breathable so that your skin doesn't absorb the dirt and oil. No dermatological studies have been completed yet, so individual results may vary from those presented on pillowcase manufacturer's websites.
If you have long hair, it could be contributing to the acne problem found on your pillow as well. Hair is notoriously oily, and if you haven't washed your hair in a day or two, that oil is transferred to your pillow, which is then transferred to your face, causing acne. Try washing your hair before bedtime, or pulling your hair into a bun or ponytail before bed to keep it off of your face and pillow.
While a dirty or irritating pillowcase may be contributing to your acne problem, it likely isn't the only cause and simply changing your pillowcase may not heal your acne altogether. Make sure that if your acne problem persists, you see a dermatologist about other treatments to help you achieve clearer skin, recommends Acne.org.
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