August 13, 2020 Acne, the common household enemy that we all can’t seem to live without (even though we really, really want to) tend to appear out of nowhere, usually at times when we’re heading out to somewhere important. So, if you’re a long-time member of the acne sufferers club, this blog might just be useful for you, so keep reading! How Is Acne Triggered? There isn’t just one single cause for acne, as there are several ways it can be triggered, which fluctuates from person to person. Unfortunate aspects such as hormones, genetics, medication, environmental factors and stress can cause your skin to become irritated, which subsequently leads to acne flare-ups. In a nutshell, acne is simply when hair follicles within the epidermis (the top layer of your skin) become blocked with sebum (the oily secretion that you wake up to when glancing at yourself in the mirror). This then combines oh-so-sadly with dead skin cells, that then create the likes of blackheads, whiteheads and painful red spots. Bacteria will then spread and enlarge, which can cause inflammation and build-up of pus. And once the acne does begin to reduce, it can leave behind those dreaded acne scars that forever want to sit on the top of your skin. Thus, one of the best ways to ensure you wake up to clear skin is by sleeping on a clean canvas. Cotton sheets tend to be ridden with bacteria and bed bugs, so washing your sheets regularly is imperative. Here is where silk sheets can be ideal. How Are Silk Pillowcases Beneficial? One of the advantages of silk pillowcases is that they do not clog pores, making them healthier to sleep on than cotton sheets and pillowcases. However, it’s vital to note that silk pillowcases alone cannot keep acne at bay, there must be other factors at play to ensure that you’re going to sleep and waking up with glistening skin (keep on top of your skincare routine!). Despite there not being any definitive scientific evidence that silk cures acne, it is still a much better option to its alternatives. When your pillowcase isn’t washed frequently, you are likely to see a build-up of bacteria, oil and dirt from your pillowcase that is transferred back to your skin. Picture your pillowcase as the cherry on the cake after your nightly skincare routine. Silk can create a strong barrier between the transferable bacteria from, let’s say, the typical cotton pillowcase to your face, as silk is a natural fibre. This means silk sheets and pillowcases cannot absorb moisture or any form of product that is put onto your face. What’s more is that silk overall does not cause rubbing to the face, which can mean that the puffiness and swelling you sometimes see when you wake up can be reduced by simply using a silk pillowcase. It’s as simple as that. So if you’re desperate for better rest, reduction in puffiness and potentially less acne when you wake up, why not check out our silk pillowcases for that extra step in your nightly skincare routine?