Acne is a common skin condition which affects many people at some point in their lives. If you’ve suffered before, you’ll know the struggle of trying out product after product to treat your spots, but there is likely one thing which you’ve overlooked. The one thing that touches the skin on your face every night; your pillowcase. 

Although it would be difficult to argue that your pillowcase is the only thing that is affecting your skin, it certainly will be a contributing factor. 

Pillowcase Fabrics and Your Skin

Even if you wash your pillowcase regularly, it is still a place where bacteria, oil and dust can build up over time. When your skin is exposed to this, it can clog your pores and irritate it, resulting in acne and other skin problems. 

The most common fabric used for pillowcases today is cotton. Although cotton feels soft and is relatively inexpensive, it tends to absorb residues and oils from your skin. This isn’t good for your skin when you’re pressing your face back onto it each night. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are also ideal places for dust mites and bacteria to settle.

This is where silk pillowcases come in. Silk is resistant to dust and bacteria, and won’t absorb moisture, building up oil and drying out your skin. It is gentle, hypoallergenic and breathable, meaning it is highly appropriate for those with sensitive skin, as well as those looking to help acne-prone skin.

grey silk pillowcase
Grey Housewife Silk Pillowcase

Our Tips

To make sure your pillowcase is helping your acne instead of making it worse and is also improving your skin in general, we’ve put together some tips an tricks to help you.

  • Switch to silk. Silk has a huge number of natural benefits which make it superior to other fabrics. With the fabric you rest your head on at night being so important, it is an investment that will pay off night after night.
  • Wash your face every night. It is good to maintain a skin routine on nighttime. Ensuring your face is clean and free of makeup and any other residues will prevent you from dirtying up your pillowcase. 
  • Wash your pillowcase weekly. Making sure your pillowcase is kept clean will also help keep your skin in good condition. Plus, you should make sure you’re washing your pillowcase with a gentle detergent so that you don’t irritate your skin further. 

Learn more about silk in the rest of our blog, or visit our website to find out more about our products.