Many people don’t realize it, but your pillows, blankets, and sheets are a hub for some of the most unwanted dirt, grime, oils, and even germs accumulated over the course of daily usage. Because of this, it’s not uncommon that dirty or unmaintained pillowcases and sheets can cause acne, blemishes, and even sickness!

Preventing Acne

Acne, also known scientifically as Acne Mechanica, can be the result of dirty or poorly maintained sheets and pillowcases and their direct contact and transfer to your skin on a daily basis, according to Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.

The transfer process is not very complex, and should be fairly obvious. Without clean pillowcases and sheets, it’s likely you are transferring as well as mixing (Ew!) the various dirt’s, oils, and germs that you’ve accumulated over the course of the day into the night. Such unwanted transference can easily clog as well as infect your skin pores. Even worse, some bacteria’s and germs can even cause allergic reactions or skin-rashes, so be mindful!
Keeping your linens clean should be comparably understood as it is to maintain clean clothes, shower, and other basic required daily hygiene. Without taking these essential self-care steps on a daily basis, you risk a sleuth of various possible infections and skin rashes or the spreading of bacteria—including to your loved one’s or anyone else that sleeps next to you!

While there are also other common causes of Acne (Mechanica) such as hormones, stress, and poor dieting, it’s worth considering cleaning your linens more frequently first, before pursuing other explanations and expensive solutions for your skin care.

So what can I do?

• Don’t just blame your linens. Make an effort to wash your face every night, as well as every morning for more consistent and adequate skin-care. This can help wash away unwanted oils, dirt, and even bacteria.

• Clean your linens every 2-3 days! Wow! Yes, we know, this sounds like a lot, and even potentially costly, but it’s truly the best solution—especially if you’re currently facing a dilemma such as this and are seeking a solution. The cleaner your linens are, the cleaner you will be and less risk you pose to your health.

• Try to purchase and only sleep on natural fabrics, such as cotton for example. Synthetic fibers tend to lock in unwanted dirt, germs, and oils much more prevalent than other natural fibers.

• Take into consideration current products applied to your skin, and the effects they can have when transferred to your linens and then back to your skin. Do you remove your makeup before going to sleep? Are you currently using any acne or skin treatment medications that have benzoyl peroxide or retinol in them? If so, it’s very possible that these chemicals will mix with and become unwanted concoctions of skin irritants if you don’t wash them off of your face before resting your head at night on your bed linens.

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