The Skinny on Silk Pillowcases - Beach Beauty Bar and Acne Clinic

The Skinny on Silk Pillowcases

Let’s talk about pillowcases. If you’re prone to acne, you might have wondered if silk pillowcases can stop breakouts.

Does your pillowcase really matter? Will a silk pillowcase really keep you clear of acne?

Do you want clear skin?

Silk pillowcases are renowned for having the power to stop breakouts. The reasons? Less friction, less inflammation, they are not as absorbent, so the face stays more hydrated, and products stay on the face better and some have antimicrobial properties.

A pillowcase can’t prevent acne occurring in the first place. However, you may find that some types can help if your skin is prone to breakouts.

There are many benefits of a silk pillowcase for your skin. It won’t solve all of your acne problems but it’s best to think of it as the cherry on top of your skincare routine. If you suffer from hormonal acne, no pillowcase is going to stop breakouts. When you use a silk pillowcase it will help to minimize the problem by making for a healthier, cleaner sleeping environment.

Silk is a much better option than cotton, as it is a natural fiber that won’t clog your pores or absorb moisture or products – making it healthy for the skin in general.

Silk pillowcases are a smoother, tightly woven fabric that will be softer on your skin. It will cause less friction and rubbing, which helps to reduce redness. If your skin is particularly sensitive, it will help to reduce puffiness and swelling. It’s not the end-all-be-all for acne-prevention but it can help in preventing it and relaxing facial skin altogether. Think of it as an extra step to your skincare routine.

Silk is a naturally soft and breathable material, which is great for any skin type, but especially oily skin. Because it’s less absorbent than other fabrics, silk will help your skin be more hydrated and won’t absorb all the skincare products you use at night.

If you use skincare products before bed, a cotton pillowcase will absorb a lot of the product on your skin during the night. As silk is a less absorbent fabric, you won’t have this issue.

Acne can sometimes be a sign of dehydrated skin that produces excessive sebum to make up for the dehydration. This creates the perfect environment for acne and the cycle continues until the skin gets re-hydrated.

It’s particularly important to change your pillowcases regularly if you have acne. Wash more than you think you should (sleep on a clean side every single night). We recommend using white pillowcases, especially when using benzoyl peroxide products, as it will bleach colored fabrics. White cases also will show when excess makeup isn’t completely removed from your skin.

You should be changing your pillowcases every other night.  Sleep on a clean side one night; flip it over and sleep on the other clean side the next night and then replace the pillowcase the following night.

Quick tip for moms: Put three or four pillowcases on the pillow and just have your child take one off every two days. 

When traveling, take a few of your own silk pillowcases, laundered by you to ensure you don’t get acne from hotel washed cases.

If you are getting acne on your face, then it is more than likely caused by something that has nothing to do with the pillow.

While your pillowcase may not be the only cause of your acne, it is still an important factor to consider. By being mindful of the material and cleanliness of your pillowcase and switching to a hypoallergenic or anti-acne material, you can help reduce the risk of acne and maintain healthy, clear skin.

So, next time you’re shopping for bedding, consider investing in a silk pillowcase for better skin health.

If you’re still not sure what is triggering your acne breakouts — schedule an acne consultation, and we will review your lifestyle & diet with you so you can get back on track.

Cheers to Clear!


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