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3 Reasons Your Pillowcase Is Causing Breakouts

There are many unexpected causes of breakouts, and your pillowcase could be one of them. Clear skin often requires much more than face wash. Diet, hair products, and even your pillowcase can be sabotaging your skincare routine. Think about it: Right after your pre-bedtime skin care ritual, you rest your fresh face onto a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed in days.

Here’s why your pillowcase just might be the reason you can’t get those breakouts under control:

1. Traditional Pillowcases are a breeding ground for bacteria and microbes. Each night our pillows  absorb sweat, dirt, oil and dead skin from our faces. All that use makes your pillow an ideal environment for bacteria and fungus to thrive, and that means you better be washing your pillowcase a lot. Studies have shown that bacteria on our pillowcases is pretty much indistinguishable from that on a toilet seat ... Gross.

2. We spend ⅓ of our lives in bed. That’s 8 hours a day with your clean face pressed against your pillow. “Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of acne mechanica” - Dr. David E. Bank.

3. You’re most likely not washing them nearly often enough. Be honest—how often do you actually wash your sheets? Dermatologists recommend washing your pillowcase every 2-3 days. But studies have shown that the average adult washes their sheets every 2-3 weeks (as few as four times a year if you're a man). Even waiting a couple of weeks between laundry sessions is a bad idea, especially with your delicate skin resting on that fabric every night.

Not everyone is going to break out from a pillowcase, But if you’re prone to breakouts, your pillowcase isn’t helping the situation.