Is Pillowcase Acne Contributing to Your Bad Skin?


Bed with Pillows that Could Contribute to Bad Skin
Your bedding is just as important to condition of your skin as much as the products you apply.


Perhaps, you keep breaking out and nothing seems to work despite being vigilant with your skin care and diet.  Naturally, there are other factors such as hormones, smoking, drugs, pore-clogging products, etc. that also could be contributing to those constant new breakouts.  However, you could be However, you could be overlooking one small thing that could mean the difference between good and bad skin–your pillowcase.  This could result in pillowcase acne.overlooking one small thing that could mean the difference between good and bad skin–your pillowcase.  This could result in pillowcase acne.

Of course, you make a habit to regularly change your pillowcase at least once or twice a week. So what you say?  Well, before you put your head down on that pillow, think of your nightly ritual of products you just applied from face creams, acne treatments, eye serums, hair gels, mousses, sprays, etc., which also will be touching that pillowcase. Those products also deposit ingredients where your face will be picking them up every night afterwards, along with accumulating oil and grime from new applications until the next laundering.

Those product ingredients combined with detergent, a liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets can make the problem even worse since liquid fabric softeners and those dryer sheets leave a waxy buildup behind that lock in that constantly replenished supply of product grime.

If you want to protect your complexion and safeguard from pillowcase acne, there are several things you can do.  To begin with, stop using dryer sheets and especially liquid fabric softeners, which can help keep your pillowcase cleaner without the help of waxy residue adding to the problem.  Liquid fabric softeners also accumulate in the fabrics enough to increase flammability, which is another good reason to avoid them.

Though satin pillowcases are great for wrinkle prevention since they don’t pull the face as other fabrics when you move, you may want to return to a natural fabric pillowcase.  A natural material won’t absorb as much oil as the satin so your skin is at less risk.

Then again, you simply just might want to wash your pillowcase more often.  Try every two nights and see how your complexion reacts.  If there is no improvement, then change the pillowcase nightly, which is the best option to avoid pillowcase acne.

Even if you decide to give your hair a deep overnight treatment, your face can feel the impact.  Make sure to get a fresh pillowcase the next day because those oils can aggravate skin enough to cause a fresh breakout.

Sometimes, the simplest fix like a fresh pillowcase each night can do more to improve your complexion than you may give it credit for.  Do try it.




  1. Sandy Cain
    January 4, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Good idea! I hate fabric softeners and dryer sheets for other reasons, too – the towels get coated and absorb no water. I find that Bamboo fabric is pretty good!

  2. Mary Balandiat (Nuts 4 Stuff)
    January 4, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Hi Sandy,Thanks. I didn't know the Bamboo fabric would be different. I appreciate your input.

  3. gloria mckellar
    January 6, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I never knew this about fabric softeners but it really makes sense about the waxy buildup and residue. I'm going to cut back on them from now on. Thanks for the info!

  4. Mary Balandiat (Nuts 4 Stuff)
    January 6, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Hi Gloria,If you want to try something really good that won't leave any of that buildup behind, I honestly recommend Purex Crystals. This is what I always use and how I originally learned about that residue during a review. What else is nice is those Crystals really seem to make even old clothes look newer. I love Purex Crystals.

  5. gloria mckellar
    January 10, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    I had no idea. I've tried the Purex Crystals in the past but thought they were just for fragrance. Thank you for the info! 🙂

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