Are silk pillowcases good for acne-prone skin?

So what’s the deal with silk pillowcases and acne?

Honestly saying, there’s no definitive scientific evidence that silk pillowcases can stop your acne breakouts forever, but it can make a difference if you suffer from regular flare-ups. It is certainly a better option than cotton. if you’re prone to breakouts, whether it’s because of hormones, genetics or stress or anything else.

How can a silk pillowcase help?

Think of your silk pillowcase as the cherry on top of your skincare routine. If you suffer from hormonal acne, a pillowcase isn’t going to stop breakouts, but it will minimise the problem by making for a healthier, cleaner sleeping environment, and is a much better option than cotton. Silk is a natural fibre that does not clog pores, it won’t absorb moisture or products — making it healthy for the skin in general.

Preventative steps you can take

  • Wash your face every night. It sounds obvious, but this will help to prevent dirt, grime or makeup from getting onto your bedding. Be sure to consult a dermatologist first for them to assess your skin and recommend the best cleaning treatment. Take off all your make up every night. Sleeping with makeup on is just asking for trouble.
  • Resist the temptation to squeeze. this can make symptoms worse as you are aggravating and puncturing your skin, which can spread bacteria. If you have cysts or nodules under the skin that are causing pain, see a dermatologist who, if necessary, can perform the extractions safely.
  • Launder your pillowcases every two to three days. Even if you are sleeping on silk, ensure it is laundered regularly in a PH-neutral detergent to keep it fresh and avoid sleeping on any pooled moisture. Avoid using fabric softener on your pillowcases. Fragrance-free fabric softeners aren’t any better — in this case, it’s the softening agents that are a problem for acne-prone skin.

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