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Is Your Pillow Causing Acne & Breakouts?

Tamryn Burgess

Posted on May 11 2018

Is Your Pillow Causing Breakouts?

Breakouts are never fun, especially before a hot date or weekend away!


Heck, even if you’ll be spending your weekend curled up with a tub of ice-cream and binging on new episodes of The Crown, chances are you don’t want a pulsating pimple reminding you of its existence every time you catch yourself in the “Are you still watching?” Netflix screen.

I know you know what I mean!

It’s important to remember though kitties, it’s totally natural to suffer from breakouts every now and again (yepp, that time of the month especially), but if they are happening frequently you may want to to try and get to the root of the problem.

While hormonal changes, sugar overload and using the wrong products can all cause breakouts, there’s something else that may be contributing to the issue without you even realizing it…

Your pillow!

How your pillow may contribute to pesky blemishes

When you lay down for that all important beauty rest, any dirt, oils and hair products will transfer onto your pillowcase where they will build up over time and may cause clogged pores.


Combine that with going to bed without washing your face (we’ve all done this), then you’re really setting yourself up for a surprise zit or two in the morning!


How can I prevent my pillowcase from causing unwanted breakouts? 

If you suspect your pillow may be to blame for your unexplained breakouts, luckily for you there are quite a few ways you can prevent this in the future. These are three simple ways you can ensure your skin stays healthy while you sleep.

  1. Wash your face before you hit the sheets: Throughout the day, your face accumulates dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. This is why going to bed with a cleansed face is important for preventing bacteria from building up on your pillow. Remember to always choose a chemical free cleanser to wash off the grunge of the day!
  2. Switch your pillowcase to one made of natural fabric: Harsh fabrics, made with unnatural dyes will adversely affect your skin, whereas natural fabrics breathe better and transfer less oil and dirt onto your pillowcase. Sleeping on silk is a great choice not only for your skin, but for your tresses too! We ran into Moonlit Skincare at Indie Beauty Expo and they opened our eyes to the benefits of using their soft, comfortable, and cooling silk pillowcase that pairs well with their Lavender oil for a peaceful nights rest. If you'd like a 100% vegan-friendly alternative to a silk pillowcase, satin is a great choice for you.
  3. Wash your pillowcase regularly and use natural detergent: This seems pretty obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how many people don’t wash their pillowcases more than once a month. Aim to wash (hand washing is preferred) your pillowcase every three days or so in cold water with a chemical free detergent to avoid aggravating your skin.

Calm your skin (and your mind) before drifting off

Lavender is one of our favorite ingredients, because not only does it calm an inflamed or irritated complexion, it also helps to calm the mind so you can enjoy a peaceful night of rest.

Our Sen Face serum is just what you need before climbing under the covers as it's got an intoxicating blend of CBD, lavender, and frankincense and does wonders for skin renewal all before you hit that snooze button! 

As always, stay hydrated, stay beautiful, and stay sleeping tight kitties!


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