You’ve been doing all the right things. Using the right skincare products? Check. Taking off any makeup at the end of the night? Check. Avoiding food that you know makes you break out? Check.
So what’s up? Well, you may want to consider your pillowcase.
Oil and bacteria live there.
During the night dirt, oil and other impurities from your skin and hair accumulate on your pillow, and over the course of the night that sits against and transfers back to your face. This can end up clogging pores and exacerbating breakouts. That’s why you should wash your pillowcase once a week. If you’re prone to breakouts it’s a good idea to change them two or three times a week.
Hacks and tips
We know that can be a lot of pillowcases to go through over the course of a week, but there are some alternatives. For example, if you don’t have (let’s do the math…) at least a dozen pillow cases lying around, consider putting a t-shirt or a fresh towel over your pillow.
Finally, skip the softener. Liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets leave behind reside that can clog pores.