Tuesday 20 February 2018

This is how your pillow could be causing major skin problems

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Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

It turns out that your pillow could be causing a number of major skin problems, including aging and acne, while you sleep.

Taking into consideration that the average person sleeps for six to eight hours each night, it's no surprise that your pillow plays a major factor in the condition of your skin.

While waking up with indents of creases from your pillow on your face is a sign of a good night's sleep, these marks could be causing long-term damage to your skin, explained dermatologist Derma Jaliman to Allure.

"The creases are caused by the skin crunching against a pillowcase and breaking down collagen and elastic tissue. When you are young, like in your 20s and 30s, you have good collagen and elastic tissue," said Jaliman.

"But when you're older, it's a problem. The skin isn't as resilient."

Anti-aging pillows have emerged onto the market in recent years to combat this, with silk pillowcases being a popular choice as they slide on the skin, rather than pulling.

As well as causing premature wrinkles, your pillow could also be the problem behind acne and breakouts, thanks to the build-up of oil and bacteria throughout the night.

To prevent this, skincare expert Renee Rouleau recommends changing your pillowcase once every two nights.

"Many people don’t realize this, but when sleeping on your pillowcase for seven to eight hours a night, you are transferring a lot of oil from both your hair and face onto the pillowcase. Oil ends up on your face when you sleep on your stomach or side," she explained on her website.

"And because oil breeds bacteria which then leads to breakouts, it only makes sense that you’d want to sleep on a clean pillowcase every night.

"For those prone to breakouts, my professional suggestion is to get two nights out of the same pillowcase. You can achieve this by sleeping on one side of the pillow on one night and then flipping it over on the second night. After two nights, you’ll want to replace your pillowcase with a fresh, clean one."

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