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Are Silk Pillowcases Good for Acne-Prone Skin?

May 3, 2023   By Clarisa Mcdonald

Zit happens. Sometimes it sits on your face for a week, and other times it comes out of nowhere before an important event. If pimples have been a gratuitous and significant part of your life, you would have probably tried many skincare products or have even gone to a dermatologist for prevention and cure.

But there’s a hot trend right now in skincare that you don’t want to miss: silk pillowcases!

Is It Better than a Cotton Pillowcase?

Cotton has been a major player in the textile industry for the longest time. It’s almost safe to assume that most households will have less than 10 pieces of cotton fabric. It’s also affordable and cosy – what can go wrong, right?

Well, that’s precisely where you can go wrong. When you have acne-prone skin, many factors can trigger those blemishes and ruin your beauty sleep – sometimes even the smallest things.

Look at our learning box below to understand acne’s most common triggers.

Acne Triggers

  • Stress: When stressed, the body has higher cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. This can trigger the sebaceous glands to increase sebum production, leading to acne-causing bacteria. Additionally, your cortisol levels are most likely higher when you lack sleep. This can also spike a breakout, especially when you have sensitive skin.
  • Diet: Dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods (such as bread and bagels) may contribute to acne breakouts.
  • Hormones and medication: Other than puberty, ingested hormones and medicine can cause androgen hormones to decrease and play a role in acne breakage as it does during puberty. Using birth control pills or corticosteroids are among the most common examples.
  • Environment: If the things that make contact with your face are dirty, you risk being exposed to more bacteria.

Now let’s zero in on the 4th trigger: the environment. Because the surface you sleep on does matter.

Picture your standard pillowcase as a sponge for all your face dirt. Cotton pillowcases tend to absorb makeup residue, oils, and sweat. Suppose you sleep face-down and do not clean your pillowcases as often as you should, your pores can end up clogged. This results in the much-dreaded acne or even fine lines!

How Are Silk Pillowcases Good for Acne?

Silk is a natural fibre that does not clog pores – making it healthy for the skin. It’s not the end-all for acne prevention, but it’s the best pillowcase to help prevent and relax facial skin. Think of it as an extra step to your acne-fighting skincare routine.

Silk it’s breathable and moisture-wicking. On top of that, it also minimises the appearance of sleep creases upon waking up that have been linked by research to premature wrinkle-formation. That said, silk can be a good part of our anti-aging skincare routine.

A study by the Department of Dermatology at Medical University (Austria) found that a special type of silk textile had positive results on back acne after wearing a silk shirt for six weeks. Although the silk fabric used for pillowcases is not exactly the same, we can infer from the study that silk is a better fabric than cotton when addressing sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Moreover, silk’s hypoallergenic and sheen properties reduce friction between the face and pillowcase, lowering the chances of infection and build-up of oil on our skin.

Is It Worth the Investment?

Better rest, no sleep creases, and potentially less acne? We don’t see why not. By the looks of it, silk can offer a great sleeping experience – just imagine gliding your face on such a smooth and shiny mulberry silk pillowcase.

Pure silk fabric – made from a natural protein – provides a smooth and soft feel that man-made textiles have been unable to replicate.

If you purchase this pure mulberry silk pillowcase from Ecosa, just couple it with a good anti-acne skincare routine. But make sure you don’t overdo it with all the creams, face masks, and serums, especially if it’s not the right product for your skin.

At least you’re sure of one thing. Mulberry silk is an anti-acne pillowcase that won’t disappoint all skin types. It should keep you and your face well-rested the entire night.

It’s Easy to Care for

Worrying silk will easily tear and not last? That’s a common misconception. This is hype that won’t let you down.

Silk is stronger than cotton fabric, despite what its light feel and smooth texture may suggest. This makes it a better investment than cotton pillowcases in the long run. Combine this with its natural resistance to dirt and fungi, and you have a pillowcase that requires minimal maintenance

Did you know? Ecosa’s silk pillowcase has a higher momme and thread count. You’re not just talking about 18- 22 momme silk. You’re talking about 25 momme silk.

Care instructions are easy to follow:

  • Hand wash with cold water or in a short and gentle cycle with silk & delicate products;
  • Cold iron on the reverse side when the product is damp;
  • Air dry in a cool place;
  • Avoid sunlight and heat;
  • Do not tumble dry;
  • Do not bleach;
  • Machine-washable and dry cleanable

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