Too Much Time in Bed is Bad for Your Skin
Before the coronavirus pandemic, I would long to spend the whole day in bed. Due to several months of quarantining and attending school online, my wish has come true. While some days are excellent, there is one massive downfall to this. If you’re someone who spends all day working on your laptop from bed, and then you head straight to sleep, you are unknowingly hurting your skin. Too much time in bed is terrible for your skin. Especially if you rarely wash your sheets and have sensitive skin.
Dirty pillowcases cause acne in people who commonly experience breakouts. Over a few days, dead skin, oils, and bacteria will build upon the surface of your pillow. These three components typically cause breakouts, along with many hair care products as well. Hair Gel, conditioner, oil, and soaps can all clog pores and lead to skin irritation. So how often should you change your pillowcase? Before the pandemic, doctors would recommend changing your bedding once per week. Now though, they say you should be changing it every other day. This is due to the increase in the amount of time most people are staying in bed. Certain things can help combat this problem, like cotton fabrics that minimize oil transfer and help reduce breakouts.
Silk pillowcases are perfect for acne-prone people with sensitive skin. Many other fabric types are in development, such as those containing unique antimicrobial properties; however, none of these will replace regular face washing. It would be best if you cleansed twice daily with a non-comedogenic cleanser such as CeraVe’s Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser. If you can’t tolerate even the gentlest cleanser, then try using micellar water. At night add a product with benzoyl peroxide or a vitamin A derivative such as Differin Gel. Salicylic acid is another excellent ingredient to look for when fighting acne, as it helps clear the skin by removing dead skin and oil from pores. Finally, you should always put your hair up before bed to avoid oils and residual products from your hair touching your face. For information regarding different types of acne, click here.