You may have heard from beauty gurus that sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help transform your skin and hair. If you suffer from acne (or “maskne”, during COVID), it’s supposedly said that silk may be a solution.
Acne sufferers may have tried everything to clear their skin, such as washing regimens and topical ointments. However, changing their pillowcases to all silk may contribute to clearer looking skin.
This isn’t to say that a silk pillowcase will clear your breakout – but, it could help to prevent bacteria buildup while you sleep.
I decided to try this trend for myself, and surprisingly, my skin cleared up. Here’s the science behind your skin, sleep, and silk pillowcases.
Silk is better than cotton, but…
…there’s no definitive scientific proof that silk pillowcases will clear up your acne. However, it is shown that silk is better than cotton pillowcases. This is because cotton is more porous and absorbs bacteria, oil and dead skin cells more easily, causing potential acne by rubbing off on your skin as you sleep.
It’s also important to note that whatever pillowcase you use, it’s important to wash or change it out regularly. After time, a collection of dirt and other gross products that contribute to acne will accumulate on your pillow.
The benefits of silk
Silk is a smoother fabric, so it won’t rub up against your face as much. This can help reduce redness and avoid tugging on your skin. This means less wrinkles!
Silk pillowcases can also help keep your skin more moisturized. Because silk isn’t porous, it won’t suck up any moisture from your skin. This is a great option for people who tend to have skin on the drier side.
While there isn’t a whole lot of evidence to prove that silk can help prevent acne, it is scientifically proven that silk has antibacterial properties at the microlevel.
Bringing it all together…
It should be noted that strictly purchasing a silk pillowcase will not clear up someone’s acne 100%. Rather, silk pillowcases should be a part of a skin care regimen.
Acne sufferers should have a nightly routine that includes washing with a cleanser, toner and topical ointments, if needed. This will ensure that your face is clean before going to bed. The silk pillowcase just serves as an extra preventative measure to keep your skin clear and looking good!
So while the pillowcase did help me have fewer breakouts, it is definitely not the end all be all.
If you are really suffering from bad acne, change up your skincare routing – and try a silk pillowcase! If these tricks don’t work, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.