The Best Pillowcases for Breakouts

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The Best Pillowcases for Breakouts
A clean pillow cover is one way to fight skin breakouts. (bed with lots of pillows image by Gina Smith from

While pillowcases are available in different fabrics, only one type of pillowcase is best to prevent breakouts--a clean pillowcase. Buy seven pillowcases (fewer if you do laundry frequently) and put a new one on your pillow every night. A little extra laundry to keep your face clean can save a lot of trouble and embarrassment from a breakout. Replacing an old pillow is also a sensible investment. Over time, pillows absorb bacteria and oils that can seep through the pillowcase and contribute to breakouts.

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Thread Count

Packages of pillowcases and sheets always list a thread count. A higher thread count (650, for example) feels smoother and softer and is reportedly longer-lasting than a low thread count, but will also be more expensive. A higher thread-count material can also absorb more of the oils and bacteria you are trying to avoid, so investing in pillowcases with a high thread count can help prevent breakouts.

Type of Cotton

A fine cotton can make even a 300-thread-count pillowcase feel soft and smooth. American-grown Pima cotton and cotton grown in Egypt are among the finest for linens. Polyester or polyester-blend pillowcases are usually the least expensive, but they may pill over time and feel scratchy. A material made from bamboo is said to be helpful for acne-prone skin because it is antibacterial.

Proper Care

Wash new pillowcases before using them. New linens have a coating called sizing to make the fabric crisp. Sizing can irritate sensitive skin as can certain laundry detergents and dryer sheets. Wash with less detergent and rinse twice. High-thread-count cotton pillowcases can get wrinkly, so remove them from the dryer as soon as the cycle is done.

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