By thewe
In Skin
March 23, 2020
3 min read

Hey! We’re not here to judge you but when was the last time you changed your pillowcase?

This is probably not the first time you’re reading about how often you should change your pillowcase, but do you really know the gory details on what is left on your pillowcase after daily use?

Picture this, you’re practicing social distancing so you’re home all day which probably means you’re working 30% and sleeping 70%. Haha or sleeping 30% and sleeping 70%

Your face and hair collect oil, dirt, and air pollutants as the day progresses. These particles aren’t necessarily visible to the naked eye but trust me, They’re there.

I don’t know you but I bet you eat in your bed, drool and there’s the occasional visit from that friend. Your pillowcase is definitely going through it and has probably accumulated a fair share of microscopic irritants.

Microscopic irritants range from various strains of bacteria that thrive on sweat and subsist on dead skin cells; to dust mites and in some cases, viruses. 

While your pillowcase may look clean to the naked eye, it is, in fact, a wild ecosystem of micro-bugs. Yuck!

Your hair is no exception to the pillow trauma. There are microscopic irritants that land in your hair because of environmental elements, and then there are microscopic irritants that land in your hair because you’ve put them there. This is the residue from conditioners, oils, gels, and moisturizing creams. Though they serve a great benefit to the hair, they are terrible to the skin. The longer you wait in between washes, the more residue accumulates. I bet you know what I’m about to say next…YUCK!

Now, picture what happens when your face is smashed on your pillowcase all night long for a week. Yikes!

Now that you’ve read this, I bet you feel like burning your pillowcase knowing all the gross stuff that might be living on it. Don’t panic!

The general consensus of the dermatological community is that washing once a week is actually best, even if your pillow is a walking micro- bug. Those who struggle with acne may find it helpful to change their pillowcase, even more often; i.e. nightly or every other night.

Fun fact?

Silk is a naturally less absorbent material, which ensures the moisturizer or serum you put on your face before going to bed gets absorbed by your skin rather than your pillowcase.

So shop your silk sleep essentials right here👇🏾

Wash your pillowcases, sleep good and stay glowing!


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