There is something about waking up in the morning after sleeping on freshly laundered sheets. You feel like you can take on this giant crazy world. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself can my sheets be contributing to my acne? I can honestly tell you that before two years ago that thought never crossed my mind. During our sleep we move back in forth transferring bacteria from our bodies to the sheets and pillow case. Repeating the processes day after day can cause bacteria to build up on your face resulting in unwanted acne. Understanding why sheets play an important role in skin care is just one more benefit for both your body, health and our planet.
Let's talk about the different materials and the role they play in keeping your skin clean.
Polyester fiber is created through a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum by-products, alcohol, and carboxyl acid and it can be irritating to sensitive skin. Polyester sheets are less breathable, trapping heat and moisture while you sleep. Trapped heat and moisture make the perfect breading ground for bacteria to grow. Getting into the bed every night even with clean skin and clothes to only roll around in bacteria and dirt doesn't sound very good to me.
Cotton is breathable, absorbent, soft and incredibly durable. Naturally hypoallergenic, odor-resistant, and easy to maintain without any of the harsh chemicals required to create polyester. Look for the highest quality organic cotton sheet that are in your budget. Non-organic cotton can have up to 25% of chemical pesticides and herbicides on them harmful for your body and skin. One draw back that cotton is the perfect place for bacteria to grow, since this type of fabric readily absorbs moisture. Target has a very soft and comfortable set of organic cotton sheets.
Silk is spun from the long threads which make up the inner cocoon of the silkworm. Silk is a hypoallergenic material, making it highly resistant to dust mites, deterioration, and is excellent at wicking away moisture-causing bacteria. (Wicking means acting to absorb or draw off liquid by capillary action). This material is also flame retardant and has antibacterial properties. If done well silk manufacturing can be a harmonious and low waste process. When shopping look for labels that market undyed, unbleached or 100% naturally dyed silk.
Flannel is a soft woven fabric made from wool, cotton or synthetic fabrics. If going with 100% organic cotton flannel is a lightweight and highly absorbent material that will keep you cool in warm temperatures and warm in cool temperatures.
Fleece is a knit fabric that is typically made from fibers like polyester. Fleece traps heat very well, causing your body to become over heated and creates the perfect place for bacteria to grow.
While I wish I could say I own a set of silk sheets, they are out of my budget. The best alternative option that seems to be more budget friendly is purchasing a set of organic cotton sheets and silk pillow cases. This way the area that your face lays on will not be rolling in bacteria day after day. If possible change your pillowcase every night, that would be very beneficial to your skin especially if you are struggling with really bad acne.