From stress to an unhealthy diet to using harsh chemicals on the skin, there are tons of reasons responsible for acne. But there is one thing that can trigger acne, which we all tend to neglect. Our sleeping pattern affects the condition of our skin and can actually cause acne. Yes, you heard it right. Nighttime is the best time for the skin as during this period; the skin gets restored and rejuvenated. However, certain mistakes can totally harm your skin, and you end up with acne in the morning.
Here are 6 sleeping mistakes that trigger acne
Not changing the pillow cover
Just like washing used clothes is a part of your chores, washing and changing pillow covers regularly is also extremely necessary. Pillow covers are a source of dirt and grime as they have a layer of build-up. Usually, we put our face on the pillow cover, and the bacteria present on the cover transfer to the skin, causing acne. Hence make sure to change your pillow cover once a week to keep acne at bay.
Sleeping with makeup on
After an awesome party late at night, we all just love to crash on our beds. But sleeping with makeup on can be extremely damaging to the skin. The makeup residue clogs the pores throughout the night, and it causes acne. So, no matter how tired you are, use a gentle makeup remover to cleanse the makeup and sleep with clean skin.
Sleeping on your stomach
It may sound a bit bizarre but sleeping on your stomach can cause acne. When you sleep in a position like this your skin is in direct contact with the pillow cover and there is friction between your skin and the pillow cover all through night. So, if you wish to avoid acne try to avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Using hair oil all night long
Hair oils are great for hair, but they can have side effects on your skin. People with oily skin should not sleep with hair oil as the oil seeps through the night, and the excess sebum cause acne on the skin. If you wish to nourish your hair, go for a hot oil massage and keep it for two hours before you shampoo.
You are not cleaning your face properly
Even if you do not apply makeup, your skin builds up a lot of dirt throughout the day. Your moisturizer, sunscreen, and pollution can clog your pore and cause acne. Hence it is essential to use a face wash at night before you sleep. Also, always wash your hands properly before you apply a facewash on your skin. Double cleansing methods are very useful in preventing acne.
Rubbing your face with a dirty towel
You might use the right cleanser for your skin and the right way to clean your skin, but if you end up using a dirty towel or washcloth on your skin, it will cause acne. Towels or washcloths must be regularly washed and changed to avoid acne, as they are a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep 2-3 towels handy and use them alternatively before you go to sleep to ensure acne-free skin.
Have you been making these mistakes and wondering why you always have acne? It’s time to change these habits, and you can see the beautiful results yourself.
Inputs by Dr. Sonia Tekchandani, Celebrity Dermatologist, Founder of Tender Skin International
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