How often should you wash and change your pillowcase?

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If you follow a deep facial cleansing routine, you may think your pillowcase is in good shape. But even the freshest face will leave behind dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum. These impurities are then redeposited from your pillow onto your face each time you hit the hay. At the end of the week, you pose your freshly washed face against seven days of inconvenience.

It can be even more disastrous if you have sensitive skin that is already prone to problems like acne. By constantly reintroducing dirt and oil to your face, you run the risk of clogged pores and new breakouts (via First Derm). It’s like an endless vicious cycle, moving contaminants from your face to your pillow and back again. And all of this assumes that you follow your nightly skincare routine religiously. If you occasionally slip into bed with full makeup on, you can add even more impurities to your pillowcase. Unwashed pillows can also attract dust mites, which are invisible to the naked eye. If you’re prone to allergic reactions, continued exposure to dust mites can cause breathing problems or even asthma attacks (via Mayo Clinic).

How Bad Can Dirty Pillowcases Really Get? Let’s put it this way: Bacterial swabs comparing pillowcases to toilet seats are hard to tell apart (via Smithsonian Magazine). It’s true, your bedding can be as dirty as a toilet. So what’s the perfect way to keep your pillowcase pristine and protect your skin?

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