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Sleeping sideways on a pillow case causing acne.

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Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:53 am      Reply with quote
My skin really starts to break out at night. I try to wash my pillow cases + sheets almost twice in a week. However it is at night when I break out the most with new active pimples in the morning. I do notice I can't sleep on my back it has to be sideways thus resting half my face on a pillow case. I also tried to get better cases 300-400 thread count and what not.

Anyone ever consider getting a protective mask of some sort to prevent bacteria from getting to your face?

I'm sure Batman never had any of these problems!

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Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:07 am      Reply with quote
.... Batman probably sleeps on his back! LOL

I've been considering slepping with a neckrest, like the type you use when flying...but haven't got round to buying one yet Rolling Eyes so can't say I'm of any real help...sorry

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Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:34 am      Reply with quote
hi mud2005!

this summer I started bunching up my duvet under my cheek/chin because it was more comfortable, and I believe it has also lead to an increase in breakouts for me!

I try to sleep on my back as much as possible, and I have also started changing my pillow case each night. however this doesn't stop the bacteria from spreading throughout the night though... but I do think it is helping!

I remember reading a post about someone using bare minerals (i think that's what it was called anyways) on their face at night as a protective layer between their skin and any bacteria that may spread at night! and they found that to help too.

perhaps you can search for that thread (I believe the author was trying to compare bare minerals to another product she used as a "barrier" on her face).

hth!
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Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:23 am      Reply with quote
Maybe you are putting too much cream on your face at night have you tried leaving it bare
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Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:38 am      Reply with quote
The night time product is called Rare Minerals by BE at I use it. It has natural anti-bacterial properties and also exfoliates skin throughout the night. For this reaon though, you should change you pillow case every night because the product will cause skin cell shedding onto the pillow case. Also, I read somewhere, an advice piece that instructed pople who suffer from night time acne to put 7 pillow cases on their pillow and then pull one off eachnight to expose a fresh, clean surface. I don't think this would be very comfortabel though. Another thing to think about is that maybe you are having an allergic reaction to the detergrent or fabirc softener that you use to wash your pillow case. You should try just washing in hot water with a mild soap life Ivory or Drift/Dreft (for babies) or avoid soap all together. I had a reaction t detergent before and broke out on my face. Sometimes what is cool for your body is not cool for your face. Also, try tying up your hair with a scarf so that oils and products don't spread toyour face throughout the night. It could even be that you are allergic to your shampoo or conditioner. I know its alot but if you want to get this thing U/C then yo got 2 be proactive. Your skin is supposed to be rejuvinating itself when you are asleep, not being irritated and breaking out. There is a culprit behind your break outs and you must id it and get it out of your bed! BTW, I have also found that resting my face on my husband's chest is a recipe for break outs. He is a clean guy too but its just the body oil that does not like my face . . .especially if we had a romantic night time "story." Very Happy I know most women like to be cuddles afterwards but I can't sacrifise my skin for a little cuddle time. Tell me if this seems to work for you.
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Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:06 pm      Reply with quote
Since you said you wash your pillowcases twice a week, i doubt it causes your breakouts. Maybe review the skincare you use at night.
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Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:15 pm      Reply with quote
Or perhaps you need to look at what soap/detergent you are using for your pillowcases...
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Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:21 pm      Reply with quote
Shawna wrote:
Or perhaps you need to look at what soap/detergent you are using for your pillowcases...


I second this. Liquid detergents are better than powder ones (they tend to leave a residue).

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Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:19 pm      Reply with quote
mud2005 wrote:
My skin really starts to break out at night. I try to wash my pillow cases + sheets almost twice in a week. However it is at night when I break out the most with new active pimples in the morning. I do notice I can't sleep on my back it has to be sideways thus resting half my face on a pillow case. I also tried to get better cases 300-400 thread count and what not.

Anyone ever consider getting a protective mask of some sort to prevent bacteria from getting to your face?

I'm sure Batman never had any of these problems!


MUD, have you thought about getting a FaceSaver or Save My Face pillow? Both pretty much work on the principle that you rest the heaviest part of your noggin on the pillow itself, but they are constructed in such a way that most of your face is actually not touching the pillow at all. They are actually designed as "anti-wrinkle" pillows.

The Save my Face pillow comes in 2 sizes; a "pillowette" that you use on top of your regular pillow, and a larger one you use instead of your pillow. Both are odd shaped, with a sort of "claw" structure at either end:
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The idea is that you rest your head on the bulky part of the pillow and part of your forehead and chin rest on the "claw" parts with the remainder of your face suspended.

From savemyface.com:
"For optimal anti-aging, respiratory, muscular and postoperative benefits, use the “Save My Face!” Pillowette in the following way while you sleep or rest:
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o Position your ear at the center of the crescent.
o Your forehead should be supported by the top of the crescent and the chin supported by the bottom of the crescent.
o Your head is supported so that your face is suspended in air and elevated from contact with your sleep surface."


The trouble with the Save my Face pillow is that it is incredibly expensive! The large will run you $80-$90 or more!!! The small one is about 1/2 that, but I think $45 for a pillow is INSANE! (If I were going to spend that kind of $ on a pillow, I'd save up for the Posturpedic (good for the neck/spine) which runs about $150.) You can get special pillowcases for this pillow, which also are not inexpensive.

The FaceSaver is only $20, but its design is significantly different than the Save my Face. It only has one angle, so if you flip from side to side in your sleep, you have to be conscious enough to take the pillow with you and rearrange it to the new sleeping position!
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Here's how you sleep on your side with this one:
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The facesaverpillow.com website lists a whole bunch of benefits of using their pillow:
http://www.facesaverpillow.com/benefits.htm
which are pretty much the same as the Save my Face pillow.

I'm thinking of developing my own face saving-type pillow. A couple summers ago, I designed and constructed a slipcover for a friend's sofa (which had all sorts of odd angles) so if I can sew up something THAT complicated and large, I can certainly come up with a pillow design! Wish me luck!

In any case, the purpose of this really long post is to point out alternatives to your regular pillow, something you can sleep on where most of your face isn't actually touching a pillow surface at all during the night.

HTH! Very Happy
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Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:52 pm      Reply with quote
Ruth wrote:
.... Batman probably sleeps on his back! LOL

I was thinking he probably hangs from the ceiling! Laughing
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Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:39 pm      Reply with quote
kls wrote:
Ruth wrote:
.... Batman probably sleeps on his back! LOL

I was thinking he probably hangs from the ceiling! Laughing


rofl ... and hence, has gravity working FOR him vs. against him, like the rest of us!

Hey, kls, if those are your initials, they are the same as mine!
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Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:04 pm      Reply with quote
MermaidGirl wrote:

... and hence, has gravity working FOR him vs. against him, like the rest of us!


Exactly! Laughing
BTW, I have one of those Save My Face pillows (the large one) & I it!
It was well worth the money. I had a crescent shaped pillow previous to this one & it didn't work very well because I'm constantly changing from side to side.
I was constantly waking up throughout the night to change the direction of the pillow Rolling Eyes
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Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:10 pm      Reply with quote
Batman probably sleeps hanging upside down. Laughing

Do you use an unscented detergent and no fabric softener? I used to be allergic to some detergents so I bought unscented ones. Then I stopped with fabric softeners for my sheets (for some reason my clothes don't affect me) this helped quite a bit. I used to get reddish small allergic spots when I used softeners but these went away when I stopped with them on my sheets. The sheets felt a bit stiffer without them but if you use a dryer this might not affect it much.
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Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:31 pm      Reply with quote
I use a fresh pillow case every two nights. (After one night I flip my pillow over.) I have a big stack of them in my closet and when I'm running low I have enough to do almost a full wash by themselves. I also use a feather pillow and kind of mold it under my face so that a lot of my face is exposed to air and not smothered by the pillow. Of course this position only lasts until I switch positions in my sleep but that's why a fresh case helps a lot.

I also agree that it could be your detergent and/or fabric softening liquid or sheets (if you use them).

HTH.

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Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:47 pm      Reply with quote
I too change my pillow cases alternate days and flip over that in-between day.....DH thinks I am nuts when he sees me trying to figure out which side is the fresh one Laughing My housekeeper tends to mix it up and I am too embarrassed to explain the facts Embarassed
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Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:28 am      Reply with quote
Hi everyone, I know this is a very old post, but recently I've come across a product (Fresh Pillow) that could make sense... I can't link to the product, but if you search for it, it should come up pretty easily. I haven't used it, but very intrigued and would like to try it. Especially since I mainly have breakouts on my cheeks and right on the side. Hopefully it helps...

Would definitely appreciate any reviews/feedback from anyone whose tried the Fresh Pillow.
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Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:33 am      Reply with quote
I don't think those pillows will work very well, and I'm sure they are only suitable for sleepers who don't move around much anyways. But if you're someone who ends up with the blanket upside down in the morning and pillows all over the floor, that's not gonna work at all. And if you think about it, you almost always get new pimples during the night because that's when your skin is most active. You should try changing your pillow case every night to see if that works better, or just place a fresh towel on top of your pillow every night
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Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:06 am      Reply with quote
Try switching to 100% cotton sheets and pillowcases.
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Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:27 pm      Reply with quote
good point! I do wake up with my pillow on the ground sometimes... But the site did get me thinking about how dirty my pillow can be... I do get some breakouts on the side of my face... And to think some don't wash their pillowcases every week, I know I haven't always!

Will do that for sure now... But if anyone did try these pillowcases, would love to hear how they worked out...
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:42 am      Reply with quote
Also, do you use a cellphone? If you do, you should try cleaning it everyday. A cellphone contains a lot of bacteria.. if you think about it, you're touching it with your dirty hands every day leaving all this grease, grime and bacteria on it. Also try holding the phone off your face too.
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Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:01 am      Reply with quote
Hi all, thanks for the replies and sorry, completely forgot about this thread. Yes I do use a cell phone quite a bit but I'm on a habit of using the speakerphone and car bluetooth. I've tried to utilize keeping things on my face and sleeping on my back (takes some getting used to). I'll relay the results if I notice an improvement. Thanks all.
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