Okay, shame on me. This is supposed to be a Hygiene/Beauty 101 and I flunked it! I was quite ecstatic about two weeks ago when I saw my skin cleared of pimples after two straight months of terrible outbreak a.k.a “The Uglies”. However, it was a short-lived joy because just after three days, I spotted small pesky pimples forming on the outer part of my cheeks near my hairline. It was only until early this week that I suspected it could be my dirty pillow case that’s causing my pimples. How did I find out?
All it Took was a Clean Towel
I couldn’t think of any other reason for my breakouts until I remembered that I haven’t changed my bed sheets for a very, very long time. And guessing the cause of the pimples just by looking at them, they were small, clustered yet scattered and sometimes itchy which meant that they were triggered or at least worsened by bacteria/molds. It was also weird that I was only having them on my cheeks–and I do like to sleep on my side with either my left or right cheek resting on my pillow. Since I didn’t have time to change my bed covers, I placed a clean towel on my pillow instead to protect my skin and do a little experiment. And, lo and behold, in 3 days, my pimples started clearing up!
More Than Bedbugs
Believe it or not, bed sheets and pillowcases that are not regularly changed are bacteria and mold heaven. It’s because we unconsciously shed dead skin as our skin rubs against our bed sheets and pillow cases during sleep. These dead skin shreddings, having a good amount of protein in them, are like perfectly roasted steaks for bacteria. Worse, if you’re the type who don’t shower before you hop to bed or have the habit of wearing your dirty clothes or makeup to sleep, then it makes contamination happen much faster. If you leave in a mold-prone environment, dirty bedsheets can cause you more than fungal pimples but a wayward of other skin problems like allergies and rashes. And let’s not get started about the consequences of dirty bedding to our health!
How Often Do You Change Your Bed Sheets?
I’m so ashamed to say that I’m a girl and the last time I changed my bed sheets was probably four to five months ago… I know, it’s disgusting! For some reason, it really takes a long time for my sheets to start having that “humanly” smell so I often forget to change them. Usually, I just change them because I want a change of colors or am really craving for the “fabric softener” freshness. How can I feed myself lousy excuses, right? But after this pimple outbreak incident, I decided to dump all my very dirty and highly contaminated bed sheets and pillowcases into the washing machine and finally change my bed covers this morning. I hope I can keep this up, though. Time to enlist in Sesame’s Viva Challenge: Change Your Pillowcase Regularly!
Shucks, I forgot about my three-week old towels!