We’ve all seen the claims that big beauty brands make that will supposedly solve your acne problem. The problem is that acne is a lot more complex than just utilizing Product A and B and your breakouts are gone. Some of us may be using these products and see no results and can’t figure out why we keep breaking out. There are many factors that can be a part of your acne problem, and one of them may be your sheets. We do spend at least 7 hours in bed everyday… hopefully! This is where our skin, the largest organ in our body, meets our sheets. Before diving into the importance of hypoallergenic sheets, let’s first understand how acne works and what we can implement to better our skin.
What Is Acne and How Does It Happen?
To tackle the problem of acne, we first need to understand what causes it. Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, causing whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples.
The 4 main factors that cause acne are excess oil sebum production, hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation. Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders because these are the areas of skin that have the most oil glands.
When we sleep; we sweat at night, shed all our dead skin cells, and disperse our bacteria on our sheets. All this buildup can cause your hair follicles to become plugged with bacteria and dead skin cells, creating breakouts.
How Do Sheets Affect Your Acne?
On average, we spend 35 years or almost half our life in bed. That is a lot of time spent on your sheets and pillowcases! How often do we take the time to really invest into the right sheets and pillowcases though? Even the savviest of us shop what is on sale or simply has the highest thread count. Let’s take a look at how your sheets affect your acne!
One fact about cotton sheets is their fibers trap sweat and bacteria. Cotton fibers also tend to capture more heat, leading to our body’s increased sweat gland activity, producing more sebum. This constant buildup of bacteria and sebum on your sheets can lead to more breakouts unless these sheets are washed every day to remove bacteria and dead skin cells trapped in the cotton fibers.
The Eucalyptus TENCEL™ Lyocell Sheet Difference
Washing your sheets every day or even frequently can be a bit laboring right? If you are a busy bee like me, this can be too much. So, what’s the alternative to help prevent breakouts and attain lower maintenance sheets? The answer: Antibacterial sheets in the form of Eucalyptus sheets. Eucalyptus fibers are hypoallergenic and make for great antimicrobial sheets. Translation: These sheets are perfect for people with acne-prone or sensitive skin. Additionally, they excel at helping with breakouts and inflammation of skin. Eucalyptus sheets naturally absorb and wick away moisture 70% better than cotton.
Our sheets are made of certified TENCEL™, the brand name for eucalyptus lyocell fabric, – a type of rayon. Using the certified brand name fabric ensures that the production process is truly sustainable, eco-friendly and adheres to all environmental claims. It also means that you know exactly what you are resting your face on. The fabric is made from regenerated fibers derived from natural materials. The production process of turning these natural materials into fabric means that they are neither fully natural like cotton nor artificial fibers such as polyester and nylon. Instead, it’s non-toxic chemical production process places TENCEL™ fabric in the semi-synthetic category. A unique closed-loop production process is used. This means that almost all the solvents are reused in manufacturing and don’t pollute the environment. These solvents are used to break down the wood pulp which is ultimately reformed into fibers used to make TENCEL™. TENCEL ™ Lyocell sheets are ultra-soft and silky with a distinct sheen to them – making them perfect for luxury bedsheet lovers who are also eco-conscious.
The Science Behind These Antibacterial & Hypoallergenic Sheets
Through moisture management, TENCEL™ Lyocell absorbs moisture efficiently, as measured by the Vapor Uptake test and Water Retention Value. In comparison to polyester and synthetics, and even to cotton, there is less available moisture formed on the surface of the fiber for bacteria to grow. Consequently, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers provide a less favorable environment for bacterial growth. On three of the odor-relevant bacterium types tested, (Staphylococcus epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli), a significantly lower growth rate was observed on TENCEL™ Lyocell compared to cotton and polyester under moderate humidity conditions.
The birth from the eucalyptus tree pulp makes these sheets naturally cooling and comfortable for hot sleepers. TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers support body temperature regulating properties through their moisture management. Derived from natural material, the microscopic fibrils of these cellulosic fibers are structured to regulate the absorption and release of moisture, contributing to fabric breathability that supports the body’s natural thermal regulation. This ability prevents our sweat glands from producing more sebum, reducing the need to constantly wash our sheets.
The high moisture absorption ability also generates a less favorable ambience for dust mites compared to cotton, as proven by NF G 39-011, the only normed European test for dust mite growth.
Let’s Wrap This Up
In addition to updating your bed sheets and pillowcases, try to get into the habit of washing your face before going to sleep to reduce the bacteria, dead skin cells, sebum, and dirt from going to your sheets. This will help you to wake up with radiant, glowing, beautiful skin.
So, if you’re having breakouts or dust mite allergies, that could be a great indicator to do something different for our skin. We all get those pimples… it’s just part of being a human. But if we give our skin a little more care and attention you can allow your skin to bounce back looking beautiful and radiant.
Our BLISS Eucalyptus Sheet Set is a great selection for those seeking the TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers, delivering all of the amazing benefits TENCEL™ has to offer such as the ultra-cooling effect, the silky-smooth touch, and its hypoallergenic fibers. You can sleep blissfully at night enjoying a comfortable and soft rest while knowing that your sheets are safe for your skin.