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Are Silk Pillowcases Good For Skin?

Discover How Sleeping on a Silk Pillowcase Benefits Skin


When it comes to the end of the day, there’s nothing better than laying your weary head on a soft, comforting pillow. But no matter how comfortable your pillow might feel, it may actually be exacerbating skin problems or contributing to wrinkles - the opposite of what you are trying to achieve by getting an early night. 

Pillowcases are available in a range of different fabrics, from cotton, to polyester, to silk. They not only feel different from one another, but can also influence the health of your skin in different ways. Considering how much of our lives are spent asleep in bed, or smushing our faces into pillows, ensuring your pillowcase if benefiting you and not contributing to skin problems is extremely important. If you’re after healthier, clearer skin, silk pillowcases could be a better choice.

Silk pillowcases offer numerous advantages over their rivals, so it is no wonder they are booming in popularity in the beauty industry. A silk pillowcase benefits the skin by offering an ultra-smooth surface to help reduce friction and wrinkles, improve skin hydration, prevent breakouts, and much more. Let's delve deeper into the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase, compared to other traditional fabrics.

How do regular pillowcases affect your skin?

Cotton pillowcases

Cotton is perhaps the most popular material choice for pillowcases. However, its surface creates friction between your face and the pillow, causing tugging and pulling on the skin which can contribute to wrinkles and creases. Friction like this can also irritate delicate, sensitive skin and create inflammation that aggravates acne, leading to breakouts. 

Cotton is an absorbent material that can absorb oil, bacteria and moisture from your face and hair, accumulating grime overtime. Unless you wash your pillow very frequently, it is likely you are pressing your face into a dirty pillow every night and clogging your pores. By absorbing moisture and oils from your face, your pillow can contribute to dry skin and strip it of the essential oils that it needs to remain radiant and youthful. 

Linen pillowcases

Linen is often a popular choice as it is considered anti-allergenic and anti-bacterial, so is suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin. However, the fabric is even rougher than cotton so can cause damage to skin in the same way and contribute to wrinkles and inflammation.

Synthetic pillowcases 

Common synthetic fabrics used for pillowcases include polyester, nylon and satin. These man-made materials are similar to plastic fibres and are created by chemical reactions involving a number of toxic compounds. They are also often treated with harsh chemicals to prevent creases, or during dyeing and bleaching. Concerningly, these chemicals can be absorbed by the skin and, according to one study, may increase the risk of allergic dermatitis and other severe health problems.

Synthetic fabrics also don’t allow the skin to breathe and increase sweating. Skin bacteria feast on chemicals in sweat and release pungent odours. This smelly liquid can’t be absorbed by the fabric and collects in the spaces between synthetic fibres, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria - not ideal if you want clear healthy skin.

Silk pillowcase benefits

Silk pillowcases provide a luxurious, smooth and frictionless surface to rest your head. By preventing tugging on the skin, sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help reduce the amount of wrinkles and creases that arise from pressing your face into a pillow. Unlike other natural fibres, silk saps less moisture out of your skin, leaving you with plumper, more hydrated skin and a more youthful appearance - beauty sleep is real. Find out more about how a silk pillowcase benefits skin below. 

Keeps skin hydrated

Unlike traditional fabrics such as cotton, silk isn’t absorbent so it doesn't steal your skin’s precious moisture that you work so hard to put in. This makes silk pillowcases an especially good choice for people who naturally suffer from dry or sensitive skin.

Prevents wrinkles

Pressing your face into rough fabric not only feels horrible, it also causes friction that contributes to wrinkles and creases that appear overnight. Silk provides an especially soft surface with very little friction, so when you toss and turn throughout the night there is limited pulling on the skin. 


According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, dust mites are the most common cause of allergies. These mites often hide in our bedsheets and produce droppings that contain enzymes that may trigger allergies, such as asthma. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic thanks to its tight-weave structure, which keeps those pesky dust mites at bay.

Less sweaty

The structure of silk allows it to release excess heat and wick away moisture through tiny gaps. These gaps also enable it to trap warmth when it is colder, making it an excellent fabric for heat regulation.

Reduces chemical exposure

Many synthetic fabrics are created or treated with a plethora of toxic chemicals. Some sheets labelled “wrinkle free” are treated with a chemical called formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that can cause serious health problems. Silk sheets are 100% natural and don’t contain any nasties. By choosing silk pillowcases, you can sleep easy at night knowing you aren’t exposing your body to any harmful chemicals 


Rubbing and friction from cotton or other rougher fabrics can increase inflammation and worsen acne. Whereas silk provides a smooth surface to avoid irritation of the skin. One study found that people who slept on silk pillows were less likely to experience breakouts compared to cotton.

Our pillows are subjected to a concoction of sweat, bacteria, hair and skin products and, yes, drool. You don’t want these getting absorbed into your pillow fabric, as dirt and bacteria can contribute to breakouts. Silk is much less absorbent than other fabrics, so remains cleaner for longer, promoting healthier, clearer skin.

Not a fan of the idea of silk? We get it. That’s why we offer some fantastic silk alternatives that still provide the benefits of traditional silk

Eucalyptus silk pillowcase for skin

Our eucalyptus silk pillowcases are a great vegan alternative and are made from 100% eucalyptus, harvested from regenerative trees in Austria and the Czech Republic. The super-soft, silky fabric is hypoallergenic and prevents pulling on the skin, helping prevent creases and wrinkles. They are also Oeko-Tex certified, which means they are totally free from harmful chemicals or toxins.

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Clean silver pillowcase for skin

Although not made from silk, our clean silver pillow cases can also offer similar benefits for skin. Made from extra soft supima cotton woven with real antimicrobial silver yarn, these pillowcases fight bacteria and stay fresher for longer, protecting the skin from breakouts and acne aggravators.

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Sleeping on a silk pillowcase offers significant benefits when it comes to skin health, not to mention how much softer they feel. If you suffer from acne, are prone to breakouts, or have dry sensitive skin, your pillowcase may actually be making things worse. Switching to silk bedding could be the answer to radiant, hydrated and more youthful skin.