Your Pillowcase and Towels
Studies show that lab samples of toilet seats and pillowcases are nearly identical. Yep, your pillow is as much a breeding ground for bacteria as your toilet. Add to that dirt, oil, dust, and dead skin, and you can see why your pillowcase could be sabotaging your clear skin efforts. Sleeping on your back can help a bit, but to really avoid exposing your skin to a cocktail of pore-cloggers, sleep on freshly laundered pillowcases as often as possible. Because microbes multiply so rapidly, aim to wash your pillowcases every two or three nights. And skip the fabric softener and fragranced laundry detergents, which only irritate skin.
Your towels may not be as much of a danger zone as your pillowcase, but the same principles apply. Between the fact that towels spend much of their time damp (bacteria multiplies fastest in wet environments) and in the bathroom (where bursts of microscopic germs are spread with each flush of the toilet), it’s no surprise that they could be causing problems for you skin. To keep the skin risks low, dry your face with a fresh towel every day. And remember, hair towels, body towels, hand towels, and face towels are all to be kept separate. If your last rinse in the shower didn’t take care of the last bit of conditioner, that’s okay. But you don’t want it clogging your just cleaned pores later.