Lady with curly brown hair sleeping

Satin pillowcases are a godsend for both straight and curly hair. They reduce friction and maintain the moisture in your hair, helping to both preserve your style and keep it frizz-free. Satin pillowcases can also reduce the stress to your skin so you won’t wake up with “morning creases” anymore! You will also find that your skin, like your hair, retains more moisture with a satin pillowcase.

But could satin pillowcases they also be linked to acne? Recently on the CurlTalk forum, one member said that she had noticed fresh breakouts after sleeping on her satin pillowcase.

The good news is that it’s probably not the satin, although your pillowcase is acting as the “middleman.” Many curly hair products include heavy creams, which can make you more prone to breakouts. Satin is great for your hair and skin because it doesn’t absorb moisture, but if you have any thick product in your hair when you sleep, the oils from your hair that sit on the surface of your pillowcase will transfer to your face. However, this can also happen with cotton or silk pillowcases — especially if you don’t change your pillowcase often.

Before you ditch the satin pillowcase altogether, try these tips and see if your acne clears up!

  1. Wash your face last. Whether you shower in the morning or at night, you should wash your face after shampooing and conditioning your hair. Washing your face last will help ensure that you remove any oils or moisturizers that may dripped or otherwise gotten onto your face while you were doing your hair.
  2. Switch out your pillowcase. Regardless of the material, you should try to change your pillowcase every 2-3 days. This will help you to avoid laying your face on a pillowcase with several days worth of oil soaked into it or pooled on the surface.
  3. Pineapple your hair. Pineappling, developed by you, our fantastic community, is the magic way to get second-day hair. It is also great for keeping your hair away from your face when you sleep. For even better results, sleep on your back if you can. This way, any oils that are absorbed into the pillowcase won’t be transferred to your skin.
  4. Cover your hair. Need another way to keep those oils off of your face? Loosely cover your hair with a scarf . Don't wrap your curls too tightly, or you may become prone to sweating and breakouts.
  5. Hands off! When we said don’t touch your coils, curls or waves, we meant it! Touching your hair adds to the frizz-factor, and even worse, it will transfer oils from the hair products in your hair onto your skin when you touch your face.

Take these tips to heart so you can keep your curls and your clear skin!

What do you do to prevent breakouts caused by your favorite curly hair products?