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Spending Too Much Time in Bed Can Actually Wreak Havoc on Your Skin

Pre-COVID, I used to daydream about being able to spend an entire day in bed. Thanks to quarantining and working from home for the foreseeable future, I’ve got what I wished for: my bed is now my office, my living room, and to be completely honest, sometimes my kitchen table.

And while it’s bliss, of course there’s a catch.

For anyone else who spends most of their days working on their laptop propped up against a couple pillows, then hits the sheets at night without changing or washing them every few days, your pillowcases may actually be contributing to breakouts — especially for certain skin types.

“Dirty pillowcases may cause acne in people who are prone to breakouts,” Lian Mack, MD, board-certified dermatologist at GlamDerm Gramercy Laser and Medical Dermatology in New York, tells InStyle. “Over the course of a few days, dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria can build up on the pillow’s surface. These three components may lead to acne breakouts.”

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