in the UK reveal that nearly 3 in every 10
teenagers suffer from severe acne and require
treatment to prevent scarring. If you have
the condition then you are, no doubt, fully
aware of the causes, symptoms and common treatments
available to you so we won’t bore you
may be classified as inflammatory or non-inflammatory
and may appear in one of several forms, ranging
from whiteheads to pus-filled cysts. People
with inflamed acne may suffer skin damage and
scarring so it's worth treating as soon as
possible. Bacterial inflammation causes redness,
swelling and pain in the affected areas.
fabric of the pillowcase is specially woven to
be silky smooth to reduce irritation to the skin
on the face. Moisture is drawn away from the skin
reducing the risk of the skin sticking to the fabric.
This stops the skin from becoming damp and sticky.
This is important as irritation of the skin by
excessive sweating, irritating clothing and bedding
has been linked to worsening acne.
is a special coating on the fabric which kills
bacteria on contact. It doesn’t leak onto
your skin but it does help prevent the build-up
of bacteria such as p. Acnes which has been linked
to inflammation on the skin of acne sufferers.
37 patients suffering from acne on the face were recruited
into a study at the Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest
University Health Science Department, USA. The study was
conducted over 12 weeks with 18 patients using the DermaTherapy
pillow cases and 19 patients using an inactive standard
pillow case (placebo) to sleep on.
were not allowed to use any anti
acne medication prior to and
during the trial but facial moisturisers
The investigators were trying to see whether there was
a reduction in the number of spots on the face of each
patient using the DermaTherapy compared with the placebo.
In the DermaTherapy
group there was a 40% reduction in
non-inflammatory spots compared with
only 17% for those patients using
the placebo and a 49% reduction in
inflammatory lesions compared with
only 14% on placebo.
No individual patient of either group was completely cleared
of their acne but the trends do suggest that “DermaTherapy
Pillow Cases may be a useful addition to conventional medications
in the management of facial acne”.
- and if you have acne elsewhere then the sheets might