Sleeping Position Affects Skin Health

Our sleeping position can have a bad impact on the skin and cause acne and wrinkles. The signs can be puffy eyes, acne and flat cheeks on only one side.


The way we sleep really reflects our appearance and position which can affect our skin. Dr. Kiran Lohia, Celebrity Dermatologist explains about skin problems due to the wrong sleeping position, quoted by Timesofindia.

Can sleeping on a pillow affect the skin?

Sleeping on your back is the best position for sleeping. Maintaining a 20-30 degree angle allows for better drainage of fluids in the body. However, many choose to sleep on their side or on their stomach.

This can push your face into the pillowcase, and will make any cream or product you’ve used on your face go to waste as it will stick to the pillowcase. The best solution is to clean the pillowcase frequently, as this can cause breakouts or even a rash.

How can sleeping on your stomach affect your skin?

Many people like to sleep in this position, but it is the worst way to sleep for anyone. Like when we sleep, our skin needs to breathe. This position pushes the entire face into the pillow, blocking the skin follicles.

This causes clogged pores, acne, and lines. Pressure on the face can also cause puffy eyes and can make eye bags thicker. Your facial structure sticks to the pillow every night for 8 hours, it puts a lot of pressure on your skin.

In the end, this position can make your face flatter and trigger wrinkles. To avoid all this, it is best not to sleep in this position.

How can your side affect your skin?

This position has less damage to the skin than the prone position. However, this is also not an ideal position. When you sleep on your side, you put tremendous pressure on one side. This makes your cheekbones become unbalanced between the right and left, and can trigger wrinkles in the cheek area, because all the friction and pressure is at one point. Also, if you have applied skin care products, they may spread on the pillow and not be absorbed by your skin.

How can back affect your skin?

Sleeping on your back is the ideal position for sleeping. First, you’re not putting too much pressure on your facial skin, which will lead to fine lines, uneven facial contours and will make your skin younger and smoother. Compared to sleeping on your side or on your stomach, fluid won’t build up around your eyes, making them puffy.

In addition, your face will not touch the pillowcase, avoiding the exchange of oil, dirt. This will prevent skin irritation or acne. Allow your skin to heal on its own overnight by sleeping on your back.

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