Have you noticed that sleeping on one side of your face creates more breakouts on the cheek you sleep on than on the other one?   Or maybe you’re getting a little long in the tooth and are seeing more wrinkles than you care to admit.  What woman loves the moment she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror and sees her mother staring back at her?

ANY takers?  Didn’t think so.  If any of those scenarios ring a scary bell with you, keep reading.  You’ll discover two reasons why sleeping on your side or stomach is doing your face more harm than good.


Dirty pillowcases are notorious for housing oil, dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria.  What’s the point of religiously cleansing your skin every night if you’re just going to put it on a pore clogging pillowcase?  It’s like washing your veggies and then placing them on a dirty cutting board you used to chop fish three days ago.  You’d never do that!  Isn’t it time to start treating our skin with the same care we give our food?

Just as important as what you sleep on is how long you sleep.  Not getting enough shut eye is also bad for acne sufferers.  Running low on pillow time creates stress in the body.  Stress and inflammation go hand in hand in creating a breeding ground for acne.

“Increase your body’s ability to fight acne by aiming for 7-8 hours of shut eye each night.” – IDARA HAMPTON


Not only does sleeping on your back help with keeping your skin clear, it also helps with fighting premature aging.  Side and stomach sleepers unknowingly give Mother Nature a chance to add years to their lovely mugs.  How does this happen?

A new study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), indicates that compression, tension, and shear forces are applied to the face during sleep.  This pressure causes facial distortion which leads to wrinkles over time in people who sleep on their sides and stomachs.

According to ASAPS member and lead author, Dr. Goesel Anson, those wrinkles “tend to worsen over time due to repetition combined with thinning of the skin and decreased elasticity as we age.”  Major bummer.  The forehead, lips and cheeks are hardest hit by side sleeping.

Get this, to add insult to injury, wrinkles formed as a result of physical compression during sleeping can’t be corrected with Botox.  Why is that the case?  Sleep wrinkles, unlike the ones we naturally get as we age, aren’t caused by muscle contractions.  Ready to start sleeping on your back now?



I’d be off point if I didn’t mention that sleeping in a flat position can allow fluid to gather around the eyes.  I seriously doubt you want to add puffy eyes to your list of skin woes.  Here are a couple of options that may just help you stay acne, wrinkle and puffy eye free: back-to-sleep pillow and the pilookie.  Of course, you could always sleep on 2 pillows at a time.  It’s up to you.  Either way, your skin will thank you.


Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these posts is engaging in the conversation they start. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Will you try sleeping on your back for better skin?


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BY PRESS RELEASE, “Study Shows Stomach and Side Sleeping Positions Cause Facial Distortion and Wrinkles Over Time,” https://www.prime-journal.com/study-shows-stomach-and-side-sleeping-positions-cause-facial-distortion-and-wrinkles-over-time/  Cosmetic Medicine, August 9, 2016.