Benzoyl Peroxide & Fabric Bleaching: Four Ways to Avoid Ruining Sheets, Towels and Clothes When Treating Acne

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Rachel Duran


Rachel DuranWaking up with zits and blemishes is enough of a downer. But that wrong-side-of-the-bed feeling is amplified when you roll over to discover the sheets are stained from your acne medication. 

While benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ally for your skin, the frustration of ruining yet another pair of pajamas or pillowcase shouldn’t be a side effect of your acne treatment. For clear, healthy skin without blotching your wardrobe, try these four fabric preservation tips.

White Out

While you should be mindful of mingling benzoyl peroxide with any fabric, cotton is especially vulnerable to bleaching—particularly your colored cotton favorites. The easiest way to avoid unsightly bleach marks is to stock up on white towels, sheets, and bedding. And yes your pink Hello Kitty pajamas are adorable, but when you’re treating acne with benzoyl peroxide, wearing a white t-shirt to bed is a safer bet.

Stain-Resistant Shopping

If it’s colored sheets you crave or a set of summery towels, you’re in luck. Benzoyl peroxide-friendly, synthetic microfiber fabrics do exist. Check out the sheet selection at Target and stain-stopping towels at LL Bean for soft hues that resist the bleaching powers of your blemish medication. Check out the antimicrobial Nufabrx Pillowcase, too.

Perfect Timing

Benzoyl peroxide is a great treatment at night. If your skin can tolerate more than just one application, try making your second dose first thing in the morning while you’re still in your white t-shirt. Let the cream dry while you have breakfast. Use extra caution when applying benzoyl peroxide during the day: motion and sweat can cause the product to interact with your clothing and discolor your collar.

Wash Up

Most people don’t wash their sheets enough but those with acne should pay extra attention to how often they make a fresh bed. Your epidermis is shedding dead skin cells (and therefore your acne medication) as you sleep. A hot wash once a week will eliminate some of the skin-clogging, stain-causing debris. And if you need an extra thorough washing, fill a sink with cool water and an oxygen-based bleach (like OxiClean) and soak overnight. Then wash as usual.

  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin

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