A Hygiene Practice Most People Ignore - Sleep Expert Warns Failing To Change Your Pillow Every 6 Months Can Cause Acne and Allergies

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'A good pillow is just as important as a good bed for getting a good night’s sleep. You may have a favorite pillow that seems to help you sleep better. But it could cause acne and trigger allergies if it is more than six months old, one expert claims.

Dr Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Mebane, North Carolina, told The Huffington Post that people sleeping on old pillows might be pressing their faces against dirt, oil and dead skin cells, which can cause acne.

The research centre works with engineers and scientists to develop better products and improve the quality of sleep for people by helping them pick the right mattresses and pillows.

Dust mites also set up home in pillows and can exacerbate asthma and trigger allergic reactions, according to Dr Mark Neustrom, an allergist & immunologist at Kansas City Allergy and Asthma Associates.

The American Lung Associations tells us "Dust mites are not parasites; they don't bite, sting or burrow into our bodies.'


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