Dermatologist reveals the disgusting reason why you need to stop sleeping on old yellow pillows

A dermatologist has revealed why you must stop sleeping on old, yellow pillows immediately, as it can have a detrimental effect on your health and skin. 

Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, a board-certified dermatologist based in Mississippidivulged the hack on her TikTok earlier this month, where she often shares her skin tips, tricks and hacks.

Zubritsky explained why sleeping on a dirty pillow could be dangerous to your health, and why it was important to get rid of it.

‘If you’re sleeping on a dirty, old, yellow-stained pillow like this, this could be hazardous to your health,’ Zubritsky began, showing off photos of stained bedding in the clip.

Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, a dermatologist based in Mississippi, revealed why you needed to get rid of your yellow pillows 

Zubritsky is a board-certified dermatologist who often shares her skincare tricks and tips on her social media pages

Zubritsky is a board-certified dermatologist who often shares her skincare tricks and tips on her social media pages 

‘It’s actually an accumulation of dirt, grime and moisture that can lead to problems with your skin and your respiratory system and sleep health,’ she continued.

The dermatologist explained that moisture was the ‘number one’ cause of these yellow stains, which could be caused by drooling, sleeping with wet hair, oil from your skin, makeup and dead skin cells.

‘If your pillow is yellow, that can put you at risk for clogged pores, and cause breakouts and acne like this,’ Dr. Zubritsky explained, bringing up photos of those with acne as an example.

‘If you have sensitive skin, it could cause flares of things like atopic dermatitis, eczema and rosacea.’

And, if that wasn’t bad enough, Dr. Zubritsky also said that these yellow pillows were a ‘breeding ground’ for things such as dust mites.

‘These little mites love to eat up our dead skin,’ she said.

‘Your pillow is covered in them. It means you could be inhaling them, their urine or their feces.’

By inhaling these dust mites, she explained, it could ‘inflame’ or ‘irritate’ your airways, particularly if you have asthma.

Dr. Zubritsky said that the number-one culprit of yellow stains on pillows was from moisture

Dr. Zubritsky said that the number-one culprit of yellow stains on pillows was from moisture 

She explained that using yellow pillows could cause skin problems, particularly flares of things like atopic dermatitis

She explained that using yellow pillows could cause skin problems, particularly flares of things like atopic dermatitis 

She added that yellow pillows were a 'breeding ground' for dust mites, which loved to eat dead skin

She added that yellow pillows were a ‘breeding ground’ for dust mites, which loved to eat dead skin 

‘So, if your pillow looks like this, I’m sorry, but you’ve gotta get rid of it,’ she concluded.

Speaking to USA Today in October, Illinois-based pediatric allergist Dr. Zachary Rubin revealed that there could even be mold on these yellowing pillows.

‘These old yellow stinky pillows, while there is some type of emotional attachment to them, are exposing you to allergens and creating a breeding ground for mold,’ Dr. Rubin told the outlet at the time.

‘Plus, as these pillows wear off over time, they don’t give you the kind of neck support that you need.’

In the comments section of Dr. Zubritsky’s post, many seemed reluctant about getting rid of their trusty, beloved yellow pillows. 

Dr. Zubritsky urged her viewers to get rid of their yellow pillows if they had any

Dr. Zubritsky urged her viewers to get rid of their yellow pillows if they had any

In the comments section of Zubritsky's video, many joked that they would never get rid of their trusty yellow pillows

In the comments section of Zubritsky’s video, many joked that they would never get rid of their trusty yellow pillows

‘I’LL NEVER PART WITH HER,’ one person wrote.

Another agreed, typing, ‘It’s yellow bc I sleep on it bc its my fave.’

‘I ain never givin’ up my yellow pillow,’ someone else commented.

Others revealed how they maintained their own pillows from getting those dreaded yellow stains.

‘I switch out my pillow case like twice a week!’ the user wrote. ‘Never had a yellow pillow.’

One TikTok commenter agreed, ‘Pillows should be laundered every 4 months at least and have a protector.’

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