Do Silk Pillowcases provide Comfort during Chemotherapy?

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A cancer diagnosis is never easy. Supporting a friend or loved one through this difficult situation can be challenging. Sometimes it’s hard to know how best to help, particularly during the physical and emotional ordeal of treatment and recovery. This is a time when even the smallest comforts -- like the simple gift of a pure silk pillowcase -- can make a big difference.

Why Silk makes a Difference during the Cancer Healing Process

It is well known that silk is prized for its beauty and softness. It’s a delight to sleep on because it feels gentle on sensitive skin. Recently many of the nation’s top hospitals recommend that their cancer patients sleep on mulberry silk for the unique benefits it offers during chemotherapy treatment.  During cancer treatment, delicate hair follicles are damaged, causing the hair to fall out. When the promising sign of hair regrowth begins the hair is very fragile and delicate this makes it prone to breakage. The goal of sleeping on silk is to create a gentle environment that fosters hair regrowth.

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The reason cotton pillowcases are not ideal to sleep on during recovery is because the fabric causes friction with hair. Delicate hair fibers can catch, split, and break on a cotton pillowcase. Cotton is also absorbent and can pull moisture away from hair. In contrast, silk fabric is smooth, soft, and creates low friction. It doesn’t cause stress to the delicate hair follicles; instead they glide across the surface of the pillowcase and are less prone too breakage. Silk also helps new hair retain the moisture necessary for continued growth. In fact, silk fibers have a similar structure to human hair, containing 97% amino acids and 3% waxy fat fibers. The smooth, de-tangling properties of silk make it a good choice for individuals experiencing chemo-related hair loss.

When Mulberry Park Silks was founded over 4 years ago, we never realized how many lives would be changed for the better just by using our products. Over the years we have been blessed to meet so many cancer survivors including their family and friends. We have listened to heartfelt stories of hope and have been inspired by the many ways our silk products provided a healthful comfort during a very difficult time. The review below is from our customer Dennis who explains very well the health benefits of silk for a loved one who was undergoing treatment.

“Top quality silk cases! We found out about using silk pillow cases from a nurse where my wife gets chemotherapy treatments. Like most, if not all patients of chemotherapy, she suffered hair loss from the treatments. Her hair regrowth was being limited by the use of cotton pillow cases which caused increased friction against her scalp as she slept and turned in bed. With the silk pillow case, the friction is virtually eliminated and in a short period of time, we can already see the result of hair growth on the back of her head matching the growth of hair elsewhere on her head. These are a must have for anyone experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy and is a real aid to helping the regrowth process. Buy these and you will be very pleased. Mulberry Parks Silks have the very best you can buy at the best price anywhere!”

                                           Dennis F., Mulberry Park Silks Customer

Making a Loved Ones Recovery a Bit More Comfortable

As you can imagine receiving this kind feedback has been enormously gratifying. We are so please to hear that in some small way we have been able to make someone’s life a bit more comfortable as they navigate through their journey of healing. As always, we are here to help in any way we can and answer any questions that you may have. You can learn more how silk provides comfort during chemotherapy here.

Thank you for being part of our Mulberry Park Silks family.

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Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.