When you suffer from eczema, the clothes you wear can be the difference between clear skin and a bad flare up. For example, many people may experience increased irritation, sweating, overheating, and itchiness when they wear clothing made from wool or synthetic materials like polyester and nylon. That’s why it’s so important to protect your skin with eczema-friendly clothing. Read on to discover the best fabric for eczema sufferers.
Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
Your Skin and Clothing
As we mentioned, your clothing choices can make a big difference in how comfortable you are. Perhaps wool sets off the dreaded itchy while contact with polyester gives you a rash. Other fabrics that tend to be common culprits include latex, spandex, rayon, and rubber. These fabrics tend to be more tight-fitting rather than breathable, making them more likely to ignite a negative reaction as the body sweats more.
It’s also important to think about the dyes, resins, or chemicals used to make the clothing, as well as laundry detergent, and other chemicals used to treat the clothes you wear. Finally, be aware that fibers, fastenings, threads, and rough seams can also be problematic for those with eczema or sensitive skin.
The Best Fabric for Eczema
The best fabrics for eczema sufferers are breathable, soft, and free from nasty chemicals or harsh dyes.
100% cotton is a commonly recommended fabric for people who suffer from eczema. Not only is it cooling and soft, but it allows the skin to breathe. Plus, it’s great at absorbing sweat and is easy to wash. Here are some of our favorite pieces of cotton clothing:
Men's Drawstring Boxers - These non elastic boxers feature a double panel crotch and an easy access fly opening with a pouch. They’re the perfect choice for groin dermatitis or psoriasis.
100% Organic Cotton Front Closure Bra - Enjoy comfortable support with this cotton bra. 100% hypoallergenic, it’s free from annoying underwire. It even features an irritation-free label!
Scratch Mittens Top for Kids - With flat seams and exterior tear-off tags, this cotton top is the perfect scratching antidote for little ones. Because they’re made with mid-weight cotton, they protect skin without causing overheating.
100% Organic Cotton Lounge Pants - Our women's drawstring pajama pants are free from elastic, spandex, or latex. Comfortable and breathable, they’re a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
Bamboo is another breathable material that’s a favorite amongst eczema sufferers. It’s soft and more absorbent than cotton. It’s also great at regulating temperature and has antibacterial properties.
Eczema Gloves for Kids - Offering a tailored fit, these bamboo gloves help prevent children from scratching their eczema or psoriasis. Perfect to wear while sleeping or playing.
TENCEL™ is an eco-friendly, natural fiber that is made of renewable wood pulp. Gentle and soft on the skin, it’s naturally itch suppressing and helps inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Long Sleeve Shirt - This comfortable shirt helps protect the skin on the arms, chest, and back. The lightweight fabric is great for wearing underneath regular clothing as a layer of protection.
Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Long Pants - Step into soothing relief with these eczema pants that offer a legging-like fit. Made with TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc, they help protect the skin while also boosting the healing process.
Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Long Sleeve Baby Eczema Onesie with Mittens - This soft and cooling garment features fold over mittens that can be opened or closed. It also features moisture-wicking sweat control so that your baby is comfortable all day or night long.
Bio: Kazandra is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company with a flair for creative storytelling rooted in strategy. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.