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What is the Best Fabric for Eczema?

When you suffer from eczema, your clothes 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 protecting your skin with eczema-friendly clothing is so important. Read on to discover the best fabric for eczema sufferers.

Please remember that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, we are not medical professionals. Therefore, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately if you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection.

Your Skin and Clothing

As we mentioned, your clothing choices can significantly affect your comfort. 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 than breathable, making them more likely to ignite an adverse reaction as the body sweats more.

It’s also essential to consider the dyes, resins, or chemicals used to make the clothing, laundry detergent, and other chemicals used to treat your clothes. 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 excellent 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 underwires. 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. In addition, because they’re made with mid-weight cotton, they protect the skin without causing overheating.

100% Organic Cotton Lounge Pants (for women)

Our women's drawstring pajama pants are free from elastic, spandex, or latex. Comfortable and breathable, they’re an excellent choice for sensitive skin.

100% Organic Cotton Lounge Pants (for men)

100% Cotton Lounge Pants (for Men)

The same great pants, but for men.



TENCEL™ is an eco-friendly, natural fiber 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. In addition, 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 boosting healing.




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 medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.