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What to Know About Eczema Friendly Fabrics

November 13, 2017

What to Know About Eczema Friendly Fabrics

Eczema Fabrics to Avoid vs. Best Fabrics for Eczema 

There are a number of trigger factors that affect children with eczema. These include everything from dry skin and household irritants to stress and diet. But what about your child’s clothing? Could what your darling wears on a regular basis be exacerbating their symptoms? We've done our homework and want to share what we've found to be the best fabrics for eczema as well as the fabrics to avoid. Starting with the most irritating eczema fabric to the best fabrics for eczema. You will probably be surprised by the results.

  1. Cotton - This material is a fairly popular choice for children with eczema. The loose material of cotton doesn’t aggravate the skin, allowing it to breathe easily. But there are some disadvantages to cotton. For one, it’s prone to absorbing moisture and creating an abrasive movement that can irritate the skin if your child sweats. Granted, cotton is much more comfortable than synthetic fabrics or wool. It’s certainly not the top choice of parents, however.
  2. Silk - It’s no question that silk feels soft and looks luxurious. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, silk reduces the risk of infections in eczema-prone skin. Silk tends to be a much better choice over cotton.
  3. Wool - This may be the worst material of the bunch. The itch takes place when the ends of some wool fibers push against the skin, resulting in nerve endings in the skin being stimulated. This only leads to additional skin irritation and scratching, causing a domino effect of more inflammation and itching. Be aware that some wool clothing contains traces of natural lanolin, a known eczema trigger.
  4. Fleece - It’s a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to fleece and eczema. The main thing to be aware of with fleece is that of your child getting too hot, which obviously makes symptoms worse. There’s also the bulkiness aspect of fleece clothing. Because of this, there can be uncomfortable bunching around the elbows, shoulders, and knees. Not to mention, it’s no fun when the fuzz of the fleece catches on dry skin. A solid chunk of skin care experts would agree that clothing made of thin fleece fabrics is worth trying for your child. Fleece makes for a nice lightweight top layer as we approach spring.
  5. Microfiber clothing - More and more children with eczema are turning to microfiber material for eczema relief. Does it really work? Well, microfiber fabrics tend to be more absorbent than cotton and may work better for some children. Your kiddo will appreciate that this kind of clothing is not inherently irritating and doesn’t feel rough on their skin. 

The Difference of TEWLTect Smart Fabric and why it's the best choice of fabric for eczema

We believe that your child deserves less itch and more smile. That’s how we came up with the idea of our therapeutic clothing for eczema. Soothems eczema clothing is made from a proprietary smart fabric called TEWLTect, a blend of high-performance sustainable polymer fibers enhanced with the biopolymer called Chitosan and Zinc Oxide. TEWLTect has an unmatched ability to provide a positive, soothing effect that reduces itchiness and helps keep moisture in the skin. This smart fabric can be used as an occlusive barrier wet or dry, with or without emollients, and in combination with any medication.

Here are some interesting facts about TEWLTect:

  1. It’s an environmentally sustainable blend of natural cellulosic polymer fibers encapsulated in zinc oxide; 60 percent TENCEL™, 35 percent TANBOOCEL™, and 5 percent Creora™ spandex.
  2. It offers maximum wearing comfort because the yarns are soft, pliable, symmetrically rounded, smooth, breathable, and virtually friction-free to limit chafing as much as possible.
  3. The cellulose fibers it contains have been independently tested to show they will absorb half of their own weight in moisture before feeling damp. This makes the smart fabric much more superior to fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon, and even silk. TEWLTect is in a class of in its own in part because it allows the release of moisture to aid in preserving skin moisture, thereby promoting the ideal climate for the human skin. The properties of the cellulose fibers help regulate body temperature for greater comfort and can relieve skin irritation.
  4. Chitosan is clinically proven to promote healing by inhibiting bacteria growth on human skin. It prevents and alleviates infections, stores moisture, binds proteins, and is hemostatic.
  5. Zinc Oxide is clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory, soothing to the skin, and even acts as a protective layer on the skin to lock in moisture.  

More Than Just Eczema Clothing

We are proud to sell a variety of eczema suits, eczema sleeves, eczema sleepwear, and eczema bottoms. But our efforts don’t end there. We believe in the therapeutic power of an imaginative story that entertains, empathizes, and normalizes life with eczema. Our solution for easing this uncomfortable condition is to have your child put on their Soothems garment and then read them one of our special bedtime story books. We’re certain that the combination of the garment with the magic print and our books will delight them into a more restful night’s sleep.

It’s time to set your child up with success in dealing with their eczema. Shop our eczema clothing now.   

Size Charts

+ Soothems work best when worn tight fitting, but not restrictive.
+ Soothems are designed with a generous amount of stretch so they can fit close to the skin.
+ We recommend that if there is any doubt about size selection, the next larger size should be chosen provided it will still fit snugly.
+ Soothems are a personal healthcare medical device and therefore are not eligible for returns or exchanges once the poly bag seal has been broken 
+ or the poly bag has been opened and / or the product has been removed from the poly bag. If you have any questions regarding the fit of an item, please contact Soothems at or call +612.601.0700, we are happy to help.

Body Measurement

Relief Skull Cap

+ Using a soft tape, measure around the head just above the ears, across the forehead to determine circumference
+ TEWLTect smart fabric has a generous amount of stretch. 

Arm & Leg Sleeves

+ Using a soft tape, measure around the bicep for arm sleeve or mid-thigh to determine circumference
+ TEWLTect smart fabric has a generous amount of stretch
+ We recommend a snug fit so choose the smallest size closest to the child's bicep or mid-thigh circumference measurement
+ Sleeve shape tapers from widest circumference width to fit forearm or calf

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