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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 but may not be the best choice. Yes, the loose material of cotton allows the skin to breathe easily but even the softest cotton is made from relatively coarse fibers that can aggravate sensitive skin. Other disadvantages to cotton are that it is prone to absorb moisture and can create abrasive friction that can irritate the skin if your child sweats. When cotton is used for wet wrapping it tends to be soggy, stretch out of shape and leave a child miserable. Granted, cotton is much more comfortable than synthetic fabrics or wool. It’s certainly not the top choice of parents, however.
  2. Silk - Silk eczema clothing has long been popular in the UK and up until recently was covered in the National Health Society but it may be more psychological than physical. Silk tends to be a much better choice over cotton because it feels smoother but is expensive and difficult to care for. A recent study at the University of Nottingham in the UK has also shown that there is no real benefit to treating eczema with silk clothing. 
  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® Skin 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 a 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

Eczema fabric treatment using Zinc Oxide Wet Wrapping Itch Control

We are proud to sell a variety of eczema suits, eczema sleeves, eczema sleepwear, and eczema bottoms for children suffering from eczema. 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. Search for a Smile in the Moon Free eBook. 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.  

 





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Size Charts

BABY & KIDS SIZE CHARTS

With Soothems, it's easy to find the size that fits your child best. Use the size charts below and match the height and weight or circumference range that is closest to your child’s.

Do not rely solely on age

If you have any questions regarding the fit of an item, please contact Soothems at wecare@soothems.com or call +612.601.0700, we are happy to help.

Soothems Body Measurement Size Chart

Soothems Baby size chart for Eczema Sleepsuit onesie romper pajamas infant

Children Suffering from Eczema Size Chart Pajamas Sleepwear Wet Wrap Toddler Kids AD

Eczema Rash & Itch Relief Sleep Cap for Baby & Toddler

Circumference Fit Guide

Sleep Cap Size Chart Seborrheic Dermatitis Eczema Cradle Cap Itching Scalp Skull Hat Beanie

Eczema Itch Relief Arm & Leg Wrap Sleeves – Baby & Kids – Pair

Circumference Fit Guide

Wet Therapy Clothing SkinSmart Irritation Free Tencel Scratch Socks Organic eSoothe Rescue Sensitive Skin Allergy Clothing Exzema Natural AD Knee Arms Newborn Infant Girl Boy Rescue Irritated Moisturizing Cream Protect Moisture Relieve Dermatologist

SOOTHEMS ADULT SIZE CHARTS

Men's Eczema, Psoriasis, and Sensitive Skin Soft Treatment Shirt Sizing

Men's Eczema, Psoriasis & Sensitive Skin Treatment Shirt Eczema Psoriasis Itchiness Burning Dry Skin Smart Heal Rash Allergy Clothes Remedy Wear Moisturizing Cream Steroid Sensitive Plaque AD Organic Relieve Natural Dermatologist eSoothe Rescue Wear Skinnies Plaque, Psoriatic and Guttate

Women's Eczema, Psoriasis, and Sensitive Skin Soft Treatment Shirt Sizing

Ladies Eczema Psoriasis & Sensitive Skin Treatment Shirt Itchiness Burning Dry Skin Smart Heal Rash Allergy Clothes Remedy Wear Moisturizing Cream Steroid Sensitive Plaque AD Organic Relieve Natural Dermatologist eSoothe Rescue Wear Skinnies Plaque, Psoriatic and Guttate

Adult Eczema – Psoriasis Treatment Sleeve Wrap Bandage

 Arm & Leg Circumference Fit Guide

Adult Eczema - Psoriasis Treatment Sleeve Wrap Bandage Wet Wrapping Therapy Clothing SkinSmart Irritation Free Tencel Scratch Socks Organic eSoothe Rescue Sensitive Skin Allergy Clothing Exzema Natural AD Knee Arms Rescue Irritated Moisturizing Cream Protect Moisture Relieve Dermatologist

 Adult Eczema – Psoriasis Therapy + Relief Skull Cap

Circumference Fit Guide

Using soft tape, measure around your head, from the center of your forehead, keeping tape straight and parallel to the floor. Measure around the fullest part.

Adult Eczema - Psoriasis Therapy + Relief Skull Cap Plaque Hat Dry Scratch Treatment Skull Beanie Therapy Zinc Oxide Scalp Caps Seborrheic Dandruff Exzema Atopic Dermatitis

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