Clothes to wear if you have eczema
10-15% of the Australian population have eczema or atopic dermatitis. We have one of the highest rates of eczema in the world. The current population in Australia is about 26 million therefore 2.6 to 3.9 million Australians have eczema. In certain age groups such as infants, this condition affects 1 in 3 babies. In most children, the condition eventually resolves but in 1 in 10 it continues into adult life. In childhood, the incidence is similar in males and females. However, it is more prevalent in adult women the adult men.
I am often asked what is the best clothing for children and adults with eczema.
Previously it was thought that all wool fabrics can aggravate eczema. It is now thought that standard wool which has a diameter of 35 to 40 microns can irritate eczema-prone skin. In contrast, merino wool 12 to 21 microns in diameter is a thinner, softer, gentler fabric that tends not to irritate eczema-prone skin. Wool provides natural insulation and is breathable.
Cotton which is 100% tends to be non-irritating and breathable. Cotton blends providing the majority of the fabric is cotton is also acceptable.100% cotton absorbs sweat but does not wick it. It is highly breathable but when it gets saturated with perspiration it can leave drenched with sweat. Adding a synthetic such as polyester can improve the garment’s ability to wick away sweat from your skin.
Silk particularly 100% silk is another good fabric for people with eczema.
Bamboo is another natural fibre that is breathable, more absorbent than cotton and better at regulating body temperature. Look for viscose bamboo or viscose-derived bamboo,
Lyocell which has brand names such as Tencel is derived from bamboo or wood pulp. It is also made without toxic chemicals. We also recommend this fabric,
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