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Fabrics and Your Sensitive Skin

When the weather gets cold, you dress to stay warm, but if you have sensitive skin, what you’ve chosen to wear may be contributing to itchiness and other unpleasant reactions. You could also be overdressing and sweating underneath those warm outer garments. Getting too sweaty, however, is not the best state of affairs for people whose skin is overly sensitive.

Choose Clothes and Fabrics That Are Kind to Your Skin

Eczema is bad enough, but winter weather can make your skin condition worse. It’s not always the temperature nor the inside and outside temperature changes your experience during colder weather that are affecting you. It can be the fabrics that are coming in contact with your skin that’s causing the itchy feeling.

If you have eczema, your skin prefers fresh air and wants to breathe. Synthetic fabrics won’t let your skin breathe, so they’re best avoided. Choose clothes made from cotton or silk to help ensure your sensitive skin gets all the air it needs. Along with synthetics, wool should also be on your list of what not to wear. It may be warm, but it’s also quite scratchy and should be kept away from easily irritated skin.

Like synthetic fabrics, tight clothes are going to inhibit your sensitive skin’s preference for air and cause itching. In addition to opting for looser-fitting clothes, remove labels and tags that can rub against you. You may even want to go as far as covering fabric seams with cotton or silk so that they don’t cause any irritation.


Give Some Consideration to Bed Sheets and What You Wear While You Sleep

You need your sleep, but if you have a skin condition such as eczema, sleep can be uncomfortable. A U.S. dermatological study showed that people with the skin condition had a greater degree of daytime sleepiness, fatigue and insomnia. There was also a correlation between the skin condition and the number of sick days at work, doctor visits, and overall health. A good night’s sleep is a factor in maintaining good health, but having sensitive skin shouldn’t deprive you of the bed rest you need. Soft and breathable cotton fabrics are the best choices for bed linens and sleepwear if your skin is susceptible to irritation and itching. Overall, don’t wear anything tight or scratchy to bed. Choose loose, airy, and 100-percent cotton bedclothes and don’t overdress for bed and wake up sweaty.

If you tend to unintentionally scratch the irritated portions of your skin while you sleep, you may wish to consider wearing soft cotton gloves to bed. This can also help you to train yourself to not scratch irritated skin while you sleep.


Stay Warm, Get a Good Night’s Rest and Consider Professional Help for Your Itchy Skin

You can choose the right clothes, fabrics, and bed linens to help protect your sensitive skin, but don’t leave out getting the proper medical treatment for your condition. Many skin conditions can worsen if left untreated, despite the attention you pay to the fabrics you wear. Windsor Dermatology provides cutting-edge treatments for a wide range of skin conditions, and you have much to gain from working with our board-certified specialists. Call us at 609-443-4500 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.