What to wear for eczema and what the type of fabrics and clothes to dress your eczema bub in can make a big difference in managing eczema well and avoiding eczema flare ups. Choosing eczema friendly clothing and fabrics which are less irritating for sensitive skin is all part of living with eczema.

what is the best clothing for eczema?

We always want to keep eczema skin cool as being hot and bothered is a big trigger for eczema flare ups. Keeping eczema skin cool means choosing clothing which can breathe and doesn’t make the skin sweat. We also want to avoid any contact irritation with eczema skin, so choosing loose fitting clothing for eczema is also important.

cotton clothing and eczema

Cotton clothing for eczema is smooth and lets the skin breathe so it keeps cool. Choosing to wear 100% natural soft cotton clothing for eczema will help to prevent eczema flare ups because it doesn’t trap heat close to the skin.

clothes to avoid with eczema

Clothing which is made of rough fabrics can irritate eczema and should generally be avoided when choosing eczema clothing. Fabrics which can irritate eczema are:

  • polyester, which although it looks smooth is made up of tiny little fibres that can irritate eczema skin
    synthetics like latex
  • wool
  • denim
  • rough linen
  • leather.

what is eczema friendly clothing?

Eczema friendly clothing is made up of a few different things, generally the best clothes for eczema are:

  • 100% soft cotton, although some eczema bubs are okay with a cotton blend
  • have irritation free labels, which are often sewn into side seams or printed directly onto the clothing, or just cut the labels off yourself
  • have soft seams, uncovered seams can irritate eczema skin
  • don’t have fancy embellishments on them like adhesives and patches which can irritate eczema skin
  • have necklines big enough so when you’re getting them on and off they don’t rub against your little one’s face.

other tips for eczema friendly clothing

Always pre-wash any new clothes for your eczema bub before they wear them to get rid of any irritants which are sitting on the clothing or any loose dyes which can irritate eczema skin.

This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love by Julia and the itchy baby co. team. X

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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