The Lowdown on Fabrics for Eczema Sufferers

The Lowdown on Fabrics for Eczema Sufferers

Jennie Lyon

Deciding what to wear first thing in the morning is always a pain. But, in the case of eczema sufferers, it can ACTUALLY be a pain. Already damaged and broken skin is very sensitive and whatever fabrics are rubbing up against it can cause further irritation, or in some cases even cause another flare up. What fabrics should you choose when you are shopping for clothes for you and your eczema child?

Best Fabrics

As far as fabrics go, cotton is usually the go to for most eczema sufferers. It is usually loose on the body and allows the skin to breathe. It’s soft and generally doesn’t irritate already irritated skin, but there are a few drawbacks. If it gets wet, it becomes incredibly heavy and clammy, meaning that it isn’t perfect for wet wrap therapy. It also doesn’t stay tight against the skin, which can be an issue if you are trying keep moisture and eczema-ointments against it. That said, cotton clothes are plentiful, affordable, and having extensive cotton options in your closet might make your life easier, as far as eczema comfort goes.

Silk is a popular choice for eczema-safe fabrics because of how incredible soft and smooth it feels on the skin, there is no abrasiveness at all. That said, silk clothing is often quite expensive and completely unsuited for wet wrap therapy. 

Tencel is a revolutionary, new age fiber that we use in many pieces of our Eczema Therapy Clothes. It is one of the softest materials in the world, has natural anti-itch properties, stays in close contact with the skin for effective moisturizing treatment, and actually even inhibits the growth of bacteria, reducing the danger of a skin infection. Tencel is also the perfect fabric for wet wrap therapy, as it retained 50% more moisture than cotton and keeps in close contact with the skin, even when wet.

We have a number of different Tencel clothing options in our store. For eczema toddlers, we have our Eczema Rescue Suit, the full body suit that allows you to treat the entire body with wet wrap therapy. For older eczema children, we have the Wrap-E-Soothe Top and Wrap-E-Soothe Bottom for eczema treatment. For both adults and eczema children, we have our Tencel Eczema Sleeves, that help you treat eczema in places like your joints. When combined with wet wrap therapy and an eczema-safe ointment, all of these Eczema Clothing pieces can effectively treat your eczema throughout both the day and night. We also have Tencel Eczema Sheets that are amazingly soft and anti-itch.

Worst Fabrics

Fabrics with Dye

Watch out for fabrics with dye, especially blue and black dye or any dyes that fade or glow in the dark. If you have eczema, your skin is extremely sensitive and you should only wear fabrics that are dye and chemical free. We live in a very high-tech world and that goes for fabric too. Educate yourself on what fabric you are purchasing. Is it infused with chemicals that can irritate or aggravate your eczema. Be wise and cautions.


Time to donate that old wool sweater to Goodwill because wool is one of the worst fabrics for eczema sufferers. Wool can feel itchy, rough, heavy, and irritating on the skin, and that is just for the average person. For someone with eczema (or worse, a wool allergy), wool can be one of the worst possible fabrics to put against your skin. The fiber is very coarse, and rubbing against already irritated skin can make you far itchier than you otherwise would be. Just avoid it altogether.

Dye FREE, Chemical FREE, Zinc FREE Eczema Treatment Clothing

Although most synthetic fibers aren’t great for eczema, we single out nylon as one of the worst. Ignoring the potential that your skin might have a sensitivity to the chemicals that make up the fabric itself (textile contact dermatitis), its fibers are also very abrasive, exacerbating a case of eczema, even if you don’t have an allergy to it.

Other artificial fabrics
As we said above, if you or your eczema child have flare ups because of chemical sensitivities, you want to avoid any artificial fibers. The chemicals that are used to make these fabrics can react poorly with some people, causing irritation even for healthy skin. If you have an already existing case of eczema, the irritation can get even deeper into the already broken skin, making symptoms far worse. Avoid them.

As far as fabrics go, you really want to go for cotton for outer wear, with Tencel (Our Eczema Clothing) used under it for trouble spots. In the case of an eczema child, you can put a full Eczema Rescue Suit under the clothes to help sooth their skin even more. Avoid artificial fabrics and wool completely. And, if you are planning on buying new sheets anytime soon, go for the silk ones! They can be absolutely heaven for an eczema sufferer.