Best Clothing Material For Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin or suffer from a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, you know the struggle it can be to find something that is comfortable enough to wear all day without irritations, but also still showing off in style!
One of the most basic tips for those of you who suffer from sensitive skin is to avoid synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester. These materials don't "Breathe" as well as natural fibers do, not being able to breath can also cause irritation or discomfort even people without sensitive skin. Instead opt for fabrics made from cotton or silk. These fibers have smooth feel and a natural wicking component that keeps moisture away from the skin. Cotton is commonly used for woven and knitted fabrics, so you'll have plenty of options whether your buying fabrics to sew at home or purchasing something ready-to-wear from your favorite shopping store.
Keep in mind that just because a fiber is natural it doesn't mean it will automatically be a good fit for someone with sensitive skin. For example Wool may be to coarse and irritating depending on the type of wool and how it was processed. Fine, lightweight wool such as cashmere is often a good choice, while wool felt, a common fabric used in hats, may not be as comfortable. Similar issues exist for linen, which could be found in both fine and coarse grades. It's possible to be allergic to certain natural fabrics, so the best thing to do is discuss this with your primary doctor or an allergy specialist.
Tips & Techniques
If you selling material or sewing for people with sensitive skin, keep them in mind when having a selection of different materials. You want to avoid clothing that pinches or binds, or that chafes and causes discomfort. Most of these issues aren't inherent in good clothing.
Dyes, Detergents & Sizing
While these factors tend to play less of a factor in sensitive skin issues, they're still something to keep in mind. For example if a new cotton or silk blouse is causing discomfort even though other cotton or silk garments are fine to wear, chances are it isn't the fabric that is the issues, Typically dyes and sizing are only an issue after the material has been washed several times. If a new clothing item is causing problems, be sure to wash it first and make sure to follow the care instructions. When washing avoid using any detergents with dyes or scents as those are a trigger for sensitive skin. an added tip is to add an extra rinse cycle to remove and lingering detergent residue. When drying, avoid using any fabric softeners or anti-static sheets, also be sure to follow the care instructions. Bella & Canvas is a good brand that is made of ring spun cotton.
The Bella Canvas 3001 is a unisex short sleeve jersey t-shirt made of 100% combed ring spun cotton, 30 singles. This short sleeve tee-shirt is tailored for a custom contoured fit with a cover stitched collar and hemmed sleeves.
- Weight: 4.2 oz.
- 100% combed ring spun cotton, 30 singles
- Athletic Heather is 90/10 cotton/polyester alternate Heather colors are 52/48 cotton/polyester
- Ash is 99/1 cotton/polyester
- Shoulder to shoulder taping
Shop Bella & Canvas Below