If you suffer from sensitive skin arising from chronic conditions like psoriasis, lupus or eczema you will know that living with your condition is difficult. Managing the pain, itchiness and inflammation of your skin requires ongoing management as it could flare up at any moment.
All is not lost as there are a number of fabrics that can help alleviate skin irritation caused by contact with clothing.
Cotton and bamboo are particularly well suited for a number of reasons. First and foremost, these fabrics can be very soft which help reduce aggravating areas of the body thatare already irritated or inflamed. Cotton and Bamboo regulate your body temperature naturally so you will not feel too cold or too hot in different climates. We find these fabrics work particularly well in hot weather as there is nothing worse than your body overheating when it comes to irritated skin.
Silk andsuperfine merino wool are also spoken about positively by those looking for a fabric well suited to sensitive skin. As a general rule, fabrics to be avoided include synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon. However, some natural fabrics like wool are also too scratchy on the skin, so it is not strictly speaking natural fibres only that can work for people with skin conditions.
At Solbari we have developed a Sensitive fabric which is made from a blend of organic cotton and bamboo for people with sensitive skin who are also looking to also protect themselves from the sun. We have received positive feedback from loyal customers who are managing a chronic skin condition to tell us that our Sensitive fabric has helped them.
Solbari is the leading sun protective clothing brand in Australia with customers in over 70 countries. All Solbari fabrics are certified UPF 50+ by the Australian Government.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.
I have systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE for short. UV rays trigger an autoimmune response that can affect a huge variety of things, to include vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs and brain, as well as skin.
Externally you see a rash, known as a “butterfly” rash due to its shape, but the more dangerous issue from these flare-ups is internal organ damage caused by my body’s immune system thinking my own body is the enemy and attacking it.
To help prevent flare-ups I have to take a variety of steps daily, and one of the most challenging things has been figuring out how to reduce UV exposure as much as humanly possible. It's harder than you think, too.
I have melanoma stage 3c, caused by sunbed use.
I have no idea how long I have to live, as it's extremely sneaky and aggressive. The area of skin that my radiotherapy treatment was targeted at is now extremely sensitive to perfumes and new creams/lotions, and I have been diagnosed with Jessner lymphocytic infiltrate. When my skin reacts, it's extremely itchy with red scaly patches.
I have an autoimmune skin condition called vitiligo. It began when I was in my late teens, in small stages at first, around eyes, mouth, and joints. It was very damaging psychologically, as my skin, which was olive in tone, began to show pure white patches. It was quite dramatic, very frightening, and often these patches appeared overnight.
This condition affects my day-to-day living in that my skin will burn with just a few minutes of sunlight. I could wear sunblock, but do not appreciate the way it feels, and it doesn’t always work well.