Heavier Fabrics May Equal Drier Skin

The general cause of itchy, dry skin might seem like a simple answer, which most will say at first glance, a lack of moisture. But there are some sneaky skin dehydrators that also create skin conditions. Among the causes of dry skin problems, heavy and itchy clothing occupies a top spot. Certain fabrics can cause itchiness and penetrate the skin. Itchy clothing can also deprive the skin of the essential oils, so the skin will become dry and irritated. Detergents or bleaches can also make the clothes itchy. Detecting the problem and eliminating the culprit fabrics or detergents is the way to help this problem.

Transitions to Your Wardrobe

The skin on your face can become dry, and it may even become flaky or itch. Sometimes, it can feel tight to touch or even hurt. Believe it or not, paying attention to what you put on or against your skin matters.

Other symptoms of dry skin include:

  • scaling
  • peeling
  • redness
  • an ashy look (for those with a darker melanin)
  • rough or sandpaper-like skin
  • bleeding

While fabrics like hemp, cashmere, and wool are organic and natural materials. They still can cause your skin to become dry. Dry skin can generally be treated by tweaking your skincare routine when becoming subject to some environmental factors that may expose your skin the colder weather that can cause your skin to dry, crack or flake.

Bundle Up But…

When it starts to drop down to the single digits, we tend to pull out the heaviest sweaters from the cedar chest or closet. Exposure to cold weather may worsen dry skin and staying warm is a must.  So, bundling a scarf around your face to prevent dry skin, is helpful. However, keep in mind that your skin may react to the materials in the scarf and the detergents you use to wash it.

Avoid wearing heavy and or rough, scratchy fabrics. Especially directly against your skin. Again, fabrics such as hemp or wool can be problematic for individuals who suffer from a skin disorders such as eczema.  The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 10% to 20% of children and 1% to 3% of adults develop this condition. If you suspect that your clothing fabric is causing itching, irritation or a rash, it is suggested that keeping cotton and cotton poly fabrics in your wardrobe will be an option to your heavier fabrics. Dressing in layers is another way to keep the option open to wearing that favorite cashmere or wool sweater. You will protect your skin from direct contact of the heavier fabric. While also practicing your daily skin regimen to protect your skin and keep it properly moisturized during these colder months.

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