Are you suffering from sensitive skin that reacts negatively to certain fabrics like latex? Known as textile dermatitis, many people experience irritation and itchiness when their skin comes into contact with specific clothing material. The good news is that there are some gentle clothing alternatives that you can wear to protect your skin from irritating fabrics or as an alternative solution to latex. Read on to discover our favorite latex free gloves, latex free sports bras, and more!
If you are suffering from textile dermatitis, please bear in mind that we are in no way medical professionals. If you are experiencing severe symptoms or infections, speak to a medical professional as soon as possible.
What is Textile Dermatitis?
A form of contact dermatitis, textile dermatitis is a clothing allergy. If you suffer from this condition, you’ll experience a negative reaction whenever your skin comes into contact with certain clothes or fabrics, or with the dyes, resins, and chemicals used to treat the clothes you wear. This includes laundry detergent, making it important to choose a gentle laundry detergent that works for your skin.
Symptoms of a Clothing Allergy
If you suffer from a clothing allergy, here are some symptoms you may experience in the areas that come into contact with your clothes:
- Skin tenderness
- Red rash
- Trouble breathing
Please note that symptoms may appear within hours of putting on your clothes or they may appear days, or even weeks, later.
Latex Free Gloves for Hand Eczema
If your hands are suffering from itchy or sensitive skin, you’ll love these gentle bamboo gloves for adults and kids. They offer a tailored fit and are perfect for protecting fingers and hands all day or all night long. Try them for eczema, psoriasis, allergic contact dermatitis, and dermatomyositis.
We also recommend these TENCEL and zinc oxide gloves for adults and kids. Soft and gentle, they make it easier to get through daily life without irritation. Your sensitive skin will love the breathable fabric that truly fits like a second skin.
Latex Free Wet Wrap Treatment
Wet wrap therapy is a simple at-home treatment that provides a quick boost of moisture to the areas you need it most. The process is simple. Apply a natural cream, like this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream, to the affected area. Then cover up with a damp piece of clothing such as these latex free bandages for sensitive skin. Made with sustainable TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc oxide, these bandages are great for treating elbows, knees, arms, and legs. Finish the wet wrap process by adding a dry layer of clothing over top to help lock in moisture and allow the emollient to better permeate the skin.
Soothing Latex Free Undergarments
Many undergarments are made with latex or elastic which can be a top trigger for sensitive or eczema-prone skin. That’s why we love these gentle clothing alternatives:
Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Bra - This hypoallergenic bra features a latex free elastic band at the bra line. It’s a great choice for anyone suffering from bra line eczema and nipple eczema. It only uses allergy-safe dyes and features moisture-wicking sweat control so you can stay comfortable all day long.
100% Organic Cotton Bra Liner - This 100% organic cotton bra liner is latex free, spandex free and chemical free. It even features nickel-free snaps to secure bra straps from direct contact with the skin. You can rest assured the soft cotton won’t irritate the skin. Wear it alone for minimal support or under your favorite bra.
Men's Drawstring Boxers - These non-elastic boxers are hypoallergenic and comfortable. With an irritation-free label, they were truly designed with sensitive skin in mind. You’ll love the easy access fly opening and soft drawstring closure that allows you to adjust them to fit as desired.
Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Women's Bikini Panties - Enjoy soothing relief with these skin-friendly panties. With a covered latex free elastic waist band, the underwear sits in place without any rubbing, sliding, or pinching. Plus, enjoy their anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.