7 Best Clothing Brands for Super Sensitive Skin
People with sensitive skin already know how important it is to use non-irritating, gentle skincare ingredients. In the same way you have to be selective about topical products, it's a smart idea to wear clothing ideal for sensitive skin.
"Synthetic fibers are more commonly the cause of irritation (like redness and itching). These fibers include rayon, nylon, polyester, rubber, and spandex," says Lina Kennedy, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Corona Del Mar, Calif. Conversely, natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, and silk generally aren't irritating.
Ingredients added to clothing during the manufacturing process can cause even more severe reactions for those with sensitive skin. "Usually, these reactions are due to clothing finishing with formaldehyde (anti-wrinkle), dyes, glues, and chemical additives and tanning agents used in processing the fabric or clothing," says Dr. Kennedy. "Metallic fasteners and elastic can also be another cause of contact dermatitis.
If you're prone to textile contact dermatitis, the best solution is to avoid irritating fabrics and allergens. Below we've rounded up seven clothing brands that are best for sensitive skin to help jumpstart your skin-friendly wardrobe. P.S. Make sure to use hypoallergenic, non-scented, dye-free detergents when laundering.