Be Fashionable Without Triggering a Flare-Up

September 14, 2021

Having atopic dermatitis (AD) causes your skin to become very sensitive. Most of the time, that heightened level of sensitivity influences the clothing you wear, as well as the laundry detergents, soaps, and cleaners you use. However, the good news is that you can still be fashionable without triggering an AD flare-up.

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is a chronic condition that leaves your skin looking red and feeling itchy. Since it is chronic, symptoms may worsen at different times and cause flare-ups. There are many factors that trigger flare-ups including clothing, lotions, and soaps.

Natural Fibers Are Your Best Friend

Choosing clothing made from natural fibers, such as cotton, bamboo, or silk, can help ease the sensitivity of AD. For example, it is good to wear clothing that is composed of 100% cotton. Cotton is being breathable and cool. Bamboo and silk are also considered to be quite soft, breathable, and effective. These fabrics are good at regulating the temperature of the body. Silk can be worn under clothing as a barrier to protect the skin from tighter fitting clothing.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry is a Must

Many people who suffer from atopic dermatitis have an allergy to nickel, so avoiding jewelry made of nickel is crucial. Choose jewelry that is hypoallergenic, such as ones that contain:

  • Stainless steel
  • At least 18-karat gold
  • Sterling silver
  • Polycarbonate plastic

These materials are less likely to cause flare-ups from increased skin irritation.

Managing Atopic Dermatitis Flare-Ups

You can still be comfortable and fashionable while living with AD. A simple search on the internet can help you find clothing and accessories that are easy on the skin. To minimize the frequency of AD flare-ups, it is best to identify and reduce your exposure to the various factors that trigger them. In fact, this step is vital in effectively managing the condition.

Like any chronic condition, learning everything you can about AD is integral to your overall health. Clinical studies are a great way to learn more about your condition from healthcare experts with specialized training in AD. As a result, participating in studies provides patients with the tools necessary to improve their self-care and the management of their AD.

Interested in learning about our enrolling AD clinical research studies? Click here and explore our Portsmouth, NH studies.

Sources:

https://atopicdermatitis.net/living/wear-best-clothing-fabric

https://eczema.org/information-and-advice/triggers-for-eczema/clothing-and-eczema/

https://dermnetnz.org/topics/jewellery-allergy/

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