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Did you ever notice that eczema itching is always worse at night? That’s because your body’s levels of cortisol (which helps regulate inflammation and itch) peak in the middle of night. Having a good night’s rest with eczema can be challenging, but there are ways to improve your quality of sleep. We take a deeper look at eczema sheets and how they can reduce eczema itching while allowing you to sleep peacefully through the night.
Please keep in mind that although these tips have worked for many eczema sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
As already discussed in many of our posts, there are a variety of materials both synthetic (nylon, rayon, polyester etc.) and natural materials (non-organic cotton, wool, rough linen, etc.) that can irritate eczema prone skin. So, when shopping for eczema bedding, you want to make sure they are made from lightweight, smooth and breathable fabrics that won’t further irritate the skin. Many heavyweight fabrics can actually trap heat and cause someone to sweat, which as we know, can actually trigger sweat-induced eczema.
For those suffering from textile dermatitis, you also want to be cautious of your bedding. To avoid further systemic reactions, you want to opt for eczema sheets that do not contain synthetic materials like polyester or rayon.
If you’re thinking of changing your bedding over, then make sure to check out our recommendations below. Remember that although these options have worked for many eczema sufferers, it’s always best to consult with a medical professional first.
Types of Eczema Bedding
Although there are many types of anti-allergen sheets on the market, Tencel fabric is actually one of the most researched and most beneficial fabrics for treating and reducing inflammation. Unlike many other fabrics on the market, it is one of the softest fabrics out there and has a high moisture absorbency, which prevents irritation. Tencel fabric is also known for inhibiting the growth of bacteria that can cause further inflammation and possibly infection. Its for these reasons that for eczema prone skin, we highly recommend Tencel bedding.
To learn more about this wonderful fabric for eczema, we recommend checking out our blog post: What Is Tencel Fabric & Why Is It Beneficial for Eczema Dry & Wet Wrapping?
For arm, leg, or full body eczema, we recommend choosing Tencel eczema sheets, so that you can get the best sleep possible. These Woven Tencel Twin Sheets are perfect for all types of eczema and sensitive skin. Not only is the fabric softer than fabrics such as cotton, wool or linen, but Tencel wicks moisture 50% more than cotton. Enjoy eczema sheets that are successful at managing moisture as well as regulating temperature during the summer and winter.
If you suffer from facial eczema, then opting for a hypoallergenic eczema pillow is a wonderful decision. Facial eczema can be triggered either by sweat, certain allergens or fabrics, so choosing a pillow that prevents triggers and is soft and smooth is very important. This Woven Tencel Pillowcase Set, like the above sheets is perfect for all types of facial eczema and sensitive skin. Not only is it extremely breathable fabric, but your sleep will be drastically improved.
Eczema Mattress Protectors
For those that suffer from contact dermatitis and are irritated by allergens such as dander, dust mites and more, mattress protectors are very important. By adding a hypoallergenic mattress protector, as well as eczema bedding, eczema triggers can be significantly reduced. This Tencel Five 5ided Mattress Protector comes in multiple sizes and provides protection from liquids, allergy causing dust mites, and bacteria. The protectors are also 100% waterproof while being extremely breathable, as well as temperature controlled.
Lastly, opting for an anti-allergen duvet is key because comforters should also be extremely breathable and moisture wicking. You also want to choose a duvet that can provide temperature control, so that you can stay cool in the summer and warm during the winter. This Bien Living 100% Tencel Lyocell Duvet Insert is a wonderful choice, as it is 100% allergy friendly. Another option is this beautiful Luxury Quality 100% Woven Tencel 3-Piece Duvet Set, which also provides moisture absorption and temperature control.
Washing Eczema Bedding
Although eczema sheets can be extremely beneficial, you also want to make sure you are washing sheets, pillow, protectors and much more with a hypoallergenic detergent. This SmartKlean Laundry Ball is free of all harsh chemicals and is a perfect laundry alternative for those with sensitive and eczema prone skin. It also removes harsh chlorine from washing water and lasts 365 washes.
What type of eczema bedding do you use at home? We’d love to hear back from you in the comments below!
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Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. 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. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.