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The Best Fabric For Eczema: Cotton Vs. Tencel Vs. Bamboo Vs. Linen

Most clothing advice for eczema doesn’t go beyond recommending loose clothing that isn’t rough on your skin.

For those of us who live and deal with eczema on a daily basis, this is frustrating to say the least.

As it makes direct contact with the skin and forms a barrier between us and the elements, clothing is one of the most important things you can optimize to make living with eczema a little bit less annoying and a lot more comfortable and bearable.

On top of this, clothing can also be the source of many irritants and allergens that flare up eczema symptoms. 

As the skin barrier is delicate and damaged, anything that’s found in or on fabric is a potential irritant. This includes everything from detergents, dyes, and fragrances to pesticides, chemicals, and bacteria.   

Thankfully, as eczema is a common skin condition (affecting around 10-20% of the population) some clothing manufacturers are catching on and offering more and more natural fabrics processed in a way that’s safe for eczema and sensitive skin.

To find out which are the best fabrics for eczema, we put the most recommended to the test, including the likes of 100% cotton, Tencel, linen, and bamboo.

But before we get to the full breakdowns and comparisons of the fabrics, let’s take a look at the fabrics every eczema sufferer needs to know and avoid like the plague. 

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Why Synthetic Fabrics Are So Bad For Eczema

All fabrics are either natural, synthetic, or a blend of the two.

As opposed to natural fabrics that come from the natural materials of plants, animals, or minerals, synthetic fabrics are completely man-made using chemical processes.

Many synthetic fibers are made from petrochemicals, in other words, any chemical made from crude oil and natural gas. As these non-renewable resources are abundant (currently), cheap, and create long-lasting, durable materials, they have been strongly adopted by the clothing and fashion industry.

In fact, polyester, the most popular synthetic fabric, overtook cotton in 2002 to become the world’s most-used fabric (52% of global fiber production).

Plastic-based fibers for fabrics like polyester use an estimated 342 million barrels of oil every year. Recent studies also show that such fabrics shed microplastics into the water every time you wash them, accounting for 500,000 tonnes of plastic being washed into the water waste (the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles each year).

Add this to the fact that synthetic fabrics are often treated with toxic chemicals like flame retardants, and it’s no wonder that covering your skin for hours and hours a day with such a material leads to irritation, dryness, and eczema flare-ups.

In one study from Stockholm University, researchers tested 60 garments from international clothing chains for four groups of toxic substances. The highest concentrations of two of the types of substances were found in polyester.

Synthetic fabrics may be soft, but they don’t allow your skin to breath, don’t absorb sweat or moisture, trap odors, and are therefore also a breeding ground for bacteria.

Common synthetic fabrics known to cause rashes, irritation, and other negative reactions include:

• Polyester
• Nylon
• Acrylic
• Rayon (Viscose)
• Spandex
• Modacrylic
• Rubber

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Wool & Merino Wool

Wool is a fabric made from the natural fibers of mammals such as goats, rabbits, alpacas, camels, and more. But mostly it’s made from sheep.

Despite being a fabric that’s typically made from all-natural fibers, wool is not recommended for people with eczema for one clear reason: it has a rough texture that can seriously irritate sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

Merino wool, on the other hand, is often recommended and proven effective for eczema. Merino wool fiber is much finer than traditional wool, meaning it’s much softer and gentler on the skin.

Like other natural fibers, merino wool is heat-regulating, meaning it can keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The fabric is also praised due to lanolin (also known as wool wax), a natural oil that’s secreted from the glands of sheep to help keep their fur soft, moisturized, and protected from the sun.

However, whereas raw merino wool contains up to 25% of its weight in lanolin, most processed merino garments contain less than 1% unaltered lanolin.

The major downside of merino wool is its price. You can expect to pay 25%-50% more for merino wool garments than clothing of the same type made from other natural fabrics.

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Is 100% Cotton Good For Eczema?

If you ask a doctor what fabric or clothing is best for eczema, nine times out of ten they’re going to say cotton.

Cotton comes from a natural source, the cotton plant, is soft, cool, isn’t bad at absorbing moisture, easily washable, and, of course, pretty widely available.

However, when you look beyond its convenience and ubiquity, cotton is far from the best fabric for eczema. Perhaps the biggest warning sign is that the cotton industry is the third largest user of pesticides in the US. In a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, cotton was found to use almost 1 kilogram of hazardous pesticides is used for every hectare of cotton.

Many manufacturers of cotton clothing also use Azo synthetic dyes as they’re cheap and effective. These dyes are banned in the EU due to their toxicity, but they are still widely found in the fast fashion industry. As they are water-soluble, they are easy for your skin to absorb and often lead to symptoms such as skin and eye irritation.

The result is that everything from pesticides to toxic dyes can be found in the average piece of cotton clothing hanging on the rack, warranting cotton with its title as the dirtiest crop in the world.

Organic cotton is a much better option than conventional cotton. However, organic cotton clothes still have to be dyed and finished, and this is often the most chemically intensive step in the process. The best cotton clothing for eczema is made from certified organic cotton, for example, by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and that’s also certified by OEKO-TEX to ensure the finished product is free from harmful chemicals.

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Is Viscose (Rayon) Good For Eczema?

Viscose, also commonly known as rayon, is a fabric made from regenerated cellulose i.e. wood pulp. It is the world’s third most commonly used textile fiber (also used in things like bedding, carpets, cellophane, and sausage casing) and it’s typically made from trees such as eucalyptus, beech, and pine.

Viscose has similar advantages and disadvantages to cotton. It’s generally cheap, lightweight, durable, breathable, and comfortable. But it’s also often sourced from unsustainable, pesticide and fertilizer-intensive farms and involves toxic chemicals and dyes in its production.

Viscose is plant-based but it’s considered semi-synthetic as it’s made using chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide. Along with pesticides, these chemicals can remain in trace amounts in the finished garment, leading to symptoms such as irritation, dryness, and itchiness.

One of the saddest things about viscose is that its production destroys forests and wastes approximately 70% of the tree.

In an interview with The Guardian, Canopy founder Nicole Rycroft shared that an estimated 30% of rayon and viscose used in fashion is made from pulp sourced from endangered and ancient forests.

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Is Silk Good For Eczema?

Silk is another fabric that’s often recommended for eczema sufferers. The fabric, made by silkworms on their way to becoming silkmoths, is a great option if you need one or two pieces of clothing that are soft and breathable that you can wear directly on top of your skin.

However, unless you have money to burn and you don’t mind all your clothes having a shiny, silky-smooth finish, then silk is not an option for most people.

But the disadvantages of silk stem way beyond cost and availability. Silk garments can’t be washed as easily as conventional fabrics and they can get marked easily by oils and creams.

The creation of silk garments (unless it’s Peace Silk), is also a cruel process as it also involves boiling up the silkworms in their cocoons so that the silk unravels into useable threads.

If that wasn’t enough to disprove silk as a good option for eczema, studies have also shown it’s no more effective than conventional clothing.

In a 6-month clinical trial for eczema, children (aged 1-15) were split into 2 groups: one receiving standard care for eczema and wearing 100% sericin-free silk clothing, and one group receiving standard care alone.

The group of children wearing the silk clothing not only didn’t see any benefits versus the control group, they experienced more skin infections (28% versus 25%). The researchers also calculated the yearly cost of using silk at a little over $70,000!

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Is Linen Good For Eczema?

Linen is known as the strongest natural fiber in the world. It’s 30% thicker and stronger than cotton, which makes it very popular in homeware like tablecloths, upholstery, soft furnishings, and curtains. 

Linen is made from the flax plant, also known as common flax or linseed. Unlike cotton, it is not made from the seeds of the plant (which are sold as food), but from the fibers derived from the stems of the plant.

Linen clothing is incredibly cooling and therefore favorable in hot and humid climates. According to Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Krishna, the fabric is highly absorbent, antibacterial, quick-drying, easily washable, and has tiny breaks in the material that provide a gentle massaging effect.

Despite all of these advantages, linen has one major disadvantage: it’s much more time and resource-intensive to make than other fabrics. The result is that few brands use linen and few customers are willing to pay the higher prices of linen clothing.

Overall, linen is a great option for eczema and sensitive skin, especially if you live in a hotter climate. If you can’t find much clothing made from linen, it can make a great choice for your bedding. 

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Is Tencel Lyocell Good For Eczema?

Tencel is a brand name for lyocell, a cellulose-based fabric that is similar to viscose but that involves less chemicals and more ssustinable production methods

Tencel is perhaps the most popular type of lyocell.They’re pretty much the eame thing, however lyocell is most often made from birch and Tencel, produced by Austrian textile company Lenzing AG. is mainly made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus wood harvested from natural forests and sustainably managed tree farms.

The main thing to know about Tencel and lyocel is that, as opposed to using harsh chemicals to dissolve the wood, they use of a natural enzyme solvent (that is nearly 100% recycled each time). This means that, unlike viscose or rayon, lyocel doesn’t involve any significant chemical changes to the structure of the cellulose.

What this means for eczema sufferers is that Tencel and lyocell generally retain more of the natural properties of the source material and contain less trace chemicals. Along with its softness and breathability, this has attracted many researchers to study the performance of Tencel and lyocell for eczema.

In one eczema study by the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital Case Medical Center, Cleveland, lower average itching and decreased TEWL were seen in participants while they wore lyocell when compared to cotton.

Another eczema study by the Department of Dermatology at the University Medical Center Jena, Germany, ahowed that wearing Tencel lead to a decrease in the severity of eczema symptoms, including redness and itching, and an improvement in quality of sleep.

As it holds 50% more moisture than cotton, Tencel and lyocell are recommended as effective options for eczema wet wrapping.

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Is Bamboo Good For Eczema?

As a natural resource that can grow incredibly fast with little to no pesticides or fertilizers, bamboo already has a lot going for it over other crops used to make fabric.

The natural fibers of bamboo are also light and breathable due to microholes in the structure of the fibers, as well as up to 4 times more absorbent than cotton.

The properties alone have led bamboo to be recommended by The National Eczema Society (UK), National Eczema Association (US), and people like Daniel Boey, a world-renowned fashion producer and director who suffers from eczema.

When you see bamboo on a clothing label it typically refers to bamboo viscose or viscose derived from bamboo. Bamboo viscose is made from the regenerated cellulose of bamboo plants and often includes using chemicals to dissolve bamboo canes into a pulpy substance that can be turned into threads.

According to author and textile scientist Rosie Broadhead, bamboo fiber “contains anions that are helpful in purifying blood, calming the nervous system, and relieving allergy symptoms, which is beneficial to the health of the human body and skin.”

However, as the FTC claims, the antibacterial properties of bamboo may not survive the viscose process, and so they may only remain present in mechanically processed bamboo fabrics such as bamboo linen and bamboo lyocell.

Bamboo clothing is a relatively new industry, and so there are still relatively few regulations in place to prevent unsustainable harvesting and chemical-intensive production processes Therefore, it’s paramount to only buy toxin-free bamboo clothing from brands that source organic bamboo, create viscose using few chemicals, and have OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certifications.

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Table Comparing All Recommended & Best Fabrics For Eczema

100% Cotton Viscose (Rayon) Silk Linen Merino Wool Bamboo Tencel
Source The fibers surrounding the seeds of the cotton plant Synthetic chemicals & wood pulp, typically from trees such as pine, beech, & eucalyptus The larvae of slikworms used to make cocoons The stem of the flax plant Merino sheep, a breed of fine-wool sheep origiinating in Spain Bamboo plant, member of the grass family and the fastest-growing plant in the world Eucalyptus wood harvested from natural forests & sustainably managed tree farms Smooth and soft
Feel Fiberous, generally soft Very similar to feel to cotton Luxuriously soft Soft & crisp Vert soft, finer than human hair Buttery soft Soft
Cooling Breathable, depends on weave & thickness Breathable but can harbor bacteria Cooler than cotton, doesn't stick to skin Cooler than cotton & silk, often used in hot climates Heat-regulating, breathable, sweat-wicking Heat-regulating & higher moisture absorbency than cotton Breathable & good at regulating temperatures
Aesthetic Smooth Tough but silky Smooth, shiny look Smooth & relatively stiff Very fine Similar look to cotton clothing Silk-like look
Stretchiness Stretches with wear Minor stretchability Fexible, some elasticity Does not stretch Naturally stretchy Great stretchability, depending on type & blend Offers only a slighty stretch, stretchier when blended with fabrics like cotton
Durability Durable & long lasting Durable but not as durable as cotton Durable but also susceptible to stains & damage from light & heat Known as the world's strongest fiber, moth-resistant Considered 6 times stronger than cotton Very durable and resistant to wear & tear, depending on thickness and manufactuing methods Durable & resistant to wear & tear & pilling
Eco-Friendliness Uses high amounts of pesticides, fertizilers, & water, highly polluting process Treated with lots of chemicals & involves a highly polluting process Involves less chemicals & energy than other fabrics but kills silkworms unless certified as Peace Silk Uses less chemicals than cotton & is biodegradable when not dyed or treated Typically ethical, sustainable & biodegradable Can be grown with less water & little to no fertilisers or pesticides. Overall impact depends on sourcing of bamboo, processing method, & brand initiatives Tencel (not all lyocell fabrics) is made from sustainably sourced wood pulp & made through a closed-loop process
Care Easy to take care of, wash with cold water on gentle cyctle for longetvity Easy to take care of, wash with cold water on gentle cyctle for longetvity High-maintenance, stains easily, hand-wash in lukewarm water with delicate detergent More dirt-resistant than other fabrics, wash with cold or warm water & mild detergent Stain-resistant, requires less washing than cotton or sythetic fabrics, hot water may shrink wool, bleach & fabric softener may damage fibers Easy to care fore. Machine wash on cold, gentle cycle & avoid hot temperatures & hot drying Similar to bamboo fabric, wash on cold, gentle cycle & avoid hot temperatures & hot drying
Sensitive Skin Can contain pesticide residue & harmful chemicals Hydrophobic, meaning it tends to trap moisture which can cause skin irritation Naturally Hypoallergenic Highly absorbant & recommended by dermatoligists Soft & naturally antibacterial Hypoallergic, sometimes antibacterial, often recommended by experts for eczema Hypoallergenic & good absorbancy of sweat & mositure
Cost & Availability Affordable & widely available Cheap & widely available Very expensive, limited availability Slighty expensive, hard to produce, few options available Very expensive & limited availability High-quality bamboo clothing is typically slightly pricier than cotton & slightly more affordable than Tencel Higher price point
Organic clothing

How to Choose The Best Fabric For Eczema

1. Look for 100% Organic Fabrics With Certifications

A fabric that is certified organic means it’s much less likely to be contaminated by the residue of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as potential allergens such as disperse dyes and formaldehyde resins. These are often found in clothing labeled ‘wrinkle-free’ or ‘stain-repellant’.

To take things a step further, some fabrics also have an OEKO-TEX certification. These are harder to find (many bamboo clothing brands are OEKO-TEX certified), but they are the best way to ensure clothing is free from harmful substances.

OEKO’s certification process involves checking every single component of a product, from button to thread, for known harmful and prohibited substances including formaldehyde, asbestos, lead, cadmium, chlorinated phenols, and lindane.

2. Avoid Harsh Detergents & Fabric Softeners

Choosing the right fabric is important. However, if you wash that fabric in harsh detergents that are full of artificial fragrances, then it can still lead to many issues with your skin.

The main washing and care guidance for eczema is to wash clothing once before wearing in case there are any remaining chemicals or dye, use 100% fragance-free detergents, and avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

3. Test New Fabrics & See What Works For You

The triggers of eczema vary widely from person to person. Whereas 100% organic cotton may work for one person but not silk or bamboo, it could be the complete opposite for the next person.

The result is that finding the right fabrics is a process of trial and error. Experiment with different fabrics that are safe and recommended for eczema and see what works and doesn’t work for you.


Best Fabric For Eczema : Final Verdict

It’s certainly not easy to live with eczema. But finding fabrics and clothing that keep you comfortable and don’t lead to flare-ups doesn’t have to add another layer of difficulty.

As we move into 2023, there’s now a range of brands that are turning to natural and sustainable fabrics and processing them in a way that is safe and comfortable for eczema and sensitive skin. Check out this other article we wrote to find the very best bamboo clothing brands for eczema.


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The Best Bamboo Clothing Brands For Eczema & Sensitive Skin

For anyone suffering from eczema and other skin conditions, finding comfortable, cool clothing that doesn’t irritate your skin can be a life changer.

While your choice of clothing doesn’t address the underlying causes of eczema, it does make a big difference to your comfort and quality of life. It can also help manage flare-ups and prevent the dreaded itch-scratch cycle.

The problem is that finding safe fabrics and clothing for eczema isn’t easy.

Some fabrics have rough fibers that trigger allergies, some are not breathable and make you sweat, and some even dry out your skin and lead to inflammation.

There is a market of specialist clothing for eczema that has appeared to try and solve these problems. However, if you’re aware of such clothing, then you’ll already know they’re not affordable for most people, they typically come in a very limited range of sizes, fits, and styles, and they’re most often only available at specialist retailers.

Thankfully, there are other clothing and fabric options available, and one of the most popular and recommended is bamboo.

Bamboo fabric is considered by the National Eczema Society to be one of the most attractive clothing options for people with eczema.

The first method for turning bamboo into cloth was developed in 2001 at Beijing University. Since then, bamboo has gained increasing attention for its potential to make natural, eco-friendly clothing.

However, bamboo has also been the subject of some scrutiny as it has become clearer that turning the miracle plant into clothing isn’t as natural as once thought.

This is actually been good news for the industry. More transparency about production processes has led to more regulations and more brands working on new, more sustainable, and chemical-free methods of turning bamboo into clothing.

For those with eczema and sensitive skin, these bamboo clothing brands could be some of the first to offer clothing that ticks all the right boxes: soft, breathable, light, affordable, and stylish.

We scoured the world of bamboo clothing to find the brands that are creating some of the most natural and eczema-friendly fabrics on the planet. We then reviewed each according to a set of specific criteria and came out with a selection of winners across the following two categories:

• The Best Bamboo Baby Clothes for Eczema
• The Best Adult Bamboo Clothes For Eczema

Before we get to the benefits of bamboo and our top picks (use the menu links below to skip directly to the top brands and reviews), let’s first explore the advantages and disadvantages of other frequently recommended fabrics such as lyocell / Tencel, cotton, and silk.

Note: These tips and information have worked for several eczema sufferers, but we are not doctors. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms or have a topical infection, it’s always best to seek advice from a medical professional.

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Cotton Vs. Silk Vs. Lyocell / Tencel Vs. Bamboo Fabric

All of the most eczema-friendly fabrics are those made from natural fibers (except from wool). The most popular include cotton, linen (made from flax), silk, hemp, and bamboo.

The fabrics most recommended by The National Eczema Society are cotton, silk, bamboo, and lyocell or tencel. Let’s take a look at each of their main advantages and disadvantages for eczema:

Cotton: the cheap & dirty option

Cotton is one of the world’s most mass produced fabrics (second only to polyester). As it is also soft, smooth, and has better moisture absorbing properties than synthetic fabrics, it’s typically recommended to those dealing with eczema.

However, as the third largest user of pesticides in the US behind corn and soybeans, cotton is also famous for being one of the world’s most dirtiest crops.

According to a report on the Deadly Chemicals in Cotton by the Environmental Justice Foundation, in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network UK, almost 1 kilogram of hazardous pesticides are used for every hectare of cotton.

Clothing made from 100% organic cotton is a better option. However, organic cotton garments still have to be dyed and finished—which can be one of the most chemically intensive steps in the process. 

Silk: the luxurious (& not So Effective) option

Silk is another fabric that is often recommended for eczema. Unique among fabrics, silk is made by silkworms when they spin themselves into a cocoon on their way to becoming a silkmoth.

The fibers and the silkworms (unless it’s Peace Silk) are then boiled and stirred until the cocoon unravels into useable threads.

As well as being just downright cruel, silk garments are very expensive and have been proven to show little to no benefits for eczema sufferers. In a 6-month clinical trial on silk for eczema, children between the ages of 1 to 15 were split into 2 groups: one receiving standard care for eczema and wearing 100% sericin-free silk clothing, and one group receiving standard care alone.

The group of children wearing the silk garments did not only see no benefits versus the control group, they experienced more skin infections (28% versus 25%). The researchers also calculated the yearly cost of using silk at a little over $70,000!

Lyocel, Tencel & Newcell: The Future Option

Lyocell is made from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees, as well as often from oak and birch trees.

Lyocell is the generic name for a particular method of producing viscose fabric from cellulose. It comes in different variations and under different brand names, such as Tencel, Excell, and Newcell. Lyocell doesn’t use toxic chemicals in its processing, so it’s become a popular option for those looking for eco-friendly and safe fabrics for eczema.

Lyocell is hypoallergenic, generally soft, and 50% more absorbent than cotton. One study showed that wearing Tencel lead to a decrease in the severity of eczema symptoms, including redness and itching, and an improvement in quality of sleep. 

The main downside of lyocell is that eucalyptus, oak, and birch trees are typically grown using pesticides and fertilizers (unless organic or Tencel). The fabric is also currently more expensive and harder to come by than other fabrics. The cleanest and most eco-friendly type of lyocell fabric currently available is bamboo lyocell.

Bamboo: the Gentle & Eco-Friendly option

Bamboo is a fast-growing renewable resource that can be cultivated with very few if any pesticides and fertilizers. As the plant also has smooth fibers and natural antibacterial properties, it’s gaining popularity among those looking for eco-friendly fabrics and clothing for sensitive skin.

There are several types of bamboo fabric, including bamboo linen and bamboo lyocell. The most common bamboo fabric is bamboo viscose (also known as ‘bamboo rayon’ or ‘viscose derived from bamboo’).

Bamboo viscose is made by breaking down, dissolving, and spinning bamboo into useable threads for clothing. The term ‘viscose’ describes the method of turning the cellulose of plants and vegetables into fabric. 

As bamboo clothing is a relatively new industry, there are still not many regulations in place, and some brands source unsustainable bamboo and have a chemical-intensive production process. Therefore, it’s paramount to only buy from brands that are dedicated to organic and chemical-free production methods.

Bamboo linen and bamboo lyocell are the most natural, chemical-free, and eco-friendly types of bamboo fabric. However, bamboo linen is coarse and rough and so tends not to be used in clothing, and bamboo lyocell is popular in bamboo bed sheets but not so popular in clothing.

Top 3 Benefits of Bamboo Clothing For Eczema

There’s no currently no miracle fabric that heals eczema skin. However, some fabrics are definitely better than others and can even help prevent outbreaks and speed up their recovery. 

Bamboo is one of these fabrics. Here are the top three benefits of bamboo clothing for eczema:

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1. Bamboo Fabric is Breathable & Thermoregulating

It’s no news to those who experience eczema that variations in temperature can trigger flare-ups. Most often this happens in hot and humid or cold and dry conditions.

However, clothes can also be a huge factor in the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. In particular, eczema sufferers are advised to avoid wool and synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic as they can lead to overheating, irritation, and itching.

Synthetic fabrics can range from being completely airtight to nearly transparent and breathable, according to the type of fiber and the weave. However, as synthetic fabrics don’t absorb or wick away moisture well, they tend to trap heat, sweat, and bacteria, and disrupt your body’s ability to naturally regulate its temperature.

Bamboo fabric, on the other hand, is known for its thermoregulating properties. In a study titled The Future of Functional Clothing, the natural fibers of bamboo are said to be more breathable and absorbent (up to 4 times more absorbent than cotton) due to microholes in the structure of the fibers.

Studies have also proven that bamboo fibers wick moisture away from the body to the outer surface of the bamboo fabric where it can then evaporate.

Bamboo fabric also acts as an insulator, ensuring you don’t get too cold but at the same time not creating a stuffy, sweaty environment. These natural thermoregulating properties mean bamboo clothing is a good choice for staying both cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Atopic dermatitis eczema in baby.Condition that causes the skin

2. Bamboo Fabric is Hypoallergenic & Sometimes Antibacterial

There are many types of eczema, and many are related to allergies. Contact dermatitis is one of the most common types, and it’s often caused by reactions to allergens and irritants such as soap, detergent, clothing fabric, and jewellery.

For these reasons, doctors recommend avoiding substances and fabrics that are known to cause irritation and flare-ups. This includes using mild, gentle soaps, and detergents, and wearing clothes made from more natural, organic fabrics.

Bamboo has come to the attention of many eczema sufferers and specialists for its hypoallergenic properties. Bamboo fabric reduces or minimizes the possibility of an allergic response due to several factors:

• It can be grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers, making it a naturally organic crop

• The bamboo plant contains a unique antibacterial bio-agent known as ‘Bamboo Kun’ that deters bacteria and pests.

• The fibers of bamboo are naturally light and smooth and bamboo fabric is one of the softest fabrics on the planet.

Most 100% bamboo fabrics are recommended for sensitive skin. However, those suffering from severe eczema should look for fabrics that are organic and OEKO-TEX certified to ensure no harmful chemicals have been used in their manufacturing.

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3. More Affordable Than Specialist Hypoallergenic Clothing

It costs a lot of money to research, develop, and test specialist fabrics for skin conditions. Not to mention conducting studies, acquiring the relevant credentials, and spreading the word to clinicians.

The resulting fabrics may be good for eczema and other skin conditions, but they don’t come cheap. This makes them not only out of financial reach for most people, it also means they come in limited sizes, styles, and categories.

Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing plant. It grows so much and so fast, it’s become an invasive species in some parts of the world. Bamboo also requires little water and energy to grow and is a colony plant of the grass family, meaning it doesn’t need to be replanted after each harvest (it grows out of the existing root system).

These are just some of the reasons why bamboo is a much more affordable fabric option for many people. Due to increasing competition, you can also find bamboo clothes for eczema in a growing variety of sizes, styles, and designs.

Composition and care clothes label on 100% organic bamboo towel

Bamboo Clothing For Eczema Selection Process

Our criteria cover 8 of the most important factors in determining the safest and most comfortable bamboo clothing for eczema. Without forgetting accessibility, price, and design. 

We gathered the bamboo clothing brands that are most popular with eczema sufferers, some of which we know and use personally, and reviewed them across each area.

The result is a selection of the best bamboo clothing for eczema currently available for babies, toddlers, and adults. 


Is the bamboo fabric made in a way that’s suitable for delicate and sensitive skin? Does the brand follow ethical production practices? Does the product have any certifications, such as organic status or OEKO-TEX?


Are the bamboo clothes breathable? How do they respond to heat and sweat? Do they regulate heat well and wick away moisture? Do they offer both ventilation and coverage?


How soft is the bamboo clothing? Does the fabric have the right balance of softness and lightness? Does the bamboo fabric retain its softness after being washed?

Lightness & Fit

Are the clothes light and not too tight fitting? Do the clothes cause friction when moving and even exercising? Do the clothes layer well? 


Is the bamboo clothing resistant enough to endure daily wear and tear? Are the clothes easy to wash and take care of? How long does the clothing typically last?

DESIGN & Style

Is the bamboo clothing designed for everyday life? Is it practical and easy to put on and remove? Does the clothing come in a range of styles for all preferences?

Price & Availability

How affordable is the clothing? Is it easily available or only sold in specialist retailers?


Is the clothing made from 100% bamboo fabric or a blend of fabrics? Is the bamboo sustainably sourced? Does the brand have any environmental policies? Are the clothes made in the US or abroad?

Best Bamboo Baby Clothes For Eczema (Babies & Toddlers)

Compared to conventional fabrics like cotton and polyester, bamboo fabric is softer, more environmentally-friendly, and, most importantly,  much safer for babies.

In no particular order, here are our top picks in the category of bamboo clothing for eczema in babies and toddlers.


Softest Footprint

Doesn't use any harsh chemicals in the production process

Top Rated

Scored top of review process & has many 5-star customer ratings


As soft as being cuddled by a family
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Posh Peanut is a well-known bamboo baby clothing brand that goes the extra mile to create safe, unique, eco-friendly clothing.

Unlike other brands. the bamboo they use is not treated with chlorine-containing bleaches, zinc, sulfate, and other harsh chemicals. Posh Peanut also has one of the widest and cutest selections of bamboo baby clothes ever!

My baby has chronic eczema on her back and stomach so we were looking for some super soft pajamas. These are expensive but they didn't irritate her skin. The design is also super cute! we love the super realistic dinosaur print. Technically these are labeled as "boy" clothes but honestly, any gender can love dinosaurs! — Louise, Amazon Customer

I’m also amazed by the softness. It’s especially nice if your baby has sensitive skin or in colder months when baby eczema is more common. — AllyCat, Amazon Customer


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Eco-conscious brand & fabrics not treated with harsh chemicals

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Founded by mom whose child suffered from eczema


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Eczema was the reason Little Sleepies was created. Its founder, Maradith, could not find fabrics that wouldn’t irritate her son Gavin’s skin, so she designed pajamas that are soft and gentle enough for eczema-prone skin. 

Little Sleepies use a proprietary, custom-milled blend of bamboo viscose called Lunaluxe™. The Los Angeles-based brand offers a huge variety of nursery, play, and family-matching pajamas and sleepwear.

My daughter not only has eczema but extremely sensitive skin in general. Almost every fabric, material, body wash, lotion, and even food breaks her out in some type of rash. It’s an everyday thing at this point! Bamboo viscose is the ONLY material I have found that keeps her eczema in its calmest state and helps clear up all of her rashes that seem to randomly flare up throughout the day. I cannot believe it took me this long to see the correlation, but it’s definitely convinced me to completely switch our PJs to strictly bamboo viscose! Lexi K, Little Sleepies Customer

After having Little Sleepies recommended by several moms in a birth month group, I decided to buy a pair to see if they would help with Cameron’s eczema. One pair turned into many pairs, and they are now all that he wears to bed. Eczema on his back and chest that wasn’t responding to other suggestions has improved drastically when we made the switch and continues to stay clear. He is staying cool, clear, and comfy, and I am going to keep using Little Sleepies for as long as I can! Lauren W, Little Sleepies Customer


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Is OEKO-TEX 100 certified and one uses Eco-Cert organic bamboo

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Awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association


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Founded by another mom whose little one was diagnosed with eczema, Bellabu Bear is one of the few brands to be awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association.

Its products are also OEKO-TEX 100 certified, meaning its finished clothing contains no trace chemicals that pose any health threat to adults or babies whatsoever.

On top of this, its fabric is super soft and clean as it comes only from Eco-Cert organic bamboo. Every inch of its clothing, from zippers to tags, has also been designed meticulously designed for babies with sensitive skin. 

Few bamboo baby clothes brands are as committed to creating clothing that’s safe for eczema and the environment as Bellabu Bear.

I will say the footie has a nice feel and quality to it. I like the retractable hand cover (and foot cover) design because my son scratches the eczema on his face at night. I also like the bamboo material because it is considered an eczema-friendly material. EDIT: After some uses—the hand covers have really helped with the scratching—and the owner's response regarding the approval by the National Eczema Association (be sure to include this in your description!), I have changed my review to 5 stars. Amazon Customer

Very nice soft and comfortable footie especially for summer time to protect baby skin. I was looking for a light coverall for warm days that prevents baby from scratching and keeps the baby skin moisturized and protected. The material is light and stretchy, perfect for a moving toddler. I've noticed significant improvements in eczema, keeping the skin cool and avoiding sweating.  Overall I'm happy I have chosen this jammies and I'm looking to buy a two-piece set too.  Amazon Customer


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Made in the US and uses OEKO-TEX certified organic bamboo

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Made by a mom who wanted clothes that support the health of her child


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Tenth & Pine is a gender-neutral baby clothes brand that stands out among bamboo baby clothes as its products are made in the USA.

As well as being cut and sewn in Los Angeles by local artisans, its fabric is OEKO-TEX Certified bamboo viscose that comes only from organic bamboo.

The founder of Tenth & Pine, Kerynn, is a mom who, after experiencing complications in conceiving, wanted to create clothing that was fully committed to the health and well-being of little ones.

I've been blessed with a healthy, thriving son that is always on the go! However, we've been dealing with his sensitive skin and a range of eczema conditions from the day he came home, so we're very careful about his clothes, detergent and anything he touches. I could tell from the moment I picked up this shirt that it was going to be perfect for him, the fabric was so soft, supple and made with good quality materials. This little cutie had free range of motion and was very comfortable while he was wearing it, not to mention the timely message for Valentine's Day. The quality and thickness is of the type that I know it will hold up well over time and whatever he gets into next. Baby Caleb's Mommy

Best Bamboo Clothing For Eczema (Adults)

Unlike the booming industry of bamboo baby clothing, it’s often much harder to find high quality bamboo clothing for adults (especially for men).

In no particular order, here are our top picks of bamboo clothing for eczema in the adult category.


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Transparent supply chain and OEKO-TEX Level 3 certified bamboo

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One of the few brands recommended by The National Eczema Society


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BAM Clothing is one of the few brands that are fully transparent about its supply chain. The brand traces all its products to the garment manufacturers, yarn mills, and right back to the bamboo viscose suppliers.

They even personally visited the bamboo viscose suppliers to ensure they are OEKO-TEX Level 3 certified, the most rigorous standard of assessing the use of chemicals and environmental and social impact.

I couldn’t find any specific reviews by people with eczema who use BAM Clothing, but the brand is recommended by the National Eczema Society and says many customers have told them that they’re the best solution they’ve found for skin problems such as eczema and rashes.


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Is OEKO-TEX 100 certified and one uses Eco-Cert organic bamboo

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Awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association


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Bellabu Bear

Bellabu Bear has very few options for adults. However, as it has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association, we had to include it in our picks of bamboo clothing for adults with eczema.

The options are currently limited to bamboo pajamas, underwear, and nightwear collections for the whole family. However, some of its designs are ideal for use as base layers or for lounging around the house during the day.

My husband is in love with his Bellabu Bear Pajamas. Excellent quality and feel. He has been grabbing the only pair he has every day. Time to buy another pair! Shyamosree B., Bellabu Bear Customer


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B-Corp brand that only uses organic bamboo from Fair Trade factories

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First underwear brand to receive B-Corp status in the US


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Boody is a certified B-Corp bamboo clothing brand that only uses organic bamboo from Fair Trade-certified factories. The Australian brand offers underwear, sleepwear, and activewear for adults, as well as some bamboo baby clothes. 

Boody has one of the most well-rounded visions of sustainability for any clothing brand. The brand prohibits any toxic chemicals from being used in the production of its fabrics, is 100% transparent about its processes, and ensures the processing of bamboo is as safe and eco-friendly as the plant itself.

I have extremely sensitive skin and am allergic to nearly everything. Boody is what I am filling my dresser and closet with these days... so happy to have found these comfortable, easy care and easy to wear clothes. Nancy Coffman, Amazon Customer

My review may be a little different than most. I have an Autistic granddaughter who is very sensory-sensitive. I have spent literally hundreds of dollars on bras that we have tried and she has refused to wear. I bought this Booty Body bra at a Health food store and now it is all she will wear. Thank God for this bra. If you stop making them i don't know what I will do. Margaret Rose, Amazon Customer

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