What should be worn with an atopic-prone skin?

Atopic-prone skin, also called atopic dermatitis, affects one child in five.1, but atopic doesn’t mean atypical. If the signs of this eczema are unpleasant (redness, itching sensations, dryness, etc.), they are not rare, nor contagious to other children, and not irreversible.

To feel good about themselves, we have to start with our children feeling comfortable in their clothes! Especially with atopic-prone skin, the choice of clothes is important to reduce irritation and not aggravate their atopic eczema. These precautions should be adopted from birth on.

Written in partnership with Dr. Clarence De Belilovsky, Dermatologist, Member of the Mustela Circle of Experts


Choosing the right clothes

T-shirts, pants, sweaters, dresses, pajamas... Everything should be soft and not too warm: atopic eczema loves everything that can irritate or cause perspiration because that’s what causes itching.


Which materials are best for atopic-prone skin?

It is best to:

- Choose materials that are pleasant to the touch, smooth and supple. For example, cotton, linen and silk for their fine fibers that also breathe better.

- Avoid itchy materials like wool. Even though there is nothing more natural and more effective for keeping warm, its texture is unfortunately rough sometimes and therefore can irritate your child’s skin.

- Avoid synthetic materials and clothes such as polyester or acrylic. They may seem delicate and comfortable, but they are not very absorbent in case of perspiration and don’t really let the skin breathe.

- At night, high-tolerance textiles are preferable, such as the new Stelatopia skin soothing pajamas (link to be created), specially designed for atopic-prone skin. Their 100% cotton fibers are certified, Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex®, a label requiring strict controls ensuring safety for the skin and banning the use of harmful chemicals. They provide continuous soothing thanks to the natural encapsulated formula in their fibers.


A few tips:

- Lastly, to help minimize irritation or hot flushes, avoid turtlenecks and choose loose-fitting clothes.

- So how can you make sure that your child is warm enough in winter without wearing wool for instance? Don’t hesitate to layer clothes. A bodysuit or thermal underwear, a thick cotton t-shirt, a velvet vest… use your imagination to mix and match and reduce your child’s itchiness!



Clothes washing

Should you use a special washing powder? Not really. It is the rinsing that is important. A good washing programme should ensure this. If in doubt, it is better to be safe than sorry and run the cycle again before taking the laundry out of the machine. And even if you are lucky enough to be able to dry clothes outside, you should still hang your child’s clothes inside to avoid getting pollen on the fabric.


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