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Remedywear™: Our TENCEL Fabric with Zinc Oxide for Eczema & Psoriasis

Soft, silky Remedywear™ was designed especially to soothe and protect eczema and psoriasis. Our light, cooling garments can be worn alone or as a base layer to protect your skin from harsh outer fabrics. Show your skin some love with a gentle hug from Remedywear™.

 

What Makes Remedywear™ Unique

Our fabric is one thing that sets us apart. And with sensitive skin and conditions like eczema and psoriasis, fabric is everything. Remedywear™ is a blend of sustainably and responsibly made TENCEL™ (lyocell) + Smartcel™ Sensitive (lyocell + zinc) + recycled elastane. Our socks also contain a touch of organic cotton for added durability.

Here's why your skin will find calming comfort with Remedywear™:

  • Contains soothing TENCEL embedded with antibacterial Zinc Oxide for Eczema & Psoriasis relief. 
  • TENCEL and Zinc together are proven to reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis, reduce itchiness and improve quality of sleep when worn overnight for three consecutive nights. [1]
  • Zinc is embedded, not coated, and will last 100+ washings.
  • Works well worn dry or for wet wrapping.
  • Soft, exterior tags can easily be removed.
  • Hypoallergenic materials are Oeko-tex Standard 100 + Step by Oeko-tex certified.
  • Free from chemicals, formaldehyde, nylon, nickel and latex.
  • Sustainably produced from start to finish using European standards.
  • Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.
  • Doctor Approved
  • Risk Free 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

The Study

Dermatologists in a recent study [1] found that a group of patients with atopic dermatitis noted rapid improvement of eczema severity, less redness and itching and improved sleep quality after using TENCEL™ clothing embedded with Smartcel™ Sensitive (zinc). This study is exactly why we use the same fibers in the same ratio - because they work!

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Why Zinc Oxide for Eczema Clothes

Zinc oxide not only stops bacterial growth and blocks odor, but it’s also soothing to the skin. Zinc oxide powder is actually an active ingredient in calamine, the stuff that goes into anti-itch soothing calamine lotion as well as countless creams for eczema, psoriasis and other inflamed skin conditions. It can also be found in creams for diaper rash, which believe it or not is a form of dermatitis!

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We use Smartcel™ Sensitive in our Remedywear™ garments because using zinc oxide for eczema has proven clinically effective in reducing flares [1] and since it offers many benefits for people with eczema and other sensitive skin conditions:

  • Strong antibacterial and anti-odor properties.
  • Soothes redness and irritation.
  • Fibers are clinically show to improve quality of sleep in people with itchy skin [1].

We use zinc in our fabric instead of other antimicrobial agents because other nanoparticles that have been added as antimicrobial finishes to textile, like silver and chitosan, have the possibility of cross-reacting with skin, promoting resistant-strains of bacteria, and pose an ecological concern for particles that are not filtered by wastewater treatment after washes. Unlike silver or chitosan, zinc is a naturally occurring mineral (not a metal), approved for use in a number of products, from supplements to sunscreen. It does not get absorbed by the skin because it stays embedded in the fabric even after many washes.

Since zinc is embedded in Remedywear™, and not encapsulated or applied as a finish, is safe to use, even in babies and children. It does not come off the clothing or penetrate the skin, even irritated skin areas with eczema or atopic dermatitis flare-ups. Our eczema clothes are also safe to use on even the most delicate skin, including newborns and babies. 

TENCEL, The Best Material for Eczema & Psoriasis

No doubt you are familiar with natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk, and wool. But there is a lesser known natural fiber that’s growing in popularity because it’s ecological to produce and has a ton of beneficial applications, wood pulp! Our Remedywear™ fabric is made from the natural wood pulp fibers of European beech trees sourced from natural forests and sustainably managed plantations. This eco-friendly made fiber is called lyocell. We use the most trusted brand of lyocell available, called TENCEL™.

Combining the softness of cotton, the breathability of linen, the smoothness of silk, and the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of wool, our TENCEL™ fibers are spun together with Smartcel™ Sensitive fibers (TENCEL™ containing zinc oxide) to produce one very skin friendly fabric. 

In fact, since TENCEL™ retains 50% more moisture than cotton and stays softer when wet, it really is the most ideal fabric for locking in moisture either through dry or wet wrapping.

UV Sun Protection

UV Protection

Our garments offer 35-50+ UV protection! Wear Remedywear to cover your fragile eczema skin when out in the sun and avoid harsh sunblocks that can cause further irritation.  Remember to always wear sunscreen to protect any parts of the body not covered by our clothing.

Our soft, gentle clothing is not meant for play and should not replace surf/swim clothing meant for more aggressive use.  Check out our UV chart to verify the protection offered by the various colors when worn wet or dry.

Full Transparency, How It’s Made

Remedywear™ is made from eco-friendly, natural fibers. Beech wood is processed into wood pulp in a closed loop process. Then cellulose extracted from the wood pulp, a substance found in all raw plant material, is used to produce a smooth fiber called lyocell via a signature process with high resource efficiency and low ecological impact. That’s our first fiber, TENCEL™.

Smartcel™ Sensitive fibers

To produce our second fiber, Smartcel™ Sensitive, separate lyocell fibers are then embedded with medical grade zinc oxide through a patented process where zinc powder is added to the natural wood pulp liquid. The solution is spun into fibers, cured in water and then processed into staple fibers. The zinc physically becomes part of the fabric. This process ensures the zinc oxide stays in place even after many washings 

All liquids and water used in these processes are recycled and reused. 99.5% of the solvent is recycled, ensuring our products meet the highest environmental standards.

Finally, the two fibers (TENCEL™ + Smartcel™ Sensitive) are spun together, yarn is produced and then knitted into fabric. And voilà! Soft, soothing Remedywear™ is born.

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About Our Dyes

Natural white, undyed fabric gets discolored and dingy easily, especially when using natural laundry detergents and soaps, which is what we recommend. With Remedywear, we chose to offer materials in colors that will last, stay vibrant and maintain a fresh look. Not all dyes are created equal, so we chose the very best. Our dyes are disperse free, Phenylenediamine free and Oeko Tex 100 certified, safe for allergies and sensitive skin. We still offer natural white fabrics for those that are opposed to dyes of any kind.

Learn more about our sustainability & ethics.

Fabric Certifications

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References:
[1] Wiegand, 2013, Skin-protective effects of a zinc oxide-functionalized textile and its relevance for atopic dermatitis. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol; 6: 115–121.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3656624/