Remedywear: FAQ

zinc-oxide-for-eczema

If you have any other questions we would love to help! Please contact us.

What is Remedywear made of?

The material that goes into our Remedywear eczema and psoriasis clothing is a soft, stretchy blend of sustainably and responsibly made natural fibers plus latex free elastane for stretch.

The material in our clothing is made of:

  • 75% lycocell/TENCEL™
  • 19% Smartcel™ Sensitive (lyocell/TENCEL™ + zinc)
  • 6% Elastane

Our first fiber, TENCEL™, is made from renewable beech wood. The pulp gets made into a smooth fiber using a low-waste eco-friendly closed loop process. This soothing fabric helps control odor, wick moisture, and inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Our second fiber, Smartcel™ Sensitive, embeds millions of tiny zinc oxide particles directly into TENCEL™ fabric, so the zinc and it’s anti-inflammatory properties are long-lasting.

Finally, Remedywear also contains a small amount of latex-free elastane to add stretch for a flattering fit.

Why Zinc?

Remedywear clothing is made with zinc oxide for skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis. Zinc oxide not only stops bacterial growth and blocks odor, but it’s also soothing to the skin thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc oxide 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! Zinc is great for calming irritated, inflamed skin. The link between zinc and eczema is well known and that’s why it’s a key factor in Remedywear.

Is Remedywear safe for babies and children?

Yes! Even newborns! Our fabrics, threads and dyes have the highest product class designation, Okeo Tex 100 certified, making them safe for the most delicate and sensitive skin, including those prone to allergies. We offer all-natural, dye-free fabrics as well as options with allergy-friendly dyes that are phenylenediamine-free. The zinc particles in the clothing are long-lasting and won’t get absorbed by the skin, even dry, cracked, or irritated skin. The zinc we use is perfectly safe for use in newborns and babies.

Why is Remedywear beneficial for eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and other itchy skin conditions?

In a clinical study [1], our blend of TENCEL and Smartcel™ Sensitive was proven to reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis, reduce itchiness and improve quality of sleep when worn overnight for three consecutive nights.

A few other reasons Remedywear eczema & psoriasis clothing can help itchy skin:

  • Soft, breathable fabric embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc.
  • Hypoallergenic fabric and dyes, no irritation.
  • Moisture wicking fabric means no sweaty irritation or chafing.
  • Soothing, durable clothing that will last and can be worn day and night.
  • Tags are easily removed and seams can be worn outside the clothing for desired comfort.
  • Works well dry! No need for uncomfortable wet wrapping.
How Do I Use Remedywear?

Remedywear garments work well dry, no need for messy wet wrapping. We recommend you first apply a generous layer of emollient on dry skin and then cover with Remedywear clothing. The clothing can be worn overnight as a pajama or during the day with another item of clothing over top.

For more intense moisture therapy, patients can take a luke warm bath beforehand, apply emollients to slightly damp skin and then cover with our clothing. Our garments can be worn damp as well, but we suggest you speak with a physician first before attempting this method.

We recommend you wash Remedywear garments between each use.

Can I use Remedywear with other eczema treatment methods?

Absolutely! Remedywear can be used wet or dry, with or without emollients, (like our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream), and even with steroid creams as prescribed by your doctor. Covering flare-up patches with Remedywear clothing will soothe the skin and help topical treatments stay in place to work their magic longer. We recommend to always check with a medical professional before trying any new eczema treatment.

Can you use Remedywear products for wet wrapping?

Absolutely! However, our eczema and psoriasis clothing is great for dry wrapping as well. In fact, we recommend wearing them dry first because studies show they work great this way AND dry wrapping is just so much easier and less messy. If you need to take things to the next level, you can certainly wear them wet. However, our garments are not “medical devices” (yet, we’re working on that) and therefore we cannot suggest they be used as wet dressings. If you’re unsure, speak with your physician first. And always get your physicians approval before using steroid creams with any wet dressings/wrapping.

Are your products safe for people with allergies?

Yes, all fabric and materials are free of latex, nylon, nickel, formaldehyde, disperse dyes and phenylenediamine (which is what usually causes people to react to black/dark dyes). We do use recycled polyester in our socks and our finishing yarn for seams is made from poly/cotton for durability. We tried straight cotton and it just didn’t hold up sadly. Our covered waistbands are made from latex free elastic and even the safety pin to attach our recycled paper hangtags is nickel free! Can you tell we take allergies seriously?

I am allergic to some metals, Can I wear Remedywear safely if I am allergic to some metals?

Remedywear does not use any nickel finishes. The zinc particles added to the fabric do not get absorbed into the body and should not cause irritation or allergic reaction, so our clothing is safe for people with metal allergies. However, at the first sign of irritation, infection, rash, or discomfort and immediately discontinue use of Remedywear garments contact a medical professional.

When should I wear Remedywear?

Our products are designed for use during the day under clothing or at night as pajamas. Our natural fibers are soft, cool, and breathable like other classic natural fibers like cotton, linen, or silk. They can also be worn at the first signs of a dry skin rash or eczema flare-up.

Why do you use dyes?

Natural undyed fabric gets easily discolored and dingy, especially when using natural detergents and soaps, which we recommend for washing Remedywear. So, we wanted to offer materials in colors that will last and stay vibrant and fresh looking after every wash. Our dyes are phenylenediamine free and disperse dye free, so they don’t contain harsh chemicals, and Okeo Tex 100 certified to be safe for individuals with allergies, which means that they meet rigorous scientific standards according to a worldwide independent, consistent testing system for textiles. The fabric we use is rated in the highest product class, safe for use in newborns, babies, children, and people with allergies and sensitive skin. We still offer natural white fabrics for those who prefer to avoid dyes of any kind.

Why does Remedywear have inside seams?

Seam finishing is a very important part of the sewing process. It makes the garment look finished and prevents the fabric edges from fraying. We made our product with inner seams because we feel they are stronger this way, but if they rub you the wrong way, just flip them inside out. Most of our clothing designs can be worn inside out. Our tags are attached in a special way making them easy to remove, so nobody has to know it wasn’t designed with outer seams! We just want you to be comfortable, look great, and feel great.

How do Remedywear sizes work?

We provide a size chart for every product. Find the right measurements to determine the best size. Remedywear works best if it is worn close to the skin, but not too tight. Even if you have purchased a product with us before, be sure to take a look at the size chart as some patterns have a different fit and drape.

Our adult sizes are unisex, but based on men’s sizing. If you are between sizes, unsure of which one to choose, or have any questions, please contact us before purchasing.

Are there any special washing instructions?

To get the best performance out of your Remedywear garments, we suggest you do the following. Wash before your first use. Machine wash on a gentle cycle with cold water (<40 degrees C) using a mild plant or mineral based detergent with no fluorescent whitening agents. Do not use fabric softeners or conditioners. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean.

Can I put Remedywear in the dryer?

Yes! You can tumble dry clothes on a gentle cycle at low temperature. It won’t harm the natural fibers or the zinc protection woven into the clothes. However, all clothes made from natural fibers last longer when laid flat to dry. You can also iron clothes at a low temperature setting (less than 110°C).

Are there any warnings or disclaimers for Remedywear?”

We sincerely dislike legal-ease, but sadly we live in a world where we must use it in certain cases and when mentioning health conditions like eczema, this is one of those cases. Without further ado, may we present our required warnings and disclaimers.

The following provisions apply to the use of YoRo Naturals and Remedywear products.

Warning — For external use only. Use only as directed. Immediately discontinue use of Remedywear garments at the first sign of irritation, infection, rash, unusual odor or discomfort and immediately contact a medical professional. Topical steroid creams/ointments, cortisone or other medications should not be combined with Remedywear without prior approval by a physician. Do not allow children under two years of age to swallow products containing honey. Consult a health care practitioner if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Hypersensitivity such as allergy, rashes and or burning discomfort are rare, but could occur; in which case discontinue use immediately.

Disclaimer—Please note that nothing herein is intended as a substitute for professional healthcare advice, or service from a qualified healthcare provider such a s a physician, dermatologist, pediatrician or other professional familiar with your unique situation. Use only as directed. The Company is not responsible for the misuse of products or for the use of products without the advice of a medical professional. The Company does not claim that Remedywear cures, prevents nor heals any medical condition nor guarantees results. Any comments posted on the website regarding Remedywear are those of the posting individuals only and do not constitute a representation or warranty from the Company. The Company is not responsible for the content and information of such comments or posts, including their truthfulness or accuracy.

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/