Remedywear: Soft Clothing for Sensitive Skin

 Information for Physicians

The development of new textiles with intrinsic properties like antioxidative and antibacterial activity offers an exciting way to treat people suffering from itchy skin conditions like eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis. Over the last few years, customers’ desire for comfort, hygiene, and well-being has created an increasing demand for antimicrobial clothing [1].

Remedywear has been created from a combination of two eco-friendly natural fibers, TENCEL™ and Smartcel™ Sensitive, with a small amount of latex-free elastane to add stretch. The natural fiber component of both TENCEL™ and Smartcel™ Sensitive is lyocell, natural fiber made with cellulose extracted from wood pulp. Smartcel™ Sensitive is embedded with zinc particles that stay in place even after numerous washes.

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Fabric composition for Remedywear clothing, bands and gloves:

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

*We change the composition slightly for our socks to accommodate recycled polyester fibers.

Zinc oxide is an essential nutrient for humans as well as bacteria, but in high doses, zinc ions can cause a series of negative events in bacterial cells. The mechanism of destruction is very different from cations, which break the cell wall and membrane so that the walls fall apart and the cell collapses. The zinc particles incorporated into textiles prevent bacterial growth and odors [2]. Adding zinc to our clothing has a number of benefits:

  • Protection against bacteria and odor causing microorganisms.
  • Embedded anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Safeguard textiles from deterioration, discoloration and staining.
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Comfort

Use of Remedywear can significantly improve quality of life in patients who have AD, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, or other itchy skin conditions. Dermatologists in one recent study [3] have found that a group of patients with atopic dermatitis noted less redness and itching as well as improved sleep quality after using TENCEL® clothing embedded with zinc from Smartcel™ Sensitive. The zinc in textiles like Smartcel™ Sensitive used in Remedywear is safe to use, even in babies and children, since it does not penetrate the skin, even with disturbed barrier function in atopic dermatitis or eczema. Plus the all-natural fibers generate a super soft clothing for sensitive skin, like a combination of cotton, linen, and silk.

Smartcel™ Sensitive fabric is soft and prevents irritation to the skin. It promotes an optimal skin feeling, that is unseen with rougher fiber surfaces.

Hypoallergenic

Remedywear garments are free of latex, nylon, nickel, disperse dyes and phenylenediamene, the chemcial responsible for allergies to blue and black dye. The fabric, thread and dyes used all received an Okeo Tex 100 certification for safe use on even the most delicate allergy prone skin, including newborns and infants.

Moisture Wicking

Our Remedywear fabrics TENCEL™ and Smartcel™ Sensitive are made of lyocell, which is composed of nanofribrils—very, very small fibers—which are spun together. These fibers are hydrophilic, meaning they “love water,” giving Remedywear great moisture wicking ability, which also makes it breathable and softer. Since sweat often causes irritation in problem areas like elbow and knee creases for people with eczema or atopic dermatitis, using Remedywear can help reduce redness and itching.

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Recommended Use

Remedywear garments work well dry, no need for messy wet wrapping. We recommend patients 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.

However, TENCEL® fibers really stand out when compared with cotton. Compared to cotton, TENCEL® fibers absorb the moisture in a controlled and regular manner.

Please contact us with your questions regarding any of these beneficial claims.

References

[1] Morais, 2016, Antimicrobial Approaches for Textiles: From Research to Market. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5456784/

[2] Anita and Ramachandran, 2012, Preparation, Characterization, and Functional Analysis of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Coated Single Jersey Cotton Fabric.

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/preparation-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-coated-single-jersey-cotton-fabric-2165-8064.1000114.php?aid=7460

[3] 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/