I was organizing my wardrobe the other day and it got me thinking.
We wear clothes most of our life. They are the first layer that touches our skin and for us, people with skin conditions, clothes are our second skin, right?
Then why there are so little conversations about how important the role of clothes is in managing skin conditions?
Through 4 decades of struggling with severe atopic dermatitis, I had a chance to meet MANY doctors, and to be honest with you, only one, yes one, told me what clothes are appropriate for my skin and what I should avoid like fire.
In 2018 my eczema got crazy and became totally unmanageable. I remember one morning I was sitting on the floor in my top and undies in front of my open wardrobe crying and scratching like never before.
I had plenty of clothes, yet they were totally useless in times of flares. I couldn’t find a single thing that could keep my cracked, painful, itchy skin comfortable.
That was the moment I felt that something has to change, that I need to build an eczema-friendly wardrobe with clothes that I can wear on good and bad days.
It took me 20 months to do it. Long? Maybe. The reason of that is simple, it’s not easy to find good quality eczema-friendly stylish clothes. I spent countless hours to find the right pieces. But today, when I look at my wardrobe, I feel it was worthy of all of this effort and time.
Here is what I did: I banned all the synthetic pieces from my closet and left only what was 100% natural. You won’t find in my wardrobe other fabrics than Pima cotton, modal, silk, Tencel/lyocell, cashmere, merino wool, camel wool and linen. I took a conscious decision to stick to neutral, light colours, to limit the risk of allergies for dyes and other chemicals used in the fashion industry. In terms of style I only kept pieces that fit me, and make me feel whole, 100% myself and truly happy. The rest I gave away.
Since this wardrobe revolution, I’ve been wearing only natural fabrics and guess what? My skin stopped itching, cleared up in 85-90%, the flares appear less frequently and are much less severe (if they appear, usually there is a reason for that) and what’s important, I can wear every piece from my closet and feel good even if my skin is not doing well. Plus dressing up in the morning became easy-peasy.
My closet is sane and happy. Getting dressed is no longer a battle. And I’m now calmer and more peaceful.
40 years of severe eczema has taught me a thing or two and now I’m here to share my personal lessons with you so that you can enjoy your life now.
Curious if this will work for you too? Try it! Look at the composition of your clothes and ban everything that is not eczema-friendly (aka synthetics, wool, any fabrics that feel like a cheese grater).
TIP: To test if the fabric is friendly to my skin, I like touching my face with it. Everything that causes even the smallest unpleasant feeling is out.
Give yourself time to replace those pieces with high-quality, super-soft, skin-friendly clothes that will make you feel gooood. Take a look at FEEL GOOD COUTURE™ collection and choose what you need. I give you my full guarantee that every piece was tested personally by me and is eczema friendly.
Your skin will thank you for that. Guaranteed.
Questions? Fire up!