We all have different skin, and some sensitive or eczema-prone skin needs a bit of extra care. There are lots of different factors that can affect eczema, and clothing is one of them. Because clothes are in constant close contact with our skin, it's important to make sure they are as gentle as possible. There are lots of ways you can make your laundry eczema-friendly – so, which is the best detergent for eczema, and which fabric conditioner for sensitive skin keeps skin and clothes in great condition?
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that can affect any age group. Up to one in five UK schoolchildren will develop eczema before the age of seven, and one in 12 adults have eczema.
The severity of the eczema can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy; with more severe eczema the skin can become broken, raw and infected.
Eczema isn’t contagious, but it is uncomfortable and can worsen if it isn’t treated correctly. Anyone with eczema in their family should consult their doctor.
What are the causes of eczema?
There are many causes of eczema. The condition is often genetic, so some people inherit a tendency to develop eczema (atopic eczema, which is often linked to hay fever and asthma), while some people develop it as a reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance.
Environmental factors including perfumes, toiletries, clothing, temperature, stress, and allergies to things like dust mites, pets or food, can make eczema worse and trigger a flair-up of the condition.
What’s the best laundry detergent for eczema?
The best laundry detergent for eczema is one that is designed to be kind to sensitive skin, like Persil Non Bio. Because Persil Non Bio doesn’t contain biological enzymes, it is extra-gentle on both skin and fabric.
Using a fabric conditioner for sensitive skin, like Comfort Pure, helps to keep clothes soft against sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Its gentle formula is dermatologically tested, meaning that it is safe to use for all types of skin.
For more information and advice about eczema, the UK’s National Eczema Society is a good source of support.