What pillow is best for eczema?
What is eczema?
Atopic eczema is the most common type, and it is often a long-term condition that continues from childhood into adulthood.
Adults can also develop it, and it causes dry or even cracked skin that can also become itchy and inflamed. It may also look like a red or darker coloured rash.
What treatments are available for eczema?
Eczema can be troublesome, particularly if it appears on the face. While there is no cure for eczema, certain steps can be taken to reduce the symptoms and effects. These include topical treatment formulas and avoiding triggers.
According to the NHS, known eczema triggers include allergens, irritants and fabrics that come into contact with the skin. Allergens may include dust mites, while synthetic fabrics or wool are the most common cause of an adverse reaction. Irritants, meanwhile, could be present in the laundry products used for washing bedding and clothing.
Which pillow is best for eczema?
This is where your pillow comes in, for two main reasons. Firstly, the pillow itself matters. But what about the cover you use? People don’t tend to sleep without a pillowcase between their skin and the pillow itself, so it’s that which is going to come into contact with skin the most.
So what matters? The pillow filling can play a part, but arguably the pillowcase is even more important as it’s that which touches the skin of the face and neck. What you wash the pillowcase in can also make a difference.
A natural pillow
As dust mites can be one of the triggers for eczema, pillows filled with natural materials like cotton, silk or wool are often a better choice as they are less likely to become breeding grounds for dust mites.
So does the same apply to the pillowcase? Yes and no. Wool is best avoided, as many people find their skin flares up when wool is next to the skin. (Who ever heard of a wool pillowcase, anyway?)
Cotton is one of the better options, as it’s a natural and breathable fabric. The downside, however, is that cotton is not the smoothest surface for irritable skin.
Ideally, you want a natural fabric with a super sleek surface. This excludes man-made satin, as it’s not a natural fabric. So what else is there?
Silk, of course! Silk is entirely natural, very breathable and ultra resistant to bacteria, mould and even dust mites. It is therefore an ideal choice for anyone with eczema on their face, ears, neck or shoulders.
Why a silk pillowcase is best for eczema
So why pick silk over cotton? The answer is all down to friction. Though cotton is natural and breathable, it isn’t the smoothest surface to sleep on. This means that friction occurs when you move around during the night.
This friction can irritate sensitive skin that is prone to flare-ups of eczema. A silk pillowcase is kinder to skin, simply because its smoothness is gentler on skin.
That’s not the only good reason to sleep on silk, however. If you are using over-the-counter or prescribed creams or lotions to treat facial eczema, they get the chance to work more effectively when you sleep on silk.
Why? Because silk doesn’t absorb moisture as readily as cotton. This means the ointment or other potion is left in place where it belongs, working its magic as you slumber. Rather than being rubbed off all over the pillow.
It’s worth noting at this point that not all silk pillowcases are the same. Calidad Home silk pillowcases are made only from long strand, grade A, 22 momme mulberry silk. In brief, this is the strongest, most durable silk available anywhere.
The charmeuse weave technique used when our silk is produced also ensures the softest, smoothest finish possible. In fact this is sometimes referred to as the ‘satin weave’.
A fine silk pillowcase thus gives the user all the benefits of satin’s smooth surface as well as all the benefits of a natural material.
Sadly there is no cure for eczema, but avoiding triggers like allergens and irritants really can help. As can leaving the treatments that have been specially developed and prescribed in place overnight, to do the best they can.
The ideal choice for an eczema sufferer, therefore, is a natural pillow covered with a high quality silk pillowcase.
To minimise the risk of irritation, we also recommend using a gentle laundry detergent suitable for delicate fabrics and sensitive skin. Luckily, that’s what our silk pillowcases love best!