5 Ways to Stay Stylish During An Eczema Flare-Up

Suzee Skwiot | Mar 10, 2014 Beauty & Style

ll bean cotton sweaterEczema flare-ups mean you can't do a lot of things. Among them: you should avoid acidic foods, sweating, and itching. Especially the itching.

But while there might be plenty of restrictions, there are also plenty of things that you should do. Case in point: You CAN be stylish even when you are going through an uncomfortable flare-up. Here's how.

You should wear cotton clothing, light colors, and plenty of loose materials.

Doctors highly recommend cotton clothing because it is soft and breathable and doesn't cling tightly to skin. Wool, an eczema sufferer's enemy, has coarse fibers that irritate the skin. Nylon and polyester have tight threads that do not allow the skin to breathe. And synthetic fibers, especially when worn for longer periods of time, can prevent flare-ups from healing.

Cotton, on the other hand, is one of the most breathable and simple materials. 100% pure cotton clothing generally has smaller threads and holes, which means that the clothing has an airy feel, and is not tight enough to rub against the skin.

But even when the flare-ups happen, know that you don't have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. In fact, you can easily have both. Below, we've scrounged up five styles that you can bust you during your eczema flare-up. They're light, simple, and completely perfect for those irritating moments.

Check them out below, and let us know: do you have any go-to styles during your eczema flare-ups?


Image via L.L.Bean

  • Trouser Pants

    1

    While coverage might be the biggest concern during an eczema flare-up, be careful not to constrict your skin. The key here is breathability. Choose a straight trouser pant (made of cotton, of course), that doesn't directly hit the sensitive skin and allows for the delicate area to breathe.

    Pictured: J.Crew Café trouser in cotton, $89.50

  • Cotton Blouse

    2

    To cover up a flare-up, go for a long-sleeved cotton blouse. The pure cotton top is crisp and light, and is appropriate for both work and play. With a funky pattern (and remember to stay away from the darker colors), you can easily make the transition from the office to home.

    Pictured: Caslon Cotton Blouse, $58.00 at Nordstrom

  • Cotton Pajamas

    3

    Even during a flare-up, it's ok to bring out the sexy. With a lightweight cotton pajama set (like this one from Victoria's Secret), you can have comfortable sleeping gear, along with some cute patterns and cuts. Roll down the sleeves and pant legs during especially sensitive times, but feel free to cuff the ends for a more casual look as well.

    Pictured: Victoria's Secret cotton mayfair pajama, $39.50

  • Crewneck Sweater

    4

    Avoid the scoop neck and v-neck tops, and opt instead for a crew neckline that'll give you the most coverage. A light sweater with a small cable knit pattern is ideal because the minimal holes with allow for the best airflow and won't suffocate the skin.

    Pictured: L.L.Bean Long-Sleeve Cable Crewneck Cotton Sweater, $39.95

  • Loose Sweatpants

    5

    When lounging around the home, go for a loose-fitting and light fabric that avoids hitting the main eczema-prone spots, like the backs of the knees. Keep in mind that 100% cotton is always preferable and should be worn both during a flare-up and regularly.

    Pictured: Bella Ladies 100% cotton sweatpants, $24.00 at Amazon

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