does DermaSilk fit into the management of eczema?
Normal clothing protects
us from the elements but can irritate sensitive skin
and cause eczema to flare and itch. Despite this,
cotton underwear remained the medical choice for
eczema patients despite no evidence to support the
If the eczema becomes severely flared nurses may
use a bandaging technique called “wet” or “dry wrapping”
to help bring serious eczema under control. These
bandages have evolved over the years into vests and
leggings and work very well if their usage is maintained.
However, there are a number of drawbacks to their
use which can make it difficult to maintain their
use and they are very costly, both in terms of the
actual costs of the garments and the time needed
to correctly apply them.
of Emollient Retention Garments.
fibre. Woven design does not allow free passage
of air and moisture making the clothing overheat
the wearer in summer and supercool in winter.
to keep moisturiser in place
be used if the eczema becomes infected.
Wrapping uses two layers of clothing, the inner
layer being saturated with moisturiser or dampened
significant education and motivation from the
family to ensure that the correct application
is done morning and evening. Uncomfortable
for the patient and very time consuming.
Wrapping uses a single layer of garments to
cover the moisturised skin
cumbersome than wet wrapping but education,
motivation and time consumption can still be
significant amounts of emollient to be applied
each time they are used
can be messy, time consuming and expensive.
It also limits the lifespan of both the garments
(around 20 washes) and the washing machine
used to wash the clothes. (the life of a washing machine in an eczema family can last half as long as in a non-eczema family).
As a result of these
issuess, this type of garment is generally reserved
for the management of severe eczema flares with the patient
being returned to “normal” clothing once the skin
has calmed down.
Up until DermaSilk, these were the only choices available
what is different about DermaSilk?
DermaSilk is the first
in a new type of clothing – Therapeutic Clothing.
It is designed to have a positive therapeutic effect
on the wearer and in the case of DermaSilk it controls
temperature and humidity close to the skin thereby
reducing itch and irritation.
Treats all flares at once rather than individual flares
It is used as a preventative base layer of underclothing
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, effectively replacing
normal underwear and nightwear. Unlike wrapping garments
it allows the skin to breathe and maintain a healthy
microclimate so that the wearer will not overheat
in summer or become too cold in winter. DermaSilk
has natural anti-inflammatory properties and has
been clinically proven to control the symptoms of
eczema far better than cotton underclothing. Think
of it as a second skin with the ability to control
temperature, humidity and itch – just like normal
intact skin does!
Built in natural moisturisers
DermaSilk has natural moisturising properties, no
need to add softeners to the silk; it is smooth enough
on its own! Consequently it needs only a small amount
of emollient to be applied to the skin before it
is worn so it is extremely easy to use and the garments
will wash and wear repeatedly. In many cases the
child will grow out of the garments before they are
worn out! Less moisturiser also means less wear on
the washing machine!
Free of potentially sensitising dyes
Whilst fashion might dictate designer colours it
is comforting to know that DermaSilk only comes in
its natural silk colour. No dyes are used in the
manufacture which might provoke allergic reactions
and the permanently bonded antimicrobial finish on
the silk fibres protects them from contamination
without sensitising the skin.
Soft seam technology
The DermaSilk designers have tried to think of everything.
Even the soft seams have minimal stitching to prevent
the thread from scratching the skin and on the smaller
garments the seams are on the outside of the garments,
just to make sure. The body suits have long mittens
built in to allow the infant to stretch out their
fingers and all poppers are nickel free.
Everyone can benefit from the therapeutic properties
of DermaSilk Clothing.
• Children itch less, sleep better and are more alert
during the day
• Parents get more concentrated sleep and have fewer
battles with children and their medications
• Eczema flares are less severe and less frequent
when wearing DermaSilk
• Fewer flares means fewer trips to the GP and possibly
fewer hospital referrals
Just look through the rest of the site and you’ll
see what we mean when we say that we really do change