We often tend to buy clothes that are visually most appealing. However, in this hunt for perfect clothes that fit our style, we often forget to think about the quality of materials they’re made of. Some of the fabrics can cause irritation, itching, or give us a rash.
Your skin is more valuable than any trendy piece of clothing. This is why you should always check which fabric or blend the fashion item was made of before purchasing. These are some of the materials and blends that can irritate your skin.
Man-made fabrics have to go through numerous chemical processes to gain the desired shape. Because these synthetic materials are subject to a large number of toxic chemicals, they can be very harmful to the skin. The polyester often contains many toxic substances which, because of their chemical structure, can easily penetrate the skin.
This can irritate your skin, cause a rash, or even worse problems. Additionally, since polyester isn’t a breathable material, it suffocates the skin. It doesn’t absorb well and traps the bad smells. And all this can cause us to sweat more than usual, and it can shut down the normal toxin release from our bodies.
Materials with no-iron label on them can often irritate your skin as they need to be treated with special chemicals to have this property. They don’t feel good on the skin and can constrict the natural toxin release.
Acrylic fabric is made from acrylonitrile, which is considered to be a carcinogen. It is made from extremely toxic chemicals, and it can harm us by entering our skin. It can easily penetrate the skin when worn as a clothing item, which is why it is best to avoid it.
Rayon is made from wood pulp. It can’t naturally survive everyday wear, so it is treated with numerous chemicals that can be bad for our health. Exposure to byproduct, which appears when rayon is bleached, can cause cancer.
Spandex and Lycra
These materials blend well with other materials and are often used to create skin-tight garments. They are known for their elasticity and are often found in sports bras, tights, leggings, and swimwear. However, these materials aren’t biodegradable and don’t hold their shape for a long time, which means you need to keep repurchasing these types of products, which isn’t sustainable. They can also cause contact dermatitis.