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How Bamboo Fabric Can Help Soothe Sensitive Skin Caused by Eczema

Posted on 14th May 2019

All Bamboo Bubby products are made from high percentage bamboo fabric blends, especially selected after extensive search and testing processes, for their superior qualities which research suggests may be beneficial to the healing of sensitive skin with conditions like eczema or dermatitis.

How can bamboo fabric help soothe sensitive skin caused byeczema?

Bamboo fabric is absorbent & breathable

Bamboo is the softest and least abrasive fabric to delicate skin, due to its ability to pull moisture away from the body The scientific term for this is the capillary effect or wicking effect and research shows that of the five leading fabrics available on the market, bamboo has the highest capillary effect, absorbing more moisture and drawing it away from the body than other fabrics and also decreasing the level of abrasion and damage to sensitive skin.

When skin becomes sweaty, fabric used to cover it causes the level of abrasion to increase, which then worsens skin conditions like eczema and is especially harsh on the delicate skin of babies or children with eczema. This is why synthetic fabrics which do not let the skin 'breathe' are notoriously bad for eczema skin.
It is a fact that if a person sweats under their clothing then the level of abrasion caused to the skin is almost doubled.

Even when compared to other 'breathable' fabrics such as cotton and viscose rayon in the photographs below, bamboo is superior due to the spaces between the individual fabric fibres, allowing greater moisture absorption while at the same time allowing more air ventilation through the fabric.

(Source: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/jfecs/article/viewFile/61642/49754)

The combination of great absorption and ventilation can result in a person wearing bamboo keeping almost two degrees cooler in warm weather and at least this much warmer in cold weather when the bamboo fibres contract and help to keep warmth in and around the body covered by fabric.

Bamboo fabric is hypoallergenic

The fibres within bamboo fabric are round and naturally smooth with no sharp spurs which will irritate sensitive skin, making it perfect for babies with eczema or anyone who may suffer allergic reactions to other types of fabrics like wool or hemp.
This is also why bamboo fabric feels so soft.

Bamboo fabric is antibacterial

Bamboo contains anti-bacterial and bacteriostatic bio-agent called "Bamboo Kun", which is what allows it to naturally flourish and grow in the wild without the use of pesticides or fertilizers.

There has been some studies undertaken in whether or not this anti-bacterial benefit remains when bamboo is manufactured into fabric. The Japan Textile Inspection Association (JTIA) completed a study that claims that even after 50 industrial washes, bamboo sheets showed a 70% effectiveness of antibacterial properties.

The China Industrial Testing Center completed a similar study, where bamboo fabric was tested over a 24 hour incubation period with the bacterial strain Staphylococcus aureous. Their results showed after a 24 hour period, the 100% bamboo fabric showed a 99.8% kill rate.

These reports suggest bamboo may be an ideal fabric to use on eczema skin which is often inflamed and even infected.

The bamboo fabrics used by Bamboo Bubby has passed Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1 testing which means that it is free from harmful substances, manufactured to cause the least possible harm to the environment and safe to use for baby, childrens or sensitive skin products.

While a lot of time and effort has been taken to determine the ideal fabric for our Bamboo Bubby range, in the end it was simple - no other fabric feels as soft or can soothe sensitive skin quite like bamboo and results like these below from families who've used our products from babyhood through to childhood and beyond speak for themselves....

Click here to view full bamboo fabric research reference list.

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