The Truth About Tencel and Eczema – What is it? And Can It Really Stop Your Skin From Itching?

The Truth About Tencel and Eczema – What is it? And Can It Really Stop Your Skin From Itching?


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Introduction

Tencel… What is it and can it really stop my itching?

Tencel has been proven to have several benefits in several different categories. But with this comes some controversy between it and previously existing materials. Tencel can be considered the underdog of materials but will it rise to the top taking down previously acclaimed materials like cotton?

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What is Tencel? 

Tencel is a variation of a material called Rayon which is made up of cellulose fibers made from dissolving/dissolved pulp. It was first developed in 1972 and can be generally considered softer than cotton. This super-soft texture is created because of its smooth surface which feels really good on the skin while lacking any irritant qualities.  

What about Cotton? 

For those who have eczema, one main thing they have all been told is to wear non-irritant material clothing such as cotton. However, now that Tencel is coming into the picture more and more, this previously understood notion might not be as accurate as one may have previously thought. 

For starters, let’s delve into the aspects of cotton. Cotton is a fluffy fiber that originates out of cotton plants and has been used for a very very long time in more ways than one. It is used in a wide variety of different products from clothing to bedsheets. Although this may be the case, people have had an issue with cotton in that there is a lack of quality with the material excluding Egyptian and Pima cotton. These two cottons are considered to have the most quality in the cotton market because they have longer and much thinner fibers in comparison to traditional, basic cotton. With this, they are also grown from plants with very little lint which means the likeliness of the material pilling is very slim to none. All of these attributes that more expensive cottons like Egyptian and Pima have are very noticeable by the consumer and some aren’t so accepting of these drastic variations in quality. Although cotton isn’t necessarily a bad material or inferior to any other, Tencel provides certain comforts that cotton does not.

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A Closer Comparison 

Tencel has been said to be better than cotton in more ways than one. The following information provides a closer inspection of both materials to prove this ideology to be right, wrong, or indifferent. 

1. Environmental Impacts of Tencel

Tencel is obtained from eucalyptus trees which is a renewable resource. In most cases, making fabrics from wood pulp is by far more beneficial as well as efficient in comparison to cotton plants. Using these trees to create fabrics is helping the environment because of its reduction in the need for pesticides and or irrigation to cultivate cotton plants. When cultivating eucalyptus trees, minimal water is needed to help it grow whereas cotton uses much much more. In addition to this form of conservation, Tencel is created using a process called closed looping. When this is done, the fibers used initially are filtered back into the material which means minimal resources are wasted by the conclusion of the process. 

2. Aesthetics Of Tencel

Tencel fabrics have a high absorbency factor. This is the aspect that makes the material much cooler, smoother, and even more hygienic for use. When Tencel is processed for its individual use, (let’s say sheets for example) they are dyed appropriately so that the original color stays as vibrant as possible for as long as possible. In comparison to cotton, however, there really isn’t much of a difference. Cotton holds dye just as well as Tencel. Buying a set of sheets made out of cotton or Tencel is up to personal preference in regards to this category. 

3. Durability Of Tencel 

Tencel is prone to wrinkle less than cotton and is quite simple to maintain and keep looking brand new. When washing, it’s likeliness to shrink, misshape, or take on any washing damage is very low. Because of this, Tencel is known to be long-lasting material that will maintain its shape of long extended periods of time during use. Although Tencel is durable, cotton is quite durable as well. In fact, cotton can become more durable over time!

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4. Comfort Of Tencel

As previously explained, Tencel is generally much softer than cotton. Because of its increased softness, it not only feels good on the skin but is also non-irritating most importantly to sensitive skin. Cotton, on the other hand, has a tendency to be scratchy on the skin at times which makes Tencel the better choice in this category. 

5. Hygiene Of Tencel

In relation to what was stated previously, Tencel is made of very small fibers which are considered hydrophilic. Because of this, the material has the tendency to absorb moisture away from the skin. You may be a little confused as to why one may be recommending the use of this product for those who have eczema if the material absorbs moisture from the skin instead of providing it. That’s because this hydrophilic material allows the material to breathe better which ultimately means better comfort and hygienic qualities for the user. Cotton, on the other hand, is also quite breathable and non-irritating for the skin, but Tencel has the leg up because of its hydrophilic properties.    

6. Coolness Of Tencel

Because Tencel is hydrophilic, it is a great material that keeps the skin cooler in a large variety of environments. Tencel is very, very breathable leaving one to feel cool in the warmest of climates. Cotton is also very comfortable in the same regard as Tencel and has done the job of keeping body temperatures relatively low because of its breathability.   

7. Price Of Tencel 

When comparing the price of Tencel and cotton, Tencel tends to be much more expensive. Having said this, the purchase of either or depends on not only a preference but an individual’s budget and need/want for a certain level of comfort.

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Tencel and Eczema 

For those who have eczema, it is key to wear clothes in which the fabric does not cause their skin to become inflamed or irritated. Tencel is a great material to use for severe eczema sufferers or just eczema sufferers in general. Hypoallergenic clothes are very important for those who have eczema because of the sensitivity level their skin has. Wearing irritable clothing materials does nothing but irritate the already eczema ecompassed skin. Wearing a material like Tencel alleviates one aspect of potential irritation. The company behind Tencel has created clothing specifically for eczema sufferers which help with the process of skin irritation as well as another layer of soothing for them. These products are as follows

Tencel Eczema SleepSuits – Soothems

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Kids Eczema Pajamas – Soothems

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Arm & Leg Wraps & Sleep Caps – Soothems

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Psoriasis & Eczema Clothing For Adults – Soothems

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Eczema & Psoriasis Sleeves & Sleep Caps For Adults – Soothems

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The aforementioned products were all created to alleviate and or soothe any irritation or inflammation one may have while having eczema. Not only do they offer clothing for adults, but for eczema sufferers of all ages! Although these clothing items are in fact made from Tencel, the use of them does not guarantee the stopping of all itching, but it can greatly reduce any urge to do so. 

 

Conclusion 

Throughout the article, the pros, cons, and differences between Tenel and cotton have been highlighted and explained. In the end, the use of either product comes down to personal preference and expectation when it comes to either product. Cotton has been something people have leaned towards for a long time but now, the underdog of material has had a light shined on it highlighting its benefits as well as more suitable characteristics that have already started to sway people into thinking it may be the superior material. Although this may be the case, both cotton and Tencel serve their purposes but Tencel might just have the leg up on the old favorite, cotton.

Jeslyn Savage

Jeslyn Savage

Jeslyn is a contributor and content developer for Our Eczema Story. She is not a medical professional. Her articles, comments, and suggestions are not intended to replace any medical advice. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials.