How Cotton Can Help Prevent and Soothe Skin Conditions & Infections

When it comes to your skin, the largest organ of your body, you don’t want to mess around. What you put on your body is quite as important as what goes into it. If you’re making the switch to natural food and natural beauty products, now is the time to make the switch to another natural product: cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives®. Here’s how cotton’s benefits can help soothe and prevent skin conditions, help prevent infections, and provide comfort to both you and your little ones.

Hyperhidrosis

Earlier this year, superstar Youtube personality and a friend of Cotton, Jackie Aina, shared her personal story of hyperhidrosis. This condition causes excess sweating, and even if it’s not a super-serious skin condition, it is super uncomfortable. One of Jackie’s ways to handle the condition is to wear cotton clothing, and more important, to try to avoid synthetic clothing like rayon and polyester. Cotton breathes, meaning you’re less likely to overheat and thus over-sweat. Cotton also washes cleaner than synthetics, meaning your clothes won’t smell even after you wash them, like polyester is known to do.

Dermatitis

If you have a skin condition or if you have sensitive, reactive skin, cotton can be part of the solution. Skin conditions can be chronic or can be triggered by external agents, like synthetic fabrics, poison ivy, jewelry, and even fragrances in the skincare products you use. During a reaction, the comfort and breathability of cotton can help soothe your skin while the dermatitis clears. 100% cotton is also hypoallergenic, which means it won’t cause skin irritations, while synthetic fibers like polyester are much more likely to irritate your skin. When in doubt, natural is always better: keep it cotton.

Babies with Skin Irritants

There are few things as annoying as rashes, and it’s even worse if you’re a mother whose child is dealing with these skin conditions. While cotton won’t cure anything, there are ways to make your baby more comfortable, and one of those ways is dressing them in cotton clothing. Cotton is less likely to irritate your baby’s skin further and lets it breathe easily. Make sure the cotton clothing is loose-fitting to provide even more comfort. Avoid synthetic fibers, especially polyester, rayon, and nylon, as well as itchy fabrics like wool.

Feminine Hygiene

Maybe you check the label on your clothes, but have you ever checked the labels on your tampons and pads? Odds are you haven’t, and that’s because companies aren’t required to list them. If they did, you’d find “mystery fibers” in these essential, sensitive products: fibers such as rayon, polyester, and other synthetic, manmade, processed materials from who-knows-where. These fibers are also often treated with bleaches, dyes, and chemicals. Who wants that in their bodies?

Now that you know, you can make the switch to cotton. It’s easy with companies like Lola, Conscious Period, and CVS Pure Cotton paving the way to transparency in feminine hygiene products. These products contain cotton—and only cotton. Women use around 11,000 tampons or pads in a lifetime. Choose the natural, safest option.

If you’re looking for a trendier way to manage your monthly period, check out the brand new, organic cotton line from Thinx, the “period underwear.” Thinx has created a trio of organic cotton undies that combine the ease of their original line with all the benefits of cotton.

Infections

While we’re on a slightly uncomfortable subject, let’s talk about underwear. Did you know that because cotton breathes and is hypoallergenic, cotton underwear is less likely to cause yeast infections in both women and men? At the very least, make sure the undies you buy have a 100% cotton liner. Check out our shop collection below to start making smarter choices. 

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