The 7 Best Bed Sheets That Won’t Irritate Eczematic Skin, According to a Dermatologist

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Yes, eczema freakin' sucks, but if you can identify the culprits, preventative measures aren't too far to fetch. By reducing stress, wearing skin-friendly sweaters, and/or applying fragrance-free skin-care products, you can likely bypass flareups and irritation. If  you're struggling with itching and sensitivity all over your body, though, it can be easy to overlook this one thing: bedding.

"Rough bedding can irritate sensitive skin and particularly those with eczema," says Leah Ansell, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center. "It can cause abrasions to already sensitive skin, which can allow inflammation or infections to occur." The good news is, the best bedding for eczema can work wonders on compromised skin.

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What to look for in the best bed sheets for eczema

Since eczematic skin can be easily irritated, Dr. Ansell says to avoid scratchy fabrics like wool, flannel, and linen. Instead, opt for softer and gentler fabrics like 100 percent cotton, silk, or sateen sheets, particularly ones with a higher thread count. "This usually indicates softer sheets" that can prevent abrasion or rubbing, she adds. How you take care of your bedding matters, too. Per Dr. Ansell, it's important to give your sheets a regular wash using fragrance-free detergent to soften your sheets and prevent further irritation. Follow these steps, and you'll be well on your way to itch-free territory.

We asked a dermatologist to share their hot tips and recommendations for choosing eczema-friendly bedding. Here are the best bed sheets for eczema you'll want to add to your lineup.

Sijo, Airy Weight Eucalyptus Sheet Set — $95.00

Sizes available: Twin to California king

The eucalyptus fibers in this Sijo Sheet Set harbor the perfect environment against heat, bacteria, and odors. Naturally, eucalyptus fibers are breathable, anti-microbial, and have moisture-wicking capabilities that keep sweat at bay. What’s more, the fibers render these sheets super duper soft and aren’t abrasive against eczema-prone skin. Available in six colors, from forest green to sky blue, this set is all you need for a restful snooze.

Colors: 6

Cozy Earth, Bamboo Sheet Set — $255.00

Originally $319, now $255

Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Sheet Set looks like it could be straight out of a home decor catalog. Made of viscose-derived bamboo, these oversized sheets are extremely soft and breathable, making them ideal for people with sensitive skin and sweaty sleepers. Included in this kit are a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two oh-so-soft pillow cases that’ll have you hitting the hay as soon as your head touches the pillow.

Sizes available: Twin to split king

Colors: 5

Eucalypso, Classic Sheet Set — $195.00

Originally $250, now $195

Make itchy skin a thing of the past with these ultra-soft, eucalyptus sheets. These Eucalypso sheets feel cool-to-the-touch and have thermo-regulating abilities. How, you might ask? Well, these sheets are spun from eucalyptus wood that give them its cooling superpowers. Anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, these sheets will give your eczema a run for its money.

Sizes available: Twin to California king

Colors: 7

Brooklinen, Luxe Core Sheet Set — $152.00

Originally $169, now $152

These sheets come recommended by Dr. Ansell for people with sensitive skin. “They are 480-count cotton sateen sheets,” making them more gentler and breathable on sensitive skin, she says. As the name implies, these sheets give five-star luxury hotel, so if you’re looking for buttery soft bedding, upgrade to these—you won’t be disappointed.

Sizes available: Twin to California king

Colors: 11

Boll and Branch, Signature Hemmed Sheet Set — $226.00

Sizes available: Twin to split king

For luxury you can literally feel (and see), we recommend Boll and Branch. “These sheets are incredibly soft and are made of 100 percent organic cotton,” explains Dr. Ansell. They’re unlikely to irritate skin and just get softer with each wash. Buttery, breathable, and made of the highest quality cotton—seriously, what’s not to love about these sheets?

Colors: 9

Purple, Soft Stretch Sheet Set — $125.00

Originally $139, now $125

Silky smooth, stretchy, and breathable—Purple’s Soft Stretch Sheets are what you’ll want in your bedding arsenal. These sheets are made of a blend of polyester, spandex, and bamboo viscose that make any bed feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. So soft, it’s like these sheets were hand-woven by angels. It also features an elastic band that’s like a big hug for your mattress, making it easier to make the bed in the a.m.

Sizes available: Twin to split king

Colors: 6

Charter Club, Sleep Luxe Sleep Set — $106.00

Originally $190, now $106

Charter Club’s Luxe Sleep Set ticks all of the boxes for eczema-friendly bedding. “These 100 percent cotton, 800-thread count sheets feel soft and smooth and get softer with each wash,” says Dr. Ansell. What’s more, these sheets are OEKO-TEX-certified, so you don’t have to worry about your sheets being derived from harmful chemicals. Irritation and redness, we don’t know them.

Sizes available: Twin to California king

Colors: 6

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