If you deal with sensitive skin, you know how frustrating it can be to find the right fabrics, clothes, and personal care products for your needs. The issue is especially annoying when you’re trying to find the right bed sheets, a piece of fabric that touches your entire body throughout the night. There are few things worse than tossing and turning when you’re crawling into bed at the end of the night when all you really want is to get comfy and drift off to sleep!
Here’s what you need to know about shopping for bed sheets when you’re dealing with sensitive skin; and some of our favorites for soothing itchy, irritated skin at night.
Simply put, sensitive skin is a condition in which you’re more prone to itchiness, rashes, inflammation, and other uncomfortable skin reactions.
There are several reasons that your skin might be more sensitive than others, including some dermatological health issues. Some potential health conditions that may make your skin more sensitive include:
In addition, you may be dealing with dermatitis,an inflammatory skin reaction that can flare up in response to irritants or allergies. If you have sensitive skin, talking to your doctor or dermatologist can pinpoint the issue.
Also, another potential cause of sensitive skin is skin dryness, which means that the skin no longer protects nerve endings and can lead to reactions when touching potentially irritating fabrics.
Your sensitive skin may also stem from temporary environmental factors like sunburn after a long day of sunlight exposure, or exposure to extreme heat, cold, or wind that dries out your protective skin barrier and makes it more prone to sensitivity. Finally, you might simply have more sensitive skin in general, which can be due to a variety of genetic factors.
No matter what the specific cause of your skin sensitivity is, you’ll need to be mindful of the kinds of fabrics, bedsheets, and personal care products you use in order to ease some of the discomforts.
Because your bed sheets generally make plenty of contact with your skin throughout the night, you’ll need to keep these things in mind while shopping around:
While everyone’s skin needs will vary slightly, these key points are a good place to begin your bed sheet search. To sum this all up, the best bed sheets for those with sensitive skin are 100% cotton for maximum comfort.
Because the quality of your bed sheet fabric is so important when you’re dealing with sensitive skin, your best bet is to start off by choosing premium bedding fabrics like percale, sateen or flannel. Luckily, you’ll can take your pick of either with QuickZip’s premium Fitted Sheet systems!
How to choose:
Whether you choose Percale, Sateen or Flannel, you’ll be investing in 100% cotton sheets for maximum comfort and luxury.
Even better, investing in QuickZip’s fitted sheets means that you’ll get to take advantage of its revolutionary and unique base and zip sheet system. Once your sheets are on your mattress, it means less bunching during the night and easier laundry changes (which is especially important if your sensitive skin issues require frequent sheet washes!).
Even if you choose the perfect luxury sheets for your sensitive skin, you’ll still need to keep a couple of points in mind to make sure that you’re properly caring for both your bedding and your skin.
Even though they’re specifically designed to get your laundry clean and fresh, your laundry detergent and other laundry products could be a potential trigger for your sensitive skin. Common sensitive skin culprits found in many laundry detergents include artificial fragrances and sulfates.
If you suspect that your laundry detergent, softeners, and other products are making your sensitive skin act up, you may need to switch your detergent to a formula meant for sensitive skin. Look for hypoallergenic products which are made specifically to minimize skin irritation before throwing your sheets into the wash. In addition, make sure that you’re measuring your soaps and detergents appropriately so that you aren’t left with excess soap residue on your sheets.
In a similar vein, you may need to watch out for common skin irritants in general if your skin is particularly sensitive. This applies not only to your bedding but to your clothes and the rest of the products you might use in your home as well like shampoos, soap, and cleaning products. By managing the introduction of these potentially harmful substances into your home, you can ensure that you’re minimizing your skin triggers in your home.
Finally, if you’ve ruled out other skin issues and can’t figure out the root cause of your skin sensitivity, it might be worth taking an allergy test to see if you can pinpoint a specific cause for your discomfort. This way, you’ll either be able to pinpoint the exact irritants that are leading to inflammation and itchiness and eliminate them from your home or figure out whether you can tackle them with the right medication. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist for more specific information here.
Sensitive skin is annoying at best and straight-up uncomfortable at worst, but there are plenty of steps that you can take to make your bed the most comfortable place it can be. Choose high-quality 100% cotton percale or sateen to minimize irritation and help you drift off to that good night’s sleep.
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