For people living psoriasis, consideration is often given to the fabrics that will cause the least skin irritation. Cotton is most often recommended because it is considered the most breathable. Silk is another possible choice as it tends to be soft and breathable. Generally it is best to avoid materials such as synthetic fabrics, wool, and linens. This is because many synthetic fabrics can cause heat retention and can stick to irritated areas and wool and linen fabrics tend to be itchy. For working out it is best to pick fabrics that wick away moisture. It is also best to avoid tight fitting clothing because rubbing the skin can cause increased irritation and the persistence of psoriasis over time. Lastly, when washing clothing, use dye-free, unscented laundry detergent.
Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health. Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.