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Silk is hypoallergenic and ideal for sensitive skin.

If you suffer from allergies, you eventually learn to dread the changing seasons. Itchy skin, runny noses, and watery eyes can turn a beautiful day into a frustrating struggle, often caused by environmental factors well outside your control!

Yet even those most affected by allergies and sensitive skin face four common triggers that can be controlled, and it just so happens that silk clothing offers a convenient solution to help you overcome each one.

Trigger #1: Dust Mites in Clothes and Bedding

Unfortunately, dust mites are real. They are tiny, microscopic bugs that live and feed wherever you might find dead skin and hair-whether on your mattress, under the couch, in your air ducts, or in that hand-knit sweater from Aunt Linda that’s been sitting in your closet since last December. Left unchecked, these mites can aggravate minor allergies, cause uncomfortable skin irritations, and have even been connected with the development of asthma.

The Silk Solution: Remember that silk fibers are spun in a cocoon that protects silkworms as they transform into silk moths. In order to survive, silkworms had to spin a shell that would defend against common predators and pests-which is how modern silk fabrics came to develop a natural defense against dust mites! The sticky protein sericin, one of two found in the production of silk, naturally repels allergy-inducing pests.

Trigger #2: Clothing Dermatitis

Clothing dermatitis is a form of “allergic contact dermatitis,” a condition where your skin develops an irritated rash after coming in contact with a foreign substance. Because we wear modern textiles every day, the most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis comes from the clothes of those affected, and is actually attributed most often to the texture of the fabric used. Common textiles made from short, coarse fibers like cotton and wool behave like sandpaper against sensitive skin-causing your skin to break out from nothing more than the friction of everyday wear.

The Silk Solution: Silk clothing is a natural remedy for clothing dermatitis because it is made from long, smooth fibers that are not abrasive against your skin. This smooth texture reduces irritating triggers in those with even the most sensitive skin.

Trigger #3: Chemical Treatments

Many modern fabrics are treated with harsh chemicals-these are used to make fabrics waterproof and wrinkle-resistant, prevent shrinkage, or create a worn, soft-to-touch feel. Textile companies will try to wash these chemicals out of their products, but even after treated cloth has been turned into clothes or bedding, trace amounts of harsh substances can still be found trapped in their tightly-woven fibers. This trace residue can cause your skin to develop an allergic reaction over time.

The Silk Solution: Silk doesn’t rely on harsh chemical treatments to accentuate its amazing properties. That means you can wear natural, silky-smooth clothes that won’t irritate your skin!

Trigger #4: Mold & Mildew

When moisture collects in textiles and clothing, mold spores and mildew take root in the tightly woven fibers of the affected cloth and begin to multiply. High heat and high humidity speed up the fungal growth, and if gone unnoticed they can cause stains in your clothes and deteriorate the fabric. Some types of mold are toxic to humans, and are certain to aggravate sickness and allergies, particularly in the young and the elderly.

The Silk Solution: The proteins that make silk strong are also naturally resistant to the growth of fungus like mold and mildew. If you live in a warm, humid climate silk is an ideal fabric choice for your wardrobe because it doesn’t retain moisture and it prevents the onset of mold.

If you suffer from common allergies or sensitive skin, then silk clothing is the perfect choice for you.