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4 Best Bed Sheets For Sensitive Skin And Allergies

When it comes to our health, we often take a lot of things for granted - like the materials that make up our bed sheets. But what if your bedding was the one causing you skin problems?

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There are a few reasons why you might want to opt for sheets specifically designed to avoid skin irritation and acne breakouts. Maybe you have sensitive skin and are always looking for ways to avoid flare-ups. Or maybe you've been struggling with skin conditions for years and are looking for any possible solution. Whatever the reason, choosing the right bed sheet fabric can make a big difference in your skin.

It's worth doing some detective work to find out which fabrics are the worst offenders and which soft sheets for sensitive skin suit you best. But first, let’s find out why we are often greeted with a brand new pimple when we wake up. 

 

How Your Bed Sheets Affect Your Skin

It’s hard to imagine that something as unassuming as your sheets can be guilty of causing itchy skin, different types of acne, and breakouts. But they can. Here’s how your bedding materials affect your skin.

Allergens

While most sheets, if kept clean, are pretty harmless. The problem is that we procrastinate when it comes to washing the sheets we sleep on. This means that your soft bed sheet can start hurting your skin over time.

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We naturally shed dead skin, while we sleep. It gets worse when you factor in the accumulated dust and bacteria. This dust itself is abrasive and can cause an allergic reaction to your skin. 

If your skin is allergy-prone or acne-prone, the dust and the dead skin cells on your sheets and pillowcases could worsen your skin’s health. Not only this, but this dust attracts dust mites, and much like their bigger cousins, ticks, these microscopic creatures are not welcome guests in your bed. So investing in the best bed sheets for allergies with excellent hypoallergenic properties would be a great idea for allergy sufferers.

Skin Oils Retention

It is essential that your sheets wick away moisture, especially in hot climates. This helps with breathability and comfort. But this can be a double-edged sword. If the sheet is too absorbent, it’ll absorb and retain your skin oils too.

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This excessive absorption can cause your skin to dry out and become easily irritated, especially if you have oily skin. It can also lead to your sheets and pillowcases getting soaked with your skin’s oils which become a hotbed for bacterial growth.

Bacterial growth in your bed sheets is not good. It can exacerbate or even cause acne breakouts. So, sheets that are excessively absorbent or hard to wash do not do wonders for sensitive skin.

Abrasiveness

Your skin doesn’t take well to being scrapped as if with sandpaper. Needless to say, you should try to avoid using rough sheets. Choosing ultra-smooth bed sheets would be better to avoid irritation as a rule of thumb.

Weavve”s TENCEL™ Lyocell Deluxe Set in Midnight Blue
Featuring Weavve”s TENCEL™ Lyocell Deluxe Set in Midnight Blue 

However, even those sheets that are apparently smooth enough might not be. Especially for people with sensitive skin, their bedding sheets might unknowingly be causing skin irritation. A low bed sheet's thread count might seem smooth but is actually too rough, especially for those with dry skin, leaving their skin irritated every night. 

 

Top 4 Bed Sheet Fabrics For Sensitive And Acne-Prone Skin

Now that you know all the ways in which your bedding interacts with and impacts your skin, it is imperative that you look for fabrics made to mitigate the risks. 

Below is a bed sheet material comparison in which we talk in detail about all the types that suit sensitive skin. A few of the varieties we recommend highly for you in your search for the best bed sheet for itchy skin:

Cotton Bed Sheets

The softest cotton sheets enjoy well-founded popularity and there’s a good reason for it. Not only is cotton intrinsically hypoallergenic, but it is also breathable and luxurious.

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Featuring Weavve’s Cotton Classic Set in Tea Rose

A cotton bed sheet is excellent for hot sleepers and helps to regulate and lower body temperature. In addition, sateen sheets and fabrics with mid-range or higher thread counts are perfect for those with pre-existing skin conditions or easily irritable skin.

However, thread count in bedsheet is not the most significant factor when shopping for any type of cotton bedsheets. What’s important is the quality of the fiber and yarn used among others. So Egyptian cotton bedsheets in Singapore or any 100% cotton with extra-long-staple fibers and single-ply thread with a mid-range thread count would be good. 500TC is good.

Anything above is great but excessive thread counts over 600 might be deceitful already and are fueled by heavy marketing. Another downside is the detrimental effects of non-organic cotton production on the environment. 

TENCEL™ Bed Sheets 

Synthetic fibers get a bad rep in terms of their lack of skin-friendliness. While that is mostly true, TENCEL™ sheets for eczema are a notable exception. Made from eucalyptus wood, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers tend to be smoother, hypoallergenic, breathable, cooling, and exceptionally comfortable. 

Weavve”s TENCEL™ Lyocell Deluxe Set in Lilac Mauve
Featuring Weavve's TENCEL™ Lyocell Deluxe Set in Lilac Mauve

The best TENCEL™ bed sheets in Singapore are also hydrophilic which means they are very good at removing moisture, making them one of the best sheets for eczema sufferers.

All in all, it’s an excellent option to replace your cotton sheets without losing the perks cotton offers. The big drawback, however, is the price. For the same thread count, a single-ply sheet of TENCEL™ costs more than cotton sheets.

Silk Bed Sheets

Silk is a natural fiber. It is inherently smooth and lacks allergens no matter what thread count the bed sheet is. Such eczema-approved sheets' smoothness means that the fabric is not abrasive and will not cause any chafing or irritation.

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A silk bedsheet in Singapore is also naturally impermeable, so it’ll repel the skin’s oils and bacteria and is a good option for people whose skin is prone to breakouts. This impermeability, however, also means that silk may not be the best option for hot sleepers as it will not wick away sweat and moisture. It is also but more expensive than cotton similar to linen sheets. Moreover, its unethical production make people opt for other sustainable bed sheet materials instead like TENCEL™.

Bamboo Bed Sheets

Bamboo is another natural material that is starting to replace cotton. Be it a white bed sheet or a colored duvet cover, bamboo fabrics offer less discoloration and a softer feel.

What makes bamboo bed sheets in Singapore perfect for those with easily irritable and acne-prone skin is their hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. 

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For the same thread count, bamboo linen bed sheets are noticeably smoother due to the bamboo plant's naturally long fibers. Smoother fabric means less friction and chafing against the skin and no flare-ups. Just like TENCEL™, they are hailed as one of the best eczema bed sheets.

While they offer a superior experience to most equivalent cotton sheets, they can be quite a bit more expensive. This coupled with the fact that bamboo sheets for eczema are not available at just any odd store, puts them at a disadvantage against more conventional varieties of bedsheets.

 

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TENCEL™ Lyocell Bed Sheets

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Weavve's TENCEL™ Lyocell bedding is packed with the greatest 100% Lenzing TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers spun into the finest 80s yarn count threads. In order to give you stronger, smoother and lighter sheets, these fine single-ply threads are then woven into 400 thread count fabric. These eco-friendly sheets are also naturally breathable and hypoallergenic.

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Cotton Sateen Bed Sheets

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Featuring Weavve’s Cotton Classic Set in Sandshell

Compared to percale sheets with a crisp feel, Weavve uses a four over and one under weave pattern to give our sateen sheets a luxurious sheen matte finish and smooth sheet feel. Our extra-long staple cotton fibers and single-ply threads also provide a strong, smooth, light, and buttery soft feel.

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