Clothes are on your skin almost all day so we found out which fabrics are not all that good for your health…

While you can’t avoid them completely, it’s important to know which fabrics are bad for you especially if you have sensitive skin. This week we did some fabric related research for you.


Bamboo might be eco-friendly but how does it go from its hard and rough natural state to being a soft fabric? Unfortunately the conversion of bamboo is a process that involves several toxic chemicals that are actually quite hazardous for your health.


People with dry or itchy skin issues need to stay away from wool – it can cause eczema to flare up. Cashmere is the best (but unfortunately quite pricey) version of wool for your skin.

Synthetic fabrics

Acrylic, rayon, acetate, and nylon are synthetic fibers that are treated with thousands of harmful toxic chemicals during production. Synthetic fabrics also don’t breathe and are known to trap odours, making them awful for hot weather. The worst synthetic fabric for your skin is polyester.

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Wrinkle-resistant fabrics

A hazardous chemical called formaldehyde is the magic behind wrinkle-resistant (even non-synthetic ones) fabric, so make sure you wear these with care.

Vintage clothing

Vintage clothing isn’t inherently harmful but you just have to make sure you clean your vintage pieces thoroughly before you wear them for the first time.