The Healing Power of Silk Clothing: A Breakthrough in Eczema Care

This article explains why silk is the ideal fabric for soothing sensitive skin. It highlights a recent health research study that demonstrated the effectiveness of wearing silk garments as a non-medical intervention that reduced skin irritation and discomfort in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Silk: Designed by Nature for Healing

If you’ve spent time with us here at Mulberry Park Silks, you know that our luxurious silk is about more than just style and sophistication. Our pure mulberry silk bedding and accessories help keep skin and hair hydrated; prevent tangles and sleep wrinkles; regulate body temperature; and promote better sleep. Mulberry silk is also widely recognized for its ability to soothe irritated skin, which is why dermatologists recommend silk for their patients with eczema, acne, and other conditions. Today we’re taking a close look at a scientific study that supports the use of silk for soothing—and healing—skin irritated by atopic eczema.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation, itchiness, and redness. It's often accompanied by patches of dry, cracked, or scaly skin that can become painful or infected if scratched. Eczema can affect people of all ages, from infants to adults, and eczema severity varies from mild to severe. Other names for eczema include dermatitis, allergic eczema, and contact dermatitis. Symptoms may include intense itchy skin, dryness, redness, swelling, and in severe cases, oozing or crusting of the skin. Severe eczema can significantly impact a person's quality of life, making it crucial to choose fabrics that are gentle and non-irritating to the skin.

Studying Silk’s Ability to Improve Eczema Symptoms

Our Mulberry Park Silks clients regularly report that sleeping on our silk helps manage and improve their eczema symptoms. A groundbreaking 2019 study titled "Influence of silk clothing therapy in patients with atopic dermatitis" sheds light on the science behind this phenomenon. Conducted at the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, the study involved 30 patients diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, ranging from children to adults. The protocol of the trial involved providing the patients with pure silk clothing to wear throughout the day, alongside their regular medication routine. 

 Silk: An Ally Against Eczema

The results were remarkable. Over the course of the trial, the severity of dermatitis symptoms significantly decreased, with symptoms like dandruff, redness, swelling, and itching showing notable improvement.

Brunnette model lying on silver silk fitted sheet wearing a black v neck jumpsuit

 Against Eczema

The study highlights several key qualities of silk fabric that contribute to its therapeutic benefits for an eczema sufferer:

  • Smoothness: Silk fibers are strong and consist of filaments with a rounded shape, resulting in excellent smoothness that doesn't cause scratching or irritation. This smoothness aids in faster recovery of irritated skin compared to rougher fabrics.
  • Hygienic Properties: Silk acts as a skin barrier protector, preventing the aggravation and persistence of inflammation by shielding the skin from bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants.
  • Moisture Retention: Silk helps maintain the skin's natural moisture balance, minimizing moisture loss and preventing worsening of xerosis (abnormally dry skin).

The conclusion drawn from the study was clear: the use of pure silk clothing significantly improved the resistance of the skin against eczema symptoms, enhancing the quality of life for patients without any adverse side effects.

More Reasons to Surround Yourself in Silk

Info Graphic Shoing the Benefits of Silk

The benefits of silk don't stop with controlling eczema. Along with being hygienic, as identified in the study, silk has many special properties that boost beauty, health, and wellness:

  • Hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and dust mites for a clean environment.
  • Helps skin retain natural moisture (unlike cotton, which is absorbent and can pull moisture away from skin and cause dryness).
  • Breathable and regulates body temperature for comfort in any conditions.

The Takeaway: Wear Silk to Soothe Your Skin

Tempting as it may be, you can’t stay in bed on our luxurious sheets all day. But you can wear our pure silk robe—an indulgent addition to your skincare and wellness routine made from the same 22 momme silk as our best-selling sheets.

Our silk robe was made with your comfort, skin, and health in mind. It’s a flattering kimono-style design with a wrap belt and internal ties for a secure fit. The sleeves feature sewn-in tabs with a button closure to hold them up securely when needed. This robe is eczema friendly clothing, made from natural, protein-rich silk to combat dryness, sensitivity, and irritation. Like our pure silk sheets, our robe is also machine washable for easy care. This makes it a practical addition to your skincare routine.

Our silk robe is made from 100 percent pure mulberry silk of Grade 6A, the finest in the market. Only pure mulberry silk delivers the hydration, protection, and eczema-fighting benefits your skin deserves. One size, available in your choice of Black, Gunmetal, Ivory, Plum, and Sage.

A blonde and an African-American model wearing our sage and plum silk kimono-style robes

Mulberry Park Silks: The Best Value in Silk Bedding and Accessories

We say this all the time: it matters where you purchase your silk. Mulberry Park Silks sells only pure mulberry silk bedding and accessories, not inferior satin or synthetic fabrics that don’t offer the same benefits. Mulberry Park Silks is a transparent and trustworthy brand committed to selling the highest quality silk at fair prices. Our silk is clearly and correctly labeled, with momme weight listed. We are a proud US-based company, with a warehouse, corporate offices, and customer care team all located in Branford, CT. If you have any questions or concerns about anything related to our silk, you can reach our US-based staff by email or phone. We are always happy to help.

Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.