The #1 Fabric to Avoid, According to Science

September 28, 2017 2 min read

by ALLYSON PAYER (Originally published on WHOWHATWEAR)

Not to get too biology class on you, but as you know, the skin is by far the body's largest organ. So it goes without saying that protecting it and treating it well is of the utmost importance, which is exactly why we should be thinking about what it comes in contact with every day—like our clothing.

While it's admittedly tricky to avoid every fabric that science deems bad your skin, informing yourself on the dangers of certain textiles can lead to wiser decisions about how often you choose to purchase and wear harmful fabrics. There's something to be said for the "ignorance is bliss" mindset, but when it comes to small sartorial tweaks that could greatly improve the health of your skin and body, knowledge is the way to go.

To make it easy for you, we did the dirty work and dug through the depths of the internet to provide you with the skin-saving information you need. Keep scrolling to see find out the worst fabrics for your skin, and shop stylish pieces made of fabrics that are, alternatively, good for your precious skin.

Synthetic Fabrics

This is the category that holds the majority of the skin-harming culprits, according to ScienceDaily. They reported on a study from Stockholm University, in which researchers chose four groups of substances related to health risks and tested them for "occurrence, quantity, toxicity, and how easily they may penetrate the skin." The highest concentrations of two of the substances were found in none other that polyester.

Toxic chemicals aside, synthetic fabrics simply don't breathe, and anyone who's worn polyester on a hot summer day is probably well aware of that. The fabric also traps odors, which Popular Science explained in an article. Not to go into too much gory detail, but skin germs found in sweat feast on chemicals, which synthetic fibers can't absorb, therefore creating an environment for smelly bacteria to grow. All signs point to polyester being the number one worst fabric for skin.

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