How to find the right Eczema Gloves to stop you from Scratching
I ran into a new mother at the school pick up gate today, she had her three-month-old baby in a carrier. She had that special look of exhaustion that only new mothers can get. Her adorable little son had the sweetest face, no hair, and angry bright red scratches all over his face and head. She looked like she was apologizing for it, ‘He has eczema.’
He needed eczema gloves, to stop him from scratching.
I have been that exhausted mother. My babies had tiny socks on their hands pretty much from birth to stop them from scratching their little bodies and give their rashes a chance to heal. Eczema gloves have come a long way, even in the last few years, and sticking socks on your baby’s hands is not your only option anymore.
What are the best eczema gloves to stop you from scratching?
There is actually quite a range of different uses for eczema gloves. Some will stop children from scratching, some are used to help apply creams, some you wear after putting cream on to help it soak in, and not get all over the place, and some will just generally protect your skin from the elements.
Constantly wetting and washing your hands, putting them in detergents and exposing them to other soap and cleaning chemicals is very bad for eczema sufferers. Wearing gloves prevents your skin from getting dirty and needing soap, as well as protecting your hands from any other chemicals and irritants.
The design and materials used for eczema gloves these days are quite ingenious, and these products can be incredibly helpful. Not only do babies and children scratch uncontrollably, even grown adults will attack their eczema in their sleep, when they are distracted, or when they are so frustrated they can’t hold back anymore.
Comfort is a big plus with eczema gloves, including finding materials that don’t irritate, and that breathe well, and ones that are made without any itchy seams or tags. While wearing gloves is a good idea for some people with skin conditions, it can cause its own problems because people with eczema easily get hot. So, gloves that won’t add unnecessarily to that body heat is a plus too.
To look after your gloves wash them often and use a sensitive or hypoallergenic laundry powder when doing so.
Let’s have a look at the best eczema gloves to stop scratching
Cotton gloves are the go-to for eczema gloves, because they are reasonably priced, feel good on, and they work. Also, they are readily available, so you can find a number of different brands and products to try until you are happy (or as is often the case with eczema, just less unhappy than without them!). Look for organic ones, these are often more comfortable and effective.
We found these on AMAZON at a really reasonable price.
Cheaper ones can soak up a lot of your precious creams that your skin sorely needs, so watch out for this.
Bamboo Eczema Gloves
Clothing and other fabric items made from bamboo are starting to pop up all over the internet, and with good reason. It is a strong and durable plant that makes a good strong fabric, but that is extremely light and comfortable as well. Because of its sustainable and eco-friendly labels, bamboo is a guilt-free fabric to be using.
Bamboo is soft and gentle and great for sensitive skin. And it doesn’t cause flare-ups. It breathes well and stands up to the elements well. It is also hypoallergenic and anti-microbial, so helps to protect your skin against bacteria and can reduce your chances of infection.
Bamboo eczema gloves are a great product, usually a bit more expensive than the cotton ones on the market, but still very reasonably priced. And because they are strong they should last longer.
Tencel Eczema Gloves
This unique product is made from renewable raw material wood and is perfect for people with eczema and other skin conditions. It contains no impurities, is microbial and is eco-friendly. It is stretchy, breathable, formfitting and good for use for wet dressings. It is extremely soft and comfortable.
Treat Hand Eczema with these Super Soft Gloves
- Perfect over Vaniply Ointment for effectively treating stubborn hand eczema.
- These super soft gloves, made from biodegradable bamboo, prevent itching and scratching and also treat hand eczema when used over emollients and creams.
- Great for wet and dry wrapping or protecting skin from scratching.
- Excellent quality. Will withstand many washings. We recommend all our products be washed in a gentle wash laundry bag and lay flat to dry.
Some brands of eczema gloves come infused with gels or essential oils to help moisturize your skin. They are usually cotton gloves with a gel lining. They are thicker than other gloves, however, so may not be useful for wearing all the time, and are better for just at home or while you are asleep. They may get hot after a little while as well.
As the name suggests, DermaSilk products are designed to help skin conditions. They are made from a blend of materials specifically chosen to stop you from scratching and help you to heal. They are more breathable than cotton, and are generally made to be form-fitting and to be worn during everyday activities. They also don’t draw creams and much-needed moisture away from your skin, but help to replenish it instead.
They are more expensive than cotton or bamboo gloves, and are still in the early stages of sales, so there are not a lot of reliable reviews online.
Tubifast Eczema gloves
Tubifast products are designed for use as bandages and are great for use in wet dressings. The gloves are formfitting and comfortable, but will not last as long as cotton or bamboo gloves. They allow your creams to soak into your skin and work well when wet.
Made from a blend of viscose, nylon and elastane, they are stretchy and breathable, so keep your skin cool. They are more expensive than cotton gloves but fall around the middle price range of other products.
Protexgloves for Eczema
Another glove made from a blend of materials and targeted to address skin conditions, protexgloves are a cheaper option than the DermaSilk ones. They are form fitting and useful for everyday wear, are strong, waterproof and also sun-resistant. They may make some wearers hot however.
Also they are not sexy, but then again none of these products really are. Perhaps there is a gap in the market for good eczema gloves that are also sexy. Not for kids.
Although restricting in some ways, the right eczema gloves can make an incredible difference to your skin. You will feel less itchy, and your skin will heal sooner as a result. Less scratching means less scarring, and this can only be a good thing in the long-term.
You might find that you only need to use them at night, or during flare-ups. Try a couple of different types until you find one that works for you, and then encourage yourself (or your children) to wear them as often as you can. You will be glad that you did it, and your skin will thank you in the end.