Silk fabrics in the management of atopic dermatitis

Skin Therapy Lett. 2012 Mar;17(3):5-7.


Many factors may worsen atopic dermatitis (AD) including sweating, skin infections, food, inhalant allergens, climatic conditions, stress, and chemical or physical irritants. Especially in children, clothing can be an effective barrier against flare-inducing factors and persistent scratching, allowing more rapid improvement of the eczematous lesions. On the contrary, some fabrics used for clothing may exacerbate skin conditions due to their rough fibers, such as wool and nylon. Conventional silk has smooth fibers that are generally woven for textiles in the manufacturing of clothes, but this material is not particularly useful in the management of children with AD since it reduces transpiration and may cause discomfort. Herein, we evaluate the data concerning a special silk fabric (MICROAIR DermaSilk®) shown to be suitable for patients with AD. The unique properties of this knitted silk allow the skin to breathe and lack irritative potential. Moreover, this fabric is treated with a water-resistant antimicrobial finish known as AEGIS AEM 5772/5. This novel knitted silk fabric appears to be useful in managing children with AD due to its non-irritating and antibacterial features. Additionally, a synthetic silk-like fabric (DermaTherapy®) has received US FDA clearance as a Class I medical device and is commercially available as bedding; their use by AD patients has shown interesting results.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allergens
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bedding and Linens
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / drug therapy
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / prevention & control
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / therapy*
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Protective Clothing*
  • Silk*


  • Allergens
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Silk