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Cottonique is a perfect solution to allergy-free apparel for men, women, children and infants. The products include latex-free, spandex-free, chemical-free 100% natural cotton bras, briefs, shorts, t-shirts, and nightwear. Styles are available in elasticized as well as non-elasticized styles. Cottonique does not use bleaching compounds, color dyes and textile resins that may pose a threat to sensitive skin. The cotton used is 100% naturally grown. The fabric is highly absorbent and breathable.



Contact Dermatitis 

Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin condition caused by an allergic reaction to an allergen. The most common type of allergen found in clothing is latex or natural rubber. However, other allergens such as color dyes, formaldehyde resins, chromates, nickel, perfumes, glue, leathers, and pesticides have been known to cause allergic contact dermatitis. The skin may react to these allergens in several ways such as redness, itching, swelling, and in more extreme cases, blisters.

In some clothing brands, these allergens may exist either as a material in the garment or during the manufacturing process. It is critical that someone who has allergic contact dermatitis isolate themselves from such allergens especially when wearing undergarments.

Cottonique’s manufacturing plant facilities are kept free and clean of any of these allergens, making Cottonique products truly HYPOALLERGENIC in every aspect.

We tag our underwear as “THE MOST SKIN FRIENDLY UNDERWEAR.”

For extremely sensitive skin, try our Nothing But Cotton collection.


Body Area Suspected Substance Possible Allergen
Scalp hair dye P-phenylenediamine, phenol
Face cosmetics formaldehyde, diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, benzyl alcohol, Glycerine, phenol
Face after shave phenol
Lips lipstick Carnauba wax, lanolin
Hands rubber gloves mercaptobenzothiazole, latex
Body deodorant phenol
Body soap formaldehyde, glycerine
Body wrinkle-resistant clothes formaldehyde
Body clothing P-phenylenediamine, phenol, formaldehyde
Body dyes chromium
Body elastic in clothes latex, spandex
Genital Area contraceptive creams formaldehyde, nonoxynol
Genital Area
condoms latex
Feet shoes Colophony, (soles) latex


Atopic Dermatitis

Why Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Can Be Complicated
Written by: Blake Helton
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Blake_Helton

Many of the people who have eczema find that they can use standard treatments to control their condition quite well. Perhaps they avoid contact to certain irritants or allergens and they find their condition clears up. They might be able to make simple lifestyle changes and find they can easily manage their eczema.

This is can be very frustrating for someone seeking a quality atopic dermatitis treatment. They may try avoiding certain eczema triggers or making changes around the house and still find they cannot control their eczema. Standard therapies like moisturizers, ointments, bandages, and creams help to relieve the skin’s wounds. However, an effective eczema treatment is one that gives you control over your condition and helps you prevent recurrences.

Some eczema is the result of a reaction to an irritant and allergen. Your skin breaks out at the point of contact. Therefore, avoiding the trigger means you can avoid eczema. Some eczema is the result of an environmental condition, such as when heat and sweat result in a heat rash or when moisture results in a yeast-based rash. If you control the environment, then you can control the problem. Even other types of eczema may be caused by one health problem, like the varicose rashes that result from poor leg circulation. If you can alleviate this condition you can get rid of the eczema.

To understand why this type of treatment is more difficult to achieve, it is important to learn about the causes of eczema, especially atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is more complicated because it is not the result of one trigger. Instead, it is believed to happen when multiple factors and catalysts combine inside your body and this reaction results in eczema within the many layers of your skin. These multiple catalysts must be addressed individually in order to control and prevent atopic dermatitis.

Like most forms of eczema, irritants and allergens are a factor in atopic dermatitis. In fact, they can be considered the main catalyst. However, they would not cause eczema if they were not combining with another the other internal factors which will be discussed later in this article. This is why it is more difficult to identify the irritant or allergen that is triggering your eczema. Simple allergy testing does not normally help identify your specific triggers because it does not allow for the trigger to interact with the other catalysts. Instead, you will have to perform a testing that includes avoiding exposure to and reintroduction of certain triggers over time until you identify yours.

People who have atopic dermatitis are known to have a genetic weakness within the skin that makes it easier for your triggers to deteriorate your skin. It is not clear why this occurs in some people and not in others, but it is a contributing factor to atopic dermatitis. Fortunately, there are ways to strengthen your skin and fortify it that will help you prevent future recurrences. Vitamins, a good diet, moisturizers, and environmental changes will all benefit your skin and help you in your treatment.

The last catalyst can be the most difficult factor to control. Scientists believe that the weakness in the skin and exposure to an eczema trigger will still not result in eczema if there is not the presence of another health issue. Typically, these are endocrine problems related to hormone and chemical imbalances within the body. These issues must be corrected as part of an effective treatment. While they are more difficult to correct, it is not impossible. Typically, it will involve removing toxins from your body, reducing stress, and eating more nutritiously. However, you will probably also need to seek expert help to correct these issues.

While your treatment for atopic dermatitis can be more complicated because of the combined causes, it is not impossible to treat. If you seek expert help, including industry professionals and trusted reference materials, you should be able to gain an upper hand on the conditions triggering your eczema. Once you can control the factors causing your eczema then you will have an effective eczema treatment regiment.

Helton, Blake “Why Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Can Be Complicated.” Why Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Can Be Complicated. 14 Sep. 2009. EzineArticles.com. 14 Oct 2009 <http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-Atopic-Dermatitis-Treatment-Can-Be-Complicated&id=2920410>.


Latex/Spandex


Latex Allergies

Latex allergies are becoming more and more common as people are exposed to latex with more frequency. A latex allergy can be a very serious problem, and people suffering with latex allergies need to find good latex-free clothing and products to prevent a potentially dangerous latex reaction.


What Is Latex Allergy?
A latex allergy is an immune system response to the natural proteins that are found in latex rubber. Biologically, a latex allergy is much the same as any type of allergy, such as an allergy to food, dust mites, or pollen, with latex being the allergenic substance.

Latex is a very durable, stretchable material with great elasticity; it is also a good barrier and water-proof material. These characteristics make latex a great product for all sorts of products including medical gloves, clothing, toys, household products, and much more. Latex is used freely in common products, and is very difficult to avoid.

A Latex allergy can range from mild to severe. Latex allergy may present as a skin irritation, contact dermatitis, hives, cough, wheezing, swelling or itching. A severe latex allergy may be life-threatening and trigger anaphylactic shock. Latex allergies may develop gradually at first and worsen with each latex exposure. Some people have severe latex allergy reactions from the onset.

The biggest problem with latex allergies is that they develop and worsen with exposure. This is why medical professionals and people who have undergone substantial medical treatment tend to develop latex allergies more than others. (It is important to note, however, that anyone can have a latex allergy.) What this means is that anyone who has a latex allergy must take steps to avoid latex exposure as much as possible—even if the symptoms seem mild at first.


Finding Good Latex-Free Clothing and Products

It is important that a latex allergy never be taken for granted. Continued latex exposure can result in a very serious condition. It is important that latex allergy sufferers find good latex-free product.


Spandex Allergies

Living With A Spandex Allergy
To say that life is hard for people suffering with spandex allergies is an understatement. Spandex allergies are rare, and so finding quality alternative products for a person with a spandex allergy can be extremely difficult. And although more and more people are coming to realize and understand that latex allergy is a very real and serious occurrence, far less attention has been paid to spandex allergy.


What Is Spandex?

Spandex is a material that is used primarily in clothing manufacture. It is a man-made product, not a product of nature in any true form, which has its base in chemistry.

Spandex, which is also called Lycra, Lycra spandex, or Elastane, is a synthetic that is comprised of a minimum of 85% polyurethane polymer. Spandex is not a latex-based product, and so is often recommended for people with latex allergies as a clothing replacement.


What Causes Spandex Allergy?

Chemists and medical professionals have had a very difficult time pin-pointing the causes of spandex allergy. Through testing (primarily a process of elimination, such as eliminating latex as the allergy source), they do know that spandex allergy is a real condition. On the other hand, since it is very hard to know what specifically causes the reactions certain people have to spandex, it is easy to confuse with other conditions and hard to know how to treat a spandex allergy.


What Is The Problem With Spandex?

For most people, it seems that the cause of their spandex allergy is something akin to chemical sensitivity. This is a material made from processing chemical agents, which have been shown to be sensitizing and allergy producing; agents that may remain in small quantities in their unreacted, reaction-producing state. This often means that a person’s spandex allergy will go undiagnosed or will not be categorized as a true allergy (which has immune antibodies present in the bloodstream upon exposure).
To say that life is hard for people suffering with spandex allergies is an understatement. Spandex allergies are rare, and so finding quality alternative products for a person with a spandex allergy can be extremely difficult. And although more and more people are coming to realize and understand that latex allergy is a very real and serious occurrence, far less attention has been paid to spandex allergy.


What Is Spandex?

Spandex is a material that is used primarily in clothing manufacture. It is a man-made product, not a product of nature in any true form, which has its base in chemistry.

Spandex, which is also called Lycra, Lycra spandex, or Elastane, is a synthetic that is comprised of a minimum of 85% polyurethane polymer. Spandex is not a latex-based product, and so is often recommended for people with latex allergies as a clothing replacement.


What Causes Spandex Allergy?

Chemists and medical professionals have had a very difficult time pin-pointing the causes of spandex allergy. Through testing (primarily a process of elimination, such as eliminating latex as the allergy source), they do know that spandex allergy is a real condition. On the other hand, since it is very hard to know what specifically causes the reactions certain people have to spandex, it is easy to confuse with other conditions and hard to know how to treat a spandex allergy.


What Is The Problem With Spandex?

For most people, it seems that the cause of their spandex allergy is something akin to chemical sensitivity. This is a material made from processing chemical agents, which have been shown to be sensitizing and allergy producing; agents that may remain in small quantities in their unreacted, reaction-producing state. This often means that a person’s spandex allergy will go undiagnosed or will not be categorized as a true allergy (which has immune antibodies present in the bloodstream upon exposure).