The Best Linen Types For Sensitive Skin

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As the cooler weather sets in, many parents change or increase the type of sheets and blankets used on their child’s bed to give added comfort and warmth. At this time, many parents wonder if certain fabrics are better or worse for their children who have sensitive skin or allergies – and the answer may surprise you!

In today’s post we’ll look at some of the most popular types of linens, sheets, and blankets to give you information about which types may be best for you and your family.


This easy to clean material is made from tiny pieces of polyester making them both soft and affordable. The issue with micro-fiber linen is that they are heavy and tightly woven and don’t allow for much air flow. It’s a synthetic fiber which sensitive skin may react to. You may find that using micro-fiber increases night sweating and skin irritations at night since the skin won’t be able to ‘breathe’ or detoxify as well.

Polyester / Polyester Blends

This synthetic material is light and affordable. Polyester doesn’t breathe as well as natural woven fabrics and may be an aggressive irritant to children with chemical sensitivities because it’s a synthetic, man-made fiber. Polyester is a popular choice for summer months because it is light and cool, but it doesn’t allow for air flow depending on the fabric style.


Choosing cotton is always a great option. You can find organic cotton towels, sheets, and linens these days that are affordable and built to last. A higher thread count will be heavier and softer while a lower thread count will be textured and lighter.

Cotton linen, including jersey knit, is a great option for many children with sensitive skin because it wicks sweat away from the body, keeps your child warm, allows room for air flow, and is easy to wash and maintain.


Bamboo Linen is the new kid on the block it seems. Bamboo is known to be soft and lightweight, eco-friendly and great for sensitive skin too. Keep in mind, bamboo wicks way moisture and it naturally is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Similar to cotton, it allows air flow and is easy to wash and maintain.

If you have a favorite cloth or material style your child with allergies or sensitive skin prefers, take a moment to share it with us in the comments section below!

2 thoughts on “The Best Linen Types For Sensitive Skin

  1. Tun says:

    Cotton (whatever organic or not) would be the best. Rayon is the second option. Polyester doesn’t make any better. But, watch out!! some brands are not even though they claimed 100% cotton. In colder weather it is inevitable to use tights and socks. The more cotton percentage is the better.

  2. Marge says:

    My facial skin has been tricky to care for since high school. It tends to be oily but if I fail to apply a moisturizer (either I ran out or I just forget) for a day or two and it will quickly dry up, leaving unsightly white patches on my face. Given that, it’s been quite complicated to get the right product. It had to be strong enough to fight the oil but gentle enough to not cause it to dry up. I’ve always craved for some kind of balance. I sought skincare products that had simple ingredients (that I could recognize much less pronounce). I chose all natural, organic brands that promised nourishing my skin without harsh chemicals. Some of the worked but were mostly broke the bank. Too expensive to maintain. Then I reached a point where I started to make my own. I googled recipes for herbal remedies and concoctions using ingredients from my own kitchen. Blah, blah, blah, there came Matcha Skin ( I have always been in love with green tea and when I stumbled upon an article on Matcha, I was hooked. It’s like green tea on steroids. I love its absolutely potent anti-oxidant qualities and how it balances my skin. It fights the oil but never dries up my skin. Though it’s super natural, it’s not as expensive as the other more popular (but not so effective) brands. Because of its price, I didn’t hesitate to give it a try and I am so thankful I did. I have found it. No more trial and error looking for the perfect skincare line that works for me.

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