Skin benefits of merino wool
Anybody who has ever experienced a skin Condition such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis understand there debilitating affects and extreme discomfort it causes. The right creams, limiting hot water, no chlorine etc can all help in keeping the issue at bay, but what people don’t realise is that they can be doing all the right things and then put on polyester or even a cotton clothing and undo all of their good work.
Understanding the benefits of merino wool on the skin is life changing- as it has been proven that superfine merino wool not only has zero irritation on the skin and skin issues but is in fact part of the healing process.
We are told regularly by customers that they can’t wear wool or are allergic to wool. It is important to understand that superfine merino wool is almost a completely different material to your traditional chunky and itchy fibre. In order to see the affects of merino wool on the skin for an extended time a study was conducted by the Australian Wool Innovation Network which focussed on 65 adults and children (as young as 3) found the following results;
“virtually all participants from the Brisbane-based study, with its hot and humid environment, reporting they couldn’t wear wool prior to the trial, yet none of them withdrew because of wool intolerance.”
They not only found no issues with the superfine merino wool on their skin but were also amazed to see how well the merino wore in their hot and humid Brisbane climate. Another myth associated with wool busted!
The results were outstanding when compared to the same subjects wearing cotton. A reason behind the superfine merinos amazing results which included clearing eczema by almost 100% in a 6 week trial period, include the fibres ability to wick moisture.
“When comparing with cotton, there are inherent differences in fibre properties, [Merino] wool’s greater ability to transfer moisture vapour and heat than other major apparel fibres enable it to maintain a more stable microclimate between the skin and garment,” said Associate Professor John Su.
We already knew that buying superfine merino meant longer wearing items, non pilling, regulating body temp, ability to layer and keep warm, sustainable and ethical... and to top it off it wicks moisture in the skin and can heal our precious organ. Who knew that buying a FASHION item could be so beneficial???
These facts are another reason we are so passionate about making merino wool clothing because we know we are selling you a product with so many benefits- the facts that you look good is basically a bonus ;)
We have attached the link to the original article by AWI outlining the health benefits of merino wool on the skin and greater detail of this blog post. https://www.wool.com/about-awi/media-releases/superfine-merino-good-for-skin-health/?category=0&year=0&month=0&page=1
We will finish the blog with a super cute photo of merino lambs who we owe a big thank you too! Photo courtesy of Australian Merino Network.
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