Wool & Skin

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Skin is the human body's largest organ. Recent research suggests that superfine wool base layers – "next-to-skin" as they say in the business – helps wearers maintain healthy temperature and moisture levels in the skin, qualities of great benefit to all and especially to sufferers of chronic skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis). 

Read more about the latest research results here: Wool Benefits to Skin Confirmed

Even better ... Hear from the mother of one of the children in a study that took place in Melbourne in this video

Rethinking allergy

Studies show that fibres from all fabric types (not just wool) can create a prickle sensation on the skin if the fibre is thick enough. So there's no need to be afraid of wearing wool. You just might want to wear finer wool next to your skin.

Fineness/thickness is measured in microns. Studies show that when the average diameter of the fibres in the fabric exceeds 22 microns, or there is more than 5% of fibre exceeding 30 microns, the prickle factor appears. 

This information doesn't appear on clothing labels. But in general, wool garments worn next to the skin will be 18.5-20.5 microns – this is known as fine wool. Wool socks might go up to 20-22 microns.  

Superfine wool is 11.5-15 microns. 

Want to learn more? Read the research:

Or check out our Wool & Skin Fact Sheet

Wool = keratin, the same as human hair

Some people believe that because they are allergic to cat and dog hair, they will also be allergic to wool because it is "sheep hair."  But with cat and dog hair allergies, the allergen is the dander and saliva of the animals, not the hair itself. This is not an issue with wool because first of all, sheep don't groom themselves the way dogs and cats do.

Secondly, wool in clothing and bedding is thoroughly cleaned before being used. In the industry it is known as "scouring" and is the first step in processing wool.

Remember too: the hair of all mammals – whether cat, dog, sheep or human – is made of the same protein: keratin. It would be very rare to be allergic to keratin. That would mean being allergic to your own hair.