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Pure organic cotton Shirts, Bedsheets for body acne

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By Wendy Duyker

Many of us have been made aware of the detrimental short-term or long-term health effects that chemicals in our modern day food supply can cause.

It is also widely acknowledged that chemicals in skin and hair care products can be absorbed through our body’s biggest organ – our skin.

If we sleep for 8 hours each night we sleep for around a third of our lifetime and it is important that we consider the safety of the environment in which we sleep. Our sheets, bed-linen and clothes would ideally be free from allergens, toxic residues and harmful chemicals that could contribute to allergies, ill health and disease.


A single cotton plant may have as many as 200 types of chemicals applied to it in one season. Cotton is then mostly chlorine bleached, causing dioxins to further pollute the environment, adding to the increasing numbers of estrogen imitators we have to contend with.

Finally, cotton is frequently coloured with toxic solvent-based dyes and treated with formaldehyde, a chemical that is hazardous to your health, as both a dye fixer and to create wrinkle resistance in the cotton. Dyes in cotton garments have been linked to allergies in some people. In addition, the dyeing process consumes scarce clean water and energy reserves. *

If all cotton was grown organically, we could reduce the world’s insecticide use by up to 25%. Organic cotton farming uses biological methods such as hand weeding or planting cover crops to suppress weeds. Organic fertilizers and composts as well as crop rotation ensures nourishment of the plants and enrichment of the soil. Importantly, seeds must not be genetically modified which protects the cotton crops from unnatural and unknown organisms.

Chemicals in our bedding and clothes potentially exacerbate conditions such as ACNE,eczema and allergies.

Most people consider cotton a safe alternative to the man-made fabrics and so it can be. However, conventionally grown cotton is an extremely environmentally devastating crop.

Of course, these problems will be substantially reduced globally as the support of organic and biodynamic farming increases and we convert to organic food and non-food products. Another benefit of organic cotton products is that certified organic cotton is GE-free (ie. free from genetically modified organisms).

By choosing organic bedding and clothing, you are not only better supporting your health but contributing to the overall reduction of pesticides in use today.


2/3rds of a kilogram of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are used to produce an average queen size set of sheets?


Children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems and millions of U.S. children already receive their lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age 5. **

Children are often our primary concern in deciding to reduce the amount of toxic substances we bring into our homes.

Exposure to dangerous chemicals in their environment are accumulating in our children with side effects leading to behavioural and learning difficulties, multiple sensitivities, hormone and fertility problems and serious disease.


The quality, strength and softness of organic cotton is far greater than the chemically grown cotton and is often the simplest reason why people choose organic bedding and clothes for their children and against newborn baby’s delicate skin. Conventional cotton products are often weakened by the amount of chemicals used in growing and processing it, with an inferior cotton product being the end result.

Residues of laundry detergent in clothes and bedding also compound to increase our exposure to synthetic and chemical substances. It is important to use natural detergents when trying to reduce such ingredients.

We all love the feeling of hopping into a freshly made up bed, but there’s nothing quite like slipping into crisp, organic cotton sheets with the knowledge that we will be kept safe from harmful toxins as we sleep. Good night!





Conventional: Heavy use of chemical fertilisers in the growing process.

Organic: Natural fertilizers eg. Chicken manure

Conventional: Synthetic pesticides and herbicides that pollute the environment.

Organic: Biological pest control and hand weeding or hoeing.

Conventional: Chlorine and/or hydrogen bleaches used.

Organic: No chlorine or hydrogen bleaches used.

conventional: Synthetic dyes

Organic: No synthetic substances used.

Conventional: Finishes often include synthetic resins, which may contain formaldehyde.

Organic: Mechanical finishing.


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Acne Not Going Away?

Maybe It's Your Clothes!

By David Sinton of www.curing-acne.com

Are Your Clothes Causing Your Acne?

Do you have acne on your neck, shoulders, back or chest? If so, you may want to take a look at the way you dress. Tight clothes that rub against acne aggravated skin tend to disrupt the area even more and give rise to new pimples by spreading the oil and bacteria.

Acne is most commonly thought to be caused by a hormonal imbalance. Overactive sex hormones called androgens cause glands in your skin to produce too much oil. This oil, along with dead skin cells, provide a home for bacteria that irritate the skin and cause swelling. Tight clothes prevent the dead skin cells from escaping, which along with the oil, plug the skins pores and give ideal conditions for bacteria.

Dermatologists are still debating whether tight clothes might be a cause of acne, suggesting that if you changed the way you dress to a looser style your acne might go away. This doesn't mean you have to go and buy a whole new closet full of clothes, just be more selective. Here are some tips:

Plastic is Tragic

Try to avoid polyester and other man-made fabrics, as they do not allow your skin to breathe. This makes you sweat even more. More sweat, more oil. Mix in the dead skin and you're in for a serious bacteria infestation. However, some athletic apparel companies have designed fabrics that pull the moisture away from your skin into the fabric for rapid evaporation.

Stop the Rubbing

Check your book bags, sweaters, tank-tops, etc. to see if they are rubbing against your neck, chest, shoulders or back. If something is rubbing against your acne then it is most likely spreading the bacteria.

If it Itches - Ditch it

Wearing a wool sweater that is driving you nuts? Don't! The fabric is probably too rough on your skin. You're going to be scratching it. Again, you'll be spreading the bacteria. You are also likely to be aggravating the acne, which will then take longer to heal and will be more likely to scar.

Watch the Workout Wear

So, you want to wear that tight shirt to show off your great figure or bulging muscles? Well, this is the time to be especially careful. When you are working out, you're already hot and sweaty. The added heat from the friction of a tight shirt rubbing against your neck will further aggravate your acne.


There are many causes of acne. Most likely it is a combination of things. Some of the other topics to look into are cosmetics, diet, stress, medication and environment. You will find information about these topics online at www.curing-acne.com.

Martina is sporting Adidas' ClimaLite technology that allows your skin to breathe - helping in the fight against acne.

Photo by Clive Brunskill/Allsport

Do Tight Clothes Effect Acne?

There is no doubt that tight clothing can aggravate acne and help spread the infection.

Whether or not it can be the primary cause of acne is still under discussion.

The theory is that tight clothing promotes sweating and can stop the sweat, sebum, and dead skin cells from escaping.

This leads to the blocking of the pores and then infection in the form of a whitehead, blackhead, pimple or cyst.


Acne & Exercise - Clothing. If you’re prone to body acne, avoid garments made exclusively with lycra or nylon. Why? Some synthetic fabrics can trap the heat and moisture against your skin, creating a fertile breeding ground for the bacteria that contribute to acne. For moderate exercise, your best bet is lightweight, loose-fitting cotton, or a lycra-cotton blend. Natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe, and loose garments are less likely to cause friction. If you’re exercising vigorously and working up a good sweat, however, you may want to try some of the new fabrics designed to wick moisture away from your skin.


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