Beneficios del algodón orgánico para la piel

How can the skin be affected by synthetic or natural fabrics?

The skin is the bigger organ of the body. It is responsible for protecting the body from harmful external agents.

In a somewhat technical introduction, we know that the skin is made up of several layers: Epidermis, Dermis and Hypodermis. The Epidermis is the outer layer made up of different layers between 01.-0.3 mm thick. The outer layer is known as the Stratum Corneum, a layer that acts as a raincoat preventing the loss of water and other elements necessary for the skin, and in turn protects it from oxidation and environmental agents.

A skin problem is the inevitable aging due to the passage of time. However, this can be aggravated by sun exposure, pollution or irritating chemical agents. The changes that occur in this layer can alter not only its aesthetics but also its protective functionality . According to the Doctoral Thesis "Physical-chemical study of complex fluids for cosmetic use" by Laura Fernández Peña, at the Complutense University of Madrid.

That said, considering that there is a layer that protects the body and that can be affected by external pollutants and chemicals, we could ask ourselves if synthetic and non-organic fibers could also affect our skin?

Synthetic fibers such as polyester contain substances that are harmful to the body. The most common in underwear and pajamas are phthalates, noniphenols, nitrogen and dispersants. These elements, according to a study by the Ocu, in order of enumeration, can have effects on the reproductive system, corrosive effects on the skin and the respiratory system, or carcinogenic or allergic to the skin. For more information on harmful agents in fabrics, you can read the post: Does polyester create cancer?

Therefore, without being experts in the matter, it seems that according to studies, it is important to consider the components of the fabrics that we wear, at least for many hours of the day.

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