Atopic dermatitis (AD) is usually described by patients as an unceasing itch-scratch cycle. Continuous itching can impact in the quality of life of patients and their families.

The itch-scratch cycle alongside disrupted sleep patterns can take its toll on study, work and overall social well being. DermaSilk, new to Australia, represents an innovative approach to the management of eczema. DermaSilk is a range of therapeutic undergarments made of specially modified silk permanently bonded to a broad spectrum antimicrobial (AEM 5772/5).

The silk used in DermaSilk is hypoallergenic, made from 100% sericin-free fibres and knitted in an open weave to optimise thermo-regulating function. The permanently bonded antimicrobial in DermaSilk is durable, effective, non-migrating to the skin or to the environment and non washable.

The efficacy of DermaSilk has been documented in a number of peer reviewed studies.

The use of DermaSilk has a significant beneficial effect in AD because of the
non-irritating properties of the silk as well as the antibacterial capacity of AEM5772/5

 Allows skin to breathe  Promotes healing to the irritated skin
 Clinically proven to reduce itching and scratching  High capacity to absorb sweat and serous exudate (up to 30% of its weight without becoming damp)
 Helps maintain the water balance of the skin  Antibacterial and antifungal capacity well documented
 Control infection without side effects  


Research has shown that silk fibres are significantly superior to cotton fibres.

Cotton Fibres


Silk Fibres



Cotton is made up of many short fibres
(1-3cm) with flat and irregular sections.
Damp absorption and transfer occur by
extension and contraction of the single
fibres producing a movement that may
irritate and scratch the skin.
Cotton fibres can only absorb 10% of
its weight.


Each silk thread is made up of many
filaments more than 800m long which
are highly resistant, perfectly smooth
and cylindrical and do not cause
friction on the skin.
Silk helps to maintain the body
temperature, by reducing the excessive
sweating and moisture loss that can
worsen xerosis.
Silk can absorb up to 30% of it’s weight.




Silk, in its natural state, consists of a single thread made up of a double filament protein material (fibroin) and sericin, a gummy substance that cements the two filaments together. Sericin has been associated with allergy.

The silk in DermaSilk has been modified to extract any sericin present to the silk.



“The antimicrobial acts by destruction of the bacteria cell membrane via ion exchange”1

The technology used in DermaSilk ensures that the microbe does not become resistant to the antimicrobial agent, providing long lasting protection for the skin.



The antimicrobial in DermaSilk has been proven to be effective in a wide range of bacteria and fungi, including but not limited to the following:

 staph. aureus
ps. aeruginosa
 strep. faecalis
 e. coli
 staph. epidermidis
 candida albicans

For further clinical information on the efficacy of DermaSilk, see the recent published articles.