These gloves have an elasticated welt ensuring they fit snugly. They can help reduce itching and scratching and are also useful in the prevention of contact eczema. This can be aggravated by external irritants commonly found in the home or school. The gloves are designed to be worn on their own or underneath warm gloves. DermaSilk® is made of a special knitted medical grade silk which has been stripped of its outer coating and bonded with Microbe Shield technology. "Normal" silk fabrics used for clothes are not recommended for dressing of subjects with atopic dermatitis, as these fabrics reduce transpiration and therefore may cause worsening of disease activity. These gloves are 54% silk and 46% Coolmax.
Coolmax is a fabric made from 100% spun polyester which is used in many athletic garments and is designed to wick moisture away from the skin. The early versions of DermaSilk® gloves were made from 100% DermaSilk® but they did not last very long under everyday conditions. Coolmax was added as an outer layer on the gloves to improve their structural robustness. No Coolmax touches the skin as the knit keeps it on the outside so that the wearer only comes into direct contact with the DermaSilk® .