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Is linen Itchy?

Hi everyone,

I am currently on the hunt for new bed sheets and have been considering linen as an option. However, I have never tried linen sheets before and am not sure if they are itchy or not. I have sensitive skin and usually avoid fabrics that can cause itching or irritation.

Can anyone who has experience with linen bedding share their thoughts? Is linen generally itchy or can it be soft and comfortable? Are there any specific brands or types of linen that are better for those with sensitive skin?

Thank you for your help!

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Hi there!

I have been using linen sheets for about a year now and have to say that they are not itchy at all. In fact, I find them to be quite smooth and comfortable. I also have sensitive skin and haven't experienced any irritation or discomfort from using linen bedding.

That being said, I would suggest looking for linen that has been pre-washed and softened prior to use. This can make a big difference in terms of comfort and may be more suitable for those with sensitive skin. I have found that brands like Parachute and Brooklinen offer high-quality, soft linen bedding that is perfect for my skin type.

Hope this helps!



I have used linen bedding for over a year now and had a mixed experience with it. In the beginning, I found the sheets to be slightly itchy, but with regular use and washing, they gradually became softer and more comfortable to sleep in. I think this is mostly due to the fact that linen has its own unique texture, which makes it feel different from other materials like cotton.

In terms of brands, I have tried a few different ones and found that different brands have varying degrees of softness. I would recommend opting for washed or pre-washed linen sheets as they tend to be softer and more comfortable. I also found that adding a little vinegar to the wash cycle could help soften the sheets and keep them in good condition for longer.

Overall, while linen can be slightly itchy at first, it does get softer with use and it's worth giving it a try if you're looking for something different from regular cotton sheets.


Hi there!

I have been using linen bedding for a few months now and I haven't experienced any itchiness at all. I have pretty normal skin and I think that might have helped, since linen can be a little rough at first. At the beginning, it might be uncomfortable but once you begin sleeping with it regularly, it transforms into a really comfortable sleep experience.

As for brands, I would highly recommend Coyuchi's linen sheets. They are made from high-quality, organic linen and are pre-washed to ensure they are soft and comfortable from the start. Their softness only increases with use, which is a definite plus for me. I really appreciated that Coyuchi has a great sustainability ethos, so I was happy to support such a great company.

Overall, I don't think linen bedding is itchy for most people, particularly if you are using high-quality, pre-washed sheets. So if you're on the fence about trying linen bedding, I would absolutely recommend giving it a go!


Hey there!

As someone who has used linen bedding for several years now, I can confidently say that linen sheets can be a bit itchy initially. However, this is usually temporary and goes away after a few washes. I have sensitive skin as well, but after the linen is broken in, I find it to be soft and comfortable.

In terms of specific brands, I would recommend looking for linen sheets that have been pre-washed and made from high-quality linen fibers. I personally have had good experiences with Restoration Hardware and West Elm linen bedding, although there are many other great brands out there. It's also important to wash your linen sheets in gentle detergent and avoid fabric softeners or dryer sheets, which can cause irritation for some people.

Overall, I think linen bedding is a great option for those with sensitive skin, as long as you take the time to break it in and find the right brand and washing practices.

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