Thermocline garments have been very successful in helping people with neoprene skin allergy to continue to enjoy their diving. The lightweight neutrally buoyant wetsuit system can be used instead of a traditional neoprene wetsuit for warm water diving, or it can be used underneath a neoprene suit to provide an effective barrier to skin contact. Allergic reaction to neoprene is generally ascribed to the accelerants used to manufacture the man-made rubber (i.e., thiurams, carbamates, thioureas, thiazoles). While not life-threatening, if left mismanaged or untreated, these reactions can cause permanent damage to the patient/user's skin. Therefore, an accurate and complete diagnosis is essential and if it occurs, a doctor should be consulted.
Please note that in some cases the allergy may be so severe that thermocline may not be 100% effective. It is impossible for us to know this without detailed assessment from a doctor, and results for individuals do vary. However, most people have found that using thermocline alleviates if not eliminates their symptoms.
The Thermocline range does not involve any of these accelerants and many neoprene skin allergy sufferers have been helped by using Thermocline.
The following is taken from the website of Andy McLeod – an underwater cameraman and producer who suffers with neoprene skin allergy. www.andymcleod.com
"After a year of searching the internet, I have found the solution that works for me; a suit from Fourth Element. The suit from the THERMOCLINE range, gives the equivalent thermal protection of 2.5mm of Neoprene. This can act as a barrier thick enough to be able to wear some additional neoprene on top. I ordered the long-johns with long-sleeve vest and have been using them with a standard 5mm neoprene shorty and plan to try a full length neoprene suit when it gets a little colder."