The vulva tends to be an area that a general dermatologist will bypass during routine skin checkups. But you don’t have to schedule an appointment with a specialist to get their top tips on caring for your little kitty down there, some of the tips have been shared below.
You clean too well
Naturally, the vulva secretes thick oils that protect its delicate skin from the secretions and friction it is exposed to on a daily basis. Your vulva will be more prone to irritation if you wash off those oils with harsh cleansers. Worse still, you’ll eliminate the good bacteria that help maintain a healthy pH and make room for odour- and infection-causing bacteria to move in. So clean your vulva with warm water, by hand, then let it be.
You use feminine hygiene products
Products claiming to clean, deodorize and groom the vagina are best left unused. These products contain fragrances, dyes, chemicals, preservatives ad anti-itch anesthetics that aren’t necessary and can cause allergic reactions. The Vulvar skin is extra sensitive because it’s thinner than skin on other parts of the body.
You don’t know how to deal with post-menopausal dryness
Almost every woman deal with some degree of vaginal dryness during menopause. During menopause, post-menopausal skin in the area is thinner, dryer, and more vulnerable to irritation. This can make sex hurt, expose you to urinary tract infections and cause urethral and bladder irritation. Luckily, there are some vaginal moisturizers available at drugstores that can help: These moisturizers help retain moisture, but are designed not to irritate the delicate mucous membrane of the vagina.
You use fancy lubes
Using fancy lube is not a bad idea as lube is a great option for women experiencing dryness, whether you choose water-based, silicone or oil-based formulas. No matter which lube you choose, avoid anything with dyes, perfume, fragrance, flavour or ingredients that claim to give a tingling or warming sensation, all of which can be irritating.
You’re using the wrong birth control
Many women are allergic to latex and spermicide which are present in most condoms. Latex condoms can cause hives or rashes in women who are allergic to the material. But that’s not the only form of birth control that you should consider. Some hormonal contraceptives, especially progesterone contraceptives such as Depo-Provera shots, can thin and dry the vagina, making sexual activity uncomfortable.
You wear pretty lingerie
Your vagina can be irritated with the way thongs rub your skin. You’re best off with full-coverage unbleached 100% cotton underwear. Women with sensitive skin can have reactions to dyes and synthetic fabrics and the elastic can escalate the problem of women with rubber allergies. But you don’t have to stop wearing beautiful little things in the name of health.
You shave, wax, or use depilatories
Do not store your razor in the shower, its a warm, moist environment where bacteria can multiply. Its a recipe for infection the next time you shave. Using a natural shaving lotion is not a bad idea. These lotions contain none of the irritating chemicals and fragrances found in traditional foams. And endeavour to use a brand new blade each time you shave. Alternative hair removal methods can be dangerous for you too. The harsh hair-dissolving chemicals in depilatories are very irritating to the sensitive vulvar skin. Waxing on the other hand can also be risky if done incorrectly, because it is possible to burn the skin. Laser hair removal is your safest bet, trimming your hair with small scissors is not a bad idea too.