How to take care of your private parts?

What is vulval skin?

“Vulva” is the term used to describe the visible part of the female genitalia. The skin of the vulva is sensitive and can be easily irritated by everyday products including soap, bubble baths, shower gels, talcum powder, cleansing wipes, perfumes, deodorants and antiseptics. Such products may make your skin sore and uncomfortable.

How should I care for my vulval skin?

  • Avoid using irritant products, as listed above, on the vulva
  • Do not wash the vulva too often (once a day is usually enough) as this may cause dryness and irritation
  • Apply an emollient (moisturising) ointment, cream or lotion regularly

How should I wash my vulva?

Wash your vulva gently, using either your hands or a soft flannel or cloth. Pat the area dry with a soft towel or tissue. If your vulva is inflamed, it is preferable to use an emollient as a substitute for soap. Do not use cleansing wet wipes.

How should I apply an emollient?

  • An emollient will moisturise and soothe the vulval skin if it is sore or itchy.
  • Avoid perfumed products.
  • Avoid perfumed vaginal washes or irritants like dettol in your private areas.
  • Clothing

You may find it more comfortable to wear loose fitting cotton underwear and avoid tight fitting clothing such as jeans.

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