The following suggestions may assist in the care of highly sensitive vulvar skin. Implementing the following may promote healthy vulvar skin and reduce flare-ups due to irritants.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing that increases pressure and friction in the vulvar area.
- If possible avoid wearing synthetic clothes items that prevent good aeration of the area and contribute to the build up of heat and moisture.
- White 100% cotton underwear, pads and tampons are recommended.
- Always double rinse underwear to ensure there is no residual detergent or soap remaining in clothing.
- Avoid the use of softeners and deodorants.
Bathing and Hygiene
- Most soaps and shampoos have a very high pH and may contain chemicals which tend to irritate vulvar skin. When washing and shampooing, rinse in a way that will avoid the soap run-off entering into the vulva area.
- Always rinse thoroughly with clear water.
- After washing pat the vulvar area dry.
- Avoid wearing moist clothing.Avoid hot baths, bubble baths and scented oils and lotions.
- Baking soda baths using lukewarm water and 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda, for 10-15 minutes, may soothe vulvar itching and burning and cleanse skin of any discharge.
- Use unscented and preferably unbleached toilet paper.
- In the event that passing urine causes skin irritation and burning, rinse the area with clear water after voiding and pat the area dry.
- Barrier creams may protect the skin from urine and discharge irritation.
- The use of scented pads, deodorants, sprays and perfumes should be avoided.
- Natural lubricants such as vegetable oils may be preferable to synthetic lubricants.
- Contraceptive jells, lubricated condoms may cause irritation.