If you have a vulva, chances are you’ll experience an itchy vulva at some point. But we say NO. MORE. Here are our dos and don’ts to have an Itch-Free 2023.
When you’ve got an itchy vulva, scratching might feel good (really, really good), but it’s bad for your skin. Scratching may make the problem worse, can create tiny microtears in the skin, and may lead to wounds or infections. So resist the urge to scratch!
Instead of scratching, instantly soothe external vaginal itch with a rich intimate moisturizer like Rescue Balm. It targets itch with proven ingredients like sweet almond oil, colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. To prevent dryness and itching, use a hydrating body wash like Moisture Restoring Wash and follow with a daily moisturizer like Hydrate Ever After.
DON’T: Assume It’s a Yeast Infection
Vaginal itching isn’t always a yeast infection. In fact, two-thirds of people who think they have a yeast infection actually have something else. And while that over-the-counter treatment might seem like a harmless intervention, it may actually make things worse if you don’t have a yeast infection. SweetSpot Labs Founder Shari Creed found that out the hard way when she mistook contact dermatitis on her vulva for a yeast infection. Her self-diagnosis and improper treatment threw off her vaginal microbiome and left her in a frustrating flare cycle. This led her to create SweetSpot Labs and a sulfate-free wash that respects and protects intimate skin.
If you think you have a yeast infection, always consult your medical provider for a proper diagnosis.
DO: Avoid Irritating Products
Many personal care products contain irritants like sulfates, essential oils, glycerin, and more that can lead to serious itching. If your sweet spots are prone to itch, look for solutions that are free from harsh ingredients.
DON’T: Stay in Wet/Sweaty Clothes
Whether it’s after a workout or after the pool, it’s important to change out of wet clothes quickly. Sitting in wet or damp clothing (especially if it’s tight-fitting) can increase your risk of vaginal yeast infections and the vaginal itching that comes with it.
DO: Practice Self-Care After Sex
Sex can disrupt your pH and transfer bacteria between you and your partner. Left alone, that can lead to itching and irritation. So when it’s all said and done, it’s important to use a pH-balanced wipe to cleanse and balance.
Wishing you (and your sweet spots) a happy, healthy new year!
This website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition.