Everyday vulvar and vaginal dryness is incredibly common - and not just during menopause. So if you’re experiencing dryness, itch, or irritation at any age you’re not alone! Here’s what you need to know to tackle the discomfort.
Is it vaginal dryness or vulvar dryness?
When things are dry down there, the term ‘vaginal dryness’ gets tossed around as a catch-all. But remember your vagina is just the internal canal connecting your uterus to your vulva. Your vulva encompasses all the external (visible) parts of your genitalia. Since we’re vulvar skin care experts, let’s start there!
What causes vulvar dryness?
These things aren’t always simple, but a few of the most common causes of dry vulvar skin are:
2. Compromised Skin Barrier
What can I do about vulvar dryness?
First, do no harm...
If you’re putting anything on your vulvar skin, make sure it doesn’t contain any ingredients that can compromise the skin barrier. Look for sulfate-free washes, alcohol-free wipes, and steer clear of things like propylene glycol and MIT preservatives. Even some natural ingredients like essential oils have the potential to irritate the skin barrier, so keep an eye on those labels!
… then, moisturize!
Just like there’s facial creams for dry skin above the neck, there are great moisturizers for dry vulvar skin! If you’re looking for something refreshing, lightweight, and perfect for everyday use, Hydrate Ever After is the one for you. It mimics the natural moisture of intimate skin to keep you comfortable and hydrated all day long.
If you’re looking for immediate relief from symptoms of vulvar dryness like itching, stinging or irritation, Rescue Balm is the concentrated treatment you’ll wish you had found sooner. It’s packed with clean, naturally-derived clinical actives that instantly soothe while giving you lasting comfort. And because it’s formulated without hormones, estrogen, or known irritants, it’s gentle enough to use with prescription-based treatments like topical steroids, estrogen or hormone replacement therapy, or even after a yeast infection.
Remember, neither vulvar or vaginal dryness is anything to be ashamed about! It happens to all of us and you can find relief.