vulva skin dryness

Nobody likes dry skin, not up here or down there...

And by down there, we’re talking about vulva skin - the outer skin that protects the vagina – not the vagina itself. Even though vulva and vaginal dryness are very common, there is more scientific information and medical conversations around vaginal dryness than vulva skin dryness. But we’re not surprised since vulvas are often overlooked in medical exams.

At Lady Suite, our expertise is vulva skin health, and we know that dry skin is weaker skin, and more prone to irritation, discomfort, and unfriendly bacteria.

Why so dry?

There is a myriad of causes
that result in vulva skin dryness outside of biological skin aging which can affect women at every age and stage.

hormonal flux

The most common culprit
is when we experience perimenopause and menopause. The skin is thinner with less circulating estrogen, good bacteria, and lipids that retain essential moisture. But menopause aside, skin dryness can also occur during period cycles, pregnancy, and from hormone imbalances linked to endocrine disease like hypothyroidism or diabetes.

Source: Acog,
menopause.org, healthgrades.com

Pubic Hair Removal

Daily shaving is a common culprit of dryness from over-exfoliation and skin barrier disruption. With little to no pubic hair, the skin retains less natural oils and is exposed to friction and stress from clothing, wiping, exercise, and dry weather conditions.

Hypersensitivity

Long term skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema or dermatitis from irritating chemicals including PEGs and artificial dyes can also damage and dry the skin. Hypersensitive skin conditions like psoriasis affects millions of people and causes dry, itchy, and thick patches of skin. Eczema is another chronic condition that causes red, itchy and dry rashes on the skin, including vulva skin.

Source: Medicalnewstoday.com

diet and medications

Vitamin D and Omega-3
deficiency are also linked to vulva dryness and alters skin barrier function. Medications like birth control, anti-depressants, acne medications, and diuretics have also been linked to dry vulva and vaginal skin.

Source: Dr. Marilyn Glenville Buoyhealth

How can I prevent vulva skin dryness?

If you’re experiencing vulva skin dryness, there is help! Luckily, we have clean, safe solutions (and some suggestions) for keeping dryness and discomfort away from your most intimate skin.

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1. Moisturize:

Just like faces and other places, our vulva skin can benefit from daily supplemental moisture. Our Rejuvenating Botanical Oil was formulated for vulva skin and contains no parabens or harmful ingredients that can compound dryness and irritation. It’s naturally rich in skin-loving lipids and ceramides that moisturize, soothe, and seal in hydration. 

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2. Destress the skin

If you’re one of the 84% of American women who choose to groom your pubic hair, you can choose options like intermittent waxing, sugaring or laser hair removal to minimize stress and over exfoliation.

If you prefer shaving, that’s ok. Just give your skin a rest until the it returns to a healthy state. Moisturizing with our Rejuvenating Botanical Oil can help speed up the healing process and is also optimal for daily use when you resume shaving to prevent problems before they start. Check out these shaving tips to combat daily dryness, ingrown hairs, and irritation.

3. your gyno is your friend

Lastly, if you do need some extra help, it’s always good to talk to your gynecologist or woman’s health expert about your symptoms. There are safer hormone balancing diets, supplements and new therapies that can restore healthy hormonal balance to help undo-the-dry, so you feel happier and healthier in the (vulva) skin you’re in.