Why is No One Talking About Intimate Skin?
Most of us women love to talk, chat, catch up and yes, sometimes gossip a bit, but in general - we are pretty skilled in the art of communication.
One topic that always gets our attention is skin care. We’ll take any tips, tricks and trends we can get! But when we talk about taking care of our skin, most women mean their face. The truth is, we have special creams and lotions for a range of specific body parts: eye gel, hand lotion, lip balms and foot creams – we’re even being kind to our underarm skin these days! It’s clear we all know that skin is important. We slather on sunscreen, we spend big chunks of cash on special masks and scrubs… But what about our intimate skin...the skin ”down there”?
Why is no one talking about intimate skin?
Well, first of all, it feels a little personal. Any conversation with the word “intimate” in it can either draw people in or make them want to change the subject. With that said, women are quite open about a range of intimate personal-care topics so why not intimate skin?
Secondly, some of us may not really understand exactly what it is, so let’s start with that. When we talk about intimate skin we are referring to the delicate skin of the vagina/vulva and surrounding area. This skin is affected by moisture and chaffing/rubbing that happens as you go about your regular (hectic) day. And for those with light bladder leakage or incontinence, intimate skin is at risk of becoming irritated and uncomfortable… which can impact our mood and our confidence level.
Let’s break it down:
Moisture is a big deal:
- In a world where we are constantly told MORE moisture is best, that’s just not the case when it comes to intimate skin. Continuous exposure of intimate skin to moisture can affect pH balance (the measure of whether the body is maintaining a normal acid-base balance). This can cause your body’s natural protective layer of skin to break down, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and making you more vulnerable to infections and other skin conditions.
- Healthy human skin, including the skin in the vulva area, has an acidic pH in the range of 4 to 6. Most soaps have an alkaline pH above that of the human skin, in the 8 to 10 range. So besides the ideal incontinence pad, be mindful what products you use on your intimate area (that’s a good tidbit to tell a friend!)
- The right incontinence pad can make a huge difference. While fast absorption is super important, the breathability of the pad is too. TENA has combined 100% breathability with our trusted TENA Triple Protection, and ProSkin Technology – so your pad is working continuously to help ensure your skin stays healthy.
Chaffing is a pain:
If you’re wearing an incontinence product that does not fit well or has a not-so-soft top layer you can end up with chaffing or irritated skin. TENA intimates® pads have a soft, top layer to help with comfort. Plus, they’re dermatologically tested and accredited by the Skin Health Alliance.
Ok, we have covered the Intimate Skin basics, and it wasn’t that hard to talk about was it? Before you go, it’s important to say: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 77% of incontinence consumers experience skin irritation1. The key is good product choices, a healthy awareness of what healthy skin “down there” should feel like and asking questions – simply talking about it - when you feel it’s off balance.