Are You Using Feminine Wipes to Cleanse Your Intimate Area?

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When celebrities give beauty and skin care products their stamps of approval, majority of consumers tend to be influenced into buying whatever it is they are advertising. Take for example Khloé Kardashian’s endorsement of feminine wipes and the boost it has triggered in the industry of cleansing products for women.


Still, the use of feminine wipes has received conflicting reviews. In an InStyle interview, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a practicing gynecologist at CareMount Medical in Westchester County, New York, discusses the things to consider prior to using these products. Dr. Dweck is also Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


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Consider these before you use feminine wipes:


1. Reactions depend on the sensitivity of your intimate parts.

“Some women can use anything on their V and suffer no consequence. Many women, however, are super sensitive when it comes to the ‘V’ skin (vulva) and often will suffer itching, irritation, burning, and propensity to infection.”


It also pays to check the products’ instructions for its specific area of use. For example, Sweet Spot and Honey Pot are made for the vulva, which is part of the outside structures. These products are not meant for inside the vagina, which is composed of even more sensitive skin.



2. Certain ingredients may cause undesirable reactions.

“As far as specific ingredients, glycerin might increase the chance of yeast infection for those already prone. Parabens have been controversial due to their potential as hormone disruptors, so women concerned about breast cancer typically stay away, although FDA considers the ingredient safe. A Strong fragrance is very often irritating for many particularly those in the peri-menopausal or menopausal time when intimate tissue is more sensitive. Alcohol can be drying and essential oils can be caustic unless uber-diluted.”



Gynecologist Recommendations Prior to Use

Dr. Erica Hinz, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the NYU School of Medicine, adds that the products have the potential of disrupting the natural ecosystem of the vagina.


“Some general advice that I give to my patients is that while these products are likely not harmful, they are actually not necessary as the vaginal pH is self-regulated.

If patients do feel strongly about using feminine wipes, I would suggest using ones that are unscented, glycerin and alcohol-free, as these ingredients can cause vaginal or vulvar dryness and potentially lead to a change in the natural pH of the vagina.

Other advice is to always wipe from front to back, avoid douching or other scented perfumes/products on the vagina/vulva and allow air to circulate after taking a shower or bath.”


Given all these information, if you do decide to use feminine wipes, it is highly recommended that you test the product on a very tiny area of the skin in case of a reaction.

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