Which intimate hygiene product should you choose?
The intimate area is particularly sensitive and requires a specific hygiene routine. But which intimate gel or product should you choose for your personal hygiene? There are several criteria to take into account when choosing a product.
Here are 6 tips for choosing the best personal hygiene product:
- Opt for a soap-free cleansing product, as the lipid-enriched and moisturising agents it contains care for the protective hydrolipid film.
- Check that the product contains no antiseptics, as these can destroy the lactobacilli. These micro-organisms, which are found in the vulval area before the opening to the vagina, are important to the balance of the vaginal flora.
- An active ingredient with softening and soothing properties is recommended.
- The pH of a personal hygiene product should be between 4.8 and 8 in the event of mycosis.
As a reminder, pH indicates the acidity level of a solution. It varies from 1 to 14. Under 7 means it is acidic. 7 is neutral. Over this number, it means that it is alkaline. To find out more about the pH of personal hygiene products, see our dedicated article.
- Choose a product formulated for daily use.
- Lastly, do not underestimate the feeling of well-being that the product can provide (comfortable application, sensation of freshness, cleanliness, etc.)
Hygienic wipes or intimate cream?
Intimate hygiene wipes are formulated for daily use without the need to rinse. They are very practical before a medical appointment, after exercise or when travelling, for example.
For women prone to problems with vaginal irritation, or with dry skin, there are soothing intimate creams that can be applied after washing or at any time of the day.
It is recommended that women prone to mycoses use a slightly alkaline (pH>7) product for their personal hygiene routine.
Infectologist/Medical Director, Fournier Institute