Chafing can happen when there is repeated friction of skin to a specific area. Chafed skin is typically red, irritated, and has a stinging sensation, but in extreme cases can even mean swelling, blisters, or bleeding. Vaginal chafing, or vulva chafing, can happen a few different ways.
Vaginal Chafing Causes
Sweat in conjunction with friction is the number one cause of chafing issues. If you are doing a lot of walking on a hot day and don’t have sweat absorbent clothes/underwear, you might suffer from vulva chafing. The action of wet underwear rubbing where your thighs meet the vulva can cause chafing, especially for an extended period of time. The skin in that area is extremely sensitive and it doesn’t take much to irritate it.
Sex is another common reason for vulva chafing. Any prolonged rubbing and friction can potentially cause chafing, especially in such a sensitive area.
How to Prevent Vaginal Chafing
Proper Exercise Clothing
Because sweat is the enemy when it comes to chafing, a great way to combat that is by having the right kind of clothes on when you’re sweating. That means dry fit pants, a non-synthetic material for your underwear, and something loose-fitting to help the area breathe.
Keep Some Pubic Hair
If you suffer from repeated vulva chafing, you may want to consider keeping more of your pubic hair, which creates an absorbent and protective layer.
Keeping it Clean & Dry
If you’re not going to be home all day and are worried about chafing becoming an issue, it’s important to keep the vaginal area clean and dry throughout the day. Carrying around refreshing cleansing wipes to use throughout the day to stay fresh and not dry the skin out, which helps to keep chafing at bay.
How to Treat Vaginal Chafing
Chafing happens, even if you tried your best to prevent it, it can still happen. We’re here to help. For immediate relief, you can apply Soothe Calming Cream which is formulated with aloe vera, arnica, chamomile and other soothing ingredients as well as being gynecologist approved. The best companion to Soothe is Honor Everyday Balm which can help after a chafing episode by moving the healing process along with it’s accelerated skin repairing properties.