If you ask me, our vaginas do not get the TLC they deserve — nor do we talk about it enough. From wearing tight clothes while working out to excess sweating, shaving and sex, we put our precious lady parts through the wringer and often do not know what to do when irritation ensues.
In all seriousness, though, most first reactions when said irritation occurs is to freak out to their doctor (totally normal!) or to slather antifungal cream on the situation and call it a day. And you should definitely see a medical professional if your symptoms are stubborn and debilitating (try not to self-diagnose yourself).
But if your doctor has dubbed you infection-free and you are still struggling with mild or moderate irritation — whether it be from frequent sexual activity, working out, waxing or constricting clothes — then you might just be extra sensitive, in which case, it is about time you get up to snuff on a few natural solutions for these issues.
Why trust my word? It is simple: I have tried it all. And not just because I am a beauty and wellness product junkie — which I am — but because I have a chronic skin condition called ichthyosis that has resulted in irritation in my nether regions for as long as I can remember. It took many years of testing, but I have finally managed to find some seriously impressive, chemical-free fixes that are soothing, safe and effective at calming irritation.
All this to say: If you, too, struggle with a finicky and fragile vagina, you are far from the only one, and you have come to the right place. These are the tried and true best soothing balms and salves for treating an irritated vulva. (Editor’s note: None of these products are for internal use.)
With their millennial-friendly Instagram feed and aesthetically pleasing packaging, Momotaro Apotheca is on a mission to make vaginal wellness more approachable — and so far, they are succeeding. The brand’s hero product has got to be their Multi-Use Salve, which is a thick balm containing powerful plant-based soothing agents like echinacea, tea tree, goldenseal and calendula. When combined, the calming cocktail aids in reducing redness and swelling, while also imparting a subtle cooling effect that provides instant relief. Whenever I feel irritation cropping up, I rub a dime-sized amount on the area, and it works wonders.
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