Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition causing painful, itchy, dry patches on your skin. We see this rash appear most commonly on the face, the backs of your knees, wrists, hands, and feet, so you may be surprised if you notice it appearing on your vulva. While eczema on genitals can be particularly uncomfortable, there is no need to panic. Vaginal eczema or vaginal dermatitis can be treated just like all eczema with at home natural remedies.
In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about vaginal eczema treatment, including:
- What is female genital eczema and its symptoms?
- Tips and tricks to prevent it
- Natural vulvar dermatitis treatment
If you’re struggling with vaginal eczema, keep on reading to learn how to soothe those uncomfortable symptoms.
What Does Vulvar Eczema Look Like?
There are some different types of eczema that can affect the genital area, including atopic eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. These cause the folds of skin around your vagina to become painful, red, and itchy. It can also lead to the formation of thin cracks, red patches, vaginal weeping, and crust formation. You may also experience these symptoms around the opening of the anus and the skin between the cheeks of the buttocks. While there is no cure for eczema, there are many ways it can be managed to give you relief.
Can You Prevent Vaginal Dermatitis?
There are many reasons a person with a vulva may experience eczema down there. Like all forms of eczema, there is not always a precise cause, with some people just being more prone to it than others.
However, there are several things that can cause irritation on the genital area:
- Tight clothing
- Heat and sweat
- Harsh and non-breathable fabrics
- Scented body wash, soap, bubble baths, detergent, shampoo, conditioner
- Baby or hygiene wipes
- Talcum powder, deodorants, perfume
- Panty liners
- Toilet paper
Tips to help prevent or minimize symptoms:
- Wear undergarments with breathable fabrics like cotton and loose fitting clothing
- Use a tampon or sanitary towel that are comfortable and fragrance free
- Avoid harsh toilet papers when possible
- Use natural and unscented hygiene products
Treating and Managing Vaginal Eczema
If you’re already experiencing painful eczema symptoms in the vaginal area, there are many effective gentle natural remedies to help you get through it.
Use the Right Hygiene Products
It is super important to keep the area clean to avoid further infection. However, it’s crucial not to overdo it as this can cause further irritation. We recommend washing no more than once a day. Use lukewarm water and a mild, natural soap like this Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar. Avoid anything that contains a fragrance or harsh soaps. If drying yourself off with a towel, remember to pat dry the area to avoid any rubbing.
Try Applying a Natural Emollient
A natural emollient can soothe the area and protect it from drying out. We highly recommend this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. It’s perfect for applying anywhere on the body - even the delicate areas - because it’s made with only 6 wholesome ingredients, including manuka honey to soothe and heal the rash.
Wear the Right Underwear
Finally, it’s important to wear fabrics that won’t cause further irritation. Our top pick are these Women’s Latex Free Panties. They are made with cooling, natural 100% organic cotton with sensitive and irritated skin in mind. The waist and leg bands are also fabricated from latex free, spandex free elastic. These panties will be sure to keep the area free from any extra sweaty irritation.
You might also like our 100% Organic Cotton Women's Drawstring Elastic Free Panties. Offering high-waist support and a comfortable fit with an adjustable drawstring, they're perfect for those with sensitive skin, vulvar eczema or vaginal dermatitis or psoriasis.
Get Started with Managing your Vaginal Eczema Today
If you’re struggling to soothe your vaginal eczema, follow these tips and tricks to find the relief you deserve.