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NEWS AND FILLER
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130-133

Vulvovaginal hygiene and care


1 Department of Dermatology, G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Dermatology, D.Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital, Navi Mumbai, India

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Sharmila Patil
D.Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7184.62778

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Homeostasis of the skin is very important, which is achieved by a thin acid film - the acid mantle. Human skin has an acid mantle of pH 4-6. It prevents invasion by pathogenic organisms, acting as a first-line defence and helping in a disease-free existence. The vaginal mucosa has a similar acid mantle. Here, the natural acidic pH is maintained by lactic acid, an integral part of the vaginal ecosystem. This can be easily lost due to the lack of awareness of local care or various aggressive hygiene practices in addition to various diseases. Gentle cleansing along with good moisturization can go a long way in keeping the vulva healthy.


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