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Common Intimate Skin Conditions You Need To Know About

Skin problems are common regardless of age and gender. They are, however, prevalent in specific stages due to hormonal imbalance, poor diet, wanting hygiene practices and bad habits. One such bad habit is not taking the necessary precautions when being intimate. Admittedly, sex is a lot of fun. But are you aware of all the unwanted effects that come with this pleasure?

Intimacy involves skin to skin contact, which can cause a reaction on either or both parties. While some of these reactions can be as a result of STIs, others are temporary and harmless. However, the rate at which these skin conditions are rising is alarming. This should prepare you to be cautious before and after you hit the sheets. Here are some of the most common intimate skin conditions today.

Allergic Reactions to Lube or Latex

This is a pretty common issue; you probably have a few friends who have this allergy. The allergic reaction is usually characterized by an irritation or itchiness on the points of contact. This can happen during or after sex. While some choose to stay away from latex and seek other options, the allergy can be controlled by using hydrocortisone cream. If you are allergic to lube, switch to a chemical free, organic option.

Contact Dermatitis

Did you know that you can get an allergic reaction after simple contact with someone’s skin? Yes you can! If your skin is especially sensitive to body sprays and cologne, you can develop rashes and itchy patches as soon as 24 hours after contact. This skin condition is temporary, and its symptoms can be alleviated by hydrocortisone. It is advisable, especially if you have sensitive skin, to encourage the parties involved to have a thorough shower before indulging.


Yes, you read it right, sex can cause acne. But hear me out first before you dismiss this point. True, sex does improve the appearance of your skin as it boosts blood circulation. However, the act itself can result to sweat and friction. Combined with makeup, oils and bacterial on the skin, it results to impurities that can easily clog up the pores. In order to avoid these breakouts, it is advisable to clean up after a session of pleasure. If you are not in a position to take a shower immediately after, be sure to have some cleansing wipes at hand.

Irritant Dermatitis

Are you the kind that gets an itch when short hairs rub against your skin? This is an indication that you are prone to irritant contact dermatitis. This happens when the skin gets into contact with sharp hairs and friction happens. It can occur on the face or any other part of the body. To avoid irritant dermatitis, it is advisable to shave closely to the skin before contact, or let the hair grow longer.

Genital Warts

The prevalence of HPV in people who are sexually active is worrying. Human papilloma virus is sexually transmitted, and is responsible for loads of illnesses, one of them being genital warts. It is especially prevalent now that almost everyone shaves off the pubic area. Clean shaven skin gives a bigger surface area for skin on skin contact. You can get a HPV Vaccine shot to help prevent infection from the most prevalent strains of the virus.


Did you know that herpes can affect your skin and oral locations? This sexually transmitted infection can adversely affect the genital area, and is quite common among sexually active age groups. This infection is easily prevented by use of protection during coitus.  You should also get tested for STDs regularly to avoid serious health issues.

Skin Tears

Truth is that sex can be a bit rough sometimes which can result to skin tears and vaginal cuts. While these are harmless, they can be quite painful. You can use a Sitz bath to alleviate the discomfort of the tiny tears. If bleeding occurs, or the pain is severe and persistent, you should see a doctor as it may be an indication of serious problems.

Points to Note

These skin conditions sometimes break through the skin barrier, thereby preventing proper immune response to the invasive microbes. Immune dysfunction, especially in the skin as an organ, is sometimes associated with intimate dermatological issues.

It is important to correctly identify a skin condition so as to administer the right treatment and preventive measures to avoid future occurrence. Most of the treatments are usually geared towards restoring proper immune response to the skin. Some conditions are only temporary and do not need medical attention. However, if you find that the symptoms persist past 24 hours, you should seek professional medical assistance.

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