Sensitive Skin and Lubrication – Does it Really Matter?
Skin sensitivities affect millions of people. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 50% of people say they have sensitive skin. This is up from 30% in the 1980s! And though this increase may be caused by any number of things, the fact remains – sensitive skin is a real issue that can impact every inch of our bodies.
The exact definition of sensitive skin varies depending on who you ask. Generally, there are four distinct types: acne, rosacea, burning & stinging, and contact dermatitis (which refers to the skin’s rashy reaction to allergens and/or irritants). In the most intimate areas of our bodies, burning & stinging and contact dermatitis are the most common types of sensitive skin reactions.
During the course of normal everyday life, burning & stinging and contact dermatitis can be caused by fairly commonplace items touching your skin. Ingredients that are known to cause burning & stinging include lactic acid, azaelic acid, benzoic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acids. In terms of rashy contact dermatitis, allergens are things that you are actually allergic to versus irritants that just bother your skin (you may not technically be allergic to them). For example, household bleach is a skin irritant; fragrances, preservatives, and colors are common allergens.
If you have sensitive skin, consider avoiding products that containing harsh antibacterial ingredients, fragrances, parabens, and alcohol (including alcohol-based sugars like glycerin). A good rule of thumb is: the fewer the ingredients, the more skin friendly a product likely is!
A note about organic products and sensitive skin: many organic products contain essential oils and fragrances that may lead to an allergic contact dermatitis reaction. For example, people with a ragweed allergy could develop contact dermatitis in response to organic products that contain chamomile or calendula (marigold extract) – these ingredients can feel just like ragweed to someone with a ragweed allergy.
Wicked Sensual Care’s Sensitive lubricant is water-based and glycerin free. It’s also fragrance free, parben free, and safe for use with latex and all toy materials. But Sensitive’s sensitivity goes even further…organic products that contain chamomile or calendula (marigold extract) – these ingredients can feel just like ragweed to someone with a ragweed allergy.
Our Sensitive lubricant is exceptionally formulated, dermatologist approved, and won’t upset a woman’s delicate pH. Normal vaginal pH ranges from 3.8 to 4.2 – Wicked Sensitive is exclusively designed, with a pH in the same range, for perfect balance. It has also been clinically tested to be hypoallergenic, with exactly zero sensitivities reported from a 100 person panel. Plus, we’ve added Vitamin E and a touch of aloe, a natural ingredient known for its healing and moisturizing properties, to help soothe even the most delicate skin.
With our Sensitive, you get all the slippery, moisturizing benefits of a water-based lubricant that’s exceptionally gentle!