What is pH?
An Easy guide to pH levels and why it is important
1. pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline/base a substance is.
2. The pH of a certain substance is described as a number from 0-14.
3. 1-6 = acidic and 8-14 =base/alkaline
4. The lower the number, the more acidic the substance.
5. Water is neutral, and has a pH of 7.
What does pH have to do with the Vagina & Vulva?
The vaginal pH inside of a healthy vagina is 3.5 to 4.5, which is an acidic environment. You should never wash inside of the vagina since it is self cleansing.
The skin of the outer parts of your intimate area, vulva, has a pH of 5. This is the same pH as your skin. The vulva is not self cleansing and therefore you should use an intimate wash with pH 5 to avoid unbalance of the pH level.
NORMAL SOAPS HAVE THE WRONG pH FOR THE VULVA
Normal soaps / shower gels have a pH of 8-9. Since the pH is higher than the intimate skin – it will dry out the intimate skin and result in pH inbalance and vaginal discomfort. A normal soap is not recommended for the sensitive vulva skin.