STEER CLEAR

Women's Health (UK) - - GOOD LOOKS -

The in­gre­di­ents that have no busi­ness be­ing near your busi­ness

1 PER­FUME

Ir­ri­tants such as al­co­hol and syn­thetic fra­grances can re­sult in in­fec­tion and dis­charge. Look out for any­thing with the word ‘al­co­hol’ in it, in­clud­ing ‘al­co­hol de­nat’ (short for de­na­tured) on la­bels.

2 EX­FO­LI­AT­ING ACIDS

AHAS – al­pha-hy­droxy acids – are not the one. They’re too ag­gres­sive for del­i­cate gen­i­tal ar­eas and can spread to and in­flame the vagi­nal canal. Maybe can­cel that va­ja­cial ap­point­ment.

3 TEA TREE OIL

Swerve dis­in­fec­tants such as tea tree that can desta­bilise your ph lev­els.

4 PRESER­VA­TIVES

Methylisoth­ia­zoli­none (hand­ily ab­bre­vi­ated to MI) is found in many cleans­ing prod­ucts, in­clud­ing flush­able wipes, and can cause an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion.

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