Should I wash the vulva? What to use and avoid from an obstetrician-gynecologist
Some people prefer to use detergent for this step, but not just any detergent will work. “I recommend that people with vaginas avoid cleansers with artificial fragrances or chemicals,” White explains. “This can lead to vulvar irritation or infections such as yeast or bacterial vaginosis,” she adds.
White’s Expert Pick: “When using cleansers, stick to something mild, like Honey Pot’s Sensitive Foaming Wash.”
You can use the cleanser with or without a washcloth, and only use this product once a day when you shower.
So even though never cleaning the area can cause dirt and sweat to build up, over-cleaning is still possible even if you have an infection. “Even if someone develops BV or yeast, there’s no need to cleanse more often,” says White.