A little sensitivity is a good thing -- it helps us relate to each other, enjoy a gentle touch, and share a good cry at the end of a Nicholas Sparks movie (even if we deny it later). However, extra sensitive skin is another story, especially when it comes to sex. Burning, itching and unsightly rashes can be real mood killers, but with a little planning and some sensitive skin lubricant, you and your skin can enjoy every sexy sensation. Just follow these three tips:
About three million people in the U.S. are allergic to latex. That’s only about 1% of the current population, but for those with allergies, regular latex condoms are a definitely no-no during sex. If you’ve experienced negative reactions to surgical gloves and bandages, you may have an allergy to latex condoms as well. Condoms made from different materials, like polyurethane or polyisoprene, could help ease your discomfort. Lambskin condoms may also be an option, but should be avoided if you want to protect yourself from STIs.
If you have skin that reacts easily to perfumes, dyes and other chemicals, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from irritation is to invest in some sensitive skin lubricant. Try a water based lubricant with soothing ingredients like Astroglide Ultra Gentle Gel. This sex lube formula even includes chamomile extract to keep skin pampered and calm.
Remember, the condoms and sex lube you use in the bedroom aren’t the only things that can irritate your skin. Your partner’s lotion, cologne or perfume can also contain chemicals that can lead to reactions. If you think something on your partner’s skin could be upsetting your own, why not rinse off together beforehand? It’s the perfect way to get things off to a steamy start!
Although these tips can help you soothe your sensitive skin, remember that not all reactions can be simply explained away as allergies. If you’ve tried different condom types, applied sensitive skin lubricant and steered clear of lotions and fragrances and you’re still experiencing redness, itching, burning or swelling, we definitely encourage you to visit your dermatologist, family doctor, or in severe cases, your local emergency room. Your skin could be showing signs of a more serious infection or illness, so listen to what it’s trying to tell you and find out what’s really going on!
Has your sensitive skin caused you problems during sex? Were your symptoms caused by a surprising source that we didn’t mention here? Tell us about your issue and how you resolved it by sharing your story, tweet us @Astroglide. Ready to try these tips for yourself? Request your free sample of Astroglide Ultra Gentle Gel today!
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