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pink
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I'd appreciate any tips any of you may have, so feel free to offer.

So, I know that fluctuating hormones mess with my mood a lot, but how about the condition of my skin...and I don't mean on my face. It seems that 2-3 weeks before my period, consistently for my last 6 or so cycles, the skin in my genital area gets dry. It feels like when I had exzema on my arms...tight, itchy, dry, dry, dry. I'm worried about putting anything on it, as the kind of moisturizer I use now may be too heavy, and I don't know if KY should really be used as a moisture lotion.

I've been tested within the last 7 months and have had protected sex 2 or three times in that time period, with a guy who seemed healthy enough and had told me he'd recently been tested (and seeing as he was extremely anal retentive, I believe him.), so I'm not worried that it's an STD, and this dryness would be the only symptom.

So, is this hormone related? What are your suggestions for treating/preventing it? Any similar experiences?

Thanks a bunch!


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JamsessionVT
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I have excema, on many places actually, and I know it is a HUGE pain in the neck...

The dry skin on you vaginal area could very well be excema. I still have it, and currently, it's on the inside of my elbows, the bottom of my feet, (as I found out today after a hastily scheduled doctors appointment!) around my knees, and, like you might, around my genital area. (It's a pain, isn't it??!)

I'd suggest, since it could be a host of other things, related to hormones, and seasons and whatnot, that you schedule a quick check with you Doc to see whats up (I did that for my feet...and pretty much everwhere else!) If it is in fact excema, they can give you a prescription, like Elidel, a topical steriod cream which works really well on excema. I wouldn't suggest using any lotion, since some can actually irritate the skin, not sooth it. If its around your pubic area, you could try a very SMALL amount of Vaseline, which is really good for small skin irritations and can help give your skin a bit of a moisture kick. However, if it is closer to your vagina, don't use and kind of petroleum product. It can cause yeast infections if it gets into your vagina and can trap nasty things.

A doctors opinion would be best, since it's kinda impossible for us to give you a diagnosis online

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