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Intimate flora

How can you respect it? All women should know that their best defense against genital infections is their own vaginal flora because it forms a natural protective barrier. Women must also learn to protect it and in the event of an infection, to restore it. The vagina is not a sterile cavity. Nearly a billion different […] [...] Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

Baby skin : Good habits

Naturally dry, baby skin tends to become more fragile when exposed to various aggressions, especially hard water, but also repeated bathing with overly harsh products which can alter and damage the skin. In order to protect the sensitive skin of babies, use a surgras, soap-free, pH-neutral cleanser for their daily bath. [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Intimate dryness

This is often confused with insufficient vaginal lubrication, something which is triggered by sexual desire. Intimate dryness however, is initially experienced as local discomfort throughout the day, and sometimes irritation. The mucous membranes of the vulva and/or vagina are pale, thinner and more fragile; they have lost their suppleness and elasticity. In some cases, fissures […] [...] Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

Perspiration is an important natural process

As much as we’d like to be free of it, perspiration is a natural phenomenon that is essential for good health.It plays three important roles:-It helps regulate body temperature, keeping it at a steady 37°C/98.6°F.-It helps the metabolism eliminate waste and toxins present in the body. -It helps keep the skin moisturized: sweat contributes to […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Sport and intimate hygiene

Since a sedentary lifestyle is our worst enemy, any type of sports activity is beneficial to our health. Exercice strengthens the muscles and bones, protects the heart and arteries, limits weight gain, reduces the risk of certain cancers, particularly breast cancer, protects the brain which is better irrigated and improves mood. However if exercise is […] [...] Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

Acne and diet

Acne sufferers and their parents have always suspected chocolate, pork and all “good things” of being responsible for acne and its aggravation. And these beliefs continue despite opposing medical opinion. But doctors’ are now changing their opinion!  Has this been proven? Studies first demonstrated the absence of acne in so-called primitive populations which have a […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Acne and smoking

The effects of smoking on acne are controversial; the risk of it aggravating acne in adult women seems plausible. Has this been proven? Several studies have investigated the link between acne and smoking with conflicting results. Some studies have shown that tobacco protects against or alleviates acne, which is thought to stem from its anti-inflammatory […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Acne and sun

It is often said that acne improves in summer and gets worse in winter. The autumn inflammatory flare-up is dreaded by all acne sufferers. Has this been proven? One study reports that in summer, 60% of acne sufferers see an improvement, 20% a worsening and 20% no change in their acne. In other studies, no […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Acne and stress

Acne can be a cause of stress and anxiety, but it is also well known that stress can trigger or exacerbate it.  Has this been proven? Several scientific studies have shown that the skin’s cells that secrete sebum are sensitive to nerve stimulation. A clinical study has revealed the onset of acne flare-ups in students […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Vaginal fungal infections

What is a fungal infection? Vaginal fungal infections occur when a fungus from the yeast family, most commonly Candida Albicans, which is initially harmless, has colonised too much of the vagina. They are very common, but not dangerous, affecting more than one in four women at least once in their lifetime. There is no risk […] [...] Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

Persistent intimate irritations

How can you get rid of them? Many women consult a doctor due to persistent intimate irritations which leave them in constant discomfort. Sexual relations become (or continue to be) painful and are increasingly dreaded. Many women worry and ask themselves questions about their irritations (Could I contaminate him? Am I washing myself properly? Will […] [...] Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

Blemished skin : Good habits

Cleanse your face morning and evening to remove all traces of bacteria, impurities and sebum, which can block or inflame the skin’s surface.  Use products specially designed for blemish-prone skin, enriched with seboregulating and bacteriostatic agents (to reduce excess sebum and blemishes), as well as moisturizing and surgras agents (to protect the skin and eliminate […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

Dry skin : Good habits

Avoid products that contain allergenic fragrances or preservatives which could cause skin reactions. Use cleansers containing moisturizing active ingredients (glycerine, milk protein, shea butter) and surgras agents which restore the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin. Avoid alcohol-based lotions which tend to dry out the skin, Pat dry the skin rather than rub. Avoid overheated […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

A beauty routine suited to your exercise regimen

September is the perfect month to get back into activities you may have neglected during the summer—especially exercise! Wondering how to best prepare your skin before a workout and what to do to make it glow after your exercise session? Read on for the scoop on how to pamper your skin before and after physical […] [...] Sabrina

Good habits

Don’t use shower gel to cleanse your intimate area because its pH is not suited to the vulvar flora which is more acid. Instead, use a specific cleanser with a soap-free, gentle cleansing base and a physiological pH. Wash your intimate area with your hand; don’t use a flannel, which is a breeding ground for […] [...] Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

Sensitive skin : Good habits

Avoid products that contain allergenic fragrances or preservatives that could cause skin reactions. Avoid overly harsh cleansers, which destroy the natural hydrolipidic film that protects the skin. Use soap-free cleansers or soaps containing surgras agents that restore the hydrolipidic film. Do not exfoliate too often! Make sure you use a very gentle exfoliant formulated for […] [...] Dr. Florence Poli

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Dr. Anne De Kevasdoué

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Questions / Answers

What is sensitive skin?

Dry, normal or oily, sensitive skin is skin that is physiologically or mechanically weakened. It is therefore easily irritated, having a low reaction threshold to an external stimulus.

Which ingredients are aggressive for the skin?

The main ingredients that are aggressive for the skin are:
– certain surfactants or cleansing agents: in fact, due to their dual polarity, they can damage the hydrolipidic film. Without protection, the skin becomes more sensitive to aggressions. The “surgras” agents contained in certain cleansers restore the damaged hydrolipidic film.
– fragrances, colourants, preservatives and some excipients can also cause reactions, either irritation or allergies. As regards fragrances, we formulate our products using specific fragrances selected to limit the risk of intolerance.

Can cleansers pose any risks to the skin?

They can pose two risks to the skin

– irritant reactions
These reactions may occur when the products contain harsh surfactants which damage the hydrolipidic film. This is why it is important to use suitable, well-formulated and preferably surgras cleansers to prevent this type of irritation. In addition, one to two showers a day is ample. In fact, washing yourself too often can unbalance the skin’s protective flora.

In fact, washing yourself too often can unbalance the skin’s protective flora.
– allergic reactions

Like any product applied on the skin, cleansers can cause allergic reactions. It is therefore important when developing a new product to avoid using any ingredient that is a known allergen, such as certain fragrances, preservatives and colourants, and to ensure clinical tests are conducted to confirm the product’s hypoallergenicity.

What is the difference between a soap and a syndet?

“Syndets” or “dermatological bars” are soap-free cleansing bars comprised mainly of gentle synthetic surfactants. Their use is justified on the face or body when soap is poorly tolerated or in the case of certain skin conditions. Soaps are produced by means of a saponification reaction, where a mixture of fats (commonly called triglyceride fatty acids) are treated with a strong base. They are more detersive. “Superfatted” soaps are enriched with lanolin, sweet almond oil and glycerine to restore the hydrolipidic film.

Is it absolutely necessary to use a cleanser to wash oneself or is water sufficient?

From a chemical perspective, the dirt that deposits on the skin is closer to oil than water. Water alone is therefore not enough. Only cleansers are capable of lifting the dirt from the skin, which can then be removed by rinsing with water.

How do surgras agents work?

The principle 
Rogé Cavaillès, the body care expert, continuously innovates to care for and protect the delicate and sensitive skin of the whole family, based on its renowned formulation: the addition of suitable “surgras” agents.
Our skin benefits from a natural protective layer called the hydrolipidic film, which protects the skin in several ways:

• It helps form the cutaneous barrier, shielding against external aggressions.
• It keeps the skin hydrated and supple by retaining moisture.
• It fights germs by protecting the skin’s beneficial flora.

The effectiveness of surgras agents 
Hard water, temperature changes and the use of drying treatments and overly harsh cleansers can damage this film. The skin can then no longer serve as a protective barrier: it loses moisture, becomes dry, and is no longer supple.
Surgras agents form a special bond with the skin that prevents them from being rinsed off, leaving a protective layer on the skin.

Benefits to sensitive skin
Improved natural protection against external aggressions.
• Optimal hydration.

Should I use a specific product to wash my baby?

Your baby’s skin is different to that of an adult. It is therefore important to wash it with a specific product which has:
– a very gentle cleansing base.
– a light fragrance.
– no colourant.
– surgras agents which will help protect your baby’s skin.
​Specific products have proven their very high tolerance on babies’ skin, making them completely safe to use.

I've got a fungal infection, what should I do?

If you’re suffering from a fungal infection, consult a doctor. At the same time, wash your underwear thoroughly at 60°C to destroy the fungi. Also, use a specific intimate hygiene product with an alkaline pH, which will help calm the irritation and itching associated with the infection.

Why do women suffer from fungal infections?

The most common fungus is Candida Albicans. This is why fungal infections are also referred to as candidiasis. And again, it all boils down to whether the vaginal ecosystem is balanced or unbalanced. All it takes is a course of antibiotics, an unsuitable hygiene product or sometimes poorly-controlled diabetes, and the fungi start to grow. 70% of cases of candidiasis (thrush), or fungal infection are due to internal causes: an imbalance of the vaginal flora.

How many times a day should I wash my intimate area?

Excessive intimate hygiene with an unsuitable cleanser weakens the mucous membranes. The vulvovaginal flora then changes and no longer performs its defensive role, allowing the growth of certain microbes which are responsible for causing unpleasant local irritation. To preserve the flora’s natural balance, there is no need to wash the area more than once or twice a day.

What simple hygiene rules should I follow to prevent irritation and itching?

– Avoid clothes that are too tight-fitting between the legs, plastic-coated sanitary towels and panty liners which increase the likelihood of maceration.
– Choose cotton rather than synthetic underwear.
– Change your underwear daily.
– Do not irritate your mucous membranes by using an unsuitable hygiene product.
– If you are sensitive to vulvar itching or irritations, consider switching the laundry powder you use to wash your underwear for a hypoallergenic one.
– Avoid the local use of fragrances (scented toilet paper, intimate deodorants or eau de toilette), which are unsuitable and potential irritants for your skin and mucous membranes.

During my period, how often should I change my tampon or sanitary towel?

The main thing is to avoid maceration. Whether you prefer tampons or sanitary towels, you should change them at least every four hours. If you leave the blood and secretions to stagnate for too long, they can become a breeding ground and encourage proliferation of a bacteria called Gardnerella.

Why should I use a specific product for my intimate hygiene?

To maintain healthy vulvovaginal flora, the pH must be kept at a certain leval of acidity (pH 5.5). It is therefore important to use products with a physiological pH (5.5) that enables the lactobacilli (or Döderlein bacilli) to grow properly and prevent the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria. It is equally important to use a product with a very gentle cleansing base which does not attack the mucous membranes and preferably one that is also hypoallergenic.

Why do we need to respect the vulvovaginal flora when washing ourselves?

The Döderlein bacillus (or Lactobacillus) can secrete certain substances such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and lactic acid, which protect against infections. In fact, these two substances prevent the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria. They also help maintain the vagina’s correct level of acidity, which is between pH 3.8 and 4.5. If for any reason the Döderlein bacilli are destroyed or their numbers drop to an insufficient level (after taking antibiotics or with inappropriate hygiene, for example), then the other vaginal bacteria start to grow and this imbalance causes an infection. The best form of protection of this fragile ecosystem is to wash the intimate area with a suitable product that has a soap-free gentle cleansing base and a physiological pH.

What is the vulvovaginal flora?

The vulvovaginal flora is an ecosystem that needs to be protected. It is composed of a community of protective bacteria. When all is well, all of these protective bacteria live together in harmony. In fact, when girls are born, their vagina is colonised by a beneficial bacterial flora. During puberty, the vaginal secretions increase and the flora changes to become that of a woman. The most important bacteria is called Döderlein bacillus, also called lactobacillus.

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