A sensitive barrier between the body and the environment
The skin is a barrier between the body and the outside world, as well as a delicate sensory organ and protective coating to the body, concentrating a myriad of functions and playing an important role in our well-being.
The skin in intimate areas
- serves as a barrier against mechanical stresses and harmful outside influences
- protects against dehydration
- possesses a special network of nerves which can protect against injury
- is responsible for the (pleasant and unpleasant) sensations of touch.
These vital functions can only be fulfilled by the skin in intimate areas if it is in good condition.
The skin in intimate areas contains a number of sebaceous glands which produce a protective, lubricating film. The outer layer of skin (epidermis) is kept elastic, smooth and impenetrable. Small wounds and cracks are thus prevented, or are spanned by a natural layer of fat, giving germs little chance of becoming established.
In the genital region in particular, the skin is generally sensitive and highly susceptible due to thousands upon thousands of nerve cells. Issues such as dry skin, itching and burning are therefore perceived as extremely unpleasant.
The nature of the skin varies from person to person, and its condition is also influenced by sexual hormones. If there is a hormone deficiency, for instance, the skin in intimate areas becomes thin and is more susceptible to damage – factors which increase as we grow older. As life goes on, the thickness and elasticity of the skin diminishes.
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