GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL

GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL

The importance of maintaining good hygiene in the intimate areas of the body cannot be emphasized enough. This is a topic seldom spoken in public and most people are uncomfortable discussing it even with their friends. But hygiene of private parts is a serious matter and it must be given the same time and consideration that we give to the hygiene of the rest of our bodies. It is an issue that every person man, woman or child must take seriously because it can have implications on one’s overall health.

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When the private parts are not cleaned regularly, a sticky white substance called smegma starts collecting. It is a natural secretion by the body and it must be cleaned off every day. While some amount of smegma in the region will cause no harm, days of smegma accumulation will certainly cause some issues. Apart from causing itching and swelling, smegma also becomes a hotbed of bacterial infection.

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Then, there are infections that are caused either by ingesting antibiotics (which may cause hormonal imbalances and result in bodily secretions), short term illness or too much sugar in the diet. These result in secretions that emit a foul odour and make the intimate areas itchy. They must be checked by a doctor and examined for signs of a deeper malaise.

GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL
GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL

However, basic private parts hygiene must be followed, hence:

For children: Every time you give your children a bath, instruct them to wash their private parts with mild soap and water (a soap-like Dettol Skin Care bar soap is best). Do not do this yourself teach your children that only they can touch their pubic area and buttocks. Teach them the process step by step: Start by saying, “Take the soap in your hand, now work up a lather,” then go on to teach them to apply the soap on their private parts and then washing clean with water. Hand them a clean towel and ask them to wipe the area dry before wiping the rest of the body. When the time for taking showers alone finally arrives, your children will know how to clean themselves properly to maintain good hygiene of the private parts.

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For women: Women experience menstruation and vaginal discharge, so it is vital to keep their intimate areas clean and dry. A lot of women use vaginal washes during their bath but these must be used only on doctor’s instructions and only if there are no cervical or vaginal infections already present. Cleaning the labia and vulva every day to prevent an accumulation of smegma is important. Women must also keep the anal opening clean so that bacterial infections do not spread to the urinary opening and the vagina. Many doctors recommend washing the private parts before and after sexual intercourse to prevent infections and to feel fresh. The Dettol Gold bar soap is best for cleaning the private areas.

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For men: For most men, the simple practice of slipping back the foreskin to clean the smegma collected under it is all that is needed. If not cleaned regularly, it can cause itching, soreness and even difficulty in pulling the foreskin back. Use of soap and water to clean the private parts is sufficient. Some men might experience boils and rashes on their private parts after sex – these could be a sign of a localised infection (such as thrush) or an STD picked up from the sexual partner. Hence, it is a good practice to wear a condom during sex and to wash off the penis afterwards.

Healthy Skin

GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL
GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL

Unearthing the mysteries of the body’s largest organ. Skin is the largest human organ, covering the entire body and holding around 20% of your body’s water.  It’s full of lipids and proteins to keep your skin healthy and moisturized and skin has vital health protection functions such as protecting us from infection and helping to regulate our temperature so look after your skin, it does more than you think! It’s something we often take for granted but our skin has four health protection functions, all of which help us stay healthy and even protects us from danger.

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Protection

Your skin is your first line of defence from the outside world and acts as a protective layer for our bodies. It is an effective ‘natural filter’ against infection and harmful unwanted bacteria.

Temperature regulation

Your skin is vital in keeping the body at its optimum temperature of 37°C and protecting it from the extremes of heat and cold. When you are hot, blood vessels dilate below the skin and the body perspires to lower your temperature. Conversely when cold, blood vessels under the skin constrict to reduce blood flow to maintain your core temperature by reducing heat loss.

GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL
GOOD HYGIENE: DETTOL

Defence mechanism

The skin works with your immune system and can recognize infectious agents to trigger the body’s natural defences.

Touch and feel

Skin is covered in millions of highly sensitive nerve endings that enable you to sense heat, warmth and cold and so you can sense and feel what’s on and against your skin. Those nerve endings send messages to your brain to protect the body from danger and so you can literally feel your way around the world.

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How can Dettol help keep your skin healthy?

Hand and personal hygiene play a critical role in preventing the spread of illness and infection. Poor personal hygiene can cause infection, skin complaints, unpleasant smells and bacterial or other skin infections. Skin is our first line of defence from the outside world and by keeping skin clean and moisturized, the barrier function will stay intact and overall health and appearance of the skin will be improved.

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Every day your hands come into contact with bacteria, from using the toilet to just touching surfaces around you. As a result, hand hygiene is particularly important, as contaminated hands and failure to practise good hand hygiene are primary contributors to the spread of infectious diseases. We have a broad range of products, from the iconic Dettol Original bar soap to our skincare range and even products to help you feel fresh all day long.  Go to Our Products to see the full range and find a product that’s right for you.

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