What does pH balance mean?
Posted on December 01 2016
“pH balanced for a woman”
Is this real? It sounds like a marketing ploy. Many of us remember a TV commercial (for deodorant I believe) which made this point quite strongly.
I know that many people remember this phrase because of the number of times I get asked about what it means. What is the meaning of terms such as pH, Acidity, and Alkalinity. And they ask: “Does it Matter for me?”
The answer is yes, it matters. In fact it matters quite a bit for products applied vaginally. Products such as soaps and lotions which have a higher (“more alkaline”) pH than the skin on which they are applied have an increased likelihood of being irritating and drying.
The facts on soaps and cleansers and pH:
- Soaps can have a pH of 10.
- Water has a pH of 7
- Body cleansers “pH balanced” for the skin may have lower (“more acidic”) pH levels, as low as 5.5 (the normal pH of skin on our bodies).
- But, the vaginal area has a pH of 3.5-4.5.
Also, the vaginal area relies on having this low pH to limit the growth of irritation and odor causing bacteria and yeast.
Products applied to the vaginal area should thus have a pH of between 3.5 and 4.5 to minimize the likelihood of being drying or irritating. This is why we created PrevaLeaf Cleanse with a pH of around 4.1, and why all PrevaLeaf products have a pH of between 3.5 and 4.5.