Do Bath Bombs Cause Yeast Infections?
Do Bath Bombs Cause Yeast Infections?
Bath bombs take your bath to w whole new level. They offer fantastic sensual and visual effects and many of them have relaxing or even healing qualities. However, if you look at the ingredient list, bath bombs are not that pretty anymore. I looked at the ingredient lists of the most popular bath bombs on Amazon and I found some potentially harsh and irritating or yeast infection inducing chemicals, such as:
- Polyethylene Glycol
Now I explain how each of these ingredients can mess up your vaginal health and make you more prone to a yeast infection:
Bath bombs smell divine, but it’s usually because of high amounts of fragrance they release into the water. The fragrance can change your vaginal pH increasing your likelihood of getting a vaginal yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. It’s best to steer clear of anything perfumed when it comes to vaginal care. Ditch perfumed bath bombs, scented feminine washes and wipes and go for fragrance-free products instead.
Glitter and Dyes
These ingredients are usually abrasive and they can cause micro-injuries on your vulva and vagina. Those micro cuts are a perfect breeding ground for harmful yeast and bacteria, so make sure glitter and dyes don’t get anywhere near your vagina.
For some reason, some bath bombs contain sugar. Yeast feed on sugar, so you want to make sure it doesn’t come in contact with your vagina if you want to stay yeast infection free.
First of all Polyethylene Glycol is an irritating ingredient which can make your vagina more prone to infections. Apart from that, it’s often contaminated with toxic compounds such ethylene oxide, dioxane and heavy metals all of which present different health risks. Some studies link polyethylene glycol to cancer, so it’s best to avoid it coming in contact with your skin.
So Should I Ditch Bath Bombs Altogether?
Not at all! Fortunately, there are bath bombs that contain only natural ingredients, and some of those ingredients have got an antifungal effect (they kill the yeast that causes infections). I found Organic Bath Bombs by HanZa that contain only natural ingredients. Take a look at the ingredient list.
Essential Oils, Virgin Shea Butter, Natural Clays, Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Sustainable Palm Oil, Water, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Citric Acid.
Not only are the ingredients non-irritating, but some of them have been scientifically shown to relieve yeast infection symptoms. There’s a variety of essential oils that kill yeast cells, the best-documented ones are lavender oil and tea tree oil. In one of my articles I recommend using coconut oil suppositories mixed with tea tree oil for vaginal yeast infection, many women use it with great results. And I also found a study that proves the effectiveness of baking soda in killing Candida (yeast) cells. So, HanZa bath balls seem like an excellent option for bath bomb lovers who want to look after their vaginal health at the same time.
What can I do to cut the Risk of Getting a Yeast Infection After a Bath?
There are many things you can do to make sure taking a bath will not trigger a vaginal yeast infection:
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your bath instead of a bath bomb. You can check my list of antifungal essential oils here.
- If you want to use a bath bomb, don’t use it every time you bathe and always choose 100% natural products.
- After using a bath bomb, take a shower to rinse it completely off your body and vagina.
- Also, ever sit in the bath for too long. A warm humid environment is perfect for the yeast to thrive. Limit your bath time to 30 min once a week to cut your risk of developing a yeast infection.
What should I do if I’ve Already got a Yeast Infection?
First of all, don’t take a bath! Keep your vaginal area cool and dry at all times. It’s best to take a quick shower and then dry your vagina carefully. While you’re recovering, it’s best to sleep naked (or simply without your bottoms) and wear loose fitting clothes during the day, preferably made of cotton or silk to keep the area airy and dry.
Another thing you have to do is start an antifungal treatment with Monistat or Boric Acid Suppositories. To speed up your recovery, you can also take probiotic supplements for women or eat probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that produce lactic acid. They help create an environment in your vagina that is unfavorable to yeast, helping you get rid of your yeast infection faster.
What Can I do to Prevent Yeast Infections in Future?
- Cut your alcohol and caffeine intake
- Avoid synthetic fabrics and tight fitting clothes
- If you take contraceptive pills, it’s best if they’re low on estrogen or pick progestin-only pills
- If you often swim in the swimming pool, used a probiotic suppository after your swimming session and change into dry clothes as soon as you’re out of the pool
- For more tips check my article about preventing vaginal yeast infections
Although bath bombs are a feast for your senses, it’s important to use them sensibly. First of all, read the label and make sure it’s got no artificial fragrances and dyes or other harmful chemicals. Another important thing is to avoid glitter at all costs!
Once you’ve found your 100% natural, organic bath bombs you love, don’t use them every time you bathe, only from time to time. When you do use them, take a shower after you finish our bath to wash off all bath bomb residues from your body. Remember that if you often take a bath, you increase your risk of getting vaginal infections and UTIs. Showering is much better for your vaginal health!
I’d love to hear about your experiences with bath bombs. have you tried using 100% natural ones? Please share your experiences and questions in the comment section below