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Pimples on labia? 4 reasons why they happen and how to get rid of them

If you have a pimple on your labia, you're not alone because many women suffer from this issue. But for relief follow these tips.
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Aayushi Gupta Published: 9 Feb 2022, 17:48 pm IST
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Dryness of the skin, spots, and wrinkles may not be as bothersome as the development of acne, especially if it’s on your labia. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, although many women experience acne in their vaginal area. Have you ever had pimples on your labia?

Well, if you do not know what is the cause of pimples on the labia and how it can be treated, we are here to help you. For those who don’t know what labia is, let us explain. It is the fleshy outer lips of the vulva.

Before we go any further, you should know that pimples on the labia are different from genital herpes, so do not confuse them with each other. Dr Madhuri Burande Laha, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, helped HealthShots to understand the causes behind pimples on labia.

Causes behind pimples on the labia:

1. Folliculitis

Pimples around the vagina can be seen owing to the infection of the hair follicle because of bacteria. Shaving the pubic hair causes folliculitis. Since the hair grows out of the follicle, it curls back toward the skin, and there is irritation and pimples.

2. Contact dermatitis

This is a rash caused when the skin comes into contact with an allergen or with an irritant like a harsh chemical substance. So, the pimple can be seen due to bubble baths, soaps, perfumes, powders, sanitary pads, tampons, condoms, or lubricants, says Dr Laha.

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Dermatitis irritates your skin or triggers an allergic reaction. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection which is caused by poxvirus. As a result of this condition, it causes pimples on the genitals as well as other body parts. This condition may appear anywhere on your body. Remember, this condition only spreads through contact with an infected person or a contaminated object.

4. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic condition featuring lumps in places such as the armpits or groin. It is also called acne inversa that leads to pimples in the vulvar area. If you have this condition, you may experience rashes, acne, bump, ulcer, itching, sweating, and swelling.

How to treat the pimple on the labia?

1. Wear loose undergarments

Avoid wearing tight underwear. Use underwear made of a breathable fabric like cotton. You will have to keep the area dry and cool. Wash the area with water and use a soft towel to dry it, suggest Dr Laha.

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2. Maintain good personal hygiene

You need to take a shower if you tend to sweat a lot.

Also, read: For the simplest and safest way to wash your vagina, click here!

3. Avoid using chemical products in the vagina

Do not use powder, perfume, or any other scented product that can lead to itching and pimples.

4. Medication

Your doctor will suggest appropriate medication after examining you. Or you will also be given a cream to apply.

5. Do not shave around the vagina

Doing so can lead to pimples in the vaginal region.

Follow these tips for quick relief!

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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