Once in a while when you brush your hand over your lady parts you feel a nasty bump and gasp! You poke it or even worse, squeeze the life out of it but pain deters you from proceeding. If this scenario seems familiar to you, then you do know that we are talking about vaginal zits.
Although the condition can be bit troublesome, it isn’t hazardous to health. Often the pimples on the vagina disappear in a week’s time.
Causes Of Vaginal Acne
The causes of vaginal acne can range from mild irritation to full-fledged fungal infection. It’s always good to know what caused them so that we can deal with them in the right way.
1. Allergic Reactions
If the skin on your groin is has been irritated due to friction or chemicals, an allergy sets in. It presents as vaginal acne and is also known as contact dermatitis. Usually it’ seen in women who indulge their private parts with perfumed products, use snug-fitting underwear or don’t keep their groins dry.
Practicing good intimate hygiene is the best way to keep vaginal zits due to allergy at bay.
2. Ingrown Hairs
Many women prefer the razor over wax strips due to convenience. Unfortunately, the ease of shaving comes at a cost and leads to issues like ingrown hairs and infection of the hair follicles. As the skin around the vagina is pretty sensitive and soft, being gentle is crucial while shaving.
Keep vaginal zits at bay. Chuck the razor and opt for the bikini wax instead.
3. Acne Inversa
This is a chronic condition affecting sweat glands. Also known as Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), it’ seen in the armpits, groin, and buttocks. The characteristic feature is moderate-sized lumps under the skin filled with pus and are tender to touch.
It’s a very rare condition and can be managed with supportive treatments.
4. Molluscum contagiosum
It’s a viral infection that causes pimples all over the body, including the crotch. Usually, it subsides with medications or surgical drainage.
Ways To Manage Pimples On The Vagina
Identifying the cause of vaginal pimples is the key to determining how to treat them. Regardless of the cause, here are steps you need to take to get rid of them soon.
1. Keep Irritants Away
Be mindful about what you do with your body and this includes your genitals too. If you use perfumed soaps, deo, or creams around your genital, stop that right away. Even using fragrant detergents to wash undergarments can trigger an allergy. Clean up after you have intercourse as remnants of semen could foster not only acne but also vaginal infections.1
Prefer waxing over shaving. Wear clean and breathable undergarments that are made of cotton. Synthetic fabrics are notorious for trapping sweat and aggravating the infection.
2. Follow Hygiene To The T
Don’t compromise with maintaining hygiene of intimate areas at any cost. Regardless of your activity levels, you need to keep your lady parts clean and free from trapped moisture or sweat. Bacteria and fungi love to breed in the cold and dark corners of your body like your vagina.
Wash your genital area daily with warm water. Soap is not required but if you really want to use one, go for an extremely mild one that doesn’t affect the pH of the vagina. Change your tampons or sanitary napkins every 4 hours during your period and avoid douching.
3. Never Squeeze Vaginal Pimples
Pretty much like pimples on the face, squeezing one on the vagina is the best way to spread the infection to deeper tissues. In fact, it even increases the chances of recurrence of a pimple. The best thing to do is to let your immunity work at destroying the zit by itself. All you’ve got to do is wait.
4. Try Heat Therapy
Applying heat using a warm towel is a good way to inhibit bacterial growth. Just use a clean towel soaked in lukewarm water for the purpose. Ensure that you wring it well before keeping it on the pimple. To enhance the antibacterial activity add a teaspoon to turmeric and salt to the warm water.
If a pimple is too painful or limiting you from moving about, it’s best to consult a gynecologist without delay. Vaginal pimples are nothing to freak about. You just have to follow the steps above to prevent them or manage them.
|↑1||Fashemi, Bisiayo, Mary L. Delaney, Andrew B. Onderdonk, and Raina N. Fichorova. “Effects of feminine hygiene products on the vaginal mucosal biome.” Microbial ecology in health and disease 24, no. 1 (2013): 19703.|