What to Do When You Have Pimples on Your Labia

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Acne is a skin condition that millions of Americans suffer from. Pimples, one type of acne, are generally harmless---they're usually just annoying, unsightly and slightly uncomfortable. But when pimples occur on sensitive areas of the skin, like around the genitals, they can become a problem that needs to be dealt with promptly.

What Are Pimples?

  • Pimples are small skin sores that are caused by obstructed or infected pores. Our skin consists of millions of tiny pores, which are attached to oil glands. When the oil glands are blocked with dirt, pimples form. Pimples can arise anywhere on the human body, even in places we'd least want them to appear.

Causes of Labia Pimples

  • There are six main reasons why pimples can develop on the female labia: poor hygiene, poor diet, hormones, stress, drugs and ingrown hairs. Poor hygiene plays a major role in acne development: When you fail to keep your genitals clean, pimples may emerge there. Depending on the individual, consuming certain foods may cause labia pimples, according to Healthy-skin-guide.com. Women experiencing pregnancy, menopause or puberty may experience pimples on the labia due to fluctuating hormones. Stress is also a major causes of acne, even around the labia. Pimples may also arise due to drug side effects. Ingrown hairs may induce pimples, which, if shaved, may irritate the skin further and cause more pimples.

Treatment of Labia Pimples

  • Pimples on the labia will usually go away on their own if you leave them alone. If you have pimples on or around the labia, don't touch or agitate them.

    If pimples don't go away on their own, there are several remedies that may help reduce discomfort and heal your skin quickly. Always wash your skin gently with oil-free and antibacterial cleaners, according to Medicalnewstoday.com. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it so you don't agitate your skin. Wear cotton underwear---it absorbs sweat better than other materials. There are also many acne treatments that are safe to use for labia pimples that you can buy at your local drugstore. If pimple discomfort persists or current acne conditions worsen, consult with a doctor.

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