Managing Acne on Inner Labia
Pimples in and around labia minora are extremely common, especially in young adulthood. They can be managed easily, once we understand the causes for their occurrence.
Reasons for Getting Pimples on Labia
Just as you get pimples on any other part of your body, you may get it there. It is the clogging-up of the sebaceous glands that lead to formation of small lumps called pimples.
Vaginal lips are prone to pimple formation due to two reasons:
- Moistness getting collected there
- Presence of many oil secreting glands
This moistness, along with tissue debris, may block the minute ducts that are draining numerous tiny glands in the region. A blocked duct is unable to drain its secretions, and very soon a swelling appears.
Why Genital Pimples Increase During Menses?
This is because during menses, the moistness of the vaginal region increases, making it more favorable for labia pimples to grow. Just keeping the area clean and dry would help.
Common Reasons for Labia Pimples Getting Infected
- Squeezing or scratching the pimples with your hands- This is the commonest way those bumps get infected. There are many bacteria on the skin of our hands as well as on that area. On scratching, the outer covering membrane is mildly breached, letting the bacteria go inside. Once infected, the pimples swell, become painful and turn red. They are then treated by topical antibiotics.
- Poor hygiene in the area.
- Improper aeration in the groin region due to tight underwear leads to accumulation of moisture. This promotes the growth of bacteria there.
- Wearing underwear made up of non-cotton fabrics is another cause. Fabrics other than cotton are not able to absorb extra moisture in the area.
- Shaving the area while having pimples may injure them and eventually lead to infection.
Inner labia pimples need extra care. No medication is required if they are not infected. Just do the following:
- Keep the area clean and dry.
- Never pop or squeeze the pimple on your labia.
- Wear loose cotton undergarments to keep the region dry and moisture free.
- Have lots of water and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid fried and fatty foodstuff.
- If the pimple is painful, it may be tense due to the pus collected inside. To ease this tension, try warm compress over it to soften the overlying skin. Slowly, the pimple would start draining.
- If you feel the pimple on your labia is infected, apply a topical antibiotic cream over it.