Home Care for Genital Area Pimples in Women
Pimples in the vaginal area are common among teens, early adulthood and even in the later years of female life. Reasons are many and differ from case to case. To manage these pimples effectively, it would be a good idea to understand the causes behind them.
Causes of Vaginal Acne
- During teens and early adult life, there is an excessive sweating and oil production in genital area. This is to aid lubrication during sexual activities. These excessive secretions, along with dead cell debris or dirt lying there, may clog the skin pores and lead to a bump like lesion- an acne.
- Wearing tight underwears made up of non-absorbent cloth may trap moisture in the pubic region. This makes grounds for pimple formation.
- Infection like herpes and STDs produce lesions which resemble acne in appearance. They are identified by their accompanying signs and symptoms, which are discussed below.
Blackheads are common over the genital region. Basically, a blackhead, also called comedo, is nothing but a mild acne. It is formed when the pore of a hair follicle gets clogged up with dead cells, sebum and dirt.
If its covered with skin, we call it a white head. When not covered with skin, its contents get exposed to air and become oxidized. They show as a blackish material and the comedo is called a black head.
A comedo may swell up or clog further to become a pimple. While a pimple is big and may get infected, blackhead are small and don’t get infected.
Self assess whether this is a simple acne or an infection such as an STD, which is presenting with acne like lesions.
Infections would show other signs too, besides acne. These include vaginal discharge, burning, itching, redness and swelling. Read more on distinguishing between simple vaginal acne and STD lesions. For all infections, you need to see a doctor. Medical treatment would be necessary.
However, more commonly pimples are due to clogged skin pores. Sometimes we sweat too much, as in teenage and early adult life. Sweat and sebum may lead to pimple formation just like anywhere else in the body.
Such pimples are controlled by keeping the area clean and dry. A daily wash with gentle exfoliation with a cloth or loofah is recommended. Baby powder may be applied to maintain dryness, but only on the skin and not the pink mucosa. You may apply it on the outer labia and adjoining skin. Avoid putting it on mucosal surfaces.
Self Care to Get Rid of Vaginal Pimples
- Wash the area with plain water twice a day. You may do it once while bathing and once before bedtime. No soaps or gels are required for washing this region. They are actually bad for the overall vaginal health and make it prone to pimple formation. Read more on washing the vagina.
- Wear cotton panties, at least at bed time, which will absorb any extra moisture.
- Let the panties be loose and breathable.
- Avoid eating too much of fried and greasy stuffs. They aid in pimple production. Instead, eat more of green leafy vegetables and fresh seasonal fruits. They are natural purifier for the skin and blood.
- Drink lots of water and fruit juices.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol. These drinks are dehydrating for the skin. Although it may seem counterintuitive, but dry genital skin is more prone to pimple formation.
- Eating fresh yogurt may aid in quicker recovery. Yogurt contains friendly bacteria, that help in maintaining an ideal pH in the genital region.
- Exercising on a daily basis is essential. Stay active; it allows your skin to breathe and let your blood flowing efficiently throughout the body. Besides exercising is the only way we move lymph in our lymphatic channels. Cleaner lymphatic channels would cause reduction in pimples on the body.
What to Do if a Pimple Gets Infected?
Never pop or squeeze your vaginal acne. This would only traumatize and infect it.
An infected pimple needs to be kept clean and dry. You may try warm compress over it so that it gradually softens. As its outer covering softens, it may slowly drain out the pus.
Drainage of pus eases tension and relieves pain immediately.
You may need to apply a topical antibiotic, like mupirocin (bactroban) over the infected pimple for 3 to 5 days.
Make sure that pus doesn’t come in contact with the surrounding area. This may infect other areas and result in formation of more pimples.