What Women Should Know About Vaginal Acne And 5 Tips On How To Prevent These Annoying Pimples

Lifestyle & Health

July 27, 2018 15:24 By Fabiosa

Acne likes to show up in the most unexpected places at the most inappropriate times. The only areas of your skin that can’t be affected by acne are your palms and soles. And there’s one particular area where these annoying pimples can appear unexpectedly, and the mere sound of it is enough to make you cringe: vaginal acne.

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Acne on your lady parts can appear various reasons, including hormonal imbalance and lack of proper hygiene. Vaginal acne is different from razor burns and ingrown hairs, and it should be treated differently. Below, we list some of the tips to help you get rid of the problem and prevent it from reoccurring.

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How to treat and prevent vaginal acne: 5 tips

1. Don’t shave your nether regions too often

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Although ingrown hairs and vaginal acne are two separate problems, frequent hair removal can actually make vaginal acne worse and increase the risk of infection. Use only clean blades and change them after two or three uses, as they can worsen the irritation if they aren’t sharp. Also, don’t forget to moisturize the area after shaving.

2. Wear panties made from natural fabrics and avoid thongs

When it comes to choosing underwear, regular cotton panties are the best option. They are comfortable, breathable, and they also minimize friction during movement. To prevent harmful bacteria from growing down there and causing acne, you may also sleep naked to keep the area dry and ventilated.

3. Wash your lady parts with gentle soaps

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Harsh soaps can make vaginal acne worse and disrupt bacterial balance down there. When choosing a product to wash you your lady parts, opt for gentle soaps, like baby soaps and natural soaps containing mild antibacterial ingredients, e.g. oregano oil or tea tree oil.

4. Restore hormonal balance

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Hormonal imbalance is one of the most common causes of vaginal acne. While there are some serious medical causes of hormonal imbalance, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), that require medical treatment, mild hormonal imbalance can be treated naturally. Eating a healthier diet can help with that; focus on fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and healthful fats, such as omega-3s. Also, you may want to include soy products into your diet, as they contain phytoestrogens, which may help balance your sex hormones.

5. Give over-the-counter medicines a try

If the tips listed above aren’t particularly helpful, it may be time to treat the problem with pharmacy-bought products. Ask a pharmacist which product is best for the delicate area, and make sure to apply it only to the areas of skin where hair grows.

Source: Reader's Digest, Allure, Prevention

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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