Pimples in the pubic area usually are inflamed hair follicles. Irritation is a frequent cause of the condition, known medically as folliculitis, as is infection with bacteria, yeast or a fungus. Hair removal, whether via shaving, plucking or waxing, is often the culprit. Friction and tight-fitting clothing also can contribute. The pimples can generally be cleared up if the aggravating factors are removed.
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Stop shaving for a while, and avoid other hair removal methods. To let the follicles recover from their irritated state, let the hair grow for a month or a month and a half before resuming removal. When you do begin again, use a mild hydrocortisone lotion after shaving to keep down irritation.
Keep clean. Since bacteria and other microorganisms in the pubic area can be a factor in the pimples, it is important to keep such germs to a minimum. Soap and water might be adequate, but you also can try a body wash containing benzoyl peroxide.
Dry the affected area thoroughly. Dampness and sweat in the pubic area can exacerbate the folliculitis. You can use a towel or try a blow dryer two to three times per day.
Apply a medicated powder. Used daily, such a product can help maintain a dry environment and cut down on friction.
Consider permanent hair removal. If your case is severe and does not respond to the typical treatments, you can attack the problem at its cause by getting rid of the hair. Methods include electrolysis and laser, though laser hair removal might not be truly permanent.
How to Get Rid of Pimples in the Pubic Area
Tips and warnings
- If the folliculitis pimples are caused by bacteria, they can be contagious, so you should avoid skin-to-skin contact with others until the problem has gone away.
- Recurrences are common, so repeat treatment might be necessary.
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