Vaginal pimples are a global female dilemma, particularly the bumps that frequently appear just days, even hours, after every shave. While not a cause for alarm, vaginal pimples can be significantly discomfiting and unpleasant to look at and warrant a trip to the top dermatologist in Lahore.
Read on to see which of the following conditions are the source of your post-shave pimples, and an additional safe-shaving guide:
Perhaps the most common culprit behind vaginal pimples, ingrown hair is the result of shaving in the wrong direction, i.e. sideways or against the grain (opposite to the direction of hair growth). This improperly shaved hair regrows in the wrong direction, hence forming the characteristic small, sometimes prickly, raised bumps. People with curly pubic hair are also highly susceptible to ingrown hair.
Such pimples usually disappear on their own. However, consult your doctor if they start getting bigger, warmer, or more tender, which may indicate an infection.
An unexplained itch accompanied by red-coloured rashes may indicate a razor burn. In some cases, small red bumps that are tender to the touch and emit burning sensations may also appear over the vaginal area. Also, they may occur throughout or only appear in one small patch despite shaving the entire area at the same time.
Like ingrown hair, pimples caused by razor burns usually resolve on their own. Just avoid shaving for a few weeks, and try an oatmeal bath, warm compress, or direct raw honey application in case of pain and itchiness.
The hypersensitive nature of the vaginal area makes it highly susceptible to breakouts with even the slightest irritation. Dry shaving or shaving against the grain can be one such irritant, resulting in itchy, red pimples all over the vagina. Contact dermatitis may also result from certain creams, detergents, soaps, or deodorants.
In addition to avoiding the source cause, applying bland petroleum jelly or soaking in a warm bath infused with 5 tablespoons of baking soda for 10-15 minutes can provide significant itch-relief.
Ingrown pubic hair, or shaved hair that curls backward into the skin during regrowth can result in an infection in the vaginal area. Characterised by pus-filled bumps and red, swollen and inflamed vaginal skin, post-shave folliculitis can also be contracted from a dirty or moist razor that transfers the accumulated bacteria or fungi on the skin while shaving. It is further aggravated by sweaty and tight clothing.
Like all other shave-induced bumps, folliculitis pimples clear up on their own. Meanwhile, the pain and itchiness can be relieved through oral antihistamines.
How To Shave Properly:
- Before shaving, trim the area with sterilized baby scissors to keep the hair from getting caught in the razor.
- Take a quick warm (not hot) shower to soften the hair follicles and ease shaving
- Remove dead skin cells and bring ingrown hairs to the surface with a body brush.
- Apply a fragrance-free antibacterial wash and shaving cream with soothing ingredients as a preliminary precaution against infection and irritation resulting from cuts while shaving.
- Pull the skin taut with one hand and move the razor from bottom to top in the direction of hair growth. Shave slowly and section-wise using short strokes
- Pat dry after washing instead of roughly rubbing the skin.
- Trap the moisture to prevent clothing-induced irritation and pimples with a special rash-reducing cream.
- Apply aloe vera or hydrocortisone cream twice daily to eliminate any stray bumps and pimples.
- If pimples persist, consider alternate hair removal methods like hair removal creams, waxing, laser treatment, or electrolysis.
Note:Never pop a vaginal pimple as it can cause irritation and infection by spreading bacteria. Pimples may also increase in size and fill with pus, resulting in tenderness and pain. Also, avoid shaving too frequently and wear loose-fitting cotton underwear and trousers for a few days after shaving.
Post-shave vaginal pimples are generally not a cause for concern. Contact your doctor, however, if the pimples evolve into pus-filled boils or appear after intercourse with your partner as they could indicate an STD. You can also book an appointment with a top Dermatologist in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through oladoc.com or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your vaginal concerns.
About the Writer:
Yashfa Marrium is a freelance writer and health enthusiast. You can reach her at [email protected]