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    Pimples on Labia: 4 Main Reasons They Happen

    Updated 03 February 2023 |
    Published 07 March 2019
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    Reviewed by Andrei Marhol, PhD, Flo lead medical advisor, Lithuania
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    Your genitals are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, and you’ll probably notice quickly if something’s different about them. Vaginal pimples are usually not a sign of a serious condition, but they can cause discomfort in your day-to-day life.

    What causes vaginal pimples

    Although these bumps aren’t technically pimples, because of their appearance, that’s how a lot of people refer to them. 

    People may refer to them as vaginal pimples, but the truth is that genital bumps will generally form on the vulva. This external part of your genitals includes the labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), the external part of the clitoris, and the vaginal and urethral openings.

    This area is super delicate, and for some people, it’s easily irritated. Here are the main reasons “pimples” can pop up on this part of your body.

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    1. Folliculitis 

    Folliculitis is the most common cause of pimples on the labia majora. It occurs when bacteria enter the pubic hair follicles on the labia. When hairs grow out of these follicles, they often curl backward into the skin. 

    Shaving your pubic hair increases the risk of developing folliculitis. Wearing tight-fitting underwear and sweating can also increase your vulnerability to pimples on the labia caused by folliculitis.

    Folliculitis goes away on its own. After a bout of folliculitis, you may want to avoid shaving your pubic hair for a while. To reduce the likelihood of developing folliculitis from shaving, shave your pubic hair in the same direction of growth. 

    You can also avoid wearing tight underwear and shower after sweating a lot. Loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fibers like cotton and linen can help keep the area clean, cool, and dry.

    2. Contact dermatitis 

    Contact dermatitis re