Are you experiencing genital acne?
As if facial acne isn’t annoying enough, genital acne is even worse. This pesky skin condition can crop up anywhere—the face, the back, the chest, and yes, even your genitals. When unsightly bumps and pimples plague your nether regions, it can be especially awkward, embarrassing, and painful. But the truth of the matter is, genital acne happens.
Sometimes, however, acne in the genital area is not caused by clogged pores. Equally harmless conditions can cause similar symptoms such as jock itch, ingrown hairs, or a mild allergic reaction from your new body wash. Some more serious and contagious conditions, particularly sexually transmitted diseases, produce symptoms which mimic genital acne.
Herpes can cause mild outbreaks that may be misconstrued as genital acne. If you are sexually active, or even have engaged in sex play, you are at risk for herpes. An STD test can diagnose whether this skin condition is caused by this common STD.
Herpes testing is usually performed through a quick blood draw. A type-specific herpes test can determine which strain is causing possible STD symptoms: herpes simplex virus 1 or herpes simplex virus 2.
If you are not sexually active, herpes may not be the cause of your symptoms. A doctor or dermatologist can help diagnose your symptoms.
Acne around the genital area can be treated through several home remedies such as the following:
If genital acne is caused by herpes, antiviral medication can help ease the severity and frequency of symptoms. The combination of medication and condoms can reduce the risk of transferring the disease to your partners.