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Overview of 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.

Other Causes of Genital Acne

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • Genital herpes most often resembles genital acne. 
    • Other STDs such as syphilis or genital warts may cause acne-like symptoms.
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Shaving irritation or razor bumps
  • Jock itch
  • Allergic reaction to soap, perfume, lotion, detergent, etc.

Diagnosing 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. 

Treating Genital Acne

Acne around the genital area can be treated through several home remedies such as the following:

  • Discontinue the use of any soap, perfumes, detergents, or lotions may be causing irritation. Switch to dermatologist recommended brands formulated for sensitive skin.
  • Stop shaving, tweezing or waxing to avoid ingrown hairs and shaving bumps around the genitals.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes to avoid chaffing or irritation.
  • Use over-the-counter medication to cure jock itch.

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.

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