Pimples in the genital area may be a result of infection of the hair follicle due to bacteria. Shaving your pubic hair is one potential cause of folliculitis. As your hair starts growing out of the follicle, it curls back toward the skin, causing irritation. In some cases, the hair grows back into the skin (ingrown hair).
Treatments for folliculitis depend on the type and severity of your condition, what self-care measures you’ve already tried and your preferences. Options include medications and interventions such as laser hair removal. Even if treatment helps, the infection may come back.
Mild folliculitis usually heals on its own in about 2 weeks. You can take care of yourself at home with: A warm compress. This may ease itching and help healing.
Over-the-counter antibiotic creams, gels, and ointments may help clear up a small patch of folliculitis. Look for antibiotic creams that are put on cuts and scrapes. Apply the cream with a new, clean cotton swab. Avoid using too much antibiotic cream and use it only where needed.