I hate my vagina area

I hate my vagina area flaccid labiaHey, first of all thank you for this project, it is so important! Im 18 and I hate my vagina area, first the classic problem with being so so so big (the lips) and then the colour being a little purple, and worst of all, the area seems so flacid and red and weird, i have a lot of allergies in there and gets all red with things that look like acne even i know that is not. I’m so disgusted with all my area. Thanks for helping.

Thank you for your submission and for your words of encouragement regarding this project.

First of all, I need to assure you that the size and color of your labia minora (the inner lips) is completely normal. While every vulva is unique and different (which is part of what makes yours so special), your labia size and color falls well within the range of what is considered normal.

With regard to the redness and what you describe as “acne”, that could be caused by folliculitis, which is a common skin condition in which the hair follicles become inflamed due to an infection.

If it is folliculitis, the following measures can help:

  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting underwear and clothes to reduce friction
  • Avoid shaving if possible
  • If you are going to shave your pubic hair, wash your skin with warm water and antibacterial soap before shaving, and shave with the grain
  • Avoid hot tubs and heated pools (especially when their cleanliness is questionable

It could, however, also be caused by a range of other factors, and you should speak to your doctor or gynecologist about the skin condition and get a professional diagnosis.

Clare xo

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