It is not uncommon to have a pimple on vagina, vulva, vaginal lips (labia minora or labia majora). A pimple may also develop inside, near or around the vagina or vaginal area. However, sometimes lesions that look like pimples on the vagina are not actually pimples but rather other bumps or blisters. A red or white pimple-like bump often develop on the female private parts due to various infections or conditions. Occasionally, pimples or pimple-like bumps appear on or around the vagina after shaving, or during periods or pregnancy. Explore the symptoms, causes, and diagnosis of pimples or pimple-like bumps on the vagina. Also, learn how to get rid of and prevent them with treatments, medications and home remedies.
Summary of Page Contents
- 1 What is a Pimple on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips?
- 2 Causes of Pimples on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips
- 3 Pimple-Like Bump on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips
- 3.1 1. Cyst on Vagina or Vulva or Vaginal Lips
- 3.2 2. Ingrown Hair Bumps on Vulva or Vaginal Lips
- 3.3 3. Yeast Infection on Vagina
- 3.4 4. Genital Warts on Vagina
- 3.5 5. Genital Herpes on Vagina
- 3.6 6. Fordyce Spots on Labia
- 3.7 7. Vaginal Skin Tags
- 3.8 8. Lichen Sclerosus on Vagina
- 3.9 9. Varicosities on Vagina or Vaginal Lips
- 3.10 10. Vaginal or Vulvar Cancer
- 4 Pimple Near or Around Vagina
- 5 Pimple in or Inside Vagina
- 6 Pimple on Vaginal Lip (Labia Minora or Majora)
- 7 Pimple on Vag After Shaving
- 8 Pimple on Vagina During Period or Pregnancy
- 9 White Pimples on Vagina Vulva or Vaginal Lips
- 10 Red Pimple on Vagina, Vulva or Vaginal Lips
- 11 How to Get Rid of Pimples on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips
- 12 How to Prevent Pimples on Vagina, Vulva or Vaginal Lips
- 13 Our Sources and References
What is a Pimple on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips?
A pimple is a small lesion formed on your skin when a hair follicle gets clogged. It may be in the form of a papule or a pustule, depending on its nature and how it looks like. Pimples constitute a mild form of acne. Other forms of mild acne include whiteheads and blackheads which are together known as comedones.
Severe acne is mainly characterized by nodules, which constitutes nodular acne or cysts, which constitute cystic acne. Typically, severe acne develops alongside the mild forms of acne and usually makes the skin appear oily and bumpy.
Pimples can appear on any part of your skin. However, they usually develop on face, chin, and cheeks as unsightly blemishes. Other areas that are commonly affected by pimples include the chest, back, scalp and forehead
In women, pimples may also develop on the female private parts or genitals (the vagina, vulva or vaginal lips – labia minora and labia majora) and on the female pubic and groin area.
In men, pimples may develop on the male private parts or genitals (penis, penile shaft glans and scrotum) and on the male pubic and groin area.
However, there are many other lesions resembling pimples that may develop on the vagina. Therefore a pimple-like bump or blister on the vagina, inside the vagina, near or around the vagina or on the labia may actually not be a pimple as such.
Causes of Pimples on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips
The exact causes of pimples on vagina is not known. However, dermatologists have suggested that the following factors could be playing a role in their development. The causes of other lesions that may resemble pimples on the vagina are discussed in later sections. The factors listed below refer only to the causes of actual pimples on the vagina.
- Hormonal Imbalance: Hormonal changes occur at various stages of growth such as adolescence. It may also occur during periods, pregnancy and stress, leading to hormonal imbalance. This may trigger secretion of excess sebum by the skin, causing clogged hair follicles. As a result, pimples may develop on the vagina and other areas of the body, especially the face.
- Poor Hygiene: Poor vaginal hygiene may cause skin oils, sebum, dead skin, and bacteria to accumulate on your vaginal skin and the surrounding area. This might lead to clogged hair follicles and hence pimples.
- Stressful Life: Stress usually leads to physiological problems that might trigger hormonal changes. If excess serum is secreted, it may lead to blockage of follicles and hence pimples.
- Allergic Reactions: Body care products and fabrics such as your underwear may trigger allergic reactions on your skin. This may cause the skin to react in a way that leads to the formation of pimples on your vagina, vulva or labia minora or majora.
- Poor Diet: The foods you consume may constitute a poor diet that affects your skin. Generally, processed foods, fast foods or greasy foods that may cause a build-up of fats under the skin. The excess fats may lead to clogged follicles and hence the development of pimples on your face neck and vagina or vaginal lips.
- Oily Skin Type: Naturally, your skin produces body oils that moisturize your skin. However, if you have an oily skin, it may secrete excess oils leading to blocked follicles. This leads to the development of pimples on your body. The pimples usually appear on your face or neck. However, they can occur in other parts of the body including on or inside the vagina and near or around your vagina.
- Physical Trauma: Frequent friction or rubbing on the skin by your clothes, harsh scrubbing, trying to pick or squeeze other blemishes may also cause pimples on your vagina. The pressure applied may push dead skin and bacteria on the skin into the pores causing clogged pores and hence pimples.
- Some Medications: Some of the medications you use may trigger allergic reactions on your skin, leading to the formation of pimples on your vagina or other parts. Such reactions may cause secretion of excess body oils or itchy sensations that lead to scatting.
- Hereditary Factors: hereditary factors may influence the development of pimples on your vagina. In such cases, pimples run in the family. This means that many family members of the lineage tend to develop pimples on their vagina.
Pimple-Like Bump on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips
Apparently, most of the bumps that look like pimples on the vagina or vaginal lips are actually not pimples. Rather they are other skin lesions which are that look like pimples.
A pimple like lesion may form inside the vagina, on the vaginal lips (labia minora and labia majora), near or around the vagina. Common pimple-like bumps on the vagina or vaginal lips (labia minora or minora include:
1. Cyst on Vagina or Vulva or Vaginal Lips
A vaginal cyst may appear like-pimple on the vagina. Vaginal cysts are closed pockets of air, fluid, or pus located on or under the vaginal lining, which may look like pimples. The most common types include inclusion vaginal cysts, Gartner’s duct cysts, and Bartholin’s cysts.
- An inclusion vaginal cyst is caused by an injury to the vaginal wall during birth or as a result of vaginal surgery.
- A Gartner’s cyst develops on the walls of the vagina when fluid accumulates in a garners duct that fails to disappear after birth. Gartner’s duct naturally develops during pregnancy and disappear after birth.
- A Bartholin cyst is formed when a flap of skin grows over the biathlon gland making fluids to accumulate in the gland. A biathlon cyst is usually painless unless it gets infected to form an abscess. Biathlon cysts may form on the vulva, vaginal lips, labia majora or minora.
The common ways of diagnosing vaginal cysts include diagnosis by biopsy, x-rays or tests on the vaginal secretions to determine whether cancer or STIs are associated with the cysts.
Common treatments include drainage of the vaginal cysts. However, vaginal cysts are usually treated surgically if they grow larger or exhibit serious symptoms like pain. If they get infected and form abscess, they can be treated using antibiotics.
2. Ingrown Hair Bumps on Vulva or Vaginal Lips
An ingrown hair bump is formed when hair grows beneath the skin, or grows back into the skin. This may happen when the hair around the vagina, vulva or vaginal lips is shaved, waxed, or plucked. The bump formed usually resembles a pimple
When an ingrown hair develops, small round bumps may form around the ingrown hair. The bump may be filled with pus and the skin around the bumps may become darker. Generally, women with thick curly hair tend to develop ingrown hair on their vagina.
Although ingrown hair bumps clear up on their own, you may need to measures to get rid of them if they fail or speed up their disappearance.
You can get rid of ingrown hair bumps on vagina using home remedies. Gently pull out the ingrown hair using a sterile pair of tweezers or a needle. Also, you can wash and exfoliate gently around the ingrown hair to help the hair return to the surface of the skin.
The common treatments for hair bumps on vagina include exfoliating affected area with salicylic acid or glycolic acid, which help the hair follicles to open. You can also use a benzoyl peroxide cream to help reduce redness dry up the affected area and for faster healing.
3. Yeast Infection on Vagina
The pimple-like spots could be the sores caused by vaginal yeast infection (yeast infection pimples). A vaginal yeast infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis, is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans fungus.
The typical symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include vaginal discharge, and vaginal irritation, inflammation, redness, and soreness. You will also experience severe itching in the vagina, especially at the virginal opening (vulva). You may also experience pain during sexual intercourse or pain and burning sensation during urination.
Vaginal yeast infection is diagnosed either by culture or by direct microscopic examination of a sample discharge. It can be treated using over the counter antifungal medications. However, you can treat it using home remedies, including yogurt, boric acid, oil of oregano, coconut oil, tea tree oil, which basically have antiseptic properties.
4. Genital Warts on Vagina
The pimple-like bumps on the vagina or vaginal lips may be genital warts. Genital warts form as a result of a viral infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) and also affects the anal region.
Genital warts appear as growths or usually painless bumps that are flesh-colored or gray. They may be accompanied by itching, and discharge, burning and rarely bleeding.
Genital warts can affect both men and women. For females, the bumps develop in the genital area including the vulva or vaginal opening, virginal lips – labia majora and/or labia minora. They may also appear on the cervix, and inside or outside the anus.
Genital warts can be treated by topical prescriptions such as podophyllin, imiquimod (Aldara), podofilox (Condylox) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). In case the genital warts fail to heal, they are removed by surgery therapies including:
- Electrocautery, or burning off the warts
- Cryosurgery, or freezing off the warts
- Laser therapy
- Excision, or cutting off the warts
- Interferon injections
Genital warts can lead to serious complications. The HPV which causes genital warts is the main cause of cancer of the cervix and it can also cause cancer of the vulva.
5. Genital Herpes on Vagina
A pimple on your vagina or vaginal lips could be as a result of genital herpes. Genital herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can be transmitted by sexual contact. Genital herpes can affect both men and women.
Genital herpes usually causes pimple-like painful red bumps or blisters that might ooze on the genitals and the surrounding areas. In females, pimple-like bumps or blisters usually appear on the vagina, vulva, virginal lips (labia minora and labia majora).
Just like any other viral infections, there is no cure for genital herpes. However, the symptoms of genital herpes can be managed using antiviral medications.
Avoid sex without protection or be in a faithful relationship to avoid contracting genital herpes. Also, if you have contracted genital herpes, it is important to avoid sex without protection until the symptoms clear up to prevent spreading it.
6. Fordyce Spots on Labia
If a pimple is on your labia, it could be as a result of Fordyce spots. Fordyce sports are small raised spots or bumps which are usually bright red, pale red, yellow-white, purple or skin-colored.
According to MedicalNewsToday, Fordyce spots are simply abnormally dilated blood vessels that are covered by thickened skin. They are usually painless and are not itchy. However, they may bleed during or after sexual intercourse.
Fordyce spots can affect both men and women. In female, they usually appear on the labia (minora or majora). In men, Fordyce spots may appear on penis, penile shaft, foreskin or scrotum (balls). Also, both men and women can have Fordyce spots on lips.
Basically, Fordyce spots are harmless physiological defects that do not usually need any treatment. However, they can be treated by electro desiccation (CO2 laser), pulsed dye lasers and micro-punch technique.
7. Vaginal Skin Tags
If skin tags develop of your vagina or vaginal lips (labia minora or labia majora) or near the vagina, they may look like pimples. Skin tags are flappy, loose growths that are attached to the skin by a stalk-like stem of flesh.
Skin tags can grow anywhere on your skin but are common on the neck, eyelids, nipples, penis and vagina, groin and anus. Normally, skin tags will have the same color as your skin. But they can also have different colors ranging from pink to black.
Like skin tags on other areas, vaginal skin tags are might be caused by friction due to rubbing, hormonal changes, old age, and diabetes type 2, hereditary factors. However, the actual causes of skin tags are not known. Due to drastic hormonal changes during pregnancy, skin tags on the vagina tend to develop or enlarge in pregnant women.
Skin tags on vagina are usually harmless, like those in other areas, and hence need not to be removed. However, they might become in famed, irritated and painful if they are accidentally nudged or if they get infected I which case they may need to be treated.
Vaginal skin tags may also be removed for cosmetic purposes or when they enlarge too much and cause discomfort. Skin tag removal may also be necessary if they cause annoyance or embarrassment, especially during sexual intercourse. The common methods of removing skin tags include:
- Excision, or cutting off the skin tags
- Cryosurgery, or freezing off the skin tags
- Electrocautery, or burning off the skin tags
- Laser therapy
8. Lichen Sclerosus on Vagina
A pimple like-bump on the vagina or vulva might be as a result of lichen sclerosus. This is a rare skin condition that mostly affects women after menopause. It often appears on the vulva and around the anus as bumps or blisters. The common symptoms of lichen sclerosus include:
- Blisters that may be filled with blood
- white spots that change to wrinkled thin skin patches
- fragile thin, shiny skin
- bruising and bleed
- pain during sexual intercourse or while urinating
Lichen sclerosus is treated topically using corticosteroid cream or ointment. It may recur after treatment. Having this condition is constitutes a slightly higher risk for cancer of the vulva.
9. Varicosities on Vagina or Vaginal Lips
A varicose vein may look like a pimple on your vagina. Varicose vein refers to a condition whereby veins become abnormally thickened, twisted, dilated or enlarged. Varicose veins are generally hereditary and commonly occur on legs. However, they can develop anywhere on the body, including on the vagina or vaginal lips.
Viscose veins develop due abnormalities on the vein walls or when you have too few or malfunctioning valves in the veins. This causes abnormal flow of blood and hence pressure build up in the superficial veins. As a result, bump-like lesions called viscosities are formed.
Varicosities are common around the vagina or vulva during pregnancy, affecting about 10% of pregnant women. They appear on the vagina as bluish raised or round bumps on the vaginal lips (both labia minora and majora). They usually feel heavy and may cause itching, or bleeding.
Usually, no treatment is required for varicosities and they will disappear on their own about 6 weeks after giving birth. They usually recur in subsequent pregnancies.
Non-pregnant women can also develop varicosities on their vagina. In such cases, they usually cause discomfort and embarrassment, especially during sexual intercourse or periods. If need be, varicose veins can be removed by surgically by a specialist in vein surgery.
10. Vaginal or Vulvar Cancer
Although rare, cancer of the vulva or rarer cancer of the vagina can occur and cause pimple-like bumps on the vagina or vaginal lips. The typical symptoms of vaginal or vulvar precancerous and cancerous conditions include:
- flat or raised bumps on the vulva, vaginal lips (labia minora or labia majora)
- sores that do not heal easily or within a few weeks
- Thickened and usually discolored spots or patches (lighter or darker general skin color)
- painful, itching, burning sensation in or around the vagina
- Discharge or bleeding that is unusual (other than the normal discharges e.g. periods)
Vaginal and vulvar cancer are usually diagnosed by biopsy. Usually, the method of treatments for cancer depends on its stage Common treatments include immunotherapy, targeted therapy, chemotherapy, excision surgery, laser surgery, and radiation therapy.
See the doctor as soon as possible when you suspect vaginal or vulvar cancer. Normally, earlier stages are easier and inexpensive to treat while later stages are difficult, painful and very expensive to treat. Too late stages of cancer may not be treatable and may be fatal.
Pimple Near or Around Vagina
It is not uncommon to develop pimples near the vagina or around the vagina, including on vaginal lips (labia minora ns labia majora) and the groin area.
They usually develop due to hormonal imbalance especially because of periods, pregnancy or stressful life experiences. However, they may develop due to pressure, or poor hygiene.
However, the other lesions that appear like pimples may form near or around the vagina too. These include genital warts, genital herpes, skin tags, ingrown hair bumps, hair bumps and Fordyce spots, which have been discussed in earlier sections of this post.
Pimple in or Inside Vagina
Although rarely, pimples may also develop in the vagina, usually close to the vulva. Lesions that might look like pimples may also develop inside the vagina (on the vaginal walls close to the vaginal opening).
These lesions, bumps or blisters that may form inside the vagina include vaginal cancer bumps, Fordyce spots, vaginal cysts, vaginal yeast infection and genital warts. They have been discussed in earlier sections of this post.
Pimple on Vaginal Lip (Labia Minora or Majora)
Due to the factors discussed in the earlier sections, a pimple may develop on either of the vaginal lips, labia minora or labia majora. However, other lesions such as vulva cancer bumps, genital herpes, genital warts, skin tags, which may resemble pimples may develop on the vaginal lips.
Pimple on Vag After Shaving
It is very common to develop bumps that look like pimples on your vag or around your vagina. These bumps are usually not pimples as such. They are actually razor bumps on vagina, although pimples may also develop after shaving due to the pressure applied while shaving.
Razor bumps are lesions that develop on the skin as a result of shaving and can develop on any area of the skin after hair removal. They are characterized by usually itchy, painful white bumps or blisters with pus, and sometimes keloidal scars.
Razor bumps on vagina are usually caused by poor shaving techniques like cutting the hair beneath the skin, tugging and pulling the hair or the skin when shaving. However, the nature of your skin and hair may also contribute to razor bumps.
Pimple on Vagina During Period or Pregnancy
Pregnancy is usually associated with significant hormonal changes that lead to a hormonal imbalance in the body. Hormonal changes may cause fat build-up in the body, including your vagina, leading to the development of pimples.
Therefore, expectant women are likely to develop pimples on their vagina, vulva, vaginal lips (labia majora or labia minora) and other parts of their bodies like the face.
Besides, pregnancy may trigger the development of other pimple-like bumps such as skin tags, varicose veins, and vaginal cysts, specifically Gartner’s cysts. All these conditions have been discussed in earlier sections of this post.
White Pimples on Vagina Vulva or Vaginal Lips
When you have a white pimple on your vagina or vaginal lips, it might be an indication white pus has formed in the head of the pimple.
However, other lesions, bumps or blisters that appear like white pimples on your vagina include razor bumps, ingrown hair bumps, vulvar or vaginal cancer bump and genital warts. These lesions have been discussed in earlier sections of his post.
Red Pimple on Vagina, Vulva or Vaginal Lips
Initially, pimples usually become inflamed with red heads. Later, the head of the pimple may become white but the surrounding skin remains inflamed and red.
Other lesions which may look like red pimples on vagina include ingrown hair bumps, genital warts, genital herpes, yeast infection, Fordyce spots and inflamed razor bumps. These have been discussed in earlier sections of this post.
How to Get Rid of Pimples on Vagina, Vag or Vaginal Lips
You can get rid of pimples on, near or around your vagina using home remedies or by treatment with over the counter or prescription medications.
Home remedies for Pimples on Vagina
You can get rid of a pimple on your vagina naturally using home remedies. Make sure that the remedy you go for does not irritate the sensitive skin on or around the vagina.
The exact choice of a remedy may depend on the position of the pimple on your vagina. Some of the common natural home remedies for pimples on near or around the vagina or vaginal lips include:
- Ice: Hold an ice cube on the pimple for a couple of minutes daily to dry it out the and heal it fast.
- Honey: Dab honey directly on the pimple for about 15 minutes before washing it out daily.
- Tea tree oil: Apply tea tree oil on the pimple with your finger and leave it for about 15 minutes daily.
- Garlic: Rub the garlic on the pimple and leave it for about 5 minutes before washing it out daily.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute some apple cider vinegar and apply it on the pimple. Leave it overnight.
- Aloe Vera gel: Apply the Aloe Vera Gel to the pimple for 15 minutes and wash it out daily
- Olive oil: Apply olive oil on the pimple before going to bed and leave it overnight to heal it.
- Aspirin: Apply aspirin paste and wash it out after 30 minutes. Repeat this procedure daily
How to Treat Pimples on Vagina
A pimple on the vagina or around the vagina may be treated using the following over the counter or prescription medications:
1. Over-The-Counter Medications for Pimples
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Azelaic acid
2. Prescription Medications for Pimples
- Antibiotics e.g. tetracycline, especially if the pimples get infected
- Birth control e.g. use of a combination of norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol
How to Prevent Pimples on Vagina, Vulva or Vaginal Lips
Some of the measures that may help prevent pimples on, near or around your vagina and vaginal lips include the following:
- Observe proper vaginal hygiene: Keep the area around your vagina clean always. Take a shower regularly with a toilet soap that has antiseptic properties to keep bacterial
- Avoid irritating the vaginal area: Avoid anything that causes rubbing on or around the vagina or vaginal lips. Try not to scratch yourself especially with dirty hands. Also, do not use underclothes that have a rough
- Manage your stress: Learn to manage your stress to check hormonal imbalance and have a healthy life. See a psychiatrist to help you if you cannot manage your stress.
- Improve your diet: Maintain a balanced diet for a healthy skin without extra fats. Include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, grains, nuts, and dairy products in your diet regularly to keep your skin healthy.
- Avoid allergic products: Avoid using cosmetic products that cause allergic reactions to your skin. Opt for other alternative products that are friendly to your skin.
Our Sources and References
- Vaginal Cyst: http://www.healthline.com/health/vaginal-cysts#overview1
- Genital Warts (HPV Infection): http://www.emedicinehealth.com/genital_warts/article_em.htm
- Genital Warts: http://www.healthline.com/health/std/genital-warts#overview1
- Genital herpes: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/genital-herpes/Pages/Introduction.aspx
- Treating and Preventing Ingrown Pubic Hair: http://www.healthline.com/health/treating-preventing-ingrown-vaginal-hair#overview1
- Fordyce Spots: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256918.php
- Guide to Vaginal Lumps and Bumps: http://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/vaginal-lumps-bumps#causes3
- Varicose Veins: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/varicose_veins/article_em.htm
- How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-of-pimples-fast.html
- How to Remove Pimple Marks Naturally & Fast? http://lethow.com/home-remedies/get-rid-of-pimples-and-pimple-marks/