Vagina pimples are similar to zits or spots. They can be identical to the kind of pimples you may have had on your face. The lesions are small and rounded. There may be a cluster of vaginal pimples or just a lone one somewhere in the area. You may have a few scattered across the vaginal area instead of the pimples forming a cluster. Vaginal pimples can be red or reddish. They may be of the natural color of your skin. It is common for vaginal pimples to be a shade lighter or darker than the complexion. Like facial pimples, vaginal pimples may be harmless and the bumps may not cause any discomfort. They may only be an aesthetic aberration. However, vaginal pimples can be painful, they can sting upon touch or any kind of friction, the bumps may be symptoms of a more serious infection or inflammation and the lesions may also contain discharge or pus.
Causes of Vaginal Pimples
There are many causes of vaginal pimples. The first outbreak has to be assessed to ascertain the actual cause. If you have vaginal pimples immediately after any type of sexual activity with someone for the first time, then there is a possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted disease or infection. If you have had vaginal pimples for a while without any correlation with sexual activities and they have not been growing then there could be some other causes.
- The most common cause of vaginal pimples is contact dermatitis. This is a skin condition. If your genital or vaginal area is in direct contact with anything that the skin in the part of your body is sensitive to, then you may have contact dermatitis and pimples are a common symptom. The skin on and around your vagina is anyway highly sensitive. It is hence vulnerable to various materials that other parts of the body or the skin in other areas are not sensitive to. Topical medications, especially those purchased over the counter, dryer sheets, detergents and cosmetics that cause some degree of abrasion, condoms and lubricants, stimulants and spermicides, douches, sanitary napkins and tampons can cause or facilitate contact dermatitis. Powders, lotions, perfumes or deodorants, feminine wipes, bubble baths and soaps can also cause contact dermatitis.
- Vaginal pimples may be caused by folliculitis. This is an infection or inflammation of the follicles of your vaginal or pubic hair. Frequent shaving, use of tight undergarments, wearing underwear made of fabrics or cloths that do not facilitate ventilation and do not absorb moisture, ingrown hairs, bathing in an unclean pool or tub, any infection or wound that gets worse without treatment and excessive sweat causing irritation or use of some personal products can cause folliculitis.
- Microbial infections, especially buildup of bacteria, hormonal imbalance and changes in hormonal cycles, irritation in the skin caused by urine, semen, vaginal discharge and perspiration and excessive sebum secretion may also cause vaginal pimples. The cause of vagina pimples determines how serious the lesions are. It is quite possible your vaginal pimples will get healed on their own and they would be gone in a few days or weeks. It is equally possible you will have an outbreak of sorts and you will need an appropriate remedy for the vaginal pimples on the basis of the actual cause.
How to Treat Vaginal Pimples?
A standalone pimple that does not grow or spread is not a cause for concern. You should be promptly responsive if you notice the pimples growing, spreading and turning red, developing pus or some discharge and if you feel stinging pain. Consult a dermatologist or see your doctor if you think the vaginal pimples are not usual and indicative for something more serious. If there is no pain and the pimples do not seem to have much discharge, then you can wait for a few days to see if they grow and spread or subside.
Natural treatments are the best for vaginal pimples. There are enough options at your disposal and at least one of them will work for you. Most women choose more than one remedy and since they are all natural, there is no conflict or interaction. The only thing you must remember is the sensitivity of the skin around the vagina. Do not expose yourself to any chemical or material that would cause some abrasion or even normal friction.
- Shun all the cosmetics and corrosive soaps, shampoos and other products that would worsen the pimples. Use antibacterial soaps. There are medicated soaps made from herbal extracts that are not only mild on the skin while being desirably effective at cleaning but they can also fight microbes on the skin and hence cure the infection. Avoid using deodorants and products that contain anything acidic or alcohol.
- You can choose some essential oils. Lavender is a common choice. It is a natural antiseptic and it can reduce the painful sensations. Even if you have a burn or wound, lavender essential oil is suitable. You can combine lavender essential oil with almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil. You should use a carrier oil with an essential oil. You may also go for tea tree essential oil instead of lavender essential oil.
- Take care of your hygiene and especially the cleanliness in and around the vagina. Make sure the pimples do not get unnecessarily exposed to moisture. Do not have multiple showers. Use a very soft towel to dry the area and be careful with the vaginal pimples so they are not subjected to any abrasion or friction. You can consider warm compress. You can also mix some Epsom salts in your bath water to clean the area and soothe the pain. Soaking is essential if you are using Epsom salts. Ideally, you should spend anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes soaking in a bathtub filled with sufficient water and Epsom salts.
If you consult a doctor, you may be recommended some topical medicines or antihistamines. There are antibiotics too in case the vaginal pimples are caused by any infection or if the discharges cause an infection.
Dr. Lorene Garcia is a Gynecologist (OB-GYN) based in Miami, Florida who has more than 10 years experience gynaecology. I’m a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and love to help women with gynecological problems.