Vagina pimples are small, rounded lesions in the vaginal area which can be red or skin-colored and may or may not be filled with pus. Just like the pimples that appear on the face or on any other parts of the body, vaginal pimples can be single or can come in clusters. However, they can also be a bit painful and produce a stinging sensation.
These bumps in the vaginal area may be deemed normal if they have been felt and spotted in the area for quite a while with no signs of spreading, growth, and pain. Likewise, they can be considered abnormal if they produce a pus or a discharge, feel painful even to a light touch, and seem to be relatively new or have appeared following a sexual activity as well as being with a new partner.
What Causes Vaginal Pimples?
Identifying and understanding the various causes of vaginal pimples can definitely help in preventing them from popping up again. Most likely, they are caused by contact dermatitis which is a reaction to something that comes in contact to the genitals. This type of sensitivity at the genitals may be caused by:
- Harsh laundry detergents and dryer sheets
- OTC topical medications
- Condoms, spermicides, lubricants or stimulants for increasing sexual drive
- Tampons or sanitary napkins
- Feminine wipes, powders, perfumes, lotions, deodorants
- Soaps and bubble baths, particularly if they have fragrances
Another known cause of vaginal pimples is folliculitis which refers to the inflammation and infection of the hair follicles. Folliculitis can result from frequent shaving; ingrown hairs; wearing tight underwear that’s made of non-absorbent cloth; using a hot tub or a swimming pool that are not clean; infected cut or wound; and irritation brought by sweat or personal products.
Other notable causes of a vaginal pimple include bacteria buildup; hormonal cycles; excessive production of sebum; and skin irritation due to semen, urine, perspiration and vaginal discharge.
Treatment of Vaginal Pimples
If the irritation is a minor case, vagina pimples can simply clear up on their own. However, they should be treated carefully in order to avoid infection which can cause further pain and feelings of discomfort. Remember that vaginal tissues and the surrounding ones are very sensitive. When the pimples don’t seem like they are clearing up and instead they are getting worse, it’s best to see the doctor for a medical treatment.
Most women prefer doing natural treatment when dealing with vagina pimples. Natural treatment can be the best solution since it doesn’t have any side effect and is considered safe to use on sensitive areas such as the vagina. It’s also one of the quickest ways to solve the discomfort brought by a vaginal acne since it can be done as soon as the appearance of a pimple has been established.
1. Clean the area using only medicated anti-bacterial soaps. Avoid using harsh soaps or those which have perfume since they can destroy the skin’s pH balance that leads to bacterial growth.
2. Use essential oils such as lavender for treatment. Lavender is known to have antiseptic properties and is regularly used for treating wounds and burns. Simply mix well two teaspoons of lavender essential oil with two drops of almond oil and apply to the affected area using an ear bud. When using an essential oil, always dilute it and mix it with carrier oil such as almond oil, coconut oil or olive oil in order to avoid burning the skin upon application.
3. Always maintain cleanliness around the vaginal area as best as you can. Keep it dry and avoid it from becoming wet. Use a soft towel or even a hair dryer on a low heat setting to help in removing wetness. Doing this will discourage infection brought by bacterial growth which is usually triggered when the environment is moist and dirty.
4. Treat vaginal pimples with tea tree essential oil that is mixed with a little of olive oil. Dip a cotton ball or an ear bud in the oil mixture and apply on the affected areas of the vaginal skin.
5. Apply a warm compress over the area to help soften the skin and reduce the pain. Use a soft cloth and wet it with warm or even hot water as a compress.
6. Prepare bath water filled with Epsom salts. This type of salt is known to have soothing, cleaning, and drying effect on vagina pimples. Allow warm water of around two to three inches to run in a bath tub. Sprinkle some Epsom salts of around one half to one cup into the water. Give yourself at least 15 to 20 minutes of soaking time in the tub. Remember to rinse the affected area thoroughly afterwards then pat it dry.
If the pimple is caused by contact dermatitis, using antihistamines or topical medications can be highly recommended. Treatments such as topical or oral antibiotics can be used for getting rid of infections. Antihistamines can be helpful in treating severe allergies.
For a quicker relief, see a dermatologist and receive a brief injection of cortisone which aids in calming down a bigger lesion. Cortisone shots are known to work wonders on the bikini line just as they are known to cure facial acnes that are particularly stubborn and horrible.
Prepare medicated body washes using benzoyl peroxide. Make sure to use benzoyl peroxide that is 5 percent or less on sensitive skin in order to prevent irritation. This type of body wash is good for maintenance use before shaving. Remember to use it solely on the external skin and not directly on the vulva.
Making few and simple changes in the habit can also be effective in preventing vaginal pimples from re-appearing. Wear loose cotton panties. Avoid those that feel tight and are made with other fabrics which don’t absorb the sweat around the area thereby aiding in pimple formation.
If you’re used to picking pimples on the face, refrain from picking at a pimple in the vaginal area which can lead to infection and scarring. Moreover, picking can cause the spreading of the pus into the surrounding areas which can cause new pimples to occur.