A pimple on the vaginal lip (aka the labia) isn’t necessarily something to be concerned about. But vulvar / vaginal pimples aren’t necessarily pimples, either. Here’s what you should know.
First things first, remember that “vaginal” refers specifically to the vaginal canal, or the internal structure that connects the uterus to the outside world. The vulva, on the other hand, is the term used to identify all the external genital structures, including the area around the vaginal opening. So vaginal pimples are quite different from a pimple on the vulva. If you notice pimple-like bumps inside your vagina, consult your medical provider.
What Causes a Pimple on the Vulva?
A pimple on the vulva could actually be just that - a pimple. Like anywhere else on your body that grows hair, you can get pimples on your vulva, including your labia (or vaginal lip). Intimate skin is still skin, after all! Typically, pimples are the result of a clogged pore, so wearing tight, sweaty clothing or waiting to shower after a workout can put you at higher risk for seeing external vaginal pimples. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep a pack of pH-balancing wipes on hand. Pimples on the vulva could also be the result of:
- Contact Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is quite common, and happens when your skin comes into contact with a material or substance that causes a reaction. Some of the most common causes of contact dermatitis on the vulva include:
- Soaps & body washes, especially ones that are highly fragranced
- Menstrual products
- Laundry detergent
- Nylon underwear or workout clothes
A common but often overlooked intimate skin condition, folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle caused by a bacterial or yeast imbalance. Anyone can get folliculitis, but there are a few risk factors, including:
- Having curly hair
- Wearing constrictive clothing
Other Vulvar / Vaginal Bumps
In some cases, pimple-like bumps could be the result of:
- Ingrown hair & razor bumps
- Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)
- Sexually transmitted infection
If you notice bumps, it’s best to get them checked out by your medical provider. Even if it’s nothing more than a pimple, you’ll want your gynecologist to give an accurate diagnosis. Click here for more info on genital bumps from Dr. Tamika Cross, OBGYN.
What to Do About Pimples on the Vulva
If you’re looking for a quick fix, look no further than Bikini & Body Bump Eraser. Its Triple Purifying Complex targets bump-causing impurities to reveal smoother, brighter, healthier-looking skin ASAP. Pair with Buff & Brighten and Microbiome Balancing Cleanser to keep bumps from coming back.
This website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition.