Pimle on Labia: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

pimple on labia

If you have a pimple on labia then you are not the only one who suffers from this issue. There are many people who get these pimple breakouts on their vaginal area.

Are you looking for remedies for these pimples on labia majora? If yes, then here’s an informational guide for you.

Let’s start off by exploring the causes of these vaginal pimples.

Why do we get pimple on labia?

A lot of factors can play their part in forming a pimple or pimple like bump on labia. These include:

  1. Skene’s Duct Cysts

One of the most familiar reasons behind pimple on labia is cysts. These are of two types. One of the kinds is Skene’s duct cyst that forms on the part from where you urinate.

You can have this form of cyst if any of your skin glands are blocked. The puss in these cysts can be drained out. But this needs to be done by a doctor.

  1. Bartholin Cyst

Formed due to blockage of fluids in Bartholin gland, this cyst tends to get very large in size. It becomes swollen but is generally free of irritation and inflammation.

This cyst can form on any side of labia majora. Drainage of fluid inside this Bartholin cyst can be done by a doctor.

How to know if you have a cyst on your labia? If your skin gets red and you have a bumpy pimple on labia, which is oozing fluid, then this pimple is caused by the presence the cysts mentioned above.

  1. Folliculitis

Folliculitis or blockage of hair follicles might also be the reason behind a vaginal pimple. What happens is that sweat or any other bacteria/infection blocks your hair follicle and prevents it from growing properly.

This leads to infectious pimples that cause irritation and pain. For the treatment of such pimples, medication is usually required. These pimples are found in both men and women.

  1. Ingrown Hair

When you remove your hair by shaving or waxing, you end up getting pimples on your labia. These are sometimes because your skin gets irritated and these kind of pimples vanish within a few hours.

But sometimes you get a pimple because you have ingrown hair on your labia. Instead of getting removed during waxing or shaving the hair curls back inside the skin.

It later starts growing inside the skin and forms a pimple on labia. You generally get an itchy feeling with this type of pimple.

  1. Molluscum Contagious

Molluscum contagious is a pearly colored bump-like pimple formed on labia majora. It is a kind of infection that doesn’t cause any pain.

If you find that the pimple on your labia is molluscum contagious then you don’t have to worry or do anything about it, as it goes away on its own.

  1. Fordyce Spots

If you have a cluster of white colored small size pimples on vaginal lips then they might just be Fordyce spots.

They usually develop on the inner parts of labia. They do not harm you or cause inflammation so you don’t have to worry about them.

  1. Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can develop on any part of your body. If you have a small bumpy pimple on labia then that might be a sign of skin cancer; although the chances of this happening are rare.

If this small pimple is simply growing in size and it isn’t stopping any time soon then this might be an early sign of skin cancer

The symptoms of having cancer include pain in pimple, itchiness, blood discharge from pimple, and urinary issues.

In case you have all these symptoms, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

  1. Blockage of Sweat Glands

Hidradenitis suppurativa or blockage of sweat glands can occur on any part of your body. This condition gives rise to one of those painful pimples that leave deep marks on your skin.

This blockage is considered an infection which needs to be treated using antibiotics and other relevant medicines.

  1. Pimple due to Hormonal Changes

A pimple on labia can be formed whenever your body undergoes hormonal changes for example during periods or pregnancy.

During hormonal changes, more oil is produced and there is a greater chance of getting pores clogged with oil and dirt.

When the pore gets clogged it forms a bumpy pimple. Birth control pills are usually given by doctors in order to cure such pimples.

  1. Skin Tags

Growth of new skin in irregular shapes can also cause pimples. These pimples can show up on any part of your body.

These are basically flaps of tissue that hang onto your skin and are formed when skin rubs against skin. Benign skin tags are not dangerous, although cancerous skin tags are problematic.

  1. Infection in Lymph Node

Sometimes, it’s not anything on your skin but one of your lymph nodes in the groin area that gets infected and forms pimples in labia majora.

These pimples are accompanied with swelling and pain.

  1. STDs

Some sexually transmitted diseases can give rise to pimple on vaginal lips. These diseases include genital herpes, HSV-1 or HSV-2.

In case of genital herpes, you get itchy, swollen, red pimples that are painful and are prone to oozing infectious fluid. Urinal infection is also associated with such STD pimples.

  1. Genital Warts

Scientifically known as HPV, genital warts are bumps on vaginal lips that are painful. These are formed because of an infection in 2 types of virus that is found in mucous membranes. They look like cabbage because of their white dotted and clustered appearance.

Pictures of each one of these pimples can be easily found on the internet. Disclaimer – they might be really disturbing.

Now that we know the underlying causes and types of pimples in vaginal area, let’s move onto discussing the thing that needs to be done in case you have any of these above-mentioned pimples.

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What to do when I have pimples on vaginal lips?

First of all, don’t scratch it. Many times women irritate their vaginal pimples by scratching them or touching them too harshly.

Don’t push it or press it.

This might let bacteria grow or spread out. Don’t try to remove any puss by squeezing or pricking it. When you pop your pimple you let the infectious fluid touch other parts of your vagina, which is even more dangerous than having a pimple in the first place.

You basically have to leave it there on its own. Many of these pimples are harmless and they go away on their own.

You might want to keep your vaginal area clean by softly scrubbing. Don’t let it get sweaty. Use a soap or body wash.

Use new and clean hygiene products and don’t share them with others.

Try and avoid wearing undergarments as much as you can. Wear clean ones and change them every other day.

Tight undergarments with material other than cotton should also be avoided in case you a pimple on labia majora.

Doctors and skin specialists also ask women to avoid sex before the pimple heals.

Home Remedies for Vaginal Pimples

Although there isn’t much that you can do about your pimple on the vaginal area, here are a few things that you can try to reduce pain and get rid of these pimples.

  1. Warm compress

home remedies for pimple on labia

In order to sooth your pain you would want to dampen a towel with warm water and put it on your vaginal pimple. This will reduce the pain and inflammation, if there is any.

 

2. Anti-biotics and creams

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Also, take anti-biotics like ibuprofen in order to reduce pain. Only use doctor-prescribed ointments and oral creams.

 

3. Drain your pimple

surgical pimple removal

Ring up your doctor and seek their advice. Ask them to drain your pimple. If your doctor confirms that your pimple is due to cysts then they can perform a small surgery in order to remove the puss.

 

4. Remove pimple at home

tools to remove pimple on labia

If your vaginal pimple is caused by an ingrown hair then you might want to remove it. First, sit in warm water for some time so that your pores get loose. Gently scrub beforehand and remove any dirt or dead skin that might be there on your vagina.

Once your pores are soft, gently pop your pimple. Use a clean pin for this purpose. You don’t want a dirty needle to touch your pimple and make it even worse. Also avoid using something very sharp that might have a chance of getting your injured.

As the pimple pops, the ingrown hair will become visible. Take a pair of clean tweezers and gently pull out the hair. Again, be as gentle as possible. You don’t want to irritate your skin further.

After completing the process use a cream that helps with keeping away bacteria as well as ingrown hair.

In the end, we would like to again emphasize the fact that cleanliness is of utmost importance. It is like an added precautionary measure. So stay clean and keep a close eye on your body in order to avoid pimple on labia.

Sources and References

  1. Steady Health Painful Pimple Like Bump On Inside Of Outer Labia
  2. NHS Choices Vagina problems: a visual guide
  3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Genital HPV Infection – Fact Sheet
  4. National Libraryof Medicine Vaginal cysts

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