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Pimples on Labia

Published on Aug 19, 2021 and last reviewed on Apr 27, 2022   -  5 min read


Pimples in the female genital area are a common condition that is caused by a variety of factors. They may be irritating and uncomfortable, but they are not serious in most cases. Please read the article to know more.

Pimples on Labia

What Are Vaginal Pimples?

Vaginal pimples are similar in appearance to the pimples that occur in other areas of the body. However, they can have different characteristics; for example, they may be,

What Are the Causes of Vaginal Pimples?

Bumps on the vagina are technically not pimples, and because of their appearance, many people call them pimples. But the truth is genital bumps generally form on the vulva, which is the outer part of the genitals. They include,

The vulva is super delicate, and for some people, it becomes easily irritated. The following are the main causes of vaginal pimples, they are,

Contact Dermatitis:

Contact dermatitis occurs due to contact with chemicals found in products such as scented pads, bubble baths, tampons, laundry detergents, condoms, and vaginal creams, as well as sweat, semen, urine, and vaginal discharge. These chemicals irritate the labia and start to develop bumps in the area. These pimple-like bumps are caused by contact dermatitis and can be painful and itchy.

In order to know what is causing contact dermatitis, stop using the product that comes in contact with the vulva and then gradually reintroduce them. Once you determine what is causing pimples on the labia, you can stop using it.

When you get rid of the irritant, the pimple-like bumps will often go away on their own. However, if the contact dermatitis requires further treatment, the doctor may recommend,


Pimples on the labia majora (outer lips) most commonly occurs due to folliculitis. It usually occurs when the bacteria start to invade the pubic hair follicles on the labia. When the hairs grow out of these pubic hair follicles, they often curl back into the skin. Increased risk of folliculitis occurs due to,

Folliculitis usually disappear on its own but in order to prevent folliculitis,

Molluscum Contagiosum:

Pimples on the labia can also be caused by the virus, Molluscum contagiosum. It spreads through sexual or causal contact with the skin of a person who has it or objects that carry it.

This infection will usually clear on its own within 6 to 12 months. It can also be treated with oral or topical medication, or the bumps can be removed by a doctor using lasers or cryotherapy.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa:

It is a long-term condition where pimples on the labia form in the hair roots near sweat glands. This results in blockage of hair follicles, secondary infection, or inflammation of sweat glands. In order to control symptoms, certain medications or surgery may be prescribed. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe antiseptic washes and topical antibiotic creams.

Sometimes, the pimples on the labia are actually warts, cysts, or other growths. Some of the few kinds are,

a) Bartholin's Cyst:

b) Genital Herpes:

c) Genital Warts:

How to Manage Pimples on the Labia?

1. Determining the Cause:

2. Remove Irritants:

3. Avoid Squeezing Vaginal Pimples:

4. Heat Therapy:

5. Medication:

How to Prevent Vaginal Pimples?


When you are not sure what is the reason for pimples on the labia, seek a doctor to figure out what is the causative factor because, regardless of the cause, a health care provider helps and treats you to achieve the best results.

Last reviewed at:
27 Apr 2022  -  5 min read




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