What causes vaginal pimples
Although these bumps aren’t technically pimples, because of their appearance, that’s how a lot of people refer to them.
People may refer to them as vaginal pimples, but the truth is that genital bumps will generally form on the vulva. This external part of your genitals includes the labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), the external part of the clitoris, and the vaginal and urethral openings.
This area is super delicate, and for some people, it’s easily irritated. Here are the main reasons “pimples” can pop up on this part of your body.
Folliculitis is the most common cause of pimples on the labia majora. It occurs when bacteria enter the pubic hair follicles on the labia. When hairs grow out of these follicles, they often curl backward into the skin.
Shaving your pubic hair increases the risk of developing folliculitis. Wearing tight-fitting underwear and sweating can also increase your vulnerability to pimples on the labia caused by folliculitis.
Folliculitis goes away on its own. After a bout of folliculitis, you may want to avoid shaving your pubic hair for a while. To reduce the likelihood of developing folliculitis from shaving, shave your pubic hair in the same direction of growth.
You can also avoid wearing tight underwear and shower after sweating a lot. Loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fibers like cotton and linen can help keep the area clean, cool, and dry.
2. Contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis results from contact with chemicals found in products such as scented pads, tampons, bubble baths, laundry detergents, vaginal creams, and condoms, as well as perspiration, urine, semen, and vaginal discharge. These chemicals can irritate the labia, which may result in bumps developing in the area. The pimple-like bumps formed by contact dermatitis can be itchy or painful.
If you have contact dermatitis, it might be helpful to figure out what’s causing it and stop using that product. A good way to do this is by eliminating all the products that come into contact with your vulva and then gradually reintroducing them. Once you determine the culprit, you can stop using it.
Once you get rid of the irritant, the rash will often go away on its own. If your contact dermatitis requires further treatment, a health care provider may recommend over-the-counter medications. Antihistamine pills can be used to control itching, and non-irritating, unscented, moisturizing creams can also offer some relief.