Managing Acne on Inner Labia

Pimples in and around labia minora are extremely common, especially in young adulthood. They can be managed easily, once we understand the causes for their occurrence.

Reasons for Getting Pimples on Labia

Just as you get pimples on any other part of your body, you may get it there. It is the clogging-up of the sebaceous glands that lead to formation of small lumps called pimples.

Vaginal lips are prone to pimple formation due to two reasons:

  • Moistness getting collected there
  • Presence of many oil secreting glands

This moistness, along with tissue debris, may block the minute ducts that are draining numerous tiny glands in the region. A blocked duct is unable to drain its secretions, and very soon a swelling appears.

You may read about 3 simple and quick methods to treat them yourself.

Why Genital Pimples Increase During Menses?

This is because during menses, the moistness of the vaginal region increases, making it more favorable for labia pimples to grow. Just keeping the area clean and dry would help.

Common Reasons for Labia Pimples Getting Infected

  • Squeezing or scratching the pimples with your hands- This is the commonest way those bumps get infected. There are many bacteria on the skin of our hands as well as on that area. On scratching, the outer covering membrane is mildly breached, letting the bacteria go inside. Once infected, the pimples swell, become painful and turn red. They are then treated by topical antibiotics.
  • Poor hygiene in the area.
  • Improper aeration in the groin region due to tight underwear leads to accumulation of moisture. This promotes the growth of bacteria there.
  • Wearing underwear made up of non-cotton fabrics is another cause. Fabrics other than cotton are not able to absorb extra moisture in the area.
  • Shaving the area while having pimples may injure them and eventually lead to infection.

Management

Inner labia pimples need extra care. No medication is required if they are not infected. Just do the following:

  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • Never pop or squeeze the pimple on your labia.
  • Wear loose cotton undergarments to keep the region dry and moisture free.
  • Have lots of water and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid fried and fatty foodstuff.
  • If the pimple is painful, it may be tense due to the pus collected inside. To ease this tension, try warm compress over it to soften the overlying skin. Slowly, the pimple would start draining.
  • If you feel the pimple on your labia is infected, apply a topical antibiotic cream over it.

Continue Treatment…. 

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Care of Pimples on Labia Minora

  1. Coco

    I had a pimple on my outer lip, it’s a bit painful and if i try to pop it, it doesn’t get popped. I’m getting one more beside it. wat Can I do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Donot pop or squeeze the pimple. Just keep the area clean and dry. Try warm compresses over the pimple thrice a day. This will gradually heal them in a weeks time.

      Take Care,
      Buddy M.D.

      Reply
  2. Anonymous

    I have a pimple on the right side of my lip down the bottom, close to my outer lips. I’m scared and don’t know what to do. It’s not a cluster of bumps; just one small bump the size of a small pimple. I don’t know what to do. I applied some yeast infection cream on it twice. I have it for about a week now. What should I do.How long before it goes away?

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  3. anjie

    Plz help, I have a pimple on my minor labia for a 4 days now. I’m 3 days before my periods. My pimple is small. It’s under the skin and it doesnt hurt. It feels itchy and I can’t see it because its pink like my skin. What should I do? What is this?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Looks like a normal vaginal pimple. Just take care of it. Read here in details about taking care of such pimples.

      Vaginal pimples do not affect menses. There are pretty good chances that they may vanish as your periods get over. After all, vaginal do have a hormonal reason to get erupted!

      Take Care,
      Buddy M.D.

      Reply
  4. nada

    Hey, I have a small round pimple in the middle of labia minora. I am worried I don’t know if this a bartholin cyst or a pimple. Can I get a pimple on labia minora? I am gona get my period soon. Is this cause of my coming period? The pimple is pinky in color like the skin color. It’s small and doesn’t hurt. It hurts only when I touch it. It’s on the left part of my labia minor, lately I used a miror and saw that the left labia minor where the pimple is present. It is slightly larger than the right one?
    I started using dettol soap and hot water bath but the pimple or cyst don’t have any head and seems like it doesn’t hold any substance inside it!!! Does this kind of treatment help?? Will the pimple go or it will increase in size?
    Plzzzz help plzz I am too worried
    Please take into considration that I am virgin

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This sounds more like a bartholin cyst. It cannot be a cause of your periods. Just let it be. Don’t press or squeeze it. This would infect the cyst and complicate it. There are pretty good chances that it may go away with your coming menses.

      You do not require to clean it so vigorously. Cleaning it with plain water would be enough. Read here about cleaning the genital region.

      Take Care,
      Buddy M.D.

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  5. Anonomys

    If I have bumps around my outer vagina like on the top what should I do? Can I take a shower with them or will they spread? I was thinking about using De La Cruz Gentian Violet because they say it works good on the vagina but turns purple. I am not sure if I can shower or get it wet because I’m scared it will spread.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      These are just pimples, like on any other part of the body. Yes, you can shower, they do not spread like this.

      The cause of these pimples is from inside the body. Your hormones, the oil production caused by them, is responsible for their occurrence.

      You may apply gentian voilet solution over it. This is an antiseptic solution. First clean the affected area with water. Dab it to make it dry.

      Then apply this lotion with a clean cotton tipped applicator.

      Read above to know how to avoid getting those bumps infected.

      To know what they are and how to take care of them, read here about simple home tips to get rid of vaginal pimples.

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  6. Heather

    I have something on the inside of my lip of my vagina. Started very small, now its pretty big and very painful. What should I do? Please help.

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  7. ai

    Hi, I’m worried. I have small pimple like in my labia. Its color is red but it doesnt hurt me. I’m very worried, what is happening to my body, I’m not sexually active. What will I do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Appears to be a simple pimple. Just keep the area clean and dry. Try warm compress over it twice a day, once before bedtime.

      Remember not to squeeze or pop the pimple. This would infect it. Read more on caring for labia pimples above.

      Such pimples go away on their own. Since, it is symptomless (and you are not sexually active), there is nothing to worry. Read more about genital zits here.

      Reply
  8. Belle

    Hi, I have problem in my labia. I have clusters of small pimples. They occasionally itch and I’m very afraid what is this, is this STD? I’m not sexually active. How do I deal with this ?

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  9. Sarah

    Hello, I have a problem I was hoping you could help me with. I have developed a big whitehead in one of the folds on my inner Labia minora. It has been there for the last 3 days I just found out what it was and it freaked me out. I thought it was irritation from toilet paper. It is painful. I have never had anything like this in that area before. I have been getting a lot of unexplained acne on my chin and cheek area like never before and I do have a recent oil problem on my face that I don’t know what’s causing but nothing like that down there. I have never had problems down there. Please help me on as to how to get rid of it and to prevent amything like this from ever happening again. I don’t wanna have to start getting pimples here like I do on my face.

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  10. melq

    Hi, I noticed a small bump on my left labia minora few months back after having my period. It was a bit white and almost the same colour as the skin. It wasn’t painful then. Just yesterday, I noticed the same bump suddenly got bigger about pea sized and become sore and red, again after my period. It looks like a big zits. What is it and is there any kind of cream that I can apply to make it go away? I’m really worry.
    Please advise. Thanks.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Do warm compress over the zit twice a day. This would soften it gradually and help in drainage of pus, if any.

      After each warm compress, apply Mupirocin (antibiotic cream) over it. Do this for a week. Your zit would get alright.

      Read more on treating this infected zit.

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  11. Tasha

    By my lip and lib I have a pimple thing, it hurts to walk or even if I sit wrong. I have had this before but then it goes away and then comes back. I’m worried to death that it’s something else.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are sexually active, it is better to visit your doctor and rule out any possibility of STD.

      A simple pimple does not spread or ulcerate. It usually goes away on its own with time.

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  12. Anon

    Four days before my monthly period, I have pimples both sides in my clitoris (minor labia)? This happened several times before; sometimes it’s only pinhead size. But now it’s bigger- just smaller than pea size. I took co-amoxiclav 1 g, 2 times a day. The other side is getting better but the previous side is still big, though it’s the latest. What shall I do? Is that common? It just comes and goes! It’s bothersome. Please give me some advice. GOD BLESS!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Apply a topical antibiotic (mupirocin/ bactroban) over it for atleast a week.

      Also, try draining it with warm compress.

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  13. Anonymous

    Hi, I have noticed what looks to me like tiny little white coloured clogged pores along the outside edge of my labia majora right under the pubic hair and they also occur a little bit on the inside cleft of the majora.. I am pretty sure that they are just clogged pores because the pattern in which they appear is the same as hair follicles on the skin. I believe I have had them on and off since puberty. I am in a monogamous relationship with my boyfriend and I am very confident (I am fully aware of his sexual history) that it is not an STI or STD. The ‘white heads’ are not sore but the area around my pubic hair where they are located is sometimes reddened. Do I just put warm compresses on the areas and gently cleanse it to make them go away? I am just worried because all of the comments above involve one or two but mine appear almost as often as the hair follicles. The only thing I can think of that would cause these to be more noticeable now than when I was a virgin is that I am on birth control.
    Please help, Thank you.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Pores get clogged more often when moisture gets trapped in the region. Consider wearing loose cotton undergarments to keep the area well aerated. Also, wash your genital area twice daily with plain water.

      Birth control pills, when taken for long, do lead to vaginal acne. Read more on pills and their side effects.

      Getting too many white acne may also be related to your diet. Consuming too much of fatty or sugary stuff predispose to pimples. Take more of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your body detoxified. Read more on getting pimples frequently.

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  14. hi

    Hello, I have a bump that had a white head and it popped and it’s on my left lip of my vagina. It does not hurt or have an odor and does not itch. What could this be?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Very likely to be a simple vaginal lip acne. Just keep the area clean and moisture free. Wear loose cotton undergarments. The lesion would get alright in sometime.

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  15. Worried

    I have a very small red bubble like bump on the edge of my labia minora! It stings when I touch it. Is this normal? What should I do? Could it be an STD?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are sexually active, screening for the presence of STD’s is essential.

      Other commoner possibilities include a simple pimple, or a bump due to friction from clothes down there.

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  16. Worried

    I am sexually active. But last night I put a warm water on a face washer and left it on there for a few minutes and this morning after I went to the toilet and wiped it came off with no pain or cut or anything. Is that normal?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Women commonly use products like face wash or even toothpaste to reduce bumps in this region. Though they may work, medically they are not recommended.

      Just take care of the area. If you notice more of those lesions, you may visit your doctor.

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  17. Picker

    Hi. I have the same type of acne as mentioned. However, I am a chronic picker, so the first thing I did was pop it. A lot of hard white pus came out (sorry for that image) and now it hurts, itches and has an odor. Thoughts? What is the best store bought ointment for this? And do you perhaps have a good bar soap you would recommend? Thank you.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Apply mupirocin ointment (available over the counter) on your lesion twice daily, for 3 to 4 days. Do this after cleaning it properly with plain water.

      Cleaning with soaps is not recommended for the vaginal area. This region needs gentle but regular cleaning with plain water only. Read in detail about cleaning the vaginal area.

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  18. Erin

    I think I have two pimples on my inner right near the entrance hole of my vagina. Today seems to be the worse (I noticed the pain about three days ago), but only after wiping. I can feel it today, but not bad or anything. Again, really not until I wipe. I haven’t looked at it with a mirror yet, but I didn’t really notice a bump until today. Does this sound like a pimple or worse?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      A physical exam is required to see what exactly it is. May be you can self examine it with the help of a mirror.

      It may be some wound caused by frictional action during wiping or tight clothing. It may be a pimple.

      Let us know how it looks like.

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  19. Linda

    I have a bunch of tiny pimple like bumps on my inner labia minora. I am sexually active and have recently tried some new lube. I’m not sure if that’s the reason. I also used some very harsh soap and it burned so I’m not sure if it was the soap or the lube. I just want them to be gone!!! Thanks in advance.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The tiny bumps are very likely to be due to the soap or the lube. Just stop using anything on the area. Mucosa out there is very delicate and sensitive.

      Medically speaking, it is recommended not to use any product for cleaning the genitals expect plain water.

      Wash the area daily with water and keep it clean. Apply bland coconut oil over the labia after cleaning. This would act as a emolient and help in early healing.

      Read more on cleaning the vagina.

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  20. Sally

    Hi, I had a small red bump on the inside that I didn’t notice. Now the left side has swollen up massively.
    Any help?

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  21. Laura

    Please tell me what this could be! So, for a week or two now, I have had this lump-like thing on my labia majora and it’s been freaking me out. It starts off as being invisible and you can’t see anything, but if you like pinch there you can feel a hard lump. Then it will come to a small red swelled lump, but not a whitehead. (It came to a whitehead once, and I couldn’t pop it) but every single one of them has gone away on it’s own. After they go away, another one will come back on the same lip but in a different spot. What could this be?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be an infective lump, as it is spreading. May be a pulled hair or some pimple getting infected to begin with.

      Infective lesions have pus in them, which spreads to the nearby regions. This is how other similar lumps appear.

      Apply a topical antibiotic (bactroban/ mupirocin) over the lump. Keep the area clean. Wash it daily with plain water and dab dry it.

      If it doesn’t respond to the antibiotic, it is recommended that you go for a physical exam.

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  22. icare

    I recently had a major swelling of my labia and it happened right after my period. I have not had intercourse in over 2 years and it’s not an std. I applied warm compresses and had no success to get this cyst like thing to come to a head. I endured severe pain into the second week and eventually did the following to finally get some results. I applied witch hazel with a cotton several times a day. After applying I let it air dry and then applied derma e tea tree antiseptic creme with vitamin e. This cream only has 5 percent tea tree oil and has vitamin e and is antifungal. It worked like a miracle for me. The pain subsided in 2 days and within the week I had my head — and was able to get relief. I only came on here tonight to make this comment becuz of how much I struggled. As for the derma e cream — its safe as a diaper rash cream – so safe for the area down there. Good luck to anyone struggling — and hope this helps.

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  23. Taviaa

    Hi, I have a pimple on my labia last week and it got swollen. I used the warm compressed method to solve it. Eventually it popped out itself and I did clean it and apply a cream called canesten cream HC which is for inflammed skin and fungal infections. But for now, the swolling of the labia is getting smaller but still a bit swollen and a bit itchy. I wonder what happened? and why the swollen doesn’t go off. It has been a week since I have the pimple on the labia.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Canesten is a fungal cream mixed with a mild steroid. You don’t require it.

      Instead, apply mupirocin (bactroban) on the lesion and affected area, twice a day for 3 to 5 days.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are getting those bumps again and again, it is better to get checked up by a doctor. This is essential to rule out the presence of any STDs.

      Meanwhile, keep the area clean and dry. Wash it daily from front to back with plain water. Wear loose cotton underwears. Read more on cleaning the vagina.

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  24. Nikki

    Hi,
    I have a somewhat large pimple-like bump on my inner labia minora. It’s very tender to touch and sometimes itches a little. It has a white-yellowish head to it that looks like pus (like a pimple). I got it two days after my period ended. I had sex two nights before I discovered it and I thought maybe it could have been caused from not having enough lubrication. I’m pretty sure it’s just a pimple but I’m a little worried maybe it’s something more serious. Thank you!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Start doing warm compress over it twice daily. Also apply mupirocin ointment over the pimple after each warm compress. It should respond within a day or two. Such lesions may take a week to disappear completely.

      If it doesn’t respond to this treatment, you may go to a doctor for check up.

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  25. simiyana

    I am having a pimple like thing on the inner side of my labia minora. It is not red nor it hurts when I touch it. Is it just an ordinary pimple or I need to consult a doctor?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is very likely to be a pimple. Do not pop or squeeze it. Just keep the area clean and dry. Wear loose cotton underwears and avoid friction over the pimple during movements.

      The pimple is likely to resolve by itself with time.

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  26. rushali

    I was having a pimple like thing (tiny small bump I guess) at the inner part of the labia minora, but 4 days later I am having the same thing on labia minora (on the same side but outside). It pains when I touch it. I am following the warm compress method. What is happening? Shall I consult a doctor or it will get healed by itself? How much time will it take to get healed? Please prescribe me some ointment.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is common for infected pimples to spread. Pimples filled with infective material may slowly drain, infecting nearby areas. This results in the formation of newer pimples.

      You need to keep the region clean and dry. Wash it well with plain water twice daily. After each wash, dab dry the area with a soft towel.

      After the warm compress, you may apply a topical antibiotic cream, like mupirocin, over the pimple for quicker healing.

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      1. rushali

        The pimple I had at the inner side of labia minora has become big and it has white head. I guess it’s pus. It’s not getting better but worse. What else should I do? It slightly pains after I give it a warm compress.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Do you have any fever or shivering? If you do, it is possible that the infection is spreading in the body (through blood). In that case, oral antibiotics would be required.

          The pus needs to be drained. Soften it during the warm compress and try draining it. If this is not possible, you may go to a doctor for this purpose.

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          1. rushali

            No, I am not having any fever and I drained the pus last night. It has become red and it is producing some odour too. I guess if I am not wrong. What type of food should I take to help to recover this problem and how much time will this pimple will take to heal..?? 2 weeks? or even a month..?? Is this normal?

          2. Buddy M.D. Post author

            Continue applying the topical antibiotic over the pimple and adjoining area. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

            Keep the area clean and dry. Wear loose cotton undergarments.

            Let your diet be nutritious, include plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables in it. Have home made curd/ yogurt on a daily basis. This has been found to be beneficial in maintaining a healthy vaginal flora.

            Your pimple may take around 20 days to heal completely.

  27. Chelsea Rodriguez

    Hello Buddy,
    I went to the doctor and she said it doesn’t seem like anything to worry about but I am just confused. I have a small bump on my right labia majora, like where a pubic strip would end and then to the right a bit cus it’s on the lip not the center, above the clitoris, if I explained that well enough.
    It doesn’t look like a pimple, because it’s the color of my skin and there’s never been a whitehead or pain or anything. It’s just a shiny, small bump. I squeeze it and it’s hard. It’s been there for possibly 6 months. I just don’t understand, I’ve been taking great care of my little lady as well. Please help me out.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It may be a cyst, produced due to clogging of some skin gland. Such cystic bumps are common in this area, since this area is richly supplied with oil glands.

      Nothing needs to be done. Donot try to pop or squeeze this bump. This would only injure and infect it.

      Just let it be. Keep the area clean and dry. A daily wash is essential. Wear loose cotton undergarments.

      The bump is likely to subside on its own with time.

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  28. anon

    Hello, I have a small bump under the skin in my labia minor, near my clitoris. It is not painful, itchy or has no odor. Just slightly raised and a little red. When I first noticed it, I squeezed it and a little pus came out. I will admit I am a picker so I’m constantly looking at it to see if it has gone away. Does this sound like just a simple pimple? Or something else? I’ve never got a pimple on the inside of my vagina, I don’t think it was possible.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Sounds like just a pimple. It is very common to get pimples down there, since the pubic area is moist and richly supplied with glands.

      All you need to do is to keep the area well ventilated. Wear loose cotton undergarments. Avoid wearing tight pants or jeans for some time.

      Wash your genitals daily with clear water and dab dry it. Your pimple is likely to subside on its own in 3 to 5 days.

      Donot squeeze or pop it. It may get infected and become painful.

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  29. Charlotte

    I have a very painful lump on my inner labia, right at the vaginal opening. I had sex 24 hours ago, and have been in a monogamous relationship with the same person for two years. I was tested for std/STI less than a month ago when I got my last Pap smear. I am not on birth control at the moment, an am not pregnant. I noticed the lump just today, it is mildly swollen and not visible. Should I worry, or is this likely just the early stages of a pimple?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is likely to be a pimple that has got traumatised during sex.

      Abstain from sex for some time till it gets alright. Avoid wearing any tight clothing that may give friction at that point. Wear loose cotton underwears.

      Wash the area with clear water twice daily. Your lump is likely to subside on its own with time.

      Let us know if it grows in size or you have any other symptom.

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  30. Anon

    I’m not sure whether I have a pimple on my labia majora or something else, but it is pink and a size of a pimple. When I touch it, it hurts and it does get itchy once a while. I’m very scared and I don’t know what do do.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This does sound like a pimple. Take all precaution mentioned above in the post.

      Keep the area well ventilated, dry and clean. Wash it daily with clear water only, while bathing. Donot put any soap on it.

      Put mupirocin ointment over the pimple twice a day. It is likely to subside on its own in 3 to 5 days.

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  31. marie

    I visited the doctor cause I had white bumps on my inner labia, a cluster. And my doctor told me it was just clogged pores. Any creams to help it go away? Also, it still freaks me out, my doctor could be wrong, right?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Are you sexually active? If yes, it would be better to rule out the presence of any STD’s.

      It is common to get clogged pores or pimples in that area during early adult life. All you have to do is to keep the area clean and dry. Wash it twice daily with clear water. Dab dry the area with a towel and wear loose cotton undergarments to keep it properly ventilated.

      These white spots would gradually subside in a week or so.

      Creams are required only if you have any pain in those pimples or some infection.

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  32. Leah

    I have a red bump on my inner labia, it does not itch or burn. It doesn’t have a white head. It’s smaller than a pea. What could this be?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is likely to be a pimple. Since it is symptomless, nothing needs to be done.

      Wash the area daily with clear water. Dab dry the area after washing and wear loose cotton underwear only. This will keep the genital area dry and well ventilated.

      The pimple is likely to subside on its own with time. Inform us if it starts paining or grows in size.

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  33. AB.

    I have a lot of bumps on my left labia majora. They look like they are pus filled and the whole area is swollen. It hurts when I touch it. I tried warm compress and it made some puss come out of some of them but not all, the ones that did come out look like little liquid filled pits. Can anyone tell me what it might be? I recently had a miscarriage and was on a sort of period for over a month, could it be all the bacteria down there?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This sounds like an infections.

      Do you have any fever or feeling of tiredness?

      Keep the area clean by washing it daily with water. Dab dry it properly and wear loose cotton undergarments only to keep it dry.

      Liberally apply an antibiotic oitment, like mupirocin/ bactroban over the pimples twice a day. You may use it once in the morning and once before going to bed, so that the ointment gets a chance to stay there while you lie down for sleep.

      If it does not get improved within 2 to 3 days, you may have to take oral antibiotics.

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      1. AB.

        I do have tiredness. So far I’ve put hot tea bags on them, they all seem to have poped. They now are bleeding and one got a scab. Does this mean it’s healing? To keep it from infecting anywhere else, I put antibiotic ointment and cover it with gauze. Will this make it better?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          It would be better to see a doctor for examination. You need to go for an oral antibiotic course.

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  34. Tulip

    I need help. I am so scared. I have numerous little pimples on my vulva and labia majora, some of them hurt and others have pus and some seem to be blackhead. I wanna go see a gynae, but am so embarrassed and scared. I have been having these repeatedly especially after my periods. They seem to pop up out of nowhere in large amounts maybe 10-15.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Keep the area clean. Make it a point to wash the genital area twice every day.

      Do not use any harsh soap or gel for washing, just plain water is adequate. Wear loose cotton underwears only to keep the area moisture free.

      Avoid tight pants. If you are exercising or sweating too much, take a bath and wash the area after the exercise session.

      Apply mupirocin ointment over the pimples that have pus in them. If the pus touches other pimples, they too may get infected. So, be careful while handling them.

      Getting recurrent pimples down there needs to be evaluated. It is good that you are going to your doctor for a physical exam.

      Read here about factors that may give you many recurrent vaginal pimples.

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  35. loulou

    Hello Buddy,
    I get these red small raised (almost pointy like) bumps on my vulva. They appear shiny on top. They usually only come up one at a time in different areas, but on the same side, always in areas of hair growth. The last one I got was on my upper, inner thigh in the bikini line. They are always painless unless I pop them, then they are tender. If I don’t pop them, they seem to get bigger and slightly tender. But no other symptoms besides that. The one I had previous to this was on my upper vulva, about an inch above the clitoris, again, raised/red/shiny…it took a while to pop, and a tiny amount of clear fluid them blood came. I do shave that entire area about 3 times a week, and I have been on birth control for 5 years…what does this sound like to you, it is a bit concerning when they pop up.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s not normal to get raised bumps like this down there on a recurrent basis.

      Try observing what is causing them. It is very likely that frequent shaving is giving you those bumps. Read about shaving the genital area to know more.

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      1. lou lou

        Thank You for the fast response. I am trying to convince myself that it is from shaving, but I have become a hypocondriac after an ASCUS pap smear (which returned to normal 3 months later). I guess my main concern is does it sound like herpes in any way. The one I have right now looks like the pimples you get on the side of your nose. I think it opened and drained last night because the bump is much smaller, and looks like a tiny red hole on top, and if I touch it with my finger, it feels sore like a pimple, but other than that it doesn’t bother me. I would just like peace of mind, does it sound anything like HSV2?

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  36. Maddie

    3 days ago I noticed I have a small white lump on the edge of my Labia Minora. It hurts when I touch it. It looks like it might be a pimple, but don’t know for sure. What is it? and what should I do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Are your sexually active?

      It may be an infected pimple. Try applying a topical antibiotic cream over it. You may use bactroban (mupirocin), available over the counter, for 3 to 5 days.

      If it does not improve, you may visit your doctor for examination.

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  37. jean price

    I have multiple pimples on vulva. This week, they are hurting and a little blood showing and now hurt. Wear incontinence pads for some time. Started about a month ago using baby wipes with lanolin. Stopped today and changed daily shower from loreal extra moisturizing liquid soap to dial and stopped baby wipes. What causes this and how do I treat and prevent?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Moisture trapped in the area and excess of natural oil produced there, is the main cause leading to recurrent pimples.

      You need to keep the groin region clean and dry. Maintaining a good genital hygiene would solve the problem. Wash it daily while bathing with plain water only. No soap or gel need to be used for cleaning. Read more at cleaning the genital area.

      It would help if you restrict on your fat intake. Take more of fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut on all greasy food stuff.

      Including yogurt in your diet, on a daily basis, would help in maintaining an ideal vaginal pH. This would keep infections away fron your genital region.

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  38. Marie

    I have a furuncle/boil on my labia minora and the area around it is swollen, can I apply fucidin ointment?

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  39. Marie

    Is there a difference between bactroban OINTMENT and bactroban CREAM? Are both safe to use in the labia minora?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Both are same. They can be applied over the skin surface of the genital region. Not to be applied over the mucosal surface there.

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      1. Marie

        So can I apply bactroban ointment in the labia minora? The labia minora is not considered a mucosal surface?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          You may apply bactroban over labia minora. It is not to be put inside the vaginal canal.

          Though labia minora is not skin, it is not as delicate as mucosal surfaces of the vaginal canal.

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  40. madhur

    I am 25 I had a sexual experience 10 yrs ago and since this year jan, I have been getting acne like I get on my face on my labia minora a 10 days before periods. I have acne with whiteheads on my back and face. The acne are same like that on the labia minora.
    I got examined from 2 gynacs. They said it’s normal to get such boils/acne and I was told to apply mupirocin over it. I told about the experience to them and also I noticed a very small sized wart in the folds of labia minora. I have one on feet and one in arm pit. My dad too has. Is it normal to have a wart on labia minora?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is not normal to get a wart on labia minora. We can expect this to be some slow growing infection, probably imparted to you during sex.

      It is advisable to get yourself screened for the presence of STD’s.

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  41. Madhur

    Hello, I got what looks like a wart to me. Examined from a MD n gynac. She says it’s not a wart. Please advise me what tests can I go through to rule out possibility of STD’s. Is it true that STD’s can crop up 10 years post exposure and having no problems before. My menstrual cycle is also regular.

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  42. Anon

    I have a pimple near the hole of my vagina. The pus already came out, but it is still swollen and painful. It is already 3 days and I fear that I’m getting my period today. Is it possible that the pimple will be infected because of my mensturation? What should I do to prevent the pimple from being infected?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The pimple sounds infected. May be it has more pus in it.

      You may start applying a topical antibiotic cream, like mupirocin, over the pimple. Do this twice a day for 3 to 5 days, till it regresses in size.

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  43. Kristie

    I have a lot of small, little bumps on my outer lip of my vagina. I have had them as long as I can remember, and they sometimes itch really bad and burn after sex (though I had them before I started having sex). They are from about half of my lip down on (my) left lip. When I look at them in a mirror, they are tiny and close together. What are they and what do I do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      A physical exam is required to diagnose what they are. You need to go to a doctor for examination.

      From what you have said, they appaer to be allergic rashes. It may be some allergy from your underwear fabric, soap or gel being used there, douche etc.

      Try wearing loose cotton underwears only. Cotton fabric is hypoallergen and is prefered for undergarments. Stop using all cosmetic products for cleaning down there. Wash the region with clean water only, no soap, gel or douches. Donot use any perfume for this area.

      Allegra oinment is available in the market. You may try applying it, twice a day over the bumps.

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  44. Unsure

    I have recently noticed small raised bumps on my labia minor that are very close to my vaginal opening. They remind me of clustered, swollen taste buds. I have never been sexual active and I am curious if maybe these are pimples or possibly something else? The bumps are almost the same color as everything else down there (slightly pinker) and they are slightly uncomfortable to touch but overall cause me no pain. The cluster of very small raised bumps are bigger on the right labia minor but are also present on the left side as well. Thank you in advance for your time.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      There are two possibilities. These bumps may be pimples or some kind of allergy. Have you recently used any new cosmetic product (soap, gel, douche) or tampoon in your genital area?

      Just keep the area clean and well ventilated. Wear loose cotton underwears only. This fabric is hypoallergen in nature. You may apply some bland lubricating cream over the affected portion. KY jelly may be used.

      Also, a topical antiallergic ointment, like aclovate, can be applied over the bump for 3 to 5 days.

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