Simple Remedies for Vaginal Lips Acne

Q: I have a few red bumps, some with white tips in my vaginal flaps. I know they’re not STDs because I am a virgin. Should I wait till they go away? I don’t want to go to a doctor since it is embarrassing. Is there any home remedy?
-By: Mary

Reply:

Sounds like you have pimples on your vaginal lips.

Pimples are common in your age group. As anywhere else in the body, they also occur in the vaginal area. You may read about 3 simple and quick methods to treat them yourself.

There is nothing to worry. They will gradually subside away with time.

Home Care

  • Just keep the area clean and dry.
  • Wear loose cotton undergarments. This is suggested because cotton fabric absorb any extra moisture not letting it accumulate in the area.
  • Try cleaning with warm compress. This may be quite helpful.
  • Never squeeze or scratch those pimples. They may get infected.
  • If there is any pain or discharge from them, it would be suggestive of an infection. Then an antibiotic cream application would be required.
  • Eat healthy. Let your diet include more of fresh fruits and cooked vegetables. Cut down on fatty stuff. This reduces overall occurrence of pimples.
  • Stay physically active for a good blood circulation.

Continue treatment…. 

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Home Care for Pimples on Female Genitalia

  1. Janet Dupree

    I have a few bumps on my lower labia majora. They are not painful, however they are quit worrisome.

    I am searching but can’t find any helpful answers.

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  2. Naima

    A few days ago I just finished my period. Then all of a sudden I saw this lump next to my vagina area. I got really worried.

    I tried everything like hot water, ice cubes but nothing worked. It feels so painful that I can’t even move properly. I have problems sleeping because it’s a lot of pain. I’m only 12.

    I’m not sure what to do. I can’t sit anywhere properly because it keeps hurting. I’m thinking of visiting a doctor, but I’m not sure.

    I’m in a lot of pain right now, I cry every night because I just can’t stand it anymore, what can I do? Please help me.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You need to see a doctor at the earliest. This may not be a simple pimple. Since it is so painful, there are chances of it being a boil or a furuncle. It may be filled with pus.

      You may require some antibiotic treatment. So don’t delay.

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    2. Shannon

      Since 2009, after urinating, I have noticed some little bloody on my urine, and I also have pimples. I haven’t told anyone about this, but I think that it could be a big problem. Please HELP ME!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

      Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      There is no harm in discussing them with your doctor.

      One has to learn how to manage them on a regular basis by simple, non medical measures. Such pimples may appear throughout the reproductive life. Follow the steps written above to manage them.

      Reply
  3. Nishi

    I have some pimple on my vaginal flaps and in it as well. I also have itching and pain.

    I’m a virgin that’s why I can’t consult a doctor and waiting till they are gone. In this age, I use fingering some times. Please tell me what should I do?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Just a general care, as detailed above, should be enough for your pimples. It is very common to have more pimples around teenage.

      Are you near your menses? Pimples may flare up around menses. Read more about it.

      Do the following:

      1. Keep the area clean and dry. Only plain water wash is recommended, no soaps or medications.
      2. After each wash, apply a bland emollient like plain coconut oil over the area.
      3. Trim your nails, they may traumatize your pimples and infect them.
      4. Consider including yogurt in your diet.
      5. Try warm compresses for pain.
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  4. Micayla

    I’m 15. I thought that the multiple white dots on the inner parts of my vagina were normal. I have popped one, so I think it might be vagina pimples. But I am not sure. I am not sexually active.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Most likely, these white dots are tiny pimples. They are clogged openings of various oil glands present in the region for better lubrication.

      You need to keep the area very clean and dry. These will go on their own in a few days. Read above about steps to be taken to heal these pimples.

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  5. Nishi

    I completed my 23 yr in August. I am unmarried now but I’m fatty with height 5 ft 1 inch. And weight is 62.

    I have irregular periods. Sometime period comes in 2 months and sometime it takes 6 months. When they come after long time it takes 2 months regular period like drooping with pain, clots and weakness.

    I have tried lots of doctors and there medicines but no benefit. In December, doctor advised me some tests like abdomen ultrasound, sugar, thyroid, urine and hemoglobin. All reports came normal.

    Please help me. I’m very disturbed from all these in my studies.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Irregular periods may be due to hormonal problems. When the reproductive hormones are not in appropriate concentrations, menstrual cycles are irregular.

      There are many factors which affect the hormonal levels in young girls. They include stress levels, being over weight or under weight, any illness etc.

      You need to relax first and try stabilizing your mind. Try meditating in some form. Eat proper and sleep well. Try loosing some weight.

      As your mind and body relax back, your hormones may also come to normal levels and stabilize your menses. If the problem persists, medications may be considered. Your doctor may consider putting you on hormonal pills for some time.

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  6. Ruchi

    I am 23 year old unmarried girl. My weight is 60 with some hormonal imbalance.

    Please suggest me something for loosing my weight fast.

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  7. melissa

    I am 16 and haven’t shaved in 5 months ago. I have long vaginal hair I am getting pimples where the hair grows and it hurts. I wanna tell no one. Please tell me what I can do?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Hair do have a tendency to trap moisture. It is important to keep the area clean and dry.

      If you are having pimples on the region, it is suggested that you don’t shave. Shaving may injure the pimples. Let the pimples heal first.

      Since your pimples are hurting, you may try warm compress over the pimples. This will soften them and ease the tension inside the acne. Then apply some topical antibiotic like mupirocin (bactroban) over it.

      Do this for a week. Your pimples would gradually go away. Once they are gone, you may shave the area.

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  8. sakshi

    I am 19 years old and whenever I masturbate I get repeated vaginal pimples. I do clean my genital parts regularly after that but still the growth does not stop. I have doubt if it’s a herpes or pimple. I have read many articles about herpes and genital pimple but I am unable to distinguish between them. Please help me.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Since they are yellow-green, we can infer that your pimples are infected.

      You need to do the following:

    2. Do warm compress over the pimples at least twice a day. Try draining the pus that can come out of them without pain (easily).
    3. Keep the area clean and dry (ventilated). Wear soft cotton undergarments only.
    4. Apply a topical antibiotic like mupirocin over it twice a day (after each warm compress).
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  9. Liza

    Hi, I am 13 years old and I have heaps and heaps and heaps of tiny white dots around my vagina and on my vagina lips. Would these dots be vaginal pimples? (They are never painful or anything).

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      These may be tiny sebaceous glands, which are clogged.

      Since they are symptomless, there is no infection and nothing to worry.

      All you need to do is to keep the region dry and clean. Wash it daily with plain water. Wear loose cotton underwear to keep the area dry and breathable.

      Eat right, less of fats and more of fruits and vegetables.

      Read more on white bumps on vagina.

      Reply
  10. monica

    Hi. I am 15 and have itchy big bumps on my vagina an anus. They are itchy, so I scratch them; what do I do about them?

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  11. Sam

    Hello, I’m a 17 virgin girl, I just noticed a pimple in my vaginal area. I’m on my period, it doesn’t hurt but I feel when I touch it that it’s so big, that is the problem. I eat a lot of vegetables but in the same time a lot of unhealthy food, and I never had a pimple in this area. Because it’s bigger than acne is it normal? what should I do ?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This is normal. Since it is painless, just let it be. It likely to regress on its own as your periods go.

      Reply
  12. Krs

    Hi, I have a large bump at my outer labia. I think it is an acne but it don’t see a pus. It’s very painful and I think it’s infected due to my activity in school and because I always wear a jeans. It’s gotten bigger and I’m scared.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It sounds infected. Don’t wait any longer. Start applying a topical antibiotic cream over it. You may apply mupirocin twice daily for a week over the bump.

      Avoid wearing jeans or any other tight garment. Wear cotton frocks or skirts till the bump gets alright. This is to avoid friction there.

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  13. Mar

    Hi! I’m 18 and still, I have this bump in my vaginal lips. First I thought it’s just a simple pimple, so I didn’t give attention to it. Then, as days go by, it becomes larger and now it become painful. What I’m gonna do? I don’t want to go to a doctor. Please help!! I’m also scared now.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Are you sexually active? If yes, you need to go to a doctor to rule out the possibility of any STD.

      If you are not sexually active, you may treat this painful bump like an infected pimple. Do warm compress over it twice daily. This would soften its outer surface and help in draining it. Drainage may take time, may be 3 to 4 days. You need to be very gentle with the pimple, no squeezing or popping. Let it be a natural drainage.

      Also, start applying an antibiotic cream (mupirocin/ bactroban) over it, twice daily for a week.

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  14. Lindy

    I have a pimple in upper part of my vagina but out side. It just comes and go. It last about a week. It is not painful but when I press it after 2 days it produce pus then disappear. What is the course of that type of pimple?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Pimples are formed when the lubricating glands present in the genital area get blocked. It is common for pimples to get infected. On getting infected, pus starts getting collected inside them and the pimples swells up and becomes painful.

      In a normal course, such pimples keep swelling with more and more pus inside them, to eventually drain outside. This may take around a week.

      Management includes keeping the area clean, by daily washing, and dry. Wear loose cotton underwear to avoid friction over the bump. If the pimple becomes painful, you need to apply a topical antibiotic cream over it.

      Reply
  15. Bella

    I just turned 13 when I was 12 ( towards the middle end of 12) I noticed I had some pimples or bumps, I popped one then more came then I thought it would go away soon so I left it alone. Then I realize there still there, they don’t itch the good thing is there not big. I’m not sexually active I don’t want to go to the doctor because I’m embarrassed. What is it? What should I do?

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    1. Jaida

      Im 14 and i have a big Bump on the outside of my vagina and it sometimes itches so i rubbing it And i think a few days ago it Goes away and Another one pops up its so aggregating i dont know What to do

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  16. Julia

    I have a small, red, pea sized (bit smaller) bump on the outer lip of my vagina. It is right on the edge where my underwear finishes (on the inside of my leg) and it rubs against my underwear with any movement I make. It’s quite painful and I’m not quite sure what to do?
    I remember having something similar to it (not sure if it was the same thing) but I do remember it was a little smaller and not so painful.
    Also area around it is quite red.
    I’ve never shaved/waxed in that area in specific.
    I’m too embarrassed to ask my mom/doctor.
    Help!

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Start applying a topical antibiotic cream over the pimple. You may use mupirocin ointment, twice daily for a week.

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      1. Julia

        Just wanted to add that I’m a virgin therefore it’s probably not a sexually transmitted thing. Also, it feels like it’s liquid-like inside, and it it’s so painful?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Apply the ointment as mentioned above. You may also start doing warm compresses over it. This would soften the skin over the pimple and help in draining pus from within it, if any.

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  17. Prathima Bharathi

    Hi sir,
    I am having skin problem at vaginal. Getting pimples on surroundings of vaginal. Please tell me treatment of this.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s common to get pimples there. This is related to your personal hygiene and diet.

      You need to keep the area clean, by daily bathing, and dry. Avoid wearing any tight garment or panty. Wear loose cotton underwear to minimize friction.

      If any pimple becomes big or painful, apply mupirocin ointment over it, twice daily for a week.

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  18. siya

    Hi, I am unmarried 22yrs old. I had sex with my fiance and got pregnant but the baby didn’t develop well and we aborted in 12th week on our dr’s advise :'( since then I have irregular periods, and I as I was very depressed, I had breakup with my fiance and moved to another city. He was my only partner. Since then, I did not have sex with anyone, but I masturbate sometimes and now I have pimple on my vagina but it’s only one and painless. It does not bleed nor I had pus discharge from it. It goes off within a week and recur in a week or two at same or bit different area on my vagina. Please help me. What is it? I do not want to go to a doctor. Please tell me how do I have regular periods again. Usually, they come in a three month gap now. Please help me.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You need to ease up now.

      Irregularlity of menses is more likely to be related to your depressive feelings. This is unlikely to be a gyne problem. As you come out of your past and take control of your thoughts, your hormonal levels would stabilise, so will your menses.

      The pimple is likely to be a simple pimple, which gets infected. That may be reason why it recurs.

      Apply a topical antibiotic, like mupirocin, over it. Apply it thrice daily for a week.

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  19. Meenal

    I’m 23 yr old unmarried and not virgin getting pimple inner side and rafness inner side what to do it’s happen me first time . Plzz help me out form this problem.

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  20. Help

    Iam getting red coloured pimples one after other and looks clustered in few days and they are painful but they are not filled with fluids. This usually happens during or after my mensuration period. Also, the inner labia will be itchy and have zit kind of things which cause irritation. Does this belong to STD? Please do help me to get rid of this.

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      1. Help

        Yes, me and my partner will be meeting at least once in a week.
        But there is no problem of white discharge, only biggest issue is I’m getting this red colored pimples every month and want to get it of those.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Do they itch or burn? Does your partner also have them? How many are they in number? Are they in clusters?

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          1. Help

            I have itching sensation but doesn’t have burning feel. on inner labia only one or two comes but on the outer labia initially one medium sized bump like pimple comes and then followed by small red pimples kind of things and they would count around 10 on both the lips. It takes a week time for them to completely vanish from the part. Sometimes they looks like blisters but i’m sure that there is no fluid inside them as seen in herpes. What are they and how to get rid of them. Please help me.

  21. Tilly

    I have 2 red bumps on the inner of my legs close to my vagina. I finished my period a few days ago. They are a little painful when I walk because there rub against each other I tried popping them but after reading realized it was bad. Is there anyway for them to go away fast?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Avoid friction over them while walking. Start applying a topical antibiotic cream over them, thrice a day.

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  22. Neha

    Hi doc. My age is 21. I reside in india. I get pimple on my labia minora somtimes on left minora sometimes on right minora. I get this pimple every month, 4-5 days before periods since 1 and half year.
    If i just see, the pimple is not visible but when i feel my pimple between my 2fingers(thumb and index finger) it is hard and painful.
    I take complete care of that area. I use mild intimate wash, antifungal creams and powders(priscribed by my doc).. I keep it dry, I wear only cotton panties, basically i take complete care of that part. Even after doing so much im getting a painful pimlpe evrymonth.And i eat lot of fruits amd veggies also Please tell me the reason and cure for this.
    Is this dangerous? Should i counsalt a doctor?
    Please help

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Why are you using anti fungal cream or powder? Did you have any fungal infection before?

      It’s very common and normal to get pimples there around menses. This is usually related to your hormones.

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  23. Lily

    I’m 17 almost 18 and I’m on birth control but I’m not sexually active, it’s just for protection in case I do have sex. I have been on it for over a year (it hasn’t worked well with my body so I’m getting off of it soon). But I started my period a few days ago and I’ve noticed on the top part of the labia minora, there’s bumps. I don’t want to see an OB cause I would feel very uncomfortable with them examining me. So what could it be? What could I do about it without having to see an OB?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      These may be because of OCs. If you’re not planning active sexual activities, better avoid taking these hormones. Why interfere with body’s natural rhythms.

      As you quit these pills, these bumps are very likely to go.

      Any itch, pain over them?

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  24. Jada

    I’m 17 and a virgin. For the past year I have had about 15 bumps on my labia minora, when some go away new ones appear (they are not in clusters like herpes) They are not white so they blend in and do not itch me or burn however they are filled with white pus. They do not bother me but I really just want to get rid or them. Do you think they are pimples? What do u recomendable.

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  25. Alex

    I have a white small pimple where my pubic hair grows I’m 15 never had sex or shaved. It doesn’t hurt unless I touch it. I don’t know what to do because I don’t want to tell my mom

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          1. Buddy M.D. Post author

            An antibiotic cream needs to be applied over it, after each warm compress session. You may use mupirocin, thrice daily.