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Vaginal pimples

Vagina pimples are small almost rounded lesions (bumps) which could appear on vaginal zone. These pimples can be single but more often they occur like clusters (kind of pimples family). Usually pimples contain liquid secretion or pus. Vaginal pimples could be reddish or skin-colored. Besides being unpleasant and uncomfortable, pimples on vagina could be painful with certain burning or stinging sensation. Often vaginal pimples cause yellowish discharge and irritation. They can have different sizes.

Vaginal (genital) pimples can be triggered by several factors which are not always easy to clarify. But it is crucial to identify cause of vaginal pimples for adequate treatment and recurrence prevention.

Vaginal pimples causes

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a specific skin (tissue) reaction to the contact with certain elements such as synthetic underwear, harsh laundry detergents, chemical and perfumed personal hygiene products, local medications and spermicides, condoms, lubricants, tampons and sanitary napkins. When genital area is irritated by allergic or any other chemical components, it triggers type of eczema (so called “contact dermatitis”).


Folliculitis is inflammation and infection of hair follicles. When hair follicles in intimate zones experience blockage, it could trigger folliculitis (follicle inflammation). It is happening when sweat or bacteria blocks hair follicle – it leads to infectious pimples, local irritation and pain. Folliculitis can be triggered by intensive sweating, improper shaving in intimate zones, ingrown hairs, synthetic tight clothing and infections.

Bartholin cyst

On each side of vagina women have so called “Bartholin glands” which secrete mucus to provide vaginal lubrication (mainly during sexual arousal). Bartholin glands have paired small ducts which open on the surface of vulva. In cases of ducts’ blockage Bartholin cyst can be formed. Women could feel fluid vaginal cyst which tends to get very large in size. Bartholin cysts are usually painless without any irritation. Sometimes these cysts could be infected – becoming inflamed and filled with pus.

Ingrown hairs

Every woman can have perfectly clean and beautiful bikini line. After shaving or waxing or sugaring often women could experience bikini irritating stubborn bumps which develop because of ingrown hairs. Later bikini bumps start growing inside the skin and form pimples combined with local itching and discomfort.

Vaginal pimples

Molluscum contagious

Molluscum contagious is viral infection with pearly colored vaginal pimples formed on labia majora. Multiple growing pimples (called “mollusca”) are usually small white or pearly rising with dimple at center. Molluscum contagiosum are characterized by lesions (bumps-like) that can occur anywhere on human body (including vaginal zone). In most cases Molluscum contagiosum clears up during one year (6-12 months) but sometimes they can stay up to few years.

Vaginal pimples triggered by sexually transmitted diseases

Some sexually transmitted diseases are characterized by development of pimples on vagina. These diseases include genital herpes and genital warts.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus. The virus enters the linings or skin through microscopic tears or through cracks in the skin and mucous membranes. Once inside, the virus travels to the nerve roots near the spinal cord and settles there permanently. First clinical episodes usually appeared during 2-20 days after contact – small red pimples appear on vagina and genital area. Later these pimples develop into painful blisters around infected zone. Usually first episode is the most severe, with most episodes lasting 10-21 days. Genital herpes typical symptoms include also flu-like symptoms (fever, headaches and fatigue), burning sensation in genitals, vaginal discharge, swollen lymph glands, muscle ache, burning sensation and/or pain during urination.

Genital warts

Genital warts are more common among women and are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Genital warts usually appear as a small bump or groups of pimples in genital zone. They can be small or large, raised or flat, flesh-colored, soft or moist and shaped like cauliflower. In most cases genital warts occur anywhere from few weeks to few months after exposure to virus. Genital warts are usually spread by direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual contacts.

Skene’s duct cysts

Skene glands are located close to urethra. When Skene glands or ducts become blocked (infected), Skene’s duct cysts appear. Most Skene’s duct cysts are small (less than 1 cm) and asymptomatic. Cysts could form abscesses or cause urethral obstruction and recurrent urinary tract infections. Women could experience symptoms of urinary tract infections such as frequent urination combined with pain and burning sensation, cloudy dark urine with specific strong smell and pain or pressure in lower back or lower abdomen.

Fordyce spots

Fordyce spots usually appear in places of sebaceous glands and they occur as cluster of white colored small (1-3 mm) painless raised pimples on vaginal lips. They often develop on the inner parts of labia. Fordyce spots are not associated with any disease or infections. They are not harmful and don’t require any treatment.

Sweat glands blockage

Sometimes genital sweat glands can be blocked (infected) which could trigger small painful pimples development. This condition should be considered as infected inflammation and should be treated adequately.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer can develop on any part of human body including genital zone. Appearance of growing in size (non-stop) genital/vaginal pimples combined with bloody discharge and pain could be a sign of cancerous transformations.

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