A vaginal pimple can be mistaken for herpes or other STI, but it’s not the same thing. In fact, it’s a subaceous cyst, a benign growth that can resolve on its own or in some instances may require antibiotics like Bacterium or Keflex. The classic manifestation of these is a cluster of small, fluid-filled blisters or red bumps on or around the genital or vaginal area. This may include the pubic region, labia, clitoris, or perineum. Pimples in the vaginal area are not a common malady and vary from woman to woman.
Vaginal pimples occur much in the same way a pimple forms anywhere else. Sweating occurs in the genital area and the heat is much greater there. In turn, pores clog and when you throw in sexual intercourse, bacteria thrive. All this leads to the pimple’s growth, which may not appear as large as, say, a facial pimple. If a woman happens to notice a vaginal pimple, she should make sure to thoroughly cleanse the area and avoid trying to pop or pick at it. If they change shape or become painful or itchy, or don’t resolve after a few days to a week, a trip to the Ob/Gym may be necessary.
It may tempting to treat genital acne at home with a common over the counter remedy. Most physicians recommend that one avoids the use of products containing Benzoyl peroxide—the active ingredient in most over the counter acne treatments. The best at home treatment is to use a warm compress on the affected area, which should cause the pimple to resolve in a few days to a week.
If antibiotics are necessary to treat the pimples, this will only be a temporary measure. The pimples will clear up, but may return unless good hygiene is routinely practiced. The easiest of theses is to make sure that the genital area is kept clean and dry. Moisture will help the bacteria to colonize and grow and the vaginal pimples will return. In some cases, the vaginal pimple may be caused by yeast, in which an anti-fungal or anti-yeast medication may be prescribed.
Vaginal acne may look and act like acne elsewhere on the body. It’s important to get it checked out, especially if it’s painful or does not resolve. They could be a sign of another type of infection requiring medicinal treatment. But remember, when in doubt, see a doctor.