Vaginal Acne: Nature, Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

Yup, you read that right. It’s possible to end up with acne down there. And even though it’s not common, it’s not all that rare either. If you’ve never experienced it before, it’s understandable that you’d be alarmed when you notice an inflamed red bump on your privates. More often than not, they’re similar to pimples that you’d get anywhere else on your body. Except, owing to their position, they may be a lot more painful.

Causes of Vaginal Pimples

Feminine hygiene products could cause pimples


All pimples are caused by clogging of a gland duct. This could be thanks to various things such as:

  • overactive sebaceous glands due to hormone imbalances
  • ingrown hairs from shaving or waxing
  • allergic reactions to products like douches, intimate washes/perfumes/deodorants, and detergents
  • folliculitis which is an infection of the hair follicle
  • scented pads or tampons

The bumps may flare up during your period thanks to the extra moisture which makes it an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to spread. However, it’s always a great idea to get them checked out since some STDs manifest as clusters of pimples or warts as well.


How To Treat It

Tea tree oil can help treat acne

  • Most pimples should clear up on their own without any help, as long as you leave them alone. Do not try to touch them and more importantly do not try to pop them.
  • A warm compress can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. It can speed up the process of it popping naturally and drying up.
  • If the pimples are caused by a certain product, Stop using any that touch your genitals. For a while, only use warm water to clean. Slowly reintroduce each product until you find what causes the reaction. Take this out of your routine. Remember that this could also include the detergent you use to wash your delicates.
  • Tea tree oil has great antibacterial properties which are incredibly effective against acne.1 You can dilute some tea tree oil in water and do a patch test on your forearm. If you don’t seem to have any allergic reactions within 24 hours, use a cotton bud to gently apply over the acne on your vagina.
  • If you are using any topical treatments, avoid using them on the softer skin inside the lips.

How To Prevent Vaginal Acne

Stick to wearing cotton underwear

  • Try to keep the vaginal area clean and dry. Moist environments make the ideal hosting ground for bacteria. After you shower, clean and dry the area with a soft, clean, dry towel.
  • Stick to wearing pure cotton underwear. Any other fabric won’t absorb sweat as effectively.
  • If you choose to remove pubic hair, try to opt for wax which is meant for sensitive skin. If you are shaving, use shaving cream instead of soap and water. Exfoliate the area regularly to reduce ingrown hairs.

Note: If the pimples recur even when you follow through with proper hygiene, it’s a good idea to pay a visit to the dermatologist. It could just be that you’re prone to acne in which case they can provide ways to help you control it.

Vaginal acne is nothing to be worried about. As long as you take the right steps to treat and prevent them, you should have no trouble. If you still don’t notice any improvement, don’t be embarrassed to get medical help. It’s more common than you think.