Finding a bump near your vagina can be alarming — and honestly, pretty painful, too. Though a bump down there can range from something completely harmless to something a little more serious, having bumps in your vulvar area is totally normal.
According to Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, vulvar bumps can fall under several categories: acne, ingrown hairs, cysts, and STIs. That’s right, acne isn’t just limited to your face — you can get in on your back, butt, and near your vagina. Seventeen talked to Dr. Bhuyan, family physician at One Medical, all about pimples down there. Read on to learn what exactly these pimples are, how to treat them, and how to avoid getting them altogether.
What are vaginal pimples?
Since the vagina is the canal that attaches your uterus to the outside world, the vulva and labia are actually where you’ll see acne, says Dr. Bhuyan. Vulvar acne shows up in red bumps, and is a form of folliculitis, which is an inflammation around the hair follicles.
So how is this different from facial acne? While facial acne usually forms due to a collection of oil and debris, vaginal acne is caused by an infection due to bacteria that forms around your pubic hair follicles, Dr. Bhuyan says.