Pimples in the vaginal area should be treated carefully to prevent infection. The tissues of and surrounding the vagina are very sensitive. A blemish in the vaginal area that appears red, raised and with a white top can appear to be a pimple but it could be a symptom of another infection like genital warts, herpes or an inflammation of the hair follicles. For persistent or numerous vaginal pimples, medical treatment is needed.
Pimples can be caused by skin-cell build-up, dirt and excess oil that have clogged the pore. The vaginal area is no exception. Typically an antibacterial soap is used to cleanse areas impacted by pimples, but this type of soap can be too harsh for the vaginal area. A mild soap or feminine cleansing product, such as a soap-free and fragrance-free product, can be used instead. Washing the area with warm water can also keep the area from getting infected and allow the pimple to heal.
Never pick at a pimple, especially in the vaginal area. Picking can lead to scarring, infection and it can help spread the pus from the pimple to the surrounding areas and cause new pimples. A soft cloth, wet with warm to hot water, can be placed over the area to soften the skin. This can reduce pain and may encourage the pimple to pop on its own. The National Institutes of Health suggests that this is a good remedy for pimples that are caused by folliculitis, or an inflammation of the hair follicle.
A sitz bath made with Epsom salts can sooth, cleanse and even help dry a pimple in the vaginal area. To prepare this type of bath, run about two to three inches of warm water in a tub and sprinkle one-half to one cup of Epsom salts into the water. Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the area thoroughly after the bath and pat it dry.