Vulvar Acne: Why It Occurs and How to Treat It

How to treat vulcar acne.

Seeing bumps down there may certainly give you pause. After all, folliculitis, Zeichner explains, “looks like red, pus-filled bumps around the hair follicles.” 

If you develop a bump or pimple, Zeichner says you can apply an over-the-counter antibiotic, such as Bacitracin. “You can also try antibacterial soaps to minimize the risk of infection,” he says, adding that it’s important to only use these products externally. 

However, if you are in pain, Ferro says you can take Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen, as well as use a warm compress or take a sitz bath to open up the pores. The thing you must avoid, all the experts agree, is to not pop the pimple(s), as this can lead to an infection.

Even if you do all of these things and your acne symptoms are not improving or are getting worse, Garren says it’s important to call your healthcare provider for an evaluation. This is especially important if your symptoms are continuing for more than a few days, if you have fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, severe genital or pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or discharge, as this can be the signs of another issue. 

Depending on the cause or severity of your symptoms of vulvar acne, Ferro says that some patients may receive injectable steroids to “provide immediate relief of pain and inflammation,” as well as to reduce scarring. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to help with an outbreak, Ferro explains, or if the acne is infected.