Pimples on the buttocks: where do they come from and how to get rid of them

Pimples on the buttocks are unsightly, annoying… and, believe it or not, they are generally not considered acne. Genuine acne on the buttocks is rare. Acne on the buttocks is not like the real acne you have on your face, chest or back.

In general, acne is defined as blocked pores, pimples and cysts (which go deeper under the skin than pimples) that appear on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and upper back or chest. Acne is caused by an accumulation of sebum trapped in the follicles, which leads to an overgrowth of the bacteria that cause acne. Then a subsequent inflammation. There are high levels of sebaceous glands on the chest, back and upper arms, which is why acne can develop there.

Pimples and bumps on the buttocks , on the other hand, are probably due to other causes. And although the exact number of cases is unknown, buttock “acne” may be on the increase. Because more and more people wear tight, clingy clothes. This type of clothing, often “sportswear”, can contribute to these skin problems due to their tightness. Especially when you work out and keep your clothes on after exercise.

A breakout on the buttocks can be caused by the following problems:


Acne-like bumps on the buttocks are caused by inflammation of the hair follicles, which is called folliculitis. Folliculitis can be caused by a bacterial infection, yeast or fungus, irritation of the hair follicles, or blockage of the hair follicles. Often it is caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (staphylococcus) on the surface of human skin.

Folliculitis appears as small, shallow bumps, and can be itchy and sore. pains. Buttock folliculitis usually develops as a result of friction between clothing and the skin, combined with sweating, which disrupts the outer layer of the skin.


A boil looks like a painful spot of pus under the skin, like an acne cyst. They can occur when the folliculitis gets out of hand and begins to turn into a deeper infection. FYI: Having acne does not affect your risk of having folliculitis or boils. Although acne and folliculitis may look the same, they are actually different skin conditions. Having severe acne on your face and torso doesn’t mean you’re more likely to have folliculitis or boils on your butt. Boils and folliculitis can both lead to scarring if not treated properly.

Keratosis Pilaris

Good news, these little bumps that appear on the buttocks usually don’t hurt or itch. They are generally harmless. They are caused by a protein called keratin, which usually protects the skin, which eventually blocks the opening of the follicle. Experts are not sure exactly why this is happening. But keratosis pilaris can appear in conjunction with other skin conditions or genetic diseases. If you find similar bumps on the outside of your arms and legs, there’s a good chance these bumps are keratosis pilaris.

Contact dermatitis

The pimples and bumps on the buttocks could be due to an allergy caused an irritant used for the treatment of textiles. In addition, some clothes have metallic decorations which on contact with the skin can cause contact dermatitis.

Treatment options to get rid of pimples

Your treatment will depend on whether you have folliculitis, boils, keratosis pilaris, or an allergy.

Here’s what to expect.

Treatment of folliculitis

Most of the time, folliculitis rashes go away on their own. Otherwise, a dermatologist may prescribe a combination of products to treat your skin. Often, “butt acne” can be treated with a commercial antibacterial cleanser. In rare cases, you may need an oral antibiotic or antifungal medication.

Look for cleansers that contain 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, an ingredient that reduces levels of acne-causing bacteria and decreases inflammation. Let the cleanser lather on the skin for a short time before rinsing off.

Boils treatment

As the boils run deeper , the treatment is more intensive. You may need an antibiotic (oral or topical) to fight the infection. Your doctor may also need to prick, or pierce, the boil to drain the accumulated pus. The area will then be covered with a bandage. Never try to drain a boil yourself at home.

Treatment of keratosis pilaris

This condition is painless and often seen as a simple variation of normal skin. It cannot be avoided, although a moisturizer can be helpful if you have dry patches.

Allergy treatment

Avoid any contact with a probable cause of dermatitis: metallic object, new or too tight fabric which generates irritation.

How to avoid the appearance of “pimples” on your buttocks

Try to take these precautions:

Wear loose clothing if possible. Tight clothing, especially when combined with sweat, can cause skin irritation that leads to folliculitis. Be sure to change clothes and take a shower after exercising. Use a clean towel and washcloth after bathing.

Work with your doctor to control chronic illnesses, such as diabetes. Chronic health conditions can make it harder for your body to fight infections.

If you have folliculitis, make sure you get it under control quickly to avoid boils and the need to ” more aggressive treatment.

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