Pimples on your buttocks are unsightly, annoying. and not considered. БAcne on the buttocks is not true acne you get on your face, chest, or back,Б says dermatologist, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. In general, acne is defined as plugged pores, and cysts (which go deeper under the skin than pimples) that occur on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and upper back or chest. Pimples on the Buttocks: The Real Problem Sometimes referred to as Бbutt-ne,Б an outbreak of pimples on the buttocks is usually caused by one of two fairly common problems:
Folliculitis. БAcne-like bumps on the buttocks are caused by inflammation of hair follicles, which is called folliculitis,Б says Dr. MacKelfresh. Folliculitis can be caused by an infection from bacteria, yeast, or fungus, irritation of hair follicles, or blockage of hair follicles, she says. It б tends to be on the skin surface. Folliculitis appears to be shallow little bumps, and is more likely to be itchy or irritating than painful. Carbuncles. A cluster of boils, these feel more like painful knots of pus under the skin, something like an acne cyst, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
They can occur when folliculitis gets out of control and starts to become a deeper infection. Having acne does not affect your risk of having either folliculitis or carbuncles. Even having severe acne on your face and torso does not mean you are more likely to have folliculitis or carbuncles on your buttocks. However, both carbuncles and folliculitis can lead to scarring if not handled correctly. Treatment Options for Pimples on the Buttocks Your treatment will depend on whether you have folliculitis, carbuncles, or both. Folliculitis treatment. Most of the time, folliculitis eruptions go away on their own. If not, a dermatologist can prescribe a combination of products to clear up your skin. БOften, Бbutt acneБ can be treated with a topical antibiotic cream or an antibacterial wash such as one that contains benzoyl peroxide,Б says MacKelfresh. Rarely, you might need an oral antibiotic or antifungal medication. Carbuncle treatment. Because carbuncles go deeper, treatment is more intensive. You may be given an oral antibiotic to fight the infection. Your healthcare provider may also need to lance, or pierce, the boil to drain the accumulated pus in a safe, sterile setting.
The area will then be covered with a bandage. Never try to drain a carbuncle yourself at home. Can Pimples on the Buttocks Be Prevented? БYou can prevent Бbutt acneБ by staying in good health overall,Б says MacKelfresh. Try taking these precautions: Wear loose clothing whenever possible. Tight clothing can cause skin irritation that leads to folliculitis. Work with your doctor to bring any chronic health conditions, like, under control Б if not, your body has a harder time fighting off infection. If you do get folliculitis, make sure you get it promptly under control to avoid carbuncles and the need for more aggressive treatment. Learn more in the Everyday Health. 4. Wear Loose, Breathable Clothing. Though cotton underwear might not be as sexy, try to wear it more often. It is more breathable and will keep your skin from clogging up. 5. Exfoliate, but Gently. If the skin on your butt is rough, don\’t forget about exfoliating. Use body scrubs but remember to moisturize afterwards. Over-exfoliating can actually cause acne to get worse, which is the opposite of what you want (of course). 6.
Don\’t Hang Around in Your Gym Clothes Post Work-Out. Shower right after you work out to cleanse your skin of the bacteria and sweat that built up while you were getting fit. Staying in your gym clothes increases the chance of clogging your pores with nasty stuff. 7. Drink More Water. Water naturally moisturizes your body from the inside out and having enough of it allows your body to flush out toxins, helping clear up your skin. 8. Stand Don\’t Sit. Try to stand more often during the day and let your butt get a breather. Change up your workstation or take walking breaks. 9. Develop Good Skin Habits. Remember, if you take care of your skin, pimples won\’t disturb you. Where possible, use the gentlest skincare products that you can. If you try everything and your pimples still won\’t go away, you might want to see a dermatologist to make sure there isn\’t a bigger issue. You also might have allergies that you don\’t know about that could be affecting your skin health. If you are keep getting pimples on the same spot over and over, that could mean certain health issue. Read more on in my next article.