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Pimples on the buttocks are unsightly, embarrassing… and believe it or not, they’re not generally considered acne. True acne on the buttocks is rare. Acne on the buttocks is not like real acne on the face, chest or back.

Generally, acne is defined as clogged pores, pimples and cysts (which go deeper under the skin than pimples) appearing on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms and upper body, back or chest. Acne is caused by a buildup of sebum trapped in the follicles, leading to an overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria. Then a sequel. There are many 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, probably have other causes. And although the exact number of cases is unknown, buttock acne may be on the rise. Because more and more people wear tight and sticky clothes. This type of clothing, often “gym wear”, can contribute to these skin problems due to its tightness. Especially if you exercise and keep your clothes on after exercise.

A flare-up of pimples on the buttocks can be caused by the following problems:


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

Folliculitis shows up as small, flat bumps and can be itchy and painful. Gluteal folliculitis usually results from friction between clothing and skin combined with sweating, which destroys the outer layer of skin.


A boil looks like a sore under the skin, like an acne cyst. They can occur when folliculitis gets out of control and starts to spread into a deeper infection. FYI: Acne does not affect your risk of getting folliculitis or boils. Although acne and folliculitis may look similar, they are actually different skin conditions. Severe acne on your face and chest doesn’t mean you’re more likely to have folliculitis or boils on your buttocks. Both boils and folliculitis can lead to scarring if not treated properly.

keratosis pilaris

Good news, those 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 normally protects the skin, eventually blocking the opening of the follicle. Experts do not know exactly why this is so. However, keratosis pilaris can occur in association with other skin conditions or genetic conditions. If you find similar bumps on the outside of your arms and legs, there’s a chance those bumps are keratosis pilaris.

contact dermatitis

The pimples and bumps on the buttocks could be due to an allergy caused by an irritating textile treatment product. In addition, some garments have metallic embellishments that can cause contact dermatitis if in contact with skin.

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 you can expect.

Folliculitis Treatment

Most often, folliculitis rashes go away on their own. Otherwise, a dermatologist can prescribe a combination of products to care for your skin. “Butt acne” can often be treated with a commercially available antibacterial cleaning agent. In rare cases, you may need an oral antibiotic or an antifungal.

Look for cleansers that contain 10% benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that reduces the amount of acne-causing bacteria and decreases inflammation. Leave the cleanser on the skin for a moment before rinsing it off.

treatment of boils

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

Treatment of keratosis pilaris

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

allergy treatment

Avoid contact with a likely cause of dermatitis: metal objects, new or too tight textiles that cause irritation.

So you will avoid the appearance of “pimples” on your buttocks

Try to take these precautions:

If possible, wear loose clothing. Tight clothing, especially when combined with sweat, can cause skin irritation that leads to folliculitis. Be sure to change clothes and shower after exercise. After bathing, use a clean towel and washcloth.

Work with your doctor to control chronic diseases like diabetes. Chronic illness can make it harder for your body to fight infection.

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

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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