The truth about acne on the buttocks:
Have you ever seen a celebrity’s buttocks on a commercial for acne products? Probably not. This lack of advertisements for butt acne has partially led to the misconception that acne only occurs on the face. This is simply not true. Since the buttocks is not typically exposed on product endorsements, the awareness for this condition is misaligned with the frequency it occurs. If you have ever wanted more information about treating or dealing with buttocks acne, then this article is for you!
Is it common to get acne on the buttocks?
Yes. Most people with facial acne will develop acne on other parts of their body as well, including the buttocks. Severe acne is also very common on the buttocks and other body parts because the skin is thicker and has larger pores than the areas on your face.
Where else do people develop acne?
Acne is found on every body part (chest, back, torso, legs, face, scalp, etc.) other than the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. If you have pus filled bumps on your buttocks or other areas of your body, then it’s likely you are dealing with acne. If you are unsure, consult with a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and treatment plan.
How to make acne on the buttocks less irritable:
While you’re waiting for your dermatology appointment or for the medications to take effect, you should try to avoid skin irritation as much as possible. Skin irritation is not only uncomfortable, but it will likely make your acne more severe. Here are some tips to avoid irritation of acne on the buttocks:
- Wear breathable clothing; cotton is usually a good choice.
- If you get sweaty, change your clothes as soon as possible.
- Clean your areas of irritation regularly (2-3 times a day).
- Everybody is different, so pay attention to things that are causing irritation and try to avoid them.
How to treat acne on the buttocks:
If your acne is mild, you may be able to treat it with an over-the-counter product like benzoyl peroxide. If your acne is filled with pus or has become moderately severe, you will likely need a more effective treatment. The most effective treatments are prescription medications like topical retinoids and antibiotics. Consult with a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and a prescription treatment plan with the most effective acne treatments available. If you don’t want a proven medication, you can try some at-home acne remedies: