How To Get Rid Of Butt Acne

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Wear lose and comfortable clothing, preferably cotton undergarments to allow the skin to breathe and prevent moisture from being retained. After exercise or any activity that increases sweating, shower to rinse sweat off the skin to avoid bacterial growth. Use lighter, non-comedogenic moisturizers or coconut oil. Eat a balanced diet and keep exercising regularly.

Acne or pimples on the buttocks, like those found elsewhere, are often caused by hormonal imbalance. In order to address the imbalance, we need to understand which hormones are out of balance.

The typical imbalance with acne is higher levels of androgen (male type hormones). Testosterone and to a lesser extent DHEAs, increase oil production on the skin, leading to increased bacteria growth and acne.

Causes For Higher Levels Of Androgen

What causes higher levels of androgen is often dietary. Consumption of carbs and sugars increases the need for insulin. Insulin stimulates greater production of androgen. Insulin also increases inflammation which can make hair follicles on your buttocks more red and inflamed. Spikes in blood sugar from consuming carbs and sugars also lowers your immune function so that your body doesn’t fight off bacteria on the skin as much as it should.

The Solution

Change your diet by eating whole, unprocessed foods, exercise regularly and reduce your stress. All of these factors will reduce insulin and maintain healthy hormone balance and immune system function.

Additional Factors

The reasons below can clog pores and contribute to bacterial growth on the skin.


After exercise or any activity that increases sweating, shower to rinse sweat off the skin so that it’s not promoting bacteria growth.

Say No To Synthetic Fabrics

Wear cotton undergarments to allow skin to breathe and prevent moisture from being retained on your skin.

Heavy Moisturizers

Oily moisturizers can further clog pores and increase bacteria growth on the skin. Use lighter, non-comedogenic moisturizers or coconut oil.

Clean-Up Dead Skin Cells

Light exfoliation with a loofah may help, avoid scrubbing too aggressively as that can cause redness and irritation worse.

Avoid Tight Clothing

Tight clothing doesn’t allow air circulation and creates more friction on the skin which can further irritate the skin.

Being Sedentary

Spending a great deal of your day sitting can clog pores and increase ingrown hairs on the buttocks. Being more active will help prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs, and also help lower insulin.

Other conditions that can look like acne include: hyperkeratosis pillaris, keratosis pilaris atrophicans,1 erythromelanosis follicularis faciei et colli, and ichthyosis vulgaris.

If you are very concerned, you must see your physician or a dermatologist.

References   [ + ]

1. Hwang, Sharon, and Robert A. Schwartz. “Keratosis pilaris: a common follicular hyperkeratosis.” Cutis 82, no. 3 (2008): 177-180.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Pamela Frank

I believe in addressing the root of any health problem through diet, stress reduction, exercise and specific vitamins. minerals, amino acids, herbs and other natural supplements to provide lasting health improvement to my patients.

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