Acne on the Butt

Like on any other region of the body, acne can appear on your butts too. This part of the body is often most neglected and exposed to infections.

Why Do You Get Butt Pimples?

The basic reason behind pimple formation remains the same, whether it is a face pimple or a butt pimple.

Over active sebaceous glands (producing oily secretions called sebum) and sweat glands predispose to pimple formation.

The pores of the ducts draining them sometimes get blocked. This may be due to:

  • Too much of oily secretions
  • Moisture getting trapped in the area
  • Poor ventilation in the groin
  • Presence of accumulated dead skin and tissue debris, which mechanically blocks the pores
  • Ingrown hair
  • Clothes which are less absorptive and cause friction

Once the oil duct gets blocked, sebum along with dead cells and tissue debris starts getting deposited it in. This looks like black head, which grows to form a pimple.

Hormonal Factors Behind These Acne

Increased levels of androgens (male hormones) is found to be associated with butt pimples. These hormones, like testosterone, stimulates the gland to produce and secrete more sebum.

Pimples are therefore sometimes attributed to disturbed hormonal milieu or hormonal imbalances.

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Pimples on the Buttocks

  1. Mystery

    I have small zit like bumps around my butt cheeks, and they don’t hurt unless I pop them.

    I have popped a few and they are getting smaller but I keep getting other ones. I don’t know what they are.


    I have a pimple with pus. It appear when I have my mensuration cycle. It’s happening from 2 months and they’re yellow from inside, disgusting substance which spoils my pants. It is on my right hip. Please suggest me something. Is it a bad thing, really miserable? It hurts! Please tell me.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Looks like the pimple on your butt got infected.

      Pimples on this location are prone to get infected. This is so because the area is exposed to plenty of bacteria. Also, while sitting down, we traumatize the pimple.

      Sometimes, when we squeeze or try to pop the pimple, bacteria gets into it from our hands and the pimple gets infected. Only infected pimples are painful and have pus in them.

      Read above why pimples occur here.

      You need to keep the area clean. Start applying a topical antibiotic, like mupirocin, over the pimple twice a day for a week.

      Try warm compresses over the pimple once a day. Drain the pus which is coming out easily from it with a clean cotton ball. This will relieve pain.

      Read more about ggetting rid of butt pimples.

  3. Anonymous

    Hello. I have a daughter who is 6 years old. She has had a little mole kind of on the side between her vaginal opening and her bum. It has been there for as long as I can remember. At least since she was in diapers which was over 4 years ago. She had a UTI recently and I had a look down there and noticed that the mole is a bit bigger and now is a little bit pale colored and kind of raised in the center. I took her to the pediatrician to have it looked at and she said that as of right now she isn’t worried about it at all and that it probably looks bigger because she is getting bigger. She said they can stretch out some as your skin grows and stretches but she said that I should definitely keep an eye on it and check it once a month or so. Do you think that is a trustworthy answer? She said that the chances of it being malignant and 6 years old and in that area are pretty slim. I don’t want to over react and have it removed because it is in an uncomfortable place for removal and I don’t want to scare her since she is so little. What kinds of changes should I look for? Please help.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You can trust your pediatrician.

      Such lesions may appear to be bigger as the baby grows, due to overall stretching of the skin.

      This appears to be a benign lesion. It may disappear or reduce in sze on its own with time.

      However, keeping an eye over it is essential.

      You need to see a doctor if-

    2. The lesion becomes red or the area surrounding it becomes red.
    3. The lesion oozes out some fluid.
    4. It becomes irregular in shape or size.
    5. Grows too much at some point of time.
    6. Forms ahead at its summit.
    7. Reply
      1. Anonymous

        What do you mean by “forms a head at its summit?” There is a spot on it that is raised up and lighter but doesn’t look like a “head” and isn’t red or anything.
        Also it did look pretty irritated all in her vaginal area last week and there were a few small spots of blood in her underwear (which is why I thought she had a UTI) but the urine came back negative for bacteria. We had been using a new very heavily scented soap that actually irritated all of us (it was so bad for me that I thought I was getting a yeast infection) but I stopped the soap and switched her back to her mild baby soap and all of that cleared up within a day or 2. No rashes or bleeding or anything. Everything is back to normal and there is no oozing or redness or anything around the mole. I was mostly concerned because it did look a bit different from the last time. I had checked it, but I honestly haven’t even thought about checking that mole in years since it has always been there and she has been out of diapers for so long.

        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          A mole forms a head when pus/ infected material gets collected in it. The point of maximum pressure, through which the lesion may drain out, is called its head.

          From your description, it doesn’t look like her mole has a head.

          Washing the genitals with soaps or gels is not required. This may dry up the mucosal areas. Thorough washing with plain water alone is enough.

          In fact, using soaps on a regular basis can disrupt the natural vaginal flora and make one prone to fungal infections. Read more on cleaning the vagina.


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