Causes of Acne on the Buttocks


Acne is a common skin condition that affects tens of millions of people, from teenagers to adults. Acne breakouts can occur almost anywhere. The most common areas are the face, chest and back. Some people also get acne on the buttocks. The general causes of acne are the same regardless of the area of the body. Acne on the buttocks can be triggered by a number of different things.

General Causes

Acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands producing excess amounts of an oily substance called sebum. The rate of production of sebum is controlled by androgen hormones including testosterone. Too much testosterone leads to too much sebum. The excess sebum clogs hair follicle pores creating blackheads. Blackheads are a breeding ground for a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes. The bacterium causes swelling, which leads to pimples.


Acne breakouts can be triggered by many things. The most common trigger is hormonal changes. Acne is associated with increased androgen levels. Another trigger is bad personal hygiene. This is especially true for acne on the buttocks. Sweat and dirt can build up between the underwear and the skin, leading to blocked pores.


Certain foods can indirectly trigger breakouts. Eating a high-sugar diet increases insulin levels in the body. In response, the body produces more testosterone. The extra testosterone causes the sebaceous glands on the buttocks to become overactive, producing excess sebum.


There are several things you can do to prevent or reduce acne breakouts on the buttocks. Exfoliating the skin while showering keeps the pores from becoming blocked. Wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear reduces sweating. Eating a diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables and little processed sugar may also help. Drinking water will improve your overall health and the appearance of your skin.


You can treat acne on the buttocks by using a medicated body wash that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid promotes the shedding of the top layer of skin. It helps keep the pores clear. There are also many medicated acne creams that contain benzoyl peroxide, which kills the bacteria that causes acne. If you need something stronger, a doctor can prescribe an oral antibiotic that does the same thing.

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