Causes, Symptoms & How to Get Rid of a Pimple on Buttocks

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Pimples are common and can occur on any part of your body.  Though common in teenagers, pimples can occur in both children and adults. Common sites include the face, chest, upper arm, and on the neck.  So what causes a pimple on buttocks?  

The common cause is often hormonal changes that lead to overactive sebaceous glands that produce sebum helps keep your skin moist and hydrated. There are other causes that might cause this hard, painful, small or large bump on buttocks.

This article offers an insight into some of the possible causes of the lumps, bumps, cyst or blisters on the anus.  We have also provided you with some of the symptoms which may vary depending on the underlying cause. Finally, we have shown you how you can treat and get rid of these pimples.

Bumps on buttocks not pimples

Acne is the most common cause of pimples on the skin.  according to dermatologist Jamie Mackelfresh, an assistance professor of dermatology at Emory University  school of medicine in Atlanta, acne on buttock is not true acne that one gets on face, chest or on the backs

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In such a case, the bumps on buttocks are not considered to be true pimples. The bumps can thus be a sign of another condition such as folliculitis which is caused by the inflammation of the hair follicle on the skin on your butt.

When folliculitis is the underlying cause of the bumps, the inflammation could result from a bacterial, viral or simply irritation of the skin that causes your hair follicles to get clogged with sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt.

Compared to a pimple, these bumps may be large, red itchy and really painful. Most people find it hard to differentiate between a boil and pimples. This is because the two bump often looks similar.  Whereas a boil may be contagious and can spread from one person to the other, pimple are not.

An acne pimple on the butt tends to leave dark scars as they heal and fade away. For boils on the buttock, the bump is often red in color and may continue to grow larger as it fills up with pus.

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Acne pimples are common and can affect anybody regardless of the age and gender. Teenagers, pregnant women and those undergoing hormonal fluctuation are however more likely to develop these pimples.  Acne pimples are common on the face, chest and on the back but can develop on any part of your body include the buttocks.

Apart from pimples, there are other conditions that could lead to the formation of bumps, lumps, zits, boils, and abscess on buttocks. Common causes include the following:

1. Pimple on buttocks STD

Zits on buttocks are a common sign of sexually transmitted diseases. Folliculitis causing red itchy pimples on skin is common in people with HIV. Compromised immune system in people with HIV also makes them prone to viral, fungal and bacterial infection of the skin that could end up causing painful bumps

Genital herpes, another form of STD is also a common cause white pimples around the groin, and on inner thighs. Genital herpes is highly contagious. No symptoms are shown in most cases so the infection may go on unnoticed.

When symptoms do appear, they will include:

  • Small painful fluid-filled blister on inner thighs and buttocks
  • A painful pimple like bumps
  • Severe itching around the genitals

2. Folliculitis on buttocks

Folliculitis is the swelling of the hair follicles which results in irritation of the skin. The inflammation can be caused by an infection, wearing tight clothes or to poor hair removal methods.

On the buttocks, folliculitis will often appear as small red pimples that can be itchy and painful. Folliculitis appears as pinpoint bumps, most may be itchy, irritating and often time fluid filled.

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4. Carbuncles

Mayo clinic describes boils and carbuncles as painful, pus-filled bumps that form under the skin as a result of bacterial infection. These bumps can occur on any part of the body including on your thighs and buttocks.

A boil will often start out as a red, tender lump. It continues to accumulate pus causing it to grow large and very painful. A carbuncle is formed when these boils develop in clusters under the skin over the infected area.

5. Skin allergies

Itchy bumps on buttocks are likely to result from allergies. An allergic reaction is your immune system reaction to foreign irritant and chemical allergens. Such reactions may result in painful, itchy and inflamed bumps. In most cases, it may result in an irritating rash called contact dermatitis.

Skin allergies can occur in both adults and toddlers. Some forms of allergy are serious, they could be life-threatening if urgent medical attention is not sorted.

6. Diabetes

Skin breakouts can at time be a sign of diabetes. It is common for people with diabetes to develop different skin disorders and complications. Some of this include diabetes rash, sores, and blisters on buttocks and other parts of the body.

With diabetes, you are also likely to experience other symptoms such as dry skin, skin inflammations, scratching and red itchy bumps.

7. Bacterial and yeast infections

Bacteria and fungi naturally occur on our skin. They feed on dead skin cells, the debris may clog up your skin pores to form pimples. They can also infect the hair follicles to cause redness, swelling, and painful bumps.

  • Candida is a common yeast infection that causes painful pimples and an itchy rash on skin
  • Staphylococcus Aurea is a common bacteria known to cause folliculitis
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa causes multiple red pimples on skin. This bacteria can be picked from infected swimming pools, bathtubs, and spas.
  • Pityrosporum ovale is a common yeast that can infect your hair follicles to cause painful pimples.

8. Shaving and waxing your butt

Poor shaving or waxing your butt crack hair may cause the formation of painful ingrown hair and razor bumps.

Ingrown hair bumps on your buttocks can form when the hair curls and grows back into the skin, or in other cases, grows sideways under the skin when it fails to penetrate to the skin surface. Razo bumps on the other and is caused by continuous irritation of the skin that could cause inflammation of the hair follicles or clog them with dirt, sebum and dead skin cells.

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9. Hormonal imbalance in pregnancy and during puberty

Acne pimples on face, buttocks and other parts of the body are very common in teenagers.  Most are caused by an increased production of sebum, which is an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Hormonal imbalance and fluctuation are attributed to the increased oil in the skin that leads to the formation of the pimples.

Acne bumps on buttocks are also common:

  • During pregnancy
  • After delivery
  • Before menstrual cycle

10. Excess sweating

Boils and pimple are common on parts of the body that rub against one another and those that are likely to sweat a lot. A type of acne known as pittosporum folliculitis can be triggered by excess sweating.  This pimples can be seen in armpits, buttocks crack and around the groin.

Poor personal hygiene, wearing irritating clothes or popping or scratching the pimple increases the chance of you picking up a viral or bacterial infection that causes the bumps to itch more, swell, become red or spread to other parts of the body.

11. Dry skin

Your butt skin is very sensitive to lack of moisture. When your skin is dry, the pores can easily clog to form small painful pimples. The constant irritation of your skin and clothes also make your butt prove to irritation that might damage your pores.

Pimple on buttocks treatment

In most of the cases, you can easily treat an acne pimple at home with simple over the counter medication from your local drugstore.  Most acne products (creams and gels) used on face, neck or chest can also be used to treat acne bumps on buttocks.

Acne product contains ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. When used on acne pimples, the products are able to stop your pores from clogging. They also kill the bacterial thus relieving the pain and getting rid of the redness.

In severe cases, you may need to have your doctor or health care provider prescribe strong treatment option. Some of the commonly used options include:

  • Oral and topical antibiotic to treat bacterial infection causing the large, red, and painful pimple on your bum.
  • For women, severe case of an acne pimple may be treated with birth control pills which help to adjust hormonal level. This works by restoring normal sebum secretion.
  • For children and pregnant women, isotretinoin a form of vitamin A may be prescribed to treat the painful pimples.
  • For a huge pimple that fails to go away, your doctor may recommend drainage and extraction. N such cases, he or she may inject some medicine into the bump, then drain the  contents out
  • For abscess, boils and carbuncles, laser or light therapy are often used to reduce the number of bacteria in the bumps. This will help reduce the size of the bump, redness and relieve the pain.
  • Finally, chemical peel may be used if the pimples fail to respond to acne treatment.

Pimple on bum hurts to sit

A pimple on bum that hurts to sit is likely to be a boil, not a pimple. Both an acne pimple on buttocks starts in the small pores of your skin known as hair follicles.  For ace pimples, these tiny pores are filled with dead skin cells, they then tap dirt, bacteria, and sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands).

It is the bacteria trapped in the pores that make the pores swell and become red. Boils are caused by a bacterial infection of these pores. Unlike a pimple, a boil is often red, swollen and very painful. Boils are common in areas of your skin where you sweat a lot, or where your clothes irritate your skin.

On your bum, several boils may cluster together to form a painful growth known as a carbuncle. This growth can really hurt when you sit.  It may also cause scars and in most cases, it may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and fatigue.

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Painful pimple on buttocks

Dry skin, tight clothes and moist environment caused by sweat around your butt are common causes of painful pimples. Most are however harmless and will often clear within a day or two. Poor hygiene may lead to bacterial or yeast infections which make the pimples large, red, and very painful.  This can be annoying, irritating and embarrassing especially when in public.

Painful pimples on bum can make it hard to walk, sit or perform your daily chores. So how do you take care of such bumps?

  • No matter how painful the pimple is, do not pop it. This increase the chance of it become infected or spreading it to other parts of your body like your inner thighs
  • Always keep your bump clean and dry. You can do this using antibacterial soap and wipe your ass after bowel movements
  • Avoid wearing clothes that irritate or damage your butt skin. wear clean clothes to the gym, and loose fitting clothes
  • For a painful bump on your butt, apply tea tree oil in intervals of 2 hours for 10 minutes. This remedy is rich in antibacterial properties that can be great in getting rid of a boil or an infected pimple.
  • Dermatologist recommends drinking plenty of water to help flush the toxins out. This way you can speed up the healing process of a painful pimple.
  • A gentle warm compress can also help relieve the pain, and relieve the swelling of an infected pimple on your ass.

Pimple on buttocks pictures                 

Pimples on buttocks will often appear as small raised bumps. The color, size and general appearance will, however, vary depending on what the underlying cause is. When infected the pimple may be red and swollen. It can also be filled with pus to become yellow or clear.

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Pimple in buttocks toddlers

In toddlers, painful bump on bum can be as a result of different conditions.  Eczema and acne are however some of the common causes. Depending on the causes, the bump can be red, or yellow when filled with pus.

A pimple can either be large or small, painless or painful and some cases, clustered or spread throughout the buttocks.

Like in adults, a boil in toddlers will often start as red, tender area. With time, the area becomes firm and hard and eventual becomes filled with pus.  The bump is often very painful when infected.  It could cause your child lot of discomfort when sitting or even lack sleep.

A warm compress may help relieve some of the symptoms such as itching, pain, and swelling. When a pimple is accompanied by flu-like symptoms, we recommend yours see your doctor as soon as possible.

The risk factors of your kid developing skin bumps increase when your baby is:

  • Obese or overweight
  • Has a weak or compromised immune system or
  • He or she is diabetic
  • Wearing irritating clothes and failure to regularly change diaper also increase the risk of having painful infected pimples.

Pimple on buttocks home remedies

There are also some effective home remedies one can use to get rid of pimples and boils on buttocks. When using these remedies, you will need to maintain proper hygiene and make sure to exfoliate once or twice to stop the zits from recurring.

You could try the following natural remedies to effectively get rid of the bumps at home.

a) Warm compress to relieve swollen pimples

For swollen, large and painful pimples or boil occurring under the skin, a warm compress is the best natural remedy you could try.

A warm compress will help bring a boil to head for easy removal, relieve a swollen pimple under skin and speed up the healing of an infected pimple to increased blood flow to the affected area as a result of vasodilation.

b) Tea tree oil for infected pimples

Tea tree oil is a great natural remedy. Apart from having strong antiseptic properties, it is a great antibiotic that can help treat infected pimples on skin. When used on children and those with sensitive skin, make sure to dilute the remedy before applying it.

c) Aloe Vera for itchy pimples

Aloe Vera gel is the other great home remedy you can use to get rid of a pimple or boil on buttocks.  The gel is said to be rich in antifungal, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties that can help relieve the swelling and soothe the itching on an infected pimple.

You can use fresh Aloe Vera gel (which is more effective) or buy the processed one from the drugstore.

d) Ice compress to soothe painful pimples

Ice compress can be very helpful in relieving swelling, itching, and pain caused by but acne. The same can also be used on painful boils, abscess, and carbuncles on butt.

When using ice compress especially in children, do not place the ice directly on the skin for so long.

  • Wrap 2-3 ice cubes in a towel
  • Then gently press it on the painful pimple
  • You will need to do this for some minute to stop the pain, redness and bring down the swelling

e) Coconut oil to get rid of a pimple on baby bum

For painful infected pimples on baby buttocks, coconut oil is one of the best remedies you can use to soothe the pain, itching, and irritation.

The remedy is said to contain strong antifungal properties that can help prevent the pimples from becoming infected. The antiseptic properties of coconut oil can help treat and prevent infections for a popped pimple.

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How to get rid of pimple on buttocks

For large painful pimple on your bum, there are some ways you can remove to get rid of the bump. These ways include draining the pimple, exfoliating and chemical peel.

Draining a boil or a cystic pimple on your bum can be very painful and increases your chances of picking up an infection.  It also increases the chances of scarring. Dermatologist recommends against popping a bump especially when the underlying cause is unknown.

If you, however, wish to get rid of a pimple, you can do it in the following way:

  1. Wash your butt in a hot shower. Heat and moisture help open up the pores making it easier to pop and drain them.
  2. The other alternative of doing this is sitting on a hot towel or sponge
  3. Now use a cotton ball to gently apply tea tree oil on and around a pimple. Doing this twice or thrice will help a pimple burst on its own.

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