Why Do I Get Spots on My Buttocks?

November 13, 2019
To avoid spots appearing on your buttocks, it is essential to step up your hygiene and use neutral products that won't further irritate the affected area. Would you like to know why they appear? Read on!

Spots on your buttocks are one of the most common skin complaints. And since they look very unpleasant and cause discomfort, especially when sitting down, people are desperate to find a quick and effective solution.

However, this desperation can lead to excessive scratching or the application of unfavorable or even totally counterproductive creams. Hence the importance of going to a dermatologist for an evaluation of the area and an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

What are the causes of spots on your buttocks?

You should bear in mind that the appearance of spots is not just something that affects teenagers. In fact, during adulthood, the secretion from our follicles can cause red swellings (spots) in susceptible places. And the buttocks are one of them.

Since the buttocks are an area of the body rich in follicular-sebaceous nodules, when several factors come together, they can be affected and infected. Because of this, papules and pustules can occur.

Now, it is always advisable to go to the dermatologist, since they are the ones who can determine the origin of the spots on the buttocks, examining characteristics such as their shape, color, and level of irritation, among others.

And, although many think that it’s acne, there are many other dermatological problems that can cause this uncomfortable symptom. Some of the most common are:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Rashes
  • Genital herpes
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Herpes zoster
  • Intertrigo
  • Psoriasis
  • Tinea corporis
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Candidiasis

Another of the most common causes of spots on the buttocks is a condition known as folliculitis. It’s an inflammation that’s caused by the infection of bacteria, yeasts or fungi. These microorganisms irritate the follicles or generate a blockage that can be seen in the form of a pimple on the surface of the skin.

Although it can appear on any part of the body, the buttocks are the most affected area. According to information published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, clinically, acute cases are manifested with vesicles, pustules or papulopustules 1 mm wide.

Instead, when it’s a chronic process, it becomes visible as hyperkeratosis or keratotic plug formations. In the latter cases, scars are often left that are difficult to erase. Therefore, it’s important to seek professional advice.

Risk factors

  • Sweating
  • Bad personal hygiene
  • Excessive manipulation of the area.
  • Badly treated dermatitis.
  • Use of shavers in poor condition.
  • Wearing underwear that’s too tight.
  • Poor diet and excess consumption of saturated fats.

Want to know more? Read:

6 Natural Remedies for Cystic Acne

Hygiene is important

The majority of these spots break out in places where there is little aeration of the pores.

Although it may seem difficult to avoid sweating, it’s important to know that hygiene is key.

When you have a shower, the most suitable products for preventing spots and keeping the area clean and disinfected are non-oily, antiseptic and scent-free products.

Suitable underwear

As well as covering your private area and highlighting your qualities, underwear helps the skin with the interaction between bacteria and fluids.

Underwear made of organic fibers, like cotton, are the most recommended, and synthetic fibers should be avoided.

Once spots have come out on your buttocks, that most important thing to do is to resist the temptation to squeeze them. If you do, they may become inflamed and even more painful.

On the other hand, squeezing them can cause the purulent secretion emanating from the follicle to spread or worsen the infection. Instead of removing them, the best thing you can do is to maintain good hygiene and, if the dermatologist says so, to use certain antiseptic products (cream or other format) to dry the spots.

As with other areas where acne breaks out, in the area of the buttocks the treatment is somewhat similar. It consists of treating the infected follicle with antibiotics and keeping the area clean, so that the inflammation subsides.

Don’t, whatever you do, try to remove the grains. If you do, you will spread the pus through the area and make the infection worse. So be patient and keep the area clean and fresh. Let time and medicine do their job.

Final considerations

Remember that spots on the buttocks are the result of multiple factors. Inquire about the particularities that can cause the outbreak in your case and follow your doctor’s instructions. Aesthetics will have a secondary value compared to your health.

Although the spots on the buttocks are unpleasant and uncomfortable, it’s best not to rush things when trying to remove them, in order to achieve a true cure.

  • Denk, L. (2007). Folliculitis. In Pediatric Clinical Advisor (pp. 208–209). Elsevier Inc. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-032303506-4.10118-X
  • Otberg, N., Kang, H., Alzolibani, A. A., & Shapiro, J. (2008, July). Folliculitis decalvans. Dermatologic Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1529-8019.2008.00204.x
  • Scott, D. W. (2018). Skin Diseases. In Rebhun’s Diseases of Dairy Cattle: Third Edition (pp. 357–388). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-39055-2.00007-3