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Nobody speaks about bum spots, but we will. Because as with everything else that we keep to ourselves, spots on your bum cheeks are completely normal. But whether you want to know what’s causing your bum acne or how to get rid of the spots on your bum for good , we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about bum spots.

Most importantly you should know that ‘butt acne‘ is extremely common. And typically, bum spots aren’t actually considered acne. Acne is generally defined as clogged pores, pimples, and cysts that occur on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and upper back or chest. If you see lots of spots and pimples on your bum, you might assume it’s acne but in fact, it’s more than likely folliculitis (an inflamed hair follicle) that is the most common cause of red, inflamed pimples on your bottom. Folliculitis can develop just about anywhere on the skin.

What are bum spots?

Your bottom has pores just like other area of skin on your body and when pores get blocked, it can lead to pimples. But, in contrast to spots on your face, spots on your bum tend to form more of a bumpy rash patch and generally, are not considered acne.

The pimples that appear on your rear are commonly caused by inflamed hair follicles, which is called folliculitis, or carbuncles which are a cluster of boils. Acne cysts are normally deeper under the skin than spots on your bum.

We spoke to a female dermatologist, XX, about how to deal with a spotty bum…


Why am I getting spots on my bum cheeks?

“Acne-like bumps on the buttocks are caused by inflammation of hair follicles, which is called folliculitis.” says XX. “Folliculitis can be caused by an infection from bacteria, yeast, or fungus, irritation of hair follicles, or blockage of hair follicles,” she says.

Whether you’ve always had spots on your bum or you’ve recently noticed a breakout of butt acne.

What causes spots on the buttocks?

Stress and sedentary lifestyles (so basically, the past two years everyone’s lives) can also lead to all-over breakouts, so it’s while it’s no surprise that body acne is on the rise.

What do bum pimples mean?

Your hair follicles are blocked.

You don’t care for the skin on your bum as much.

This is often the case with necks – we always concentrate on the skin on our face but forget about

You’ve been sweating a lot.

You’re wearing the wrong underwear.

How do I get rid of spots on my bum?

I’m often asked how to get rid of spots on the bum fast.

How to get rid of spots on your bum how to get rid of acne on the buttocks

How to get rid of spots on your bum

Take a shower straight after exercise

Does sudocrem get rid of spots on bum?

Sudocrem can be helpful in some cases of butt acne as it is antiseptic and can help keep the skin clean and free of microbes which may drive the problem.

What’s the best treatment for butt pimples?

The best products for bum spots

How do I stop spots on my bum coming back?

Let your bottom breathe.

You’re wearing the wrong type of underwear. Most women, once they’ve switched to cotton underwear find


  • Jennifer Read-Dominguez

    Jennifer Read-Dominguez is founder of The Women's Journal and a digital editorial director with over ten years experience in the media and publishing industry. Jennifer has led the digital transformation strategies for many market-leading lifestyle magazines putting SEO and e-commerce at the forefront. She is also founder of Jeneration Public Relations - a UK digital-first public relations and communications consultancy that provides strategic coverage for clients.

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