Get Rid of Acne on the Buttocks

There are perhaps few things more embarrassing than acne on your buttocks, especially when summertime hits and the bikinis get brought out. Stop hiding behind your beach cover-ups and start finding solutions to your butt acne woes. Try the remedies outlined below to see what works for you. Everyone's skin is different, so don't be discouraged if a particular remedy doesn't make your pimples disappear, just try a different approach.


Using Topical and Oral Medicines

  1. Apply a topical ointment or lotion after showering. Find an ointment the contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid. Many of these are available over the counter from brands such as Clearasil and Proactive. You may want to try a lotion that was scientifically developed for this purpose of eliminating buttocks breakouts, Butt Acne Clearing Lotion by Green Heart Labs. Even most toothpastes contain some form of peroxide that can be used to treat pimples if nothing else is available to you.
    • Make sure to dry yourself off thoroughly and apply the ointment directly after showering.
    • Let the ointment dry before putting clothes on, as benzoyl peroxide may bleach your clothes.
    • You may alternatively use a product that contains Tretinoin, used to treat acne and wrinkles.
    • Ask your doctor about which product is right for you.
  2. Take antibiotics. Some types of pimples may need antibiotic treatment in pill form. Ask your doctor about which antibiotic prescription is appropriate for your condition.
    • If prescribed antibiotics, make sure to complete the pills for the number of days prescribed, even if your pimples clear up before the end of the cycle. Failure to do so may cause the pimples to return.
  3. Get a steroid injection. If you have particularly large cystic pimples that are extremely painful, you can resort to a steroid injection. These can reduce the size and pain of a pimple in less than a day.

Using Natural Remedies

  1. Get sun on your buttocks when possible. If you have a private backyard or a nude beach nearby, let your buns soak up a little sun on a warm day. The sun naturally helps dry up excess oil.
    • Make sure to apply a non-comedogenic sunscreen beforehand to avoid sunburn.
    • Only use this method once in a while. Too much sun is damaging to the skin.
  2. Drink a mixture of cream of tartar and water. Still one tablespoon of cream of tartar into eight ounces of drinking water and drink.
    • This mixture helps flush the body of toxins.
    • If you can't stand the taste, mix into flavored juice.
    • Repeat once a day for a few months until the acne starts to heal.[1]
  3. Make an aspirin mask for your butt. Crush up four or five aspirin pills. Make sure there is no coating on the outside of the pills. Combine with one tablespoon lukewarm water and either a dollop of honey or plain yogurt, depending on your preference.
    • Apply a thin layer over the entire surface of your buttocks.
    • Allow the mask to dry before rinsing it off.[2]
  4. Squeeze a natural acid on your pimples. Fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar can be used to treat pimples. If your pimples have open sores, however, this can be painful. Leave on for about 30 minutes and rinse with cool water.
  5. Apply a natural oil. Tea tree and coconut oil are great antibacterial and antifungal oils that can be rubbed on the problem areas to help heal acne.
  6. Rub an ice cube on large pimples to reduce inflammation. Though this won't directly help heal your pimples, it will cause immediate relief from painful pimples.[3]

Preventing Future Breakouts

  1. Wash your buttocks a minimum of once in the morning and once at night.
  2. Exfoliate your the skin on your buttocks at least once per week. Use a non-comedogenic (won't clog your pores) exfoliating cream and a loofah. The exfoliation will remove dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores.
    • Use a soap with at least two percent benzoyl peroxide. This will clean out excess oil and help to clear your pimples.
  3. Use a toilet paper free of fragrances or dyes. Treated toilet paper can cause chafing and promote the growth of pimples.
  4. Use a non-allergenic laundry soap and bleach to wash your clothes and sheets. There are specific detergents for people with sensitive skin as well. Use these products whenever possible to avoid irritation or an allergic reaction that might be caused by your current detergent.
  5. Wear loose-fitting clothes. The more breathable your clothing is, the less likely you are to trap sweat in unwanted places. Choose breathable underwear made from natural fibers like cotton.
    • Sweat can get trapped on your buttocks, making it a perfect breeding ground for the oil and bacteria that cause butt acne.
    • Change your underwear frequently, and shower after sweating.
  6. Try taking vitamins. At bare minimum, take one multivitamin and one Chelated Zinc tablet daily.
    • Vitamin A, B5, C, E, Selenium, and Super Omega 3 are all known to promote healthy skin.[4]
    • Consult your doctor about the appropriate vitamins for you.
  7. Drink plenty of water. Water does remarkable things for your skin. Be sure to drink eight glasses of water per day to hydrate your body, inside and out.
  8. Alter your diet. Certain sugary, fatty, and fried junk foods can cause an increase of insulin in the body, therefore forcing the body to produce more Sebum, the cause of acne.
    • Try a raw food diet to cleanse your body and get rid of unwanted toxins.
  9. Sit less, stand more often. Sitting can prevent the skin from breathing adequately and sitting for long periods contributes to pores clogged by sweat and bacteria
    • While sitting at your desk or computer for long periods of time, stand up for a while and/or take a short brisk walk. Even doing butt or leg exercises at your desk helps the blood circulate.
  10. Always see a dermatologist if the acne persists for too long. It is common for those who have acne on the buttocks to retain the condition well into their late 20's, but a dermatologist may be able to provide you with a prescription that can clear up your acne.
  11. Have a food allergy test done. Some food allergies contribute to acne patterns on the buttocks.


  • Don't pop your butt pimples. Doing so can cause scarring and spread bacteria.
  • Tretinoin can cause serious birth defects. Do not use it if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on becoming pregnant.
  • Do not use any of the above products if you are allergic. If you are not sure whether or not you're allergic, test a little sample on your arm before spreading a cream or mixture on any large area of your body.
  • Wear sunscreen if you apply topical acne medications.


  • Always keep your body as clean as possible by showering once per day.
  • Nourish your body with healthy food and exercise to promote clearer skin.
  • Wash your buttocks before going to bed if you shower in the morning, or in the morning if you shower at night to get rid of any bacteria caused by sweat.
  • Everyone's skin is different. Try several different remedies and products to see what works well for you.
  • Wash lightly on the pimple in the shower.

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