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An Easy Guide on How To Get Rid of Spots on Your Bum

I first wrote this article in 2014 as a sort of side-note, but since then it’s become a hugely popular article and so I thought I’d give it a thorough update and make it more comprehensive.

Warning: This article does contain a few photos of acne and ingrown hairs

If spots on your bum, ‘assne’, butt pimples or whatever you want to call them are your problem, I think I can help. It’s surprising how often I get asked “how do I get rid of spots on my bum?” but it’s not something people will readily discuss despite it happening to so many of us!

Introduction

What causes spots on the bum?

More often than not, they’re blocked hair follicles with the hair ingrown. This is because with many people, the hair on the bum isn’t that coarse and then because we’re sat down a lot, the hairs never manage to penetrate the surface skin. These hairs then coil inside the follicle and can gradually infect. Spots on the bum is not a sign of being dirty, unclean or particularly unhealthy.

Spotting ingrown hairs on the bum

Ingrown hairs often tend to sit more on the surface and although can go a little infected and nasty, they’re not the same as acne. The thing to look for is a head; if there’s a yellow-head then you’re a lot safer as it’s broken through to the surface. If it’s particularly nasty, get someone to remove it for if possible (mum’s are the best for this and they don’t care!).

Popping or draining spots on your bum yourself isn’t advised as we tend to scratch at them rather than remove them carefully/precisely.

Photo of Ingrown Hair on someone's arm

Photo of Ingrown Hair on someone’s arm

Spotting acne on the bum

Acne on the bum needs looking at by a GP/Doctor first and may need a referral to a dermatologist. This can be the visible symptoms of a deeper skin infection and often needs more than just skin care, however I strongly advise the use of skin care to accompany your treatment.

Photo of Bum Acne - screencap found from Embarassing Bodies on Channel 4

Photo of Bum Acne – screencap found from Embarassing Bodies on Channel 4

Top Tips / Things To Avoid

Acne home remedy treatments: Ignore them

Firstly ignore all these acne home remedy acne treatments that talk about rubbing lemons and toothpaste all over the place. It’s utter crap and this isn’t the 1800’s; we live in the 21st century and have come a bit further than that.

Sudocrem: Avoid it

Do not use Sudocrem on anything else other than an itchy/sore bum-hole; that’s what it’s made for and although it might temporarily relieve acne symptoms in the very, very, very short-term, in the long term you’re heading for a world of trouble.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune

I know, from my analytics data – because I’m so fancy schmancy – that a lot of you reading this article over the last 2 years have been late teens to twenties and I know that particularly if you’re a teen, your funds aren’t the biggest and this is a time when spots on your bum can be the worst! I’ve picked products that are effective, easily available wherever you live (even in the US) and don’t break the bank. For this article, everything was bought at once from my local Boots.

Over-cleansing the bum will make it worse

Over cleansing the skin will make it works and break down the skin’s moisture barrier making the problem worse; just cleanse your bum cheeks every time you have a shower; it doesn’t need to be more often than that.

Gymming

Do cleanse as soon as you’ve been to the gym, that’s a big one; having a sweaty bum for hours will clog the pores and worsen the situations; make sure to jump in the shower relatively soon after working out and get rid of all that sweat. Also change your underwear/trousers/shorts as wearing sweaty underwear will only make the problem worse!

How to Get Rid of Spots on Your Bum

So now you hopefully more about the spots on your bum and what they are. This is my definitive guide on how to get rid of them without spending a fortune and looking after your skin’s health.

1. Scrub / Exfoliate

N.B. If the spots on your bum appear like acne, first get them diagnosed. For spots that are tender and very sore all the time, please avoid this step or at the very, very least, use your own personal judgement and caution. With acne if you rupture it, you can cause it to spread and make it worse.

Because those pores are clogged and hairs most likely trapped, it’s time to exfoliate to remove dead surface skin cells and release those hairs.

Body Brush

I regularly use a body brush to keep my back and bum clear. They really work well.

Using a body brush with your cleanser is my favourite way to unblock and unclog the ingrown hairs on the bum. Don’t go nuts with it as you can make the skin a little tender.

Make sure you keep the brush outside of the shower cubicle and once a week – pour a little boiling water on the brush. One of the worst mistakes using brushes on the body is to let them fester. This one is only cheap so replace often – if it goes pink, throw it immediately.

This Body Brush is from Boots and is part of the Boots Essentials range costing £3.99. I much prefer these to wooden ones as they’re easier to clean, cheaper and more hygienic. Body Brushes like this are available from most pharmacy/drug stores.

Body Scrub

exfoliators

2 of the strongest body scrubs Boots had to offer

Body Scrubs contain salt and refining particles that will more forcibly remove surface dead skin whilst increasing blood flow which is great for fighting infection. Don’t go mad with these, as you can easily make your skin raw which is not what we want. Only use a body scrub 1-2 times per week.

Boots No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Body Exfoliator

Swatch sample of Boots No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Body Exfoliator

This is just fantastic and although I bought this on a whim during my hunt, I’m a convert. This is a really powerful and strong scrub with larger and micro exfoliating particles.

Apply onto damp skin (not soaking wet) and massage in gently using circular motions then rinse off. It’s fragrance free and hypo-alergenic so great for sensitive skin. This is my number one choice for helping to get rid of your ingrowns.

Boots No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Body Exfoliator is £11.50 here from Boots.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Start Breakfast Scrub

Soap & Glory Smoothie Start Breakfast Scrub is the scrub everyone has been raving about!

Again another powerful scrub but this is a little more luxurious in terms of fragrance and different ingredients. It wins countless awards and the blogosphere raves about it.

Smelling like maple-syrup, this contains organic capuacu scrubs, bananas, almonds and honey extracts. Again, massage into damp skin in circular motions then rinse off.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub is £8 here from Boots.

2. Cleanse / Wash

If you’re US based then definitely check out the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash: Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment with Pink Grapefruit. It’s my favourite acne/spot body wash but unfortunately isn’t available here in the UK.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Wash

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Wash is an unsung hero in skin care

If you are based outside the US, then there’s the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Wash with 2% Salicylic Acid. Although this is a face wash, it works great on the body and is brilliant on the bum.

Visibly Clear has a very gentle citrus fragrance and the key ingredient is the 2% Salicylic Acid that exfoliates surface dead skin cells by breaking down the bonds between dead and new skin cells. Just apply onto damp/wet skin and massage in. It’s the actual motion that activates the exfoliating properties of the salicylic acid so no need to leave it on or anything.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Wash with 2% Salicylic Acid is available here from Boots for £4.99 but you’ll find this on most supermarket shelves.

3. Rehydrate Your Bum

The most common reaction to spots is the want to dry them out. Once you do this, the surface dead skin cells return almost immediately and then begin to block the follicles all over again. There’s hydration and moisturisation; the former refers mostly to water-based products and the latter tends to refer to oil-based products. Therefore use a hydrator that is non-oily and non-blocking to rehdrate the skin.

After Sun Gels

After suns make great moisturisers for blemish prone skin as they hydrate without the oil

Using aftersuns is the perfect hydration treatment for curing spots on your bum. They’re often aloe vera based, oil free and loaded with hydrating ingredients to calm and sooth the skin. Sun damaged skin and spot/acne need treating in a very similar way funnily enough.

Just make sure whichever After Sun you choose, it’s a gel formula rather than a creamy lotion. I love the feel and effect from Hawaiian Tropic’s After Sun, £7 here from Boots.

4. Treatments for Spots On Your Bum

Nad’s Ingrow Solution

This treatment from Nad’s is water, alcohol and aloe vera based with chamomile, green tea and grape. Best used at night before you go to bed, squeeze a small amount out of the bottle and massage into your bottom. It disappears almost immediately and is fragrance free.

Keep an eye on your skin whilst using this as the alcohol can be a little drying. Make sure you moisturise with your after-sun whenever you cleanse the skin, this should keep things balanced.

Nad’s Ingrow Solution is £10.49 here from Boots.

Cuticura Mildly Medicated Talcum Powder

A bit traditional but Talcum powder works wonders for keeping things dry

Perfect, particularly if you go to the gym or tend to get a bit sweaty down there; once you’ve gone through the steps and before you pop your underwear on, using a small amount of talcum powder. over and in-between your bum will make sure you stay dry during the day.

Cuticura’s Talcum Powder, which is now over 150 years old, is filled with minerals and allantoin which help condition and heal the skin, all whilst keeping you dry.

Cuticura Mildly Medicated Talcum Powder is £2.79 here from Boots.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Body / Back Spray

One of the only body blemish sprays left on the market, but still a good one.

Murad used to have one and Clinique used to have one but it seems acne body sprays are very hard to find! Boots have launched theirs which contains soothing witch hazel, antibacterial tea tree as well as exfoliating salicylic acid.

Spray this on your bum before you go to bed and leave it to dry before putting on underwear.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Body / Back Spray is £4.99 here from Boots.

Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:34 May 8, 2017
Kent
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As per Embarassing Bodies pic

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:32 May 8, 2017
Kent
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What about residual shades of redness that is often the worst part of bum pimples? Is there a way of clearing this up?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 12:21 May 8, 2017
    Thom Watson
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    These will often go in time. How quickly they go is entirely dependant on each person as it’s the same process of a cut occurring anywhere else – your body just needs time to heal. Just keep following the same steps, even once they’ve cleared up, to maintain healthy skin down there.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 14:04 March 21, 2017
Laura
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Thanks for the advice! I just want to check if you’re suggesting doing every single one of these steps (I’m guessing no as 6 products in one day is likely to clog pores more??) if not then what specific products/routine do you stick to in a day and how often do you apply – is this a daily routine or just two/three times a week?
I tried using the Lush buffy body butter soap bar recently (it’s a sort of scrub/exfoliating bar with antibacterial ingredients in) and it worked brilliantly for me to start with – completely cleared up overnight (nothing else has made any difference so I was a bit blown away!) but now things have flared up again pretty badly so I’m wondering if I’m overusing it!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 10:37 March 31, 2017
    Thomas Watson
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    Hi Laura,

    I would suggest doing all these steps but definitely not all at once and especially not every day. Aim to scrub twice a week but then use the moisturiser or blemish sprays every single time you have a shower.

    The problem with the LUSH Soap Bar is purely because you might not have been moisturising afterwards. It’s done the work for you but then because it’s dried the surface layers of your skin out, the pores have clogged back up. Keep using this product, but use an oil-free moisturiser (ideally containing salicylic acid) to keep the skin fresh and well-balanced.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 17:14 March 31, 2017
    Laura
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    That’s great thanks for the reply! Any recommendations for an oil free moisturiser that contains salicylic acid?

Harvey Specter
Posted at 00:22 December 5, 2016
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Posted at 22:36 October 1, 2016
Marilyn
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The Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit is available on Amazon UK, it’s pricey but I’m going to give it a try, along with the other products in the article. I’ve been fighting bum pimples since last year and nothing has worked so far. Tried hibiscrub, the clearisil pads and Boots acne face wash. I guess it’s just a case of finding something that works for me.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 17:43 October 3, 2016
    Thom Watson
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    Hi Marilyn. I have to be honest, the Neutrogena has been the best body wash I’ve tried so far. In comparison, it’s still cheaper than others available in the UK. Please let me know how you get on! T

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    Posted at 13:22 October 18, 2016
    Charlie
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    Hi Marilyn,

    Just read your post and thought I’d share with you what someone had shared with me about two months. I’ve had problems of spots and pimples from a young age up until now (22) and it’s been awful, not wanting to be seen in my underwear infront of my boyfriend nor go to the beach because of it. I’ve read many blogs and tried many things and I’ve found a simple solution shared by a friend. Sunflower oil! Can’t honestly recommend anything better. All I do is once I shower run about a palm full of sunflower oil onto the affected areas (mostly all of my bum). I then shower leaving it on until I’m just about to get out, I then use a bath/shower sponge and put around 2squirts of head and shoulders shampoo onto it and scrub the area for about a minute and rinse. Once I get out of the shower I dry myself all over taking extra care drying my bum, then I use a thin layer of the sunflower oil to apply to the prone areas and keep it on throughout the day until I shower again, my spots haven’t appeared for the past two months and I’ve been free of them! Give it a go, hope it helps like it has me :)

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Posted at 21:09 September 25, 2016
Carrie
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Hi!!

Great article and very informative. I am now overwhelmed at which combo of options and potions to buy that you have recommended above. What it be possible for you to give me advice of which one to try first from your exfoliating section?

Many thanks

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 11:25 September 29, 2016
    Thom Watson
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    Hi Carrie, Sure, I’d definitely give the Boots No. 7 Exfoliator a go first – just be careful with it as it’s quite powerful!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 10:17 September 20, 2016
Col
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You say dont use Sudo Cream? Although it is marketed for Acne (Mild, but it is listed on the product) I have had a bad inflammation for months on my butt! Combination of dry and spotty skin, looks horrific, Anyway I wont go into that! Sudo is the only thing though that has so far soothed and made any difference to it and hopefully will shift it!!

Why are you against the use of Sudo on your butt?

Thanks

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 02:09 January 28, 2017
    Craig
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    Sudocrem Is a barrier cream it is used to stop rubbing, urine burn etc if you use it for acne I would think it is to stop your clothes from irritating the acne. I would assume though that sudocrem would block the pores even more and cause inflammation. It’s not good for clearing up acne it is just there to stop irritation.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 17:23 September 9, 2016
Sarah
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Thom Thanks for this V informative I am putting the Sudocream away! Can you clarify you recommend a gel aftersun rather than a cream one?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 22:33 September 9, 2016
    Thom Watson
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    Hi Sarah, firstly, glad to hear! Secondly, yes definitely a gel aftersun rather than a cream. Try to avoid oil at all costs and make sure it has fully dried before dressing.

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    Posted at 10:44 September 11, 2016
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    Brill ! Thanks again

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Posted at 17:19 August 8, 2016
Ian
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Hibi Scrub worked for me

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 00:14 August 23, 2016
    Thom Watson
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    Thanks Ian, will check this out! T

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 10:14 September 20, 2016
    Col
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    I couldnt get on with Hibi Scrub as it didnt “lather” enough. I used Carex ( a good name) anti bac handwash, lathers well and kill bacteria on the butt!

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