Why You Get Butt Pimples & How To Banish Them

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

We quiz our resident skincare expert, Robyn McAlpine about the easiest way to banish butt pimples in 5 simple steps.

I’m going to hold my guilty hand up and say that the Professional Babe suffers from an occasional pimple on her derriere.

I didn’t think it was too much of a problem or it really affected me until I went to see my skincare expert Robyn for some laser hair removal down below.

In my quest for being hairless like a shark, I wanted it all gone. Anyone who has gone in for laser knows that it does involve a little spread of the behind. It’s not like we have hairy bottoms like a little monkey, but the peach fuzz has to go.

Naked from the waist down and ready to be hairless for summer, I flipped onto my front to make sure that every single hair was definitely gone. As I did, I quickly covered my bottom with my hand and looked up at Robyn warning her of the 3 epic pimples on my butt.

I was slightly embarrassed. And looking back to past partners, I would always get self-conscious of the occasional butt pimple.

I couldn’t understand how the skin on the rest of my body could be blemish free, but I was worried my derriere resembled that of a 13-year-old boy’s face. I’m potentially talking it up a little, but you get the point.

We ended up in an in-depth discussion about butt pimples which prompted this post today.

So what causes butt pimples?

Hair down there

I was surprised to find that sometimes butt pimples are caused by ingrown hairs. According to Robyn, “Vellus hairs (think baby like peach fuzz hair) become ingrown or stuck is the follicle is blocked. They aren’t strong enough to break through the surface so they become red and tender to touch. They occur on friction points, such as where your undies chafe your skin.”

Being a sweaty Betty

“Butt pimples can also be from sweaty or humid conditions thanks to the extra moisture on our skin creating small pimples”. So basically if we needed an excuse to stop cardio then that is it.

Or you can thank your hormones

“Just like the skin on our face, other areas of our body can be affected by hormone induced breakouts, most commonly are the neck and chest, back and buttocks. Sometimes they can be ‘blind’ red sores, others can be more like a whitehead pimple, like those you may have seen on your face from time to time. These can come and go based on hormonal fluctuations.” Says Robyn.

“Vellus hairs (think baby like peach fuzz hair) become ingrown or stuck is the follicle is blocked. They aren’t strong enough to break through the surface so they become red and tender to touch. They occur on friction points, such as where your undies chafe your skin.” – Robyn McAlpine

Robyn’s 6 step program for a butt pimple free booty:

1. Face wash just isn’t for your face. Use it anywhere that you get breakouts on your skin. It’s designed to clean your skin well and if it’s good enough for your face, it’s good enough for your butt.

2. Exfoliate your entire body weekly. According to Robyn, an enzyme-based exfoliant is ideal because it won’t aggravate the skin like a granular scrub would.

3. Rethink your wardrobe. Tight and synthetic clothing makes it hard for your skin to breathe. Opt for natural fibres especially with workout wear.

4. Synthetic fabrics are less ‘breathable’ and can prevent sweat and moisture from evaporating and drying. Opt for cotton knickers and g-strings.

5. If you think your breakouts are hormonal, talk to your naturopath about dietary solutions and supplementations.

You can find Robyn on FacebookInstagramTwitter and most importantly her blog


Robyn McAlpine is a leading skin specialist who runs an award winning skin therapy clinic. She is a qualified corneotherapist, dermocosmetologist and paramedical aesthetician and was awarded Corneotherapist of the year 2014 – Australasia. 

She’s passionate about helping women improve their skin and being confident in knowing their skin now glows and reflects the beauty that they carry inside. Robyn has a skin program called Skinside Out – a 12-week skin “re-program” delivered right to your door that promotes smooth, radiant and healthy skin. 

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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