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Treating Acne on Your Bum

Acne on my bum was never an issue I thought I would have to deal with. Occasionally I would get a pimple or two, but it was never cause for concern.

Unfortunately, once I started working out again (plus starting a full-time desk job probably didn't help), I started getting a lot more bumps on my bum, mostly on one side. While "acne" on the bum isn't necessarily as annoying as acne on the face or upper torso where it's visible to all, it can still be painful and it can still be an annoyance. Regardless, we all want smooth, clear skin - even if it's on our bums.

Is it Acne ... Folliculitis ... or Keratosis Pilaris?

The first thing you need to establish is whether or not the annoying little buggers on your perky cheeks are acne, or folliculitis, or something called keratosis pilaris.

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles that can appear as small, red bumps, almost rash-like. It is caused by dead skin cells and bacteria or fungus entering the hair follicle and becoming trapped.