How To Get Rid Of The Rash On Your Buttocks

Having a rash on your buttocks is one of the most embarrassing places to have a rash! Not only can the secret scratches make you feel guilty and embarrassed but this kind of rash can be extremely uncomfortable, especially if you spend a lot of time sat down. Before you can leap into a treatment routine you should first try to figure out what has caused the rash in the first place. Keep reading to learn about three of the most common causes behind the rash on your buttocks.

Heat Rash

A heat rash is a definite possibility, especially if you’ve been spending a lot of time exercising, wearing tight clothing in warm temperatures, or if the temperature is warm and humid. A heat rash is technically the result of blocked sweat ducts. When the body gets too war, it attempts to cool off through the act of perspiring—or sweating. There are several incidents that can cause the sweat glands to become clogged. On such way is if the folds of the body, such as the armpits or groin area, receive too much friction from clothing or nearby skin. It can also happen if the sweat that manages to get out of the glands isn’t allowed to evaporate, which keeps the skin moist.

This type of rash can also crop up through the use of heavy creams, body lotions, or petroleum jelly. These can work as a barrier between the skin and the elements of the environment but they can be bad news for skin that is trying to release sweat. That’s not to say that you should never use lotion—quite the contrary, in fact, as lotion can be a great way to avoid other types of rashes due to dryness—but if you foresee yourself sweating in the near future, such as doing exercise or working in the sun, then you might want to postpone the use of these beauty creams.

A heat rash can appear as a few different manifestations. If the rash is only on the upper portion of the skin then it may appear as little transparent or pink-colored sweat bubbles. These are actually a type of blister and should not be popped. If the heat rash goes a bit deeper into the skin then inflammation will occur which causes the skin to swell up and produce red, angry-looking bumps that spread out over the affected area in a haphazard manner. This type of rash, on your buttocks especially, can be very uncomfortable because it is more likely to itch and burn as a result of the inflammation.

Contact Dermatitis

Dermatitis is another possible cause behind the rash on your buttocks. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin, which comes in several different variants. The two we are going to talk about are called contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can happen to anyone and is caused by the skin producing a reaction to something that has irritated it. The common causes of contact dermatitis include rough clothing, harsh or perfumed soaps, lotions, and laundry detergent, cosmetics, jewelry containing nickel, poison ivy leaves, and many other things. Sometimes it happens as a result of an allergy to certain materials and other times it can be caused by exposure to irritating chemicals.

The symptoms of contact dermatitis include a red rash or series of bumps on the skin, itchiness, pain or discomfort in the affected area, cracking or bleeding of the skin (especially if the area has been scratched), and the formation of blisters which pop and become crusted with dried pus. It definitely isn’t a glamorous condition—especially when the affected area involves your second set of cheeks—but it usually goes away once it has some time away from the irritating substance. The problem with contact dermatitis is finding out what, exactly, has triggered the reaction. Have you purchased a new brand of laundry soap/softener or bought a new pair of underwear? Sometimes chemicals or non-breathable fabrics can cause this type of reaction. Once you’ve found the allergen you can remove it from contact with your bum and within a few days you can be back to normal.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, better known as eczema, may be another possible culprit behind the rash on your buttocks. It is a condition that is generally considered to be a chronic, lifelong issue. Eczema can affect any area of the body and although it can be triggered by certain things, such as dry air or skin dryness, sometimes an outbreak can occur during times of stress, hormonal fluctuations, or simply for no reason at all. Doctors simply don’t know what causes eczema to occur in the first place but it does appear to have a genetic tie. Those who have a parent or grandparent with eczema and/or asthma and/or hay fever tend to be at a higher risk of developing eczema. Eczema, asthma, and hay fever do seem to have a link although a person who suffers from one of these conditions will not always suffer from all three. It seems to be an auto-immune issue where the body spurs into action as if an infection were taking place when in fact there is nothing to fight off.

The symptoms of atopic dermatitis involve a reddish-purple rash that may appear to have a grey tint as a result of skin flakiness, small fluid-filled bumps burst and crust or scab over, bleeding, thickened or scaly skin, sensitivity, and nearly without fail, extreme itchiness. Eczema outbreaks can sometimes be prevented by keeping the skin well moisturized and dabbing the skin dry after a bath rather than roughly toweling dry. Hormone regulators like birth control may help reduce eczema flare-ups in women.

If the rash on your buttocks seems to worsen over time then it may be worthwhile to see your doctor or a dermatologist to help you figure out the cause. They may also be able to prescribe stronger medication to help clear up the rash much faster than you could achieve on your own.