Skin Discoloration Between Buttocks: The Why and How (2023)

Hyperpigmentation (the darkening of skin, usually in patches) is often associated with the face—but this phenomenon can occur anywhere on the body, including the cheeks down below. Hyperpigmentation of the buttocks is common and usually nothing to be concerned about.

Learn more about what causes skin discoloration on the buttocks and what you can do about it if you choose to.

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What Is Hyperpigmentation?

Skin tone is determined by a brown pigment called melanin that is made by the body. People with darker skin tones have more melanin; people with pale skin tones have less.

When the body produces excess melanin deposits, the skin in that area becomes darker than the skin around it. This is known as hyperpigmentation.

Skin Discoloration: Causes and Treatments

Hyperpigmentation is common and usually harmless.

Common causes of hyperpigmentation include:

Sun Spots

  • Also called age spots or liver spots
  • Small, darkened patches
  • Found on the face, hands, and other areas commonly exposed to the sun
  • Caused by sun damage

Melasma

  • Also called chloasma
  • Usually occurs on the face, and so is more likely to be treated
  • More common in people with female hormones
  • More common in people with darker skin types
  • Associated with hormonal changes such as with pregnancy or birth control medication

Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation

  • Dark spots or patches left after inflammation or injury such as acne
  • Can occur anywhere on the body
  • More common in people with darker skin tones

Less commonly, hyperpigmentation can be due to more serious conditions such as:

  • Addison's disease (a hormonal disorder)
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Hyperpigmentation of the buttocks is usually not something to be concerned about. Unless there is an underlying health condition, treatment is not needed. Some people with hyperpigmentation choose to seek treatment if they are bothered by it.

When to See a Healthcare Provider

If you are experiencing symptoms beyond discoloration such as itching, pain, or any other bothersome symptoms, visit your healthcare provider for an examination.

If the dark spots show any warning signs of skin cancer, such as irregular borders or raised spots, have them checked.

What Causes Skin Discoloration Between Buttocks?

Is it normal to have a dark "butt crack"? The short answer is yes. Skin is not a uniform tone all over the body. It is common for some areas—such as the butt crack—to be darker than other areas.

Discoloration around the buttocks area can be caused by a number of factors but is usually harmless.

A common cause of hyperpigmentation in the buttocks area is irritation or inflammation. Trauma or irritation to the skin can cause postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and create dark spots or areas on the butt cheeks or between the buttocks.

This is commonly caused by:

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  • Folliculitis (butt "acne"): Infection of the hair follicles resembling acne
  • Friction: Rubbing from clothing, or skin against skin
  • Irritation from products or procedures: Products used on the skin such as some cleansers, or skin treatments or procedures, can irritate the skin and lead to hyperpigmentation.

To help reduce irritation:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Change and wash clothing after use, particularly swimsuits.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Use well-maintained hot tubs or avoid hot tubs (a common cause of folliculitis).
  • Use gentle products that don't irritate the skin.
  • Use sunscreen on areas exposed to the sun.

Other factors that can contribute to hyperpigmentation include:

  • Hormones (pregnancy, hormone medications such as birth control, or other hormonal factors)
  • Heredity
  • Certain medications

Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

Treatment for hyperpigmentation is rarely necessary. It is common to have darker skin in the buttocks and public areas.

Dark spots caused by factors such as cleared folliculitis or other underlying factors that are no longer at play can often go away on their own with time.

Spots that are a few shades darker than the natural skin color generally fade in six to 12 months. Discoloration that is deep within the skin or much darker may take years to fade on its own.

Options are available for people who want to try to even out pigmentation for cosmetic purposes.

Skin Products That Fade or Even Out Hyperpigmentation

Look for an over-the-counter skin-lightening product that contains one of the following ingredients:

  • Azelaic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Retinoid (retinol, tretinoin, adapalene gel, or tazarotene)
  • Vitamin C

It's important to consult your healthcare provider before trying anything on this sensitive area. Discontinue the use of products if there's any burning or other side effects.

Prescription Skin Lighteners

Hydroquinone, the active ingredient in most prescription skin-lightening creams, reduces melanin production.

This medication should be used short-term, as there are risks associated with long-term use.

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Cosmetic Procedures

  • Laser treatment: Removes layers of skin using focused light energy
  • Chemical peel: Removes top layer of skin using a treatment containing the chemicals salicylic acid and/or glycolic acid
  • Microdermabrasion: Removes cells from skin surface using either a machine that sprays fine crystals through a wand that rubs against the skin or the abrasive end of a wand
  • Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen solution freezes, destroys extra pigment

Should I Get Skin-Lightening Treatments?

Treatment for hyperpigmentation can come with significant side effects. Sometimes treatment can make hyperpigmentation worse. It can also be time-consuming and costly.

Before beginning any treatment for hyperpigmentation, discuss all your options and the pros and cons of each with your healthcare provider or dermatologist.

Home Remedies for Hyperpigmentation on Buttocks

More research is needed, but research suggests some natural treatments show promise in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, including:

  • Green tea
  • Mulberry
  • Licorice extract
  • Vitamin C
  • Soy extract

Use Caution With Home Remedies

Some skin-lightening products have been found to contain potentially harmful ingredients that aren't listed on the label.

Home remedies for hyperpigmentation can sometimes worsen the discoloration or cause other unwanted or hazardous effects.

Don't try to treat hyperpigmentation at home without first speaking to your healthcare provider or dermatologist.

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A Word From Verywell

Hyperpigmentation in the buttocks area is common and usually harmless. While treatments are available, they can be timely and costly and have side effects.

If you are bothered by the look of hyperpigmentation, speak with your healthcare provider or dermatologist about the benefits and risks of the available treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs

What causes discoloration between buttocks? ›

One reason: “The skin in the folds of our buttocks, armpits, elbows, and backs of our knees all have a higher concentration of melanocytes — the cells that produce melanin, which is responsible for our skin pigment,” says Dr. Kristina Semkova, a consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic.

How do you cure a dark butt? ›

Treat dark spots on the buttocks with lemon and baking soda: Dissolve baking soda with lemon juice into a paste to apply to the skin on the buttocks, gently and thoroughly massage in the dark spots for 10 minutes and then rinse. .

How do I get rid of discoloration? ›

Chemical peels, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion are all options that work similarly to rid skin of hyperpigmentation. These procedures work to gently remove the top layer of your skin where the dark spots lie.

How do you fix discolored skin? ›

Some of the most successful options for resolving facial discoloration are:
  1. Bleaching Formulas. Skin bleaching formulas are often an effective form of treatment for brown discolorations on the face. ...
  2. Chemical Peels. ...
  3. Microdermabrasion. ...
  4. Laser Treatment. ...
  5. Liquid Nitrogen.

Which cream is best for dark spots on buttocks? ›

Bare Body Essentials Bum Cream helps in reducing dark spots and acne on your bum skin, lightens skin tone and softens and smoothens the texture. It also firms the skin, giving your buttocks .

How can I get flawless skin on my butt? ›

The ultimate key to getting flawless skin on the buttocks is keeping it clean, exfoliated and moisturized at all times. Also, using home care remedies or products enriched with coconut oil, cocoa butter, lemon and glycerine, can help you get bump-free, clear buttocks.

What causes fungal infection on bum? ›

Jock itch is caused by fungi that normally live on the skin, hair, and nails, called dermatophytes. When the groin, upper thighs, and buttocks area gets warm and moist, they can grow out of control and start to cause symptoms.

What disease causes skin discoloration? ›

Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells (melanocytes). This can result in discolored patches in different areas of the body, including the skin, hair and mucous membranes.

Can skin discoloration be cured? ›

It happens when the cells that make melanin die or stop working. Vitiligo can also affect your hair and the inside of your mouth. There's no cure, but treatment may help. This includes medication, light therapy, and surgery.

When should I worry about skin discoloration? ›

Some causes, such as birthmarks, are not harmful and may not require treatment. Others, such as skin cancer and cyanosis, are likely to require immediate treatment. It is essential to see a doctor if any new discolored patches of skin appear or if existing moles change in any way.

What are some home remedies to get rid of discoloration? ›

Ways to remove pigmentation from face: Home remedies
  1. Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which may help in lightening the pigmentation on your skin. ...
  2. Aloe vera. ...
  3. Red onion. ...
  4. Green tea extract. ...
  5. Black tea water. ...
  6. Milk. ...
  7. Tomato paste. ...
  8. Masoor dal (red lentils)
10 Jan 2021

How can I fix discolored skin naturally? ›

Natural Home Remedies for Skin Discoloration
  1. Olive oil. This luxurious oil feels great on the skin and has long been a staple in both the kitchens and the medicine cabinets of women in the Mediterranean. ...
  2. Lemon juice. ...
  3. Baking soda. ...
  4. Tea tree oil. ...
  5. Calamine lotion.
4 Jul 2018

How can I lighten my inner thighs and private? ›

Home remedies to get rid of dark inner thighs
  1. # 1 The mix of coconut oil-lemon juice. ...
  2. # 2 Aloe Vera. ...
  3. #3 Oatmeal scrub. ...
  4. #4 Baking Soda Paste. ...
  5. #5 Sugar Scrub. ...
  6. #6 Potato Rub.

Is dark buttocks normal? ›

Not all parts of your body have the same skin tone. It gets darker or lighter on several parts. The same is with butts. Due to the higher concentration of melanocytes (the cells producing melanin) in the skin folds, our butts appear darker as compared to other parts of the body.

How can I whiten my private part naturally fast? ›

Orange juice with turmeric

Also, orange juice works like a natural bleach just like lemon. So, just mix three parts of orange juice with a pinch of turmeric powder and apply on the skin. Wash off later.

How can I lighten between my buttocks? ›

Skin Products That Fade or Even Out Hyperpigmentation
  1. Azelaic acid.
  2. Glycolic acid.
  3. Kojic acid.
  4. Retinoid (retinol, tretinoin, adapalene gel, or tazarotene)
  5. Vitamin C.
27 Sept 2021

Can I put lotion between my buttocks? ›

Overall, you should be moisturizing your bum routinely because it: 1) helps with butt acne; 2) softens the appearance of stretch marks; 3) reduces the look of cellulite; 4) keeps your tush looking and feeling firm; and 5) treats your skin.

Can you get a yeast infection between your buttocks? ›

Vaginal yeast infections can spread to the butt, Green says. When women itch their vaginas and then the skin on their butts or between the cheeks, the infection can be transferred by their hands. For a yeast infection here, applying a cream like Monistat on to the skin will treat the infection.

How do I know if my rash is fungal or bacterial? ›

Skin infections caused by viruses usually result in red welts or blisters that can be itchy and/or painful. Meanwhile, fungal infections usually present with a red, scaly and itchy rash with occasional pustules.

How long does it take for fungal skin infections to clear up? ›

Ketoconazole usually works within 2 to 3 weeks for most fungal infections, but it can take 6 weeks for athlete's foot to get better.

Why is my intimate area dark? ›

This is normal because the colour of our skin is not linear, that is, there might be variations in tone depending on the part of the body. The change of pigmentations in the body is completely normal and might be due to different factors such as excessive melanin, shaving, sun exposure and genetic factors.

How can I lighten my inner thighs and private? ›

Home remedies to get rid of dark inner thighs
  1. # 1 The mix of coconut oil-lemon juice. ...
  2. # 2 Aloe Vera. ...
  3. #3 Oatmeal scrub. ...
  4. #4 Baking Soda Paste. ...
  5. #5 Sugar Scrub. ...
  6. #6 Potato Rub.

How do dermatologists get rid of dark inner thighs? ›

Hydroquinone Bleaching

Skin bleaching is the most common and may be the first thing to start with to lighten the darker skin. Your doctor may prescribe some hydroquinone containing creams for your dark thighs.

Which cream is best for dark spots on buttocks? ›

Bare Body Essentials Bum Cream helps in reducing dark spots and acne on your bum skin, lightens skin tone and softens and smoothens the texture. It also firms the skin, giving your buttocks .

How can I whiten my private part naturally fast? ›

Orange juice with turmeric

Also, orange juice works like a natural bleach just like lemon. So, just mix three parts of orange juice with a pinch of turmeric powder and apply on the skin. Wash off later.

Is dark inner thighs normal? ›

Dark inner thighs can develop when the skin produces extra pigmentation called melanin. A healthcare provider may refer to this condition as hyperpigmentation. Anyone may experience dark inner thighs, regardless of their skin tone.

Is aloe vera gel good for dark inner thighs? ›

While it is best to get it examined by a dermatologist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment, some natural home remedies for black thighs can be of much help. Aloe vera contains chemicals called aloin and aloesin that reduce hyperpigmentation and lighten the skin. It contains vitamin A, C, and E.

Why is the skin around my groin dark? ›

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that causes a dark discoloration in body folds and creases. It typically affects the armpits, groin and neck. Acanthosis nigricans is a condition that causes areas of dark, thick velvety skin in body folds and creases. It typically affects the armpits, groin and neck.

Why is between my thighs dark? ›

Dark skin on the inner thighs can be experienced by anyone, regardless of skin tone. It occurs when the skin on the inner thigh produces an abundance of melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color. This is called hyperpigmentation. The discoloration of dark inner thighs may even stretch into the bikini or groin area.

Is turmeric good for dark inner thighs? ›

Turmeric is one of the home remedies from Ayurveda and your kitchen that can fasten the process of lightening your inner thighs and buttocks. Daily application of turmeric paste will give better results.

How can I get flawless skin on my butt? ›

The ultimate key to getting flawless skin on the buttocks is keeping it clean, exfoliated and moisturized at all times. Also, using home care remedies or products enriched with coconut oil, cocoa butter, lemon and glycerine, can help you get bump-free, clear buttocks.

Is dark buttocks normal? ›

Not all parts of your body have the same skin tone. It gets darker or lighter on several parts. The same is with butts. Due to the higher concentration of melanocytes (the cells producing melanin) in the skin folds, our butts appear darker as compared to other parts of the body.

How do you clean your butt skin? ›

Exfoliate your bum

Make sure you wash your butt area regularly and even exfoliate your bum once in a while. You can also use exfoliating hand mittens and a body scrub to get smooth skin. It will also help to soothe skin, calm down the inflammation and treat butt acne.

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