Pimples on your thighs or bumps on the upper legs can make it difficult to walk, run or ride a bike. They may be similar in appearance to pimples, and may turn into a rash in the areas toward your buttocks.
These bumps can be caused by chafing, pregnancy, hormones, shaving, bikini waxing, STD’s, tight jeans or sweat. This article presents more on what causes these thigh pimples, and how to get rid of these bumps, spots, pimples and zits on the thighs.
What causes those pimples or zits on your thighs?
Your inner thighs are a very sensitive part of your body. If you are even somewhat overweight, the inner thighs may rub. This friction can cause chafing. The symptoms include white or red spots, hard bumps, dark skin on the inner thighs and pimply rashes on your buttocks and thighs.
Ingrown hair may cause painful thigh bumps.
- Bumps on inner thighs from rubbing together while you exercise, walk or run
Chafing of the thighs occurs more frequently in people who are carrying at least a few more pounds than they optimally should. NaturalRemedies.org reports that symptoms of this chafing include flaky small bumps, irritation on the inner thighs, burning sensations and red skin.
Boils, bumps, zits and pimples on the thighs may be worsened when the thighs rub together. They may cause pain, become red or pink and can even bleed. This makes walking uncomfortable.
- Thigh pimples following shaving – razor bumps
Itchy little bumps on the inside of the thighs can also be caused by razor burn. Due to poor waxing or shaving techniques, some people have pimples on their thighs from shaving, also called shaving bumps.
Red pimples caused by rash from razor burn
- Thigh bumps and zits during your period or pregnancy
When you are having a period or are pregnant, skin breakouts are more common, on various part of your body. Hormonal changes cause these bumps. During these periods, the oil-producing glands under the skin may become more active.
The glands produce sebum, the body’s natural oil, and during periods or pregnancy, they may over-produce it. Too much sebum may clog your pores, and this causes pimples to break out in the areas of the buttocks, backs of the thighs and the inner legs.
- Pimples on upper thighs from STDs, including herpes and HPV
Pimples, sores and warts are common signs of STDs in your genital area. HPV-related genital warts may be mistaken for common bumps and pimples, but they’re not the same. They may appear as fleshy lumps or growths on your skin, between your thighs.
Small red bumps in the groin and thigh area can also be early signs of STDs like HPV, according to the Mayo Clinic. These may be itchy, and they often spread toward the inside of your thighs. Popping, picking or scratching these pimples can lead to them bleeding, spreading more quickly, and even being transmitted to other people.
STD’s like HPV may manifest themselves as bumps.
- Sweat-related pimples on the buttocks, thighs and backs of thighs
Many people who exercise a lot get pimples on the groin, thighs and buttocks, after they exercise. This is due to sweating. Buzzle.com reports that bacteria readily thrive in sweaty areas. This may lead to infected thigh pimples, folliculitis or inflammation.
If you wear tight jeans, this problem may become exacerbated. Blocking the pores causes sweat to accumulate in the pores and ducts in the area of the legs, thighs and buttocks, which can cause pimple breakouts or sweat bumps.
Tight clothing may lead to groin area irritation.
- Keratosis pilaris bumps on the upper thighs
If you have scaly patches or pimples on the skin of your inner thigh, it could be keratosis pilaris. This condition causes rough patches of skin, bumps or zits. The Mayo Clinic reports that it is most common on the thighs, upper legs, buttocks and arms. The symptoms include:
- Bumps or pimples on skin that do not itch
- Chafing of inner thighs and pimples on the inner thigh
- Smallish, white bumps that look like whiteheads
- Bumps or zits that may become pink or red if inflamed or irritated
- Large cystic pimples on the inner thighs
Large pimples on thighs may be caused by cystic acne. WebMD says that this affects people of all ages, from 8-50. They are not as typical on the thighs, but they can appear there in severe cases.
- Fungal infections like jock itch
Jock itch is generally found in men, and is caused by a fungus. Women can actually get it, too. Symptoms include itchiness in the area of the groin, near the buttocks, anal region or thighs. A bump-like rash forms as this infection spreads. It is not sexually transmitted.
Jock itch rash found on the inner upper thighs
- Acne breakouts or zits
If you’re prone to acne, you will be more likely to have pimples on the thighs, as well. Acne is more common on the back and face, but it can also occur on the buttocks, inner thighs and scrotum area. It is found most commonly in teenagers.
Males and females can get acne breakouts in the bikini area. For males, the symptoms may include white spots on the testicles and pimples in the scrotal area. Dermatologists believe that the cause of acne is an excess production of the skin’s natural oil (sebum), which is sometimes exacerbated by dead skin cells and debris in the pores.
Pimples on the inner thigh from excess weight
Body weight is a major cause of inner thigh pimples. If your thighs are rubbing together, this irritates the skin. Here are some tips to help you tone those thighs to prevent chafing and bumps on thighs:
Exercises can help get rid of thigh fat to prevent chafing and pimples.
Plie or sumo squats help you to lose inner thigh fat. They help in shaping your butt, too!
Crossack squats also help you thin down your inner thighs. In addition, they slim your entire thighs and tone those glutes.
Getting Rid of Pimples on the Thighs
Pimples located on the thighs can be treated, but the proper treatment depends on what originally caused the bumps. Home remedies used for thigh bumps and pimples include keeping the area dry and clean, and using aloe Vera, tea tree oil, salicylic acid or turmeric.
Here are several ways to help you get rid of thigh pimples naturally:
- Bathe immediately after you exercise
Showering or bathing after exercise prevents sweat accumulation on your skin. Even a quick shower, using mild soap, will cleanse the body of bacteria and sweat accumulation. Dry off well before you get dressed. Patting the bikini and groin area is helpful.
Tea tree oil is a natural thigh pimple treatment.
Tea tree oil is great for acne. It is an antibacterial, which makes it helpful for folliculitis and razor bumps in your groin and thigh area. It also soothes razor burn irritation. To apply:
- Try a bit on your skin first – it may irritate sensitive skin.
- Dilute a bit of tea tree oil in a glass or bowl.
- Dip a cotton ball into this diluted oil.
- Dab the cotton ball on your groin and thighs. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off well and dry.
You can add aloe Vera to tea tree oil, too. It works well for acne on the buttocks, upper thighs and legs.
Lemon pimple remedy for bumps on thighs
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, so they help in drying up pimples quickly. Use fresh lemons, rather than bottled products, so the preservatives won’t irritate your skin. If you have scars, lemon can help lighten them, too. Apply this way:
- Make smaller cotton balls from one regular sized ball.
- Squeeze a few lemons (fresh) into a small bowl.
- Dip your mini cotton balls in the lemon juice.
- Now apply it to your pimples.
- Leave the lemon on overnight.
- The next morning, clean the area with warm water. Pat it dry – don’t rub.
Topical creams & treatments for curing thigh bumps
Dr. Joshua L. Fox, MD, a dermatologic surgeon on Long Island, says that if the pimples on your thighs were brought on by keratosis pilaris, they are treatable with topical products. Topical creams are usually intended to improve symptom appearance and get rid of those inner thigh pimples.
Over the counter anti-fungal creams
Oral and topical medications with anti-fungal properties are helpful in getting rid of bumps and rashes from jock itch. The most common treatments are anti-fungal creams. If you can keep the skin in the groin and thigh area clean and dry, it will heal more quickly.
Hydrocortisone creams for razor burn and bumps
Small and painful thigh pimples mean that the skin is irritated. Friction, poor air exposure and sweat accumulation usually cause this type of inflammation. A helpful over the counter remedy is hydrocortisone cream. It works well to soothe the itchiness brought on by these bumps.
Check out this Video on inner thigh bumps!