July 17, 2023

Why Do I Have a Pimple on My Stomach?

Most people associate acne with the face, but it can also occur on your neck, back, chest, or shoulders. Acne develops when pores clog with oil, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells. Your skin has millions of pores that connect hair follicles to the underlying glands that produce an oily substance called sebum. These wells can become blocked by sebum, which combines with dead skin cells and other debris to form a pimple.

According to the Mayo Clinic, pimples aren’t common on the stomach because this area has fewer oil glands than other areas of your body. Because of this, your skin is less likely to get clogged and form an infected pus bump that looks like a pimple. However, if you do see something on your stomach that looks similar to a pimple, it is important not to squeeze the spot. This can push the bacteria and oil deeper into your skin, which can lead to infection or scarring.

Instead, gently wash your stomach with a mild, non-drying soap. You can also try using over-the-counter acne creams or washes that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or azelaic acid to keep your skin clear. If the spot is itchy, apply an anti-itch lotion to prevent scratching, which can cause further irritation and inflammation. If the pimple is causing pain or doesn’t go away on its own, see your healthcare provider for treatment. In some cases, a doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection.

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