Boils on the buttocks and inner thighs are absolutely uncomfortable. It’s quite disappointing to feel bumps on these sensitive regions when you brush your hand over it. These bumps are not related to face acne and are often just inflamed hair follicles. They can be either furuncles (inflamed and infected hair follicles) or carbuncles (more painful and cluster-like boils). Sweat retention and hormonal changes are considered to be the common reasons why these appear on your behind and inner thighs.
As long as the boils are painless and small with no accompanying symptoms of fever, you can try these 8 effective home remedies to help them resolve.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
The very versatile apple cider vinegar is known for its powerful anti-bacterial properties. It breaks down the walls of the boil which helps its entry into the core of the boil for more effectiveness. Applying a cotton ball soaked in warm apple cider vinegar twice daily is the best way to allow the boil to heal naturally.1
2. Aloe Vera
Researchers have proved that aloe gel has a strong anti-bacterial action which prevents them from multiplication. Apply aloe gel twice daily onto the boils until they reduce in size and heal.2
Allicin in garlic has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help stop the bacterial activity in the boil for total healing. Applying the paste of a few cloves of garlic (freshly crushed) to the boil two times daily until it heals is a very effective natural remedy.3
Often known as the divine tree, neem has been used for centuries due to its numerous health benefits. Neem leaves and neem oil has the remarkable potential to treat both acute and chronic skin conditions. Apply the paste of crushed neem leaves onto the boils on your behind or inner thighs and wash it off once it has dried. For best results do it twice daily especially before you take a bath for the sake of convenience.4
Curcumin in turmeric is what makes turmeric an indispensable home remedy. Studies have proven that applying a paste of turmeric twice daily onto the affected are can help in healing it faster. As turmeric can leave yellow stains if it comes in contact with fabrics, it’s best to apply it cautiously.5
6. Tea Tree Oil
With a clean dropper apply one drop of tea tree oil directly onto the boil. Tea tree essential oil has been found to be as effective as the topical antibiotics that are normally prescribed for bacterial infections. Apply it twice daily until reduces in size and heals.6
7. Epsom Salt
Applying a warm compress soaked in Epsom salt solution or directly scrubbing the boil with salt crystals can help in promoting healing. Skin absorbs the magnesium in Epsom salt which leads to pain relief and cell repair.7
8. Black Seed Oil
Black seed, also known as black cumin has been scientifically proven to have a lot of therapeutic benefits in wound healing. Apply a paste of black cumin onto the boil twice daily so that the boil heals soon without scarring.8
In addition to the above remedies, avoid wearing tight-fitting underwear or bottom wear until the healing is complete. It’s advised to take a warm shower twice daily and pay attention to the areas where sweat retention usually happens. Opt for loose and breathable clothing made of cotton for maximum comfort and don’t get stressed out thinking about the boil.
|↑1||Johnston, Carol S., and Cindy A. Gaas. “Vinegar: medicinal uses and antiglycemic effect.” Medscape General Medicine 8, no. 2 (2006): 61.|
|↑2, ↑6||Kareru, P. G., J. M. Keriko, G. M. Kenji, G. T. Thiong’o, A. N. Gachanja, and H. N. Mukiira. “Antimicrobial activities of skincare preparations from plant extracts.” African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines 7, no. 3 (2010).|
|↑3||Pazyar, Nader, and Amir Feily. “Garlic in dermatology.” Dermatology reports 3, no. 1 (2011).|
|↑4||Kumar, Venugopalan Santhosh, and Visweswaran Navaratnam. “Neem (Azadirachta indica): prehistory to contemporary medicinal uses to humankind.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 7 (2013): 505-514.|
|↑5||Gupta, Subash C., Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal. “Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials.” The AAPS journal (2013): 1-24.|
|↑7||Epsom salt as a home remedy. MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY|
|↑8||Ahmad, Aftab, Asif Husain, Mohd Mujeeb, Shah Alam Khan, Abul Kalam Najmi, Nasir Ali Siddique, Zoheir A. Damanhouri, and Firoz Anwar. “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine 3, no. 5 (2013): 337-352.|