Pimples have a funny way of making an appearance at exactly the wrong time. And butt acne (aka ‘buttne’) is no different. Right before a beach trip or romantic date night, buttne arrives to ruin even the best-laid plans. What a pain the butt - literally. Here’s what you need to know about pimples on your butt and what you can do about it.
What Causes Butt Acne?
Pimples on your butt are typically the result of clogged pores. Acne-causing bacteria takes up residence and wreaks havoc on your skin. And because bacteria thrives in warm, wet environments, your booty is particularly prone to breakouts. Between sweaty yoga pants or running shorts and wet bathing suits, your cheeks are (quite literally) sitting targets.
Folliculitis on Your Butt
Another common culprit? Malassezia yeast. Malassezia folliculitis is a lesser-known skin condition that looks like acne, but whereas acne is caused by bacteria, malassezia folliculitis is caused by an overgrowth of naturally-occurring yeast that infects the hair follicle. Like bacteria, yeast also thrive in warm, wet places, making your butt prime territory for folliculitis.
How to Get Rid of Butt Acne
Whether the pimples on your butt are the result of bacteria or yeast, there are a few simple things you can do to get rid of butt acne and get clear, smooth, healthy-looking skin on your bum.
1. Check Ingredients
Some ingredients found in your body products could actually be making the folliculitis on your butt worse. Common yeast food sources like glycerin, ceramides, and fatty acids (like the kind you’d find in a moisturizing body wash, for example) can keep you stuck with butt acne. Swap for a folliculitis-friendly cleanser like Microbiome Balancing Cleanser, which is free from common malassezia yeast triggers and made with purifying green tea extracts. Great for folliculitis-prone booties, and pH-balanced to vulvas!
2. Keep it Clean
To prevent bacteria and yeast from getting out of control, you’ll want to be sure to change out of wet clothes ASAP and wash your activewear frequently. Even if you’re just working from home in your favorite leggings, wash them every two wears to get rid of built-up sweat and moisture. While you’re at it, throw your sheets into the washer too! Every 7-10 days if you’re prone to breakouts.
3. Rinse Off or Wipe Down
After a workout, do your best to rinse off in the shower. If you don’t have time to get under the water, keep a pack of our award-winning wipes with you for a quick cleanse anywhere or anytime.
4. Exfoliate (GENTLY!)
Regular exfoliation is a great way to get bump-free skin, because it helps remove buildup that could be clogging your pores. But scrubbing those cheeks can be rough! Instead, try a gentle chemical exfoliator like Buff & Brighten Body Exfoliating Pads. Add them to your regular routine for smoother, brighter skin.
5. Use a Spot Treatment
As soon as you spot a bump on your bum, reach for Bikini & Body Bump Eraser. This spot treatment is packed with pimple-fighting superstars like azelaic acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide to help clear bumps fast. Just dab it on and let it dry completely before you sit down or get dressed. Repeat 1-2x daily until the spot is gone.
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