Try this Butt Acne Routine if You're Breaking Out *Down There*
Have you recently noticed pimples popping up on your peach? Believe it or not, booty breakouts are a common skin complaint. A form of body acne, butt acne can be caused by a number of factors. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of butt acne. All you need are a few good skincare products and a butne-fighting routine.
Here’s everything you should know about butt acne and how to treat it for a clearer derriere.
What is Butt Acne?
Butt acne, also known as buttne, is a common skin condition that affects the buttocks. It is characterized by the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, and pus-filled pimples on the butt. Butt acne can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially during summer when it’s time to wear swimwear or other revealing clothing. Fortunately, butt breakouts are treatable and preventable at home.
Causes of Butt Acne
Butt acne can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Sweat and friction: The skin on the buttocks is prone to friction and sweating due to tight fitting clothing, exercise, or sitting for extended periods. This can cause the pores to become clogged, leading to acne. Even sitting around in sweaty workout clothes can trigger butt pimples.
Hormones: Hormonal changes can lead to an increase in sebum production (excess oil), which can clog pores and cause acne.
Poor hygiene: Failing to keep the buttocks clean can lead to the buildup of dirt, sweat, and bacteria, which can contribute to the development of acne. In other words, if you’re not using an antibacterial soap or body wash when you take a shower, it could be why you’re butt’s getting bumpy.
Diet: A diet high in processed foods and sugar can increase inflammation in the body, which can worsen zits on your butt.
Waxing: Wax your butt? That could be the reason you’re dealing with butt blemishes. Waxing can also cause staph infections.
Is it Butt Acne or Folliculitis?
Butt acne can be mistaken for folliculitis, a condition that occurs when hair follicles become inflamed. However, there are some key differences between the two conditions:
Location: Butt acne typically occurs on the buttocks, while folliculitis can occur anywhere there is hair, including the buttocks, arms, and legs.
Appearance: Butt acne is typically characterized by red, inflamed pimples, while folliculitis appears as small, white or red bumps that may have a hair in the center.
Cause: Butt acne is caused by clogged pores, while folliculitis is caused by bacteria entering the hair follicle.
How to Treat Butt Acne
Here are a few at home butt acne treatments you can try to clear blemishes down there.
Keep the buttocks clean: Wash the buttocks with a gentle, fragrance-free, antimicrobial cleanser twice a day. Avoid scrubbing the skin too hard, as this can exacerbate acne.
Wear loose clothing: Tight clothing can cause friction and sweating, leading to acne. Wear loose, breathable fabrics to prevent this.
Use a topical treatment: Apply a topical spot treatment containing salicylic acid (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide to the affected area. These ingredients help to unclog pores, fight acne-causing bacteria, and reduce inflammation.
Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid, lactic acid etc.) once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) also provide gentle yet powerful exfoliation. Alternatively, try gently buffing skin with a washcloth or loofah.
Avoid picking at the skin: Picking at acne can lead to scarring and further inflammation. It’s best to leave the skin alone and let the acne heal on its own.
Use a moisturizer: Apply a lightweight body lotion to the buttocks after washing to prevent the skin from becoming dry and irritated. Look for nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
Change your diet: A diet high in processed foods and sugar can increase inflammation in the body, leading to acne. Try to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
Seek medical treatment: If over-the-counter treatments are not effective, consider seeing a dermatology professional. They may prescribe stronger topical treatments or oral medications to treat more severe cases of butt acne.
3-Step Butt Acne Routine
From butt acne to dark spots and discoloration, thus 3-step butne routine’s got you covered and guaranteed to get you smoother.
Step 1: Exfoliate Scrub
After cleansing your butt in the shower, apply a scoop full of scrub to your butt and massage in using circular motions.
Rainbow’s Exfoliate Scrub is a fluffy whipped exfoliator powered by AHAs and mango to gently buff away dead skin cells and impurities, revealing clearer, fresher skin. It also helps with treating hyperpigmentation and keeping pores clear to prevent butt acne.
Step 2: Hydrate Serum
Moisturizing is an essential step even when you have buttne. That’s because dry skin causes an increase in oil production, in turn clogging pores and causing more blemishes. That said, it is important to choose the right moisturizer. Many body lotions and butters tend to be rich and heavy — and ultimately congest pores.
Rainbow’s Hydrate Serum is a silky, flash-absorbing moisturizer featuring hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. It drenches skin in moisture while plumping out creases and leaving skin silky smooth all day. Unlike a lot of body moisturizers, this one feels deliciously light and not at all greasy.
Step 3: Clear Acne Patches
For pesky pimples and pustules on your butt, patch them up! Pimple patches are a clean, effective, and mess-free way to spot treatment blemishes. And they’re a handy overnight treatment for clearing up acne — including facial acne too.
Rainbow’s Clear Acne Patches are infused with oil-cutting salicylic acid and bacteria-killing benzoyl peroxide to flatten, drain, and soothe active breakouts. They can even help speed up the healing process and prevent scar formation.
Butt acne can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition, but it is treatable and preventable. By keeping the skin clean, wearing loose clothing, using topical treatments, and maintaining a healthy diet, you can reduce the occurrence of butt acne and improve the overall health of your skin.
If you have any concerns, it’s worth speaking to a board-certified dermatologist. They’ll be able to tell you whether you could be dealing with butt acne, folliculitus, keratosis pilaris, or another skin condition.