Nobody probably wants to admit it, but most of us have had a butt blemish in our lives. Dirt and moisture get trapped by your clothing, add the friction that comes from sitting, and you’ve got a recipe for breakouts.
Technically, however, pimples on the buttocks aren’t considered acne; usually you’re experiencing one of two related conditions. Folliculitis is a surface inflammation of the hair follicles; cysts or boils, also known as nodulocystic acne, are deeper and larger bumps under the skin.
Pimples on the butt can be very embarrassing especially if you wear bikini during beach or swimming time. But you can get rid of them.
Stop hiding behind your beach cover-ups and start finding solutions to your butt acne woes.
There are a few things you can do to treat these pimples:
Wash Your Body Last
Believe it or not, there’s a right order to wash things when you’re in the shower. You should always wash your body last. Why, you ask? Think about it. When you wash and rinse your hair or your face, all of those suds and stuff trail down your body. That stuff can clog your pores in some weird places, especially your butt. Always do everything else like shampooing and shaving before washing your body.
You exfoliate your face a few times a week, right? Well, the rest of your body needs love too! Exfoliate your body two or three times a week with a scrub and your hands. Please avoid loofahs! I know they feel scrubby, but they harbor bacteria and can actually make your body breakouts worse.
Use Acne Treatments
Your zit cream isn’t just for your face. The skin on your butt and pubic area is actually really similar in sensitivity to your face. You should treat it as such, especially if you’re breaking out. To treat butt acne, wash in the shower with a cleanser containing salicylic acid, tone with something like tea tree oil, apply an acne-fighting cream and moisturize!
Change your underpants
Nylon underpants and too-tight thongs can trap perspiration, and while that shouldn’t cause typical pimples, it can lead to irritation, including small bumps. So get out of the polyester thong already.
- Never pop pimples, as doing so can cause scarring.
- Never try to lance cystic acne yourself; doing so can cause both scarring and infection.
- Benzoyl peroxide can bleach clothing.
- See a dermatologist if the pimples persist or are severe.
- Wear loose, breathable clothing – preferably cotton – to help prevent future breakouts.
- Avoid pore-clogging lotions and creams on your buttocks – if you must moisturize, choose one labeled noncomedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores.
- Large, deep, persistent cysts may have to be lanced by a doctor to drain properly. You may also be prescribed an oral antibiotic to help clear them up.