Ultimate Guide on How to Get Rid of Butt Acne
When we think about acne we all tend to just think about facial breakouts. However, the simple fact is that acne can break out anywhere on the body where there are pores and hair follicles that can become clogged with sebum (oil) dead skin cells and general debris. And the fact is that means you can get pimples almost anywhere.
The Acne No-one Likes to Talk About
One area of the body that is commonly affected by acne pimples is the butt (rear end, bum, bottom, whatever you prefer to call it) But it’s not something that most of us are all that comfortable talking about, or even thinking about. However, buttne as some have dubbed it, can be uncomfortable, even painful and although most of us don’t make a habit of showing off our bare butts on the regular, when we do, buttne is pretty ugly stuff too.
So, even if it gets a little cringey at times – and we apologize in advance if it does – we’re going to take a look at buttne here; why it happens, what you can do to prevent it and how to treat it when it does appear.
What is Buttne?
Buttne – aka butt acne – is just like any other form of acne, it’s just that the pimples are located in a less than accessible place. Larger pores and hair follicles become clogged with dirt, sweat, excess oils and other skin debris and pimples form. These can range from small whiteheads to larger, painfully inflamed cystic acne pimples.
Why Does Buttne Form?
Like it or not, however fastidious you are about personal hygiene and whatever the time of year butts can get pretty sweaty over the course of the day. Encased in several layers of clothing most of the time and often parked in a chair the butt can be a prime ‘breeding ground’ for acne and it probably won’t be until pimples hurt, or you happen to catch a glimpse in the mirror, that you’ll even know it is there.
10 Tips to Prevent Butt Acne from Coming Back
Before we get onto how to treat and get rid of buttne we should look at how it can be prevented in the first place. After all, prevention is always going to be better than cure, no matter what ails you:
- Wear cotton underwear – Flirty, colorful nylon panties can be very pretty but they don’t allow your butt to breathe. By making the switch to cotton underwear, which is ‘breathable’ you’ll be doing your butt a favor and if you shop around a little there are plenty of sexy styles out there.
- Ditch the thong – Thongs look hot, but they are also a big cause of buttne. They leave much of your butt over- exposed (even under clothing) to sweat and dirt and things can get particularly hot and sticky – and therefore pimply – in the ‘crack’ area, and that can be a painful experience indeed. A better idea is to stash the tiny g string away for special occasions and invest in some butt loving bikini panties for everyday wear.
- Spend less time sitting – We know, you have a desk job, or are in classes all day, so this one is a tall order. However, the more you sit the more sweat and nasty stuff is trapped on your skin, leading to painful butt pimples. Try to get into the habit of taking a break every 30 minutes or so to walk around and give your butt room to breathe.
- Always shower after you work out – This actually goes to preventing body acne in general. Even a lighter workout should see you working up a sweat and that needs to be washed off as soon as possible to prevent buttne breakouts especially.
- Wash your body last – As you have been doing it for most of your life it probably sounds strange to be told that there is a right and wrong way to shower. But there is. You see when you wash your face, then shampoo and condition your hair all of the product you use rinses away down over your body. And it can clog the pores in some strange places, especially your butt.
- Get into the habit of doing everything else – including shaving – before lathering up your body for a good wash to ensure that none of that ‘gunk’ remains on your skin to cause problems.
- Use a Salicylic Acid body wash – Body washes that are formulated with salicylic acid can help prevent acne forming on the butt – and elsewhere on the body – in the same way as they can on your face. No, they are not as ‘glamourous’ as those very scented, very colorful body washes you might be used to but then again neither is buttne, so which would you prefer to have?
- Exfoliate – Many of us do exfoliate our skin the shower having been advised (correctly) to do so by 101 different beauty tips articles. However, just like those articles we tend to skip the butt. Simply put, don’t. The skin there dies just as quickly as it does elsewhere and so needs to be (gently) scrubbed away to prevent pore clogs.
- Switch to a Gentle Laundry Detergent – Harsh laundry detergents really can affect your skin, especially in more sensitive areas. To prevent butt irritation – and buttne – try using a gentler soap to wash your undies – a baby detergent like Dreft is a good choice and it’s kinder to those pricey, delicate skimpies anyway.
- Watch Your Diet – According to many experts constipation can aggravate – or even cause – butt acne breakouts. The biggest key to preventing most constipation is a diet that is rich in fiber. Therefore, making sure you consume plenty of fiber rich foods like oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat bread and beans will not on lad to a healthier digestive system but potentially to a clearer, smoother butt as well.
2 Easy Remedies to Get Rid of Butt Acne for Good
So, despite your best preventative efforts you have been left with a bumpy butt and some painful pimples. Pimples that you want gone asap and with as little scarring as possible. Treating and getting rid of butt acne is slightly more complicated than clearing up acne elsewhere but it can be done:
1. Using Over the Counter Facial Acne Treatments to Get Rid of Butt Acne (Over the counter)
Some over the counter facial acne treatments can be used on buttne as well, but you do have to be careful as it’s a very sensitive area and many of the stronger acne treatments could cause some serious pain, which is the very last thing you want:
- The same 2% benzoyl peroxide cream you might use on very stubborn facial acne can be spot applied to stubborn buttne pimples as well.
- If you make use of salicylic acid soaked cleansing pads for your face, you can use them on your butt cheeks too, but stay well away from the ‘more sensitive’ areas as that stuff can really burn.
2. Using Tea Tree Oil to get Rid of Butt Acne (Home Remedy)
Tea tree oil is a highly effective natural way to fight acne. As the biggest cause of butt acne is often a buildup of bacteria then as tea tree oil is a potent natural antibacterial agent it can be very effective on acne ‘down there’:
- Dilute full strength tea tree oil with distilled water. 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water usually works well.
- Apply the mixture to the butt – and butt acne – prior to bathing use clean hands or a very clean sponge.
- Leave in place for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse off well in the shower and then follow with a good body wash before rinsing again.
You can also make a tea tree based body wash that will help fight acne all over your body, including your bottom:
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup of distilled or rose water
- 3 tablespoons of liquid Castile soap
- 6-8 drops tea tree oil
- 2-3 drops lavender essential oil
- Small bowl
- Plastic bottle (one with a pump is a great choice)
How It’s Done
- In your mixing bowl, combine Castile soap and water. Stir
- Add in tea tree oil and lavender oil drop by drop, stir again.
- Decant mixture into plastic bottle
- Use in place of regular soap/body wash on a daily basis
- Always make sure you rinse off all traces of body wash for the best results.
And so there you have it. You probably did not really want to talk about butt acne but we did and it really wasn’t that bad was it? As you can see, prevention is the biggest key to success when it comes to buttne and the lifestyle tweaks suggested here are not too drastic or hard to follow. If buttne still causes a problem, try one of the treatments suggested.
Ready to talk some more about butt acne, now that the subject is out in the open anyway? We’d like to hear about your experiences with butt acne and what you have done to treat and prevent it too.