Acne is an uninvited guest that somehow always ends up finding its way on your body. Nowhere they are welcomed, however, one of the worst places they can come up in on the buttocks. Butt acne will not only hurt and cause you discomfiture in performing daily tasks but will also end up scarring your butt when popped. In some worse case scenarios, certain fabrics will not feel pleasant at all.
What is butt acne?
Also known as butt pimples, butt acne is when you get pimples on butt. They look like red bumps on the skin and often contain pus. They cause discomfort when sitting or wearing tight clothes around your bum. They can be itchy but are usually not a serious medical condition. Most of them subside naturally in some time, but some may require to be looked after with a little basic care.
What causes butt acne?
Acne on the buttocks is different from acne on your face, in terms of its causes and subsequently, in the way the can be treated. There can be different reasons for different people’s butt pimples.
The most common stated cause is folliculitis. Folliculitis is when bacteria break into your skin and damage the hair follicles. The Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph bacteria, usually lives harmlessly on human skin and causes no problem whatsoever. But sometimes when it gets into the skin through a cut or any opening, it ends up infecting the hair follicles, leading to infections. This causes the red bimbos and the formation of pus. This is butt acne.
How to get rid of butt acne?
As mentioned earlier, even though it causes quite a lot of discomfort, it isn’t something that requires serious medical treatment. There are various things and remedies you can do at home yourself to get rid of your pimples on butt.
1. Keep away the chemicals
If you are using any new creams or soaps on your buttocks and you’ve seen breakouts subsequent to that, stop using it. It is likely that there is some chemical in the product that is not suiting your skin. Skin irritation can lead to openings, allowing the bacteria to get in and cause the infections. Moreover, look at a detergent on fabric softener that you have been using. Sometimes they can cause skin irritation. Stop using them for some time, and see if that makes a reason.
2. Wash regularly
Seriously, this has to be a no brainer. Regularly cleaning yourself is the best way to keep any kind of skin issue away if their root cause is dirt or sweat or some other external factor, like the staph bacteria in this case. Cleaning up the problematic area with a good antibacterial soap twice a day should help reduce the problem. Washing up will help in keeping the dirt and sweat away, and also attack the bacteria that is causing the infection. This goes without saying, but you must clean yourself up after your workout sessions.
3. Do not scrub!
Scrubbing might sound like a delighting thing to do to get rid of but acne because scrubbing takes away dead skin cells and end up making the skin feel smooth usually. However, when you scrub during any kind of acne, it is going to make it worse! You want to clean your skin gently, and not exfoliate it because that will worsen the inflammation. It will spread the inflammation to other hair follicles as well. Not only will the acne get worse, but it will also lead to scarring.
4. Wear loose clothes
Wearing loose clothes will not only help in keeping away the discomfort caused by your butt pimples but also help in reducing them subsequently. After washing up, wear loose clothes throughout the day to let your skin breathe. A lot of times, tight fitted clothes can damage skin and cause uneasiness to it. This can allow infections to develop in the damaged parts. Even if the tight clothes don’t end up directly damaging your skin, they can be the cause of the problem as they can rub and push the problem bacteria into your skin through the pores.
5. Put on a warm cloth
Dip a clean cloth in warm water, squeeze the excess, and then put in on your buttocks. You can lie down on your stomach and put the warm cloth on, or lay the cloth down and sit on it. Make sure the cloth is not so hot that it ends up hurting the skin. The heat of the warm cloth with allow the affected pores to open up and push out the bacteria and the pus. This should ease the situation of the butt pimples significantly. Do this for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
6. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has been recommended by doctors and experts for a number of skin problems. Because of its antibacterial property, it is effective against many skin infections and inflammations. And since, butt acne is essentially caused by a bacterial infection, it proves effective against it. There has been anecdotal evidence which proves that tea tree oil does elevate and even help get rid of butt acne. Some even suggest it to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide, which is the chemical present in antibacterial soaps.
7. Applying saltwater
Saltwater in general is good for treating mild infections. It is similar to how we gargle with hot salt water to ease a sore throat. Dip a cloth in warm salt water and put it on your buttocks. It works towards dehydrating the bacteria and killing it.
If these ways do not help get rid of butt acne, we suggest visiting a doctor. In most cases of butt pimples, the problem is never so severe that you would need a doctor. But if the discomfort is too much to bear or is taking too long to subside, visit one, he/she will fix you with a faster solution. At the end of the day, we all want a smooth butt, one that doesn’t hurt when we sit.