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How to Get Rid of Butt Acne

Butt pimples can be an ongoing source of frustration and physical irritation that remind you of their presence every day. Learn the root causes, as well as best practices for treatment and prevention of butt acne to banish them from your life once and for all.

Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects approximately 80 percent of adults and adolescents at some point in their lives. Acne breakouts occur when your sebaceous glands stop functioning properly, producing clogged pores, pimples, and cysts. It’s no coincidence that the most acne-prone areas of the body — the face, chest, upper back, and arms — have the highest density of sebaceous glands.

What many people mistake for butt pimples is actually folliculitis. Folliculitis develops when a hair follicle is infected by bacteria (usually staphylococcus aureus), yeast, or fungus. This causes irritation or blockage of the follicle, which becomes red, itchy, and, depending on the severity of the folliculitis, possibly pus-filled. These “butt pimples” look similar to acne vulgaris, but they’re not the same.

  1. Benzoyl peroxide: This over-the-counter ingredient clears out your pores and also has anti-inflammatory properties. A 10-percent peroxide body wash is typically strong enough.
  2. Salicylic acid: This ingredient helps your skin shed dead cells more efficiently. Opt for pre-moistened OTC medicated pads with 2 percent salicylic acid on the active ingredient list. Salicylic acid may be applied in combination with benzoyl peroxide, unless you notice excessive skin dryness. If this occurs, discontinue use of at least one of these two products.
  3. Lactic acid lotions: Lactic acid works similarly to salicylic acid as an OTC remedy for removing dead skin cells. Once again, it can be used alone or in conjunction with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Just remember to watch for skin dryness.
  4. Topical antibiotic creams: Often available only by prescription, antibiotic creams are commonly recommended along with other treatment modalities for optimal results.
  5. Zinc creams: Reduction of acne symptoms, including the appearance of butt pimples, has been reported after the application of creams containing the mineral zinc.
  6. Tea tree oil: Another OTC home remedy, tea tree oil is found in the leaves of a tree that’s native to Australia. Research studies show it’s effective at killing skin bacteria, battling infections, and healing wounds.

Once you’ve eliminated them, how can you prevent pimples on the butt from coming back? Consider incorporating these habits into your life to keep your skin clear:

  • Practice good hygiene: Washing regularly is one of the best ways to prevent skin infections. If possible body breakouts are a problem for you, try bathing in the morning and evening, particularly if you’re working out and sweating during the day.
  • Rethink your clothing: Loose-fitting garments allow for more free space and airflow around your follicles. Tight-fitting clothes, on the other hand, can rub bacteria into your pores, causing breakouts.
  • Swap out laundry products: Fabric softeners are notorious for irritating sensitive skin. Avoid softeners, detergents, or dryer sheets containing dyes or perfumes and use hypoallergenic alternatives whenever possible.
  • Exfoliate gently: Use a super-soft nylon loofah (or comparable exfoliating cloth) to rid your skin of the surface dirt and dead cells that contribute to the development of folliculitis. Be sure to be gentle to avoid causing further irritation to your skin.
  • Control chronic health conditions: The best prevention for all types of acne is good overall health. Stay on top of any chronic conditions, particularly those that significantly affect your body’s ability to fight infection.

More often than not, you’ll be able to get persistent butt acne in check with OTC medications and an adjustment to daily habits and routines. Just remember that it could take up to 8–10 weeks of at-home treatment to see a noticeable difference.

If you’re not making any progress or observe large, severely inflamed, or pus-filled sores, seek medical attention right away. This could indicate a more serious infection that requires prescription-strength treatment.

Having butt pimples can feel embarrassing and unsightly, so it’s important to remember that they’re actually pretty common. Fortunately, there are a lot of at-home remedies that can eliminate butt acne. However, if self-treatment doesn’t work, make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss your options. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6273829/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5046992/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20368048

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