Some call it butt pimples, others 'bacne' (butt acne). Whatever name you decide to call it, they remain those annoying little white-head rashes on your buttocks.
With it being bikini season and all, pimples on the butt can dash your confidence when wearing that fancy two-piece swimsuit you just bought.
But not to worry! There are simple, home and over-the-counter remedies you can use to get your bottom skin feeling smooth again. Before then though, let’s learn about butt pimples and why they occur.
What are butt pimples?
Unlike general acne (mainly on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, or upper arms), which is caused by clogged pores, pimples and cysts, the bumps on your bum are likely caused by other factors such as wearing tight, clingy clothing.
Dermatologists prefer to call these rashes folloculitis—inflamed hair follicles.
The bumps are caused when the hair follicles on your butt become irritated, leaving the spots red, swollen and sometimes resulting in white heads and look-alike pimples. They are sometimes itchy and painful,but most people do not feel their presence at all.
Skin specialists are worried more people are getting these pimples because they are spending longer hours in tight clothing especially worn for exercising.
There are various ways to get rid of these pimples completely or to manage them from spreading or recurring. Here are four tips to help you with that:
- Take regular bath
Washing regularly with antibacterial soap is a good way to prevent infections. If you think you are prone to butt pimples, it is advised that you wash the skin twice a day to help rid it of bacteria buildup from sweating.
- Avoid tight -fitting clothes
It is common for bacteria to sit on the skin but those spandex and skinny jeans would only rub them deeper into the pores causing breakouts. You might consider opting for looser and more breathable bottoms and sticking to cotton underwear.
- Benzoyl Peroxide
Although what you have going on there may not be acne, there are still over-the-counter treatment products you can use such as body wash containing benzoyl peroxide. According to experts, this is effective for treating folliculitis.
- Exfoliating creams
Regular exfoliation is key to keeping your hair follicles from clogging up and causing pimples on your buttocks. Exfoliating creams that contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid, help speed up cell turnover while keeping the skin moisturised