Butt Breakouts (Butt-ne)
Pimples on the butt can be really painful, very annoying and do not look pretty. They are not real acne like what you get on your face, back and chest. The usually disappear without treatment but if they are stubborn, there are ways to treat them.
Real acne can show up as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, congested pores, pustules or cysts (deep seated pimples). It is one of the most common skin conditions affecting most people at some point in their lives. All forms of acne start out as a clogged, congested pore. Skin normally sheds its dead cells and pores get blocked because sometimes this process is not complete. Leftover dead cells mix with excess surface oil and block the pores and as a result, the cells, sebum and bacteria get trapped leading to inflammation which shows up as tender, red bumps. These blemishes are seen in areas where there are many oil producing glands (sebaceous glands) mainly on the face, back and chest.
Pimples on the butt are often called “BUTT-NE” and are caused by common skin problems like Folliculitis where the hair follicles are inflamed leading to bumps. Folliculitis could result from bacterial, yeast or fungal infections which irritate the hair follicles. Wearing tight clothes that continuously rub on and irritate the skin can also cause folliculitis. Waxing can also cause folliculitis. Blocked hair follicles could also be the problem especially if you don’t exfoliate regularly. They appear as tiny itchy or irritated bumps.
In more severe cases, a Carbuncle could develop which is a collection or cluster of boils with painful lumps of pus under the skin similar to an acne cyst. Carbuncles and folliculitis could also scar the skin the same way cysts on the face, chest and back do.
How to Treat
For Folliculitis – if the bumps don’t go away on their own, you can get a prescription from a dermatologist. She would give you an exfoliating antibacterial body wash containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide and a topical antibiotic cream. More severe cases need oral antibiotics and possibly antifungal meds.
For Carbuncles – treatment is more intensive because they are deeper seated and it is likely you will be given oral antibiotics to deal with the infection. In some cases it may be necessary to incise and drain the boils in a sterile setting so don’t try this at home.
How to prevent Butt Breakouts –
- Try wearing loose clothing as tight clothing can irritate the skin and lead to folliculitis
- Bathing and exfoliating skin regularly. You should scrub your body at least twice a week and can use a scrub containing tea tree oil or lavender or Dead Sea salts. Use an exfoliating body wash every day and look for ingredients like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid. You could also a net sponge and body brush in the bath.
- Using exfoliating creams help keep pores open. Look for the ingredients glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid.
- A general health check could detect chronic health conditions like diabetes which when uncontrolled could encourage infection.
- Once you get folliculitis, treat immediately so it doesn’t turn to carbuncles.
- The Best way to prevent butt-ne is to maintain good personal hygiene by bathing regularly. Wear loose clothes especially to bed because tight clothes rub against skin, and encourage sweating which further irritates the skin worsening butt acne.
If you suffer from butt acne don’t over scrub your skin as this may worsen and even complicate your condition. It may lead to scarring and hyper-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation can be avoided by using exfoliating moisturizers and being gentle to your skin.
When treating butt acne avoid waxing and wearing tight clothes to the gym etc. so you don’t sweat too much. Remove sweaty workout gear immediately after you exercise. Bathe regularly with benzoyl peroxide washes to control bacteria and those containing salicylic and lactic acid to prevent dead cell build up and to keep skin smooth.
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