Many of us have experienced it – you look in the mirror during swimsuit season, only to see breakouts of pimples where you want them the least: on your behind. Butt acne breakouts are a common issue that many patients face, and it can be exacerbated by certain clothing, heat, hormones, sweating, waxing, or even shaving. Though certain bumps on the buttocks will clear up on their own, others breakouts are caused by bacterial or fungal infections which need to be treated. If you suffer from butt acne breakouts, expert NYC dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help you. Dr. Green will diagnose, recommend the right skincare products, and provide the very best acne treatments to clear your acne and butt acne breakouts. The result will be beautiful, clear, healthy looking skin.
Do you suffer from butt acne breakouts?
With a rise in tightly-fitting fashion, butt acne breakouts are currently on the rise. As Dr. Green mentions in her interview with InsideHook, “Wearing tight-fitting clothing, especially in fabrics which don’t ‘breathe,’ causes butt acne, as does waxing or shaving improperly.” Stretchy fabrics that we commonly use for exercise are often to blame, particularly for those of us who might run errands after hitting the gym. Additionally, if you’re experiencing a more sedentary lifestyle than you’re accustomed to, you may also start to see zits appearing on your rear. “Sitting all day on your buttocks can cause friction and lead to butt acne as well,” says Dr. Green. These simple lifestyle choices can leave patients feeling frustrated by bumps where they want them least, but Dr. Green can help to target both the cause and necessary treatment for butt acne.
What are the causes of butt acne?
The official definition of acne involves clogged pores, pimples, and cysts (which have infection deeper into the dermis than pimples). Acne is typically found on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, upper back, and chest. These areas of the body have higher levels of sebaceous glands (oil glands), which can lead to an increased number of zits along the surface of the skin. Traditional pimples also entail comedones – blackheads or whiteheads which clog your pores and create bumps called open and closed comedones.
However, there isn’t as much oil production on the buttocks, which means that those bumps on your booty are not traditional acne breakouts. This type of acne pimples on the buttocks are caused by an irritation of the hair follicles and called a folliculitis. Occasionally, these bumps can be symptoms of an allergic skin irritation, called a contact dermatitis. To better diagnose and treat acneiform lesions on the buttocks, it is best to consult a board certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in New York.
What causes folliculitis?
Folliculitis is the most common variety of butt acne. It is not true acne, but rather the result of inflammation around hair follicles. Typically folliculitis occurs when a hair follicle is infected by Staphylococcus aureus, or staph bacteria. It can also be caused by other bacteria, fungi, or yeast, as well as simple irritation or clogging of the hair follicles. This irritation of the hair follicles is often caused by friction between tight clothing and skin, which can aggravate the epidermis, or outer skin layer. Folliculitis looks almost the same clinically as traditional acne, but the hair follicle is at the root of the irritation.
Keratosis Pilaris on the buttocks, arms and legs
If you’re experiencing smaller red bumps on the buttocks that don’t seem to itch or hurt, you may be experiencing keratosis pilaris (KP). This generally harmless skin condition occurs when your body’s natural keratin production, which is designed the protect the skin, gets in the way of the follicular opening. Keratosis Pilaris doesn’t have a known cause at this time, but it does appear to be genetic, and run in families along with other skin conditions. If you have keratosis pilaris on your buttocks, you’ll likely see it elsewhere on the body, such as on your arms and legs.
One of the best ways that Dr. Green recommends to treat keratosis pilaris, is with Glytone’s KP Kit, which includes a loofah and exfoliation wash to loosen the keratin itself. After exfoliation, Glytone has an exfoliating body lotion which helps complement the wash. This kit is also ideal to treat back acne breakouts as well.
What are carbuncles?
A carbuncle is a painful cluster of boils that essentially feels like a knot filled with pus under the skin. Many liken the experience to that of an acne cyst, but carbuncles occur when folliculitis goes unchecked and increases, rather than from a standard clogged pore. When folliculitis goes untreated, it can develop into a much deeper infection, which can land you with a carbuncle. In order to avoid these painful boils on your bum, it’s best to treat folliculitis immediately with the help of a board certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green.
How can a dermatologist help?
An expert dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green is trained to recognize the different forms of butt acne and skin irritation, and will be able to diagnose the best treatment to meet your needs. Particularly in the case of folliculitis and carbuncles, it’s important to work with a dermatologist to determine if any antibacterial or anti-fungal medication will be needed to treat your symptoms. Further, if you suffer from acne scarring on the buttocks, Dr. Green’s private NYC dermatology office has innovative solutions to remove your acne scars and diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, (PIH), or dark spots.
Pimples or Bumps: How to get rid of butt acne fast
Usually, as the bumps on one’s bum are not traditional acne, traditional acne treatment is not as effective to treat or prevent “buttne.” However, certain skincare routines can help to lessen the chance of developing acne on your buttocks and help to heal it more quickly if it develops.
First, keeping the irritated area clean can be a great way to reduce your butt acne. Showering immediately after exercise and using antibacterial soap can help remove bacteria, excess sweat and debris. By using gentle exfoliators, you can remove dead skin cells from the irritated follicle, and this can also help prevent folliculitis from occurring. However, exfoliating too harshly – with a loofah or brush – can sometimes make your symptoms worse. Instead, it is best to use a gentler product to exfoliate your skin.
Choosing the best skincare for butt acne
When it comes to treating butt acne, not all skincare products are created equal. There are certain key active ingredients that will help you to reduce the appearance of your butt acne quickly and effectively. When choosing cleansers, lotions, and exfoliating products, it is very important to select products with the right ingredients, which will not make your butt acne worse. In general, the following guide will help you choose the best butt acne treatment.
Acne cleansers for butt acne breakouts
When looking for cleansers to treat butt acne, choosing washes and cleansers with benzoyl peroxide can be very effective. A benzoyl peroxide body wash or cleanser can be an excellent way to eliminate butt acne. Benzoyl peroxide can be found in many over-the-counter products designed for facial acne, such as Neutrogena acne face wash, but it also helps for folliculitis as well due to its antimicrobial formulation. When you use benzoyl peroxide products, its best to leave it on for thirty seconds, then wash clean, using a white towel (as benzoyl peroxide has been known to bleach fabrics).
Topical Antibiotics for butt acne
Butt acne can also benefit from traditional topical or oral antibiotics if there are signs of infection. Common topical antibiotics include Clindamycin lotion and Erythromycin lotion. Combination topical antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide gels, such as Benzaclin or Benzamycin, are also very effective. When there is a deeper infection, oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline or Minocycline may be needed to treat the skin, for a week or longer, to clear active infection.
Exfoliating products for folliculitis
Salicylic acid is another active ingredient commonly used to treat both traditional acne and folliculitis. Salicylic acid provides the body with beta hydroxy acid, which helps to cut through oils on the skin and clear out dead skin cells. in order to apply salicylic acid, Dr. Green recommends using a pre-treated salicylic acid pad, so that you can do spot treatment of the affected area without risking any irritation of the treated area. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABS offers a variety of salicylic-based spot treatments and her Retexturizing Pads, which contain glycolic and salicylic acid, is uniquely formulated to help treat butt acne and is small enough to be carried in your purse.
Should I use a moisturizer for my butt acne?
Traditional moisturizers, though excellent for regular skincare, can sometimes cause irritation and further clog pores when it comes to folliculitis-fueled bumps on the skin. However, certain targeted lotions can help.
A lactic-acid body lotion, such as AmLactin (which you can find on Amazon and in other large stores), can help to loosen and eliminate dead skin cells. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, which is able to re-hydrate and exfoliate the skin anywhere on the body. This means that when you moisturize with a lactic-acid lotion, you can reduce the appearance of bumps and prevent more from forming. Lactic acid lotion can also be used in combination with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil, provided the above treatments have fully dried.
If you’re interested in other forms of lactic acid skincare, you may also consider a chemical exfoliant, which commonly includes lactic acid and glycolic acid (another alpha hydroxy acid).
Butt Breakouts: How to get rid of acne on buttocks naturally
Many patients seek natural treatment in order to reduce the appearance of bumps and pimples on the buttocks. Though the above treatments tend to reduce the appearance of butt acne more quickly, there are several natural treatments one might try:
- Tea tree oil can help due to its antimicrobial properties
- Turmeric paste can fight against staph on the body
- An apple cider vinegar bath contains acetic acid which may fight folliculitis causing bacteria
- Switching to a non-scented, lightweight moisturizer
- A applying a warm compress to open and clear out follicles–just make sure you clean the area after use!
- A saltwater sitz bath can help to soothe and sterilize the irritated area, as well as treat minor infections
Bothersome “buttne”: How to prevent butt acne breakouts
Believe it or not, your fashion choices may be the primary cause of your butt acne. Tight clothing such as leggings, when combined with sweat, can lead to friction and irritation on the surface of the skin. This friction can irritate follicles and lead to folliculitis.
In order to prevent acne on the buttocks, it’s best to wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing, and to make sure that you shower immediately after you hit the gym. Further, certain cosmetic treatments, such as waxing, are ill-advised when you’re experiencing a flare-up.
In order to both treat and prevent further butt acne, a regular use of a gentle exfoliant and alpha hydroxy acid lotion is recommended.
Dark spots: how to get rid of dark scars on your buttocks
If you’re wondering how to remove the acne scars from your buttocks, you may have been suffering from butt acne for some time. Hyperpigmentation or scarring can occur when the skin around the buttocks is irritated due to over-exfoliation or scrubbing, and unfortunately these unsightly spots must be treated in order to truly disappear. Having had a folliculitis in this area, can also cause hyperpigmentation, especially in patients with darker skin tones. Dr. Green is an expert in treating hyperpigmenation, acne scars, and PIH from acne.
With her MGSKINLABS, Inc. line of skin lighteners and retinol creams and combining these creams with chemical peels, the skin will be restored back to its healthy state. Another topical treatment for dark spots, from healed folliculitis, are salicylic acid peels. Salicylic acid not only acts as an exfoliate, to reduce the formation of bumps and pimples, but it also has a skin lightening effect as well. In addition, if the pigmentation is in the genital area, Dermamelan peels in the private areas and Mesopeels for the inner thighs, axillae, or back areas, will successfully lighten these delicate areas, without any irritation or down time.
What is the best treatment for buttock acne scars from folliculitis?
If the folliculitis has progressed to create acne scars, Dr. Green utilizes several different lasers to improve the appearance and reverse these scars. The Vbeam laser is the gold standard in treating redness and red marks from acne scars. After several sessions, the redness is resolved, and the skin is repaired back to its natural skin tone. The eMatrix and Fraxel are cutting-edge lasers to treat acne scars and help promote new collagen and elastin production. The Fraxel laser works in a fractionated matter to promote the skin’s regenerative process and heal these acne scars. The eMatrix laser works through radiofrequency heat, and is a “color blind” laser, which means that it is effective at treating acne scars and skin texture in all skin tones. These non-invasive skin resurfacing lasers will improve overall skin tone and texture with minimal recovery time. Dr. Green is an expert in treating acne scars on all areas of the body, including the face, chest, back, and buttocks.
How do I get rid of my buttock acne fast?
If you are frustrated by butt acne or butt pimples, or acne scarring, Dr. Michele Green is an expert in treating acne and acne scars in her discreet NYC private dermatology office. Whether it be the best skin care, chemical peels, or laser skin treatment, Dr. Green is here to help you restore your skin and give you clear, beautiful, healthy skin. If you are suffering from acne on your face or body, contact Dr. Green’s New York office today to create your customized acne treatment plan.