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Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne can be agonizing, difficult to manage, and can seriously impact the quality of one’s life. Whether it’s a tiny pimple or a painful cyst, acne can cause one to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Treating an acne lesion or breakout can be a frustrating process, and waiting too long to tackle a zit can result in permanent scarring. While problems with acne often start in our adolescence, acne can be persistent throughout adulthood. Not only does acne affect the face, but other areas of the body can be impacted, too.

Many of us have experienced it – you look in the mirror during swimsuit season, only to see pimples where you want them the least: on your behind. Butt acne breakouts are a common issue that many patients face, and the problem can be exacerbated by a number of factors including wearing certain clothing, heat, hormones, sweating, waxing, or even shaving. Though certain bumps on the buttocks may clear up on their own with time, there are some butt acne breakouts that are caused by bacterial or fungal infections and which may need to be medically treated in order to resolve. Treating a breakout early on is important in order to prevent worsening the infection and to keep acne scars from developing, which can often be more difficult to treat than the acne itself. Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist and expert when it comes to treating acne and acne scars. When you are experiencing an acne breakout, even when it’s on the butt, Dr. Green is here to help.

In her discreet, boutique New York City dermatology office, Dr. Green will diagnose your breakout, recommend the best skincare products, and provide effective, efficient acne treatments to clear your acne and butt acne breakouts. The result will be beautiful, clear, healthy looking skinWith over two decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology procedures, acne, and treating acne scarring, it is no wonder that Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York.

What causes butt acne?

Most people have experienced an acne breakout at some point in their life, and there is no shame in looking for a solution to your butt acne. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide. Acne occurs when the sebaceous follicles in the skin become clogged with sebum, dirt, debris, and dead skin cells. The debris trapped within the pore causes inflammation of the skin, leading to the development of pimples, pustules, nodules, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts. Acne can occur anywhere on the body where there are sebaceous follicles, and it is typically found on the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, back, and chest. These areas of the body have a higher concentration of sebaceous glands, creating an increased potential for the incidence of zits. Acne can occur anywhere on the body where there are sebaceous follicles, including the buttocks.

When it comes to butt breakouts, however, there are another set of factors that might contribute to acne formation. There generally isn’t as much oil production happening on the buttocks as other areas of the body, meaning that most of the time those pimples popping up on the butt may be related to a different form of skin irritation than traditional acne. Acne on the buttocks is typically not considered to be true acne. It’s common for acne breakouts on the buttocks to be caused by a particular type of irritation called folliculitis.

Folliculitis occurs when there is irritation of the hair follicles of the skin, creating red, irritated bumps that closely resemble acne lesions. Occasionally, these bumps can be a symptom of an allergic reaction on the skin called contact dermatitis. Folliculitis, however, is most commonly onset by repeated friction in an area. This can happen as a result of wearing tight clothing (which is increasingly popular and may be why more people are experiencing butt acne breakouts), a sedentary lifestyle, failing to shower after exercising, improper shaving or waxing techniques, and even sitting in a hot tub. No matter the cause of your butt acne or folliculitis, Dr. Green is here to help. With over 25 years of experience developing personalized treatment plans for her patients that incorporate the best skincare products and most innovative acne treatments available, Dr. Green has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with clear, smooth, beautiful skin, wherever your breakout may be.

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What causes folliculitis?

When it comes to butt acne, folliculitis is the most common variety. However, it is not true acne, but rather the result of inflammation around hair follicles. Typically, folliculitis occurs when a hair follicle is infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph bacteria. Folliculitis may also be caused by other forms of 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 (the outer layer of the skin). Folliculitis looks nearly the same clinically as traditional acne, although the hair follicle is at the root of the irritation, not the oil gland.

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

If you’re observing that there are small red bumps on the buttocks that are neither itchy or painful, you may be experiencing a skin condition called keratosis pilaris (KP). Keratin is a component of the skin that helps provide it with protection. Keratosis Pilaris is a generally harmless skin condition that occurs when the body’s natural keratin production interferes with the follicular opening. The underlying cause of keratosis pilaris is currently unknown, although it does appear to be genetic, typically running in families. If you do have keratosis pilaris on the buttocks, you’ll likely see it elsewhere on the body, too. The arms and legs are typically the most common areas to have KP.

For treating the look and feel of bumpy skin associated with keratosis pilaris, Dr. Green typically recommends Glytone’s KP Kit. The kit includes an exfoliating body wash containing glycolic acid with a loofah in order to help loosen the keratin itself. The kit also contains an exfoliating body lotion that can be used after exfoliation with the body wash. Keratosis Pilaris can also be treated effectively with lactic acid, salicylic acid, urea, alpha hydroxy acids, or retinoids. Some recalcitrant Keratosis Pilaris have even been treated with laser therapy and microdermabrasion. Keratosis Pilaris is a chronic skin condition, but for many patients, they may outgrow this common skin condition.

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What are carbuncles?

When folliculitis goes untreated, carbuncles may form. A carbuncle is a painful cluster of boils that many describe as a pus-filled knot under the skin. Though a carbuncle may feel similar to a cystic acne lesion, cystic acne is the result of a buildup of sebum and debris within a clogged pore, whereas carbuncles occur when breakouts of folliculitis are left untreated and worsen with infection. Since folliculitis has the potential to develop into this deeper, more painful skin infection, it should always be promptly treated by a medical professional, like Dr. Michele Green.

How can a dermatologist help?

An expert dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green, is trained to recognize the varying forms of body acne, butt acne, and skin irritation. During an evaluation, Dr. Green will be able to accurately diagnose your skin condition and provide you with the best, most appropriate treatment to quickly and effectively remedy the situation. With any acne breakout, but particularly in the case of folliculitis and carbuncles, it’s important to work with a dermatologist as soon as possible in order to determine whether any antibacterial or anti-fungal medications will be needed to treat your symptoms. These skin conditions may not otherwise heal on their own, potentially resulting in permanent scarring. Furthermore, if you are suffering from acne scarring on the buttocks, Dr. Green utilizes the most cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions for removing your acne scars and diminishing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, (PIH), or dark spots. Whether it be chemical peels, laser treatment, microneedling, or RF microneedling, Dr. Green has the most cutting edge cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of your skin.

How to get rid of butt acne fast

Since the bumps on one’s buttock are not traditional acne lesions, treating the problem with traditional acne treatments may not be as effective. To best treat or prevent the occurrence of  “buttne,” however, there are some steps you can add to your wellness and skincare routine. Most importantly, keeping the irritated skin clean should be a priority when trying to manage a butt acne breakout. Always showering immediately after exercise and using antibacterial soap to eliminate bacteria, sweat, and debris is an important part of preventing buttne, folliculitis, and carbuncles.

In addition, proper exfoliation is an important part of maintaining healthy skin. Using gentle exfoliating skincare products helps to treat all sorts of bumps on the behind, working to remove dead skin cells from the irritated follicles of the skin. Careful, however, not to exfoliate too harshly or too often in order to prevent aggravating the irritation and worsening the condition. The fastest way to clear up any kind of breakout on the buttocks is by visiting with a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Green. Dr. Green is an internationally-renowned expert and can help you develop a plan to achieve beautiful clear skin all over.

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 to look for when selecting products 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 the products that contain the right ingredients to treat the bumps. 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 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 help to treat conditions like folliculitis due to its antimicrobial formulation. When you use benzoyl peroxide products, its best to leave the product on for thirty seconds, then wash clean using a white towel (a white towel is best since benzoyl peroxide has been known to bleach fabrics).

Topical Antibiotics for butt acne

Someone who is struggling with butt acne may also benefit from using traditional topical or oral antibiotics, especially if there are any signs of infection. Common topical antibiotics include Clindamycin lotion or Erythromycin lotion. Combination topical antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide gels, such as Benzaclin or Benzamycin, are also very effective. When there is a deeper infection, or a breakout that may be hard to reach with a topical antibiotic (the buttocks and back), oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline or Minocycline may be prescribed. These medications are typically prescribed for a week or longer in order to clear an active infection.

Exfoliating products for folliculitis

Gentle exfoliating agents, such as salicylic acid, can be effective for treating both traditional acne lesions and folliculitis. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that easily penetrates the skin’s pores to break down any oil and remove dead skin cells. This is a common active ingredient in many skincare products including cleansers, serums, and exfoliating scrubs. Dr. Green recommends using salicylic acid in the form of a pre-treated salicylic acid pad for best results. Pre-treated exfoliating pads are gentle and ensure that an appropriate amount of the active ingredient is delivered to the skin without causing irritation. Following up the exfoliating pad with a spot treatment is a great regimen for tackling stubborn blemishes all over the body. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABs offers a variety of salicylic-based acne spot treatments. Her carefully developed Retexturizing Pads, which contain glycolic and salicylic acid, are uniquely formulated to help treat all varieties of acne breakouts, including butt acne.

Should I use a moisturizer for my butt acne?

Rich, nourishing moisturizers, while excellent for providing hydration to the skin, can sometimes cause or exacerbate irritation associated with folliculitis and butt acne. Also, heavy moisturizing creams can further clog the pores and worsen your butt breakout. However, using certain targeted treatment lotions can help!

Body lotions containing lactic acid can be useful for loosening and eliminating dead skin cells from the surface of skin. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, which works by both re-hydrating and also gently exfoliating the skin. This ingredient helps to keep the skin’s pores clean and in turn, reduces the appearance of folliculitis and butt acne. AmLactin is just one variety of lactic acid body lotion that can easily be purchased through Amazon or any other large retailer. Lactic acid lotion can also be used in combination with skincare products containing ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and tea tree oil to help resolve butt acne breakouts.

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How to treat acne on the buttocks naturally

Many patients choose to supplement their medical treatments with a number of home remedies, including natural treatment options, that can can help to further reduce the appearance of any pimples on the buttocks. Though a medical treatment approach tends to reduce the appearance of butt acne more quickly, there are several natural treatment methods that some patients like to use, too:

  • Tea tree oil has natural antimicrobial properties that make it effective against acne breakouts.
  • Turmeric paste can help fight against bacteria that leads to the formation of body acne.
  • An apple cider vinegar bath contains acetic acid which may combat folliculitis-causing bacteria.
  • Choosing a fragrance-free, lightweight body lotion as opposed to one with fragrance or a thick cream.
  • Applying a warm compress to the skin in order to open up and clear out follicles of the skin can help loosen and clear out any butt acne. To make a warm compress, place a washcloth under warm water and wring out the excess water. You can add various drying agents to the water to help treat the butt acne.
  • A saltwater sitz bath can help to soothe and sterilize the irritated area, as well as help to treat minor infections.

Bothersome “buttne”: How to best prevent butt acne breakouts

Believe it or not, it is very possible that one’s fashion choices may be the primary cause of their butt acne. While leggings are often the perfect pair of comfortable pants for working out or running errands, the tight-fitting fabric can cause friction against the skin, leading to irritation. When sweat and friction are combined, the environment is right for the development of skin conditions like folliculitis and butt acne.

In order to best prevent acne and folliculitis from forming on the buttocks, opt for clothing that is loose-fitting and breathable as opposed to tight-fitting clothing. Clothes made from cotton are generally more breathable than other fabrics and are a good choice for those looking to prevent buttne. Wash clothes, towels, and sheets regularly, as bacteria can be transferred to your skin as well.

Additionally, be sure to shower regularly. Especially after a workout session! Allowing sweat, dirt, and bacteria to stay on your skin after exercising is a recipe for developing buttne and folliculitis. If you suffer from frequent butt acne breakouts or are looking to prevent them altogether, then always promptly rinse off after sweating. Throw your workout clothes in the laundry after you exercise, too!

Another helpful way to prevent the formation of butt acne and folliculitis is by routinely using a gentle exfoliating lotion or body wash. Skincare products containing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids can help prevent and combat any flareups of acne on the buttocks. Using a loofah in the shower can also help to remove the buildup of dead skin cells and debris that may be clogging the pores and contributing to butt acne.

How to get rid of dark spots from acne on your buttocks

Butt acne can be a pain, and it can be even more frustrating when butt pimples leave behind dark spots. These little dark marks are commonly referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and can occur after an outbreak of acne, folliculitis, or other inflammatory injury or skin irritation. Sometimes, the appearance of dark spots on the skin may resolve on their own, though this may take a considerable amount of time. Other dark marks may require professional treatment in order to completely disappear. In any case, meeting with a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Green, is the best way to effectively and swiftly minimize the appearance of dark marks on the buttocks left from acne.

Why are there dark marks where there used to be acne in the first place? Dark spots typically develop as a result of inflammation and skin irritation from the acne lesions that triggers overproduction of melanin in a cluster of surrounding cells. The underlying reason for the production of excess melanin following inflammation is still unknown. However, once there are dark spots on the skin where acne lesions once were, UV rays from the sun can exacerbate their appearance and make them more difficult to remove. Dark acne spots may also be caused or worsened by attempting to pop a pimple. This is why it is so important to refrain from picking at any acne! Instead of trying to perform your own extractions at home, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green. Dr. Green will help you develop a personalized treatment plan to eliminate your acne and diminish the appearance of any acne scars, providing you with clear, smooth, beautiful skin.

Dr. Green is an expert in treating hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scars, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne and folliculitis. For her patients who are struggling with the appearance of dark spots as a result of having acne, Dr. Green typically recommends a unique combination of the most effective in-office treatments and specially formulated skincare products to produce a brighter, more even-toned complexion. Dr. Green carefully and skillfully selects for her patients the best skin-lightening and retinol creams from her MGSkinLabs, Inc. line and pairs them with treatments such as chemical peels or Mesopeels to give phenomenal, long-lasting results.

When it comes to reducing discoloration due to acne, Dr. Green often recommends traditional and enhanced Microneedling procedures with depigmentation solutions, laser skin resurfacing treatments, chemical peels, Cosmelan peels and Mesopeels. Patients who suffer from dark spots caused by acne typically create a comprehensive treatment plan with Dr. Green that combines at-home and in-office treatments in order to quickly, safely, and effectively reduce the appearance of acne scars and related dark spots.

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What is the best treatment for scars on the butt from acne and folliculitis?

If your butt acne or folliculitis has lead to the development of acne scars, Dr. Green may recommend treatment with a skin resurfacing laser from the arsenal of lasers in her boutique office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Dr. Green determines which combination of in-office treatments and skincare products is appropriate depending on the color and texture of the acne scars. Some of the most common treatments utilized by Dr. Green to treat acne scars include chemical peels, the Vbeam laser, eMatrix laser, and the Fraxel dual laser. During your consultation with Dr. Green, you will have the opportunity to learn more about which treatments are best suited to treat your specific skin condition.

VBeam laser treatment for redness

The VBeam laser is the gold standard treatment for addressing any facial redness or residual red marks that are left behind after an acne breakout. The VBeam operates on a wavelength (595 nanometers) that specifically targets skin cells which are holding onto red pigment. The energy from the laser is absorbed by those skin cells exclusively, causing the redness to be destroyed while all surrounding skin is left untouched. One of the greatest perks associated with the Vbeam treatment is that there is a built-in Dynamic Cooling Device. This cools the skin before the laser beam is emitted, making the procedure itself even more comfortable for the patient. Additionally, there is no downtime involved with a Vbeam treatment, meaning that one can resume their normal everyday activities directly after the procedure. When it comes to tackling any signs of redness in the skin, the VBeam is ideal.

eMatrix Laser for acne scars

The eMatrix laser utilizes fractionated bi-polar frequency in order to penetrate beneath the skin’s surface, maximizing the amount of collagen and elastin produced in the skin. Stimulating the skin’s production of collagen and elastin improves textural irregularities and treats acne scars. The eMatrix laser can treat textural issues on skin of any tone and type, making it a powerful tool to combat against stubborn acne scars. Using this laser treatment helps patients with acne scars achieve smoother, brighter, tighter, more beautiful, younger-looking skin. Since the eMatrix sublative rejuvenation 48 hours of downtime, this laser treatment can be scheduled with ease.

Fraxel laser treatment for hyperpigmentation 

The Fraxel laser is a cutting-edge laser treatment that can be used to treat acne scars as well as address a host of other skin concerns. Not only will Fraxel improve the appearance of acne scars, it can also be used to reduce sun spots and facial hyperpigmentation (not melasma) and to minimize the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, and wrinkles. Dr. Green refers to the Fraxel as “the magic eraser” because of its unique ability to effectively treat a wide array of skin issues. Fraxel works via a fractionated laser technology, meaning it precisely treats just a fraction of the skin at a time. The laser employs highly concentrated, controlled laser pulses to the skin, creating thousands of microscopic wounds. The body’s natural wound healing process then promotes the production of new collagen and elastin in the skin, creating a smoother, more radiant, youthful looking appearance.

Chemical peels for improving skin tone and texture

Chemical peels are used to chemically exfoliate the surface of the skin, encouraging the dead skin cells to be sloughed off more quickly than they typically would on their own. By increasing the rate of skin cell turnover, chemical peels can be used to reveal a complexion that is more even in both tone and texture, as well as to minimize the appearance of acne scars and dark marks left behind from acne, such as PIH. Dr. Green typically suggests TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid peels) to her patients who are suffering from acne scars that may not benefit from laser treatment.

Mesopeels for skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation

Additionally, the Mesopeel is a specially formulated chemical peel that is used to address all types of hyperpigmentation, working to fade pigment and control melanocyte activity. Mesopeels are designed to treat skin discoloration, dark spots, and photo aging in a gentle yet efficient manner. Delicate areas of the body such as the axillae, groin, inner thighs, and the under eye area may develop hyperpigmentation, and traditional chemical peels can potentially be too irritating to utilize in these sensitive areas. Mesopeels, through the process of chemexfoliation, lead to an inflammatory reaction of the reticular dermis and stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. Mesopeels are specially formulated to treat sensitive areas of the body without any discomfort or downtime.

Dermamelan peels

Dermamelan peels are a specially formulated chemical peel used to treat discoloration and hyperpigmentation around the buttocks, anal, and vaginal areas. The skin in these areas is too sensitive for use of traditional chemical peels, whereas Dermamelan is a non-irritating option for skin lightening. By blocking the transfer of melanosomes and reducing the activation of tyrosinase, Dermamelan intimate enhances the depigmentation of the skin in a gentle manner. It contains six active ingredients, whose mechanism of action work on depigmentation, inflammation, and anti-aging.

The treatment consists of two phases. Phase 1 is the in office intensive depigmentation which is performed at the office of Dr. Green in one single clinical session. Phase 2 is the regulation of hyperpigmentation which consists of using the Dermamelan intimate home depigmenting gel cream on a daily basis. The synergistic effects of combing both phases is what gives such a rejuvenated effect.

Cosmelan peels

The Cosmelan peel is a medical-grade depigmenting solution, applied by a board-certified dermatologist, that was originally developed for treatment of melasma. Although it was designed to treat the brown and grey-brown patches that characterize melasma, Dr. Green has expanded its use to include treatment of other forms of hyperpigmentation, including dark marks left behind from acne breakouts on the face, chest, arms, and buttocks. This treatment is a two-part chemical peel that combines an in-office treatment with at-home management to maximize results. The active ingredients in Cosmelan affect the entire process of pigment formation, removing the accumulation of melanin while inhibiting the formation of new pigment, resulting in a more even, radiant, youthful complexion.

These non-invasive in-office treatment options are uniquely selected by Dr. Green to be included in your individualized treatment plan, and are used frequently to improve the overall skin tone and texture with minimal recovery time. Dr. Green is an expert when it comes to diminishing the appearance of acne scars on all areas of the body, including the face, chest, back, and buttocks. If you’re looking for an answer to your acne scars, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green who will customize your treatment plan to cater to the unique needs of your skin and provide you with smooth, beautiful, skin and long-lasting results.

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How do I get rid of my butt acne fast?

If you’re bothered by the presence of an acne breakout or acne scars on the butt, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. In her discreet dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. Green has spent over 25 years treating some of the most discerning men and women from around the world. She is an internationally-renowned expert when it comes to treating acne and acne scars to help her patients reveal a clear, smooth, beautiful complexion that lasts. Whether it be the best in skincare, a series of chemical peels, or an innovative skin resurfacing laser treatment, Dr. Green is here to provide you with complete skin restoration and give you blemish-free, healthy skin. If you are suffering from acne on your face or body, contact Dr. Green’s New York office today for a customized acne treatment plan. Learn more about how Dr. Green can help you achieve a clear complexion by, contacting us online today or calling the office at 212-535-3088.

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