Especially while those little special occasions or when the beach is calling during the summer months, exposing your bum can be a real embarrassing prospect if you suffer from outbreaks on your bum. We tent to not speak about it but trust me there are far more people that suffer from the same issue then you would ever think! Besides, most of the time acne on the buttock can be easily treated with home remedies, over the counter products or little adjustments in your daily routines.

What is Butt Acne?

Acne on your rear is actually not exactly the same thing as acne in the face, which is generally defined as clogged pores, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and painful cysts etc. Acne on the butt is usually caused by Folliculitis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folliculitis), which is defined as an infection and inflammation of one or more hair follicles. It results in red, acne-like bumps on the butt. It can originate from an infection due to bacteria, yeast, fungi or simple irritation of follicles for example by tight clothing or shaving. Once a follicle is damaged it often results in:

Symptoms

  • Red bumps
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Pimples or pustules which are located around hair follicles

When folliculitis gets out of hand and the infections intensify, spreads and gets deeper into the skin, it can turn into carbuncles which are by no means a real pain in the ass. However, the good news is that there is no reason to let it go that far.  

Why do I have butt acne?

People are simply not made for sitting on their buttock extensive hours a day and this might as well be the main reason why acne-like outbreaks on our bum are a very common issue in modern society. For eons, our natural sitting position was squatting until someone came up with the genius idea of a chair which seemingly comfortable sitting positions is definitely outweighed by a myriad of negative consequences like back pain, digestions problems, lack of flexibility, and yes also little painful bumps on your butt! If you don’t believe it – try to sit in a squatting position for a couple of minutes each day it will benefit all of the above. However, it won’t heal your acne as you still squeeze your hair follicles over hours each day which is likely to end in inflammation.  

Causes of Acne on the Butt

  It all starts with a damaged hair follicle which is caused by:  

  • Sitting on your butt for hours and hours each day
  • Friction from clothing – the tighter the more it irritates the follicles and the more it can push bacteria into the pores
  • Insect bites
  • Shaving
  • Blockage of the follicle

Bacterial

Then the damaged follicle is infected by bacteria that is naturally present on the skin or externally enters the environment of the skin. Excess sweating during workouts, in the hot summer months or due to the wrong clothing enhances this effect and makes an infection more likely.

Fungal

The infection is caused by the fungus T. rubrum or genus Malassezia  

Non-infectious

If a hair grows back into your skin, which is also called Pseudofolliculitis barbae or barbers itch. It often occurs after shaving or waxing.

How can I get rid of butt acne?

Butt acne treatments

The good news is that in most cases topical, over the counter treatments or little adjustments in your daily routine will do enough to clear up your rear! To start off I will give a couple of very useful tips for prevention which in many cases will make any treatments redundant and outbreaks on your butt a thing of the past. Anyways if you need immediate release I will highlight potential treatments right after.

How to Prevent Outbreaks on Your Buttocks

  1. Try to minimize time in tight clothing – yoga pants or those really tight jeans are sexy, but they also put your bum under constant stress. At least do so while sleeping. The friction is likely to cause irritation, the tightness will push bacteria into the pores and will make it hard for your skin to breathe and it also traps sweat. Spent a couple of more dollars and go for natural rather than artificial materials. Cotton works wonders!
  2. Always shower immediately after working out – Don’t wait for your showering until you get home, sitting on your sweaty bum will greatly increase the possibility of infection as bacteria are remaining on the skin in a prosperous environment and are likely to enter pores.
  3. Minimize the time you squeeze your bum – As said before, sitting on a chair Is not our natural sitting position. Every second you try to avoid this position will reduce stress on the hair follicles on your bum. Go for a walk in the park instead of hitting the couch, practice some squatting or work while standing for a period each day. Besides positively affecting outbreaks on your bum it will strengthen your core muscles and improve your overall fitness.
  4. Don’t Pop! – As always but especially on the bum it will only make things worse. If you squeeze on the infected hair follicle, you will end up damaging it more. So, hands off!
  5. Keep it Moist! – The continuous friction with textiles is likely to let your bum end up dry, moisturizing will prevent that and also provide it with essential nutrients to heal.