Have you ever seen a celebrity reveal a pimply butt on an acne commercial? Probably not. It’s quite shocking to see the lack of advertisements for butt acne, considering most of us have been faced with it at some point. In fact, the lack of advertisements for acne on the derriere has sort of led to the misconception that acne only occurs on the face — Wrong!
So why the butt? Is it common to break out there? Absolutely. Most people with facial acne will develop acne on other parts of their body as well, including the buttocks. Because the skin is thicker and has larger pores than the areas on your face, bootie breakouts will often occur.
What can you do? Here are four tips to help free your bootie of blemishes this summer:
Wear Breathable Clothing
Cotton is always best and it’s cozy!
Clean The Area
We come into so much bacteria day-to-day, and anaerobic bacteria (P. Acnes bacteria) responsible for pimples does not require oxygen to survive. It feeds off sebum and debris on the skin, and can grow and spread quickly. Check out those underpants. Nylon undies, thongs, and anything constricting can trap perspiration and lead to irritation and asphyxiation of the skin, stimulating the arrival of those bum bumps.
Everything looks better when it’s nice and smooth. A granular exfoliant is always a great way to decongest your pores, and allow your skin to breathe. It’s best to use a granular exfoliant on a dry or nearly-dry skin. Although this won’t get rid of existing bumps, it will smooth them out as well as help prevent future butt breakouts.
Use Acne-Fighting Ingredients
Salicylic Acid minimizes the progression of pimples by chemically exfoliating the skin as well as decreasing inflammation. Salicylic acid works by dissolving the glue-like substance that holds sticky cells together in clogged pores, and decongests the follicle. Benzoyl Peroxide-based products can also be used all over or as a spot treatment. It’s a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne lesions (blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples). It is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth. Benzoyl Peroxide works quickly, so it’s a favourite option among dermatologists.
Earlier on HuffPost:
Acne (Including Whiteheads)
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Acne (which includes whiteheads and blackheads) is a skin condition that causes pimples on the skin. Acne can be caused by hormonal changes, pregnancy or even stress. <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> Popping zits, whiteheads and blackheads (as tempting as it is) can cause an increased risk of scarring or a secondary infection, says <a href="http://www.carruthers.net/about/dr-shannon-humphrey/">Dr. Shannon Humphrey</a>, director of continuing medical education and clinical instructor, department of dermatology and skin science at the University of British Columbia. Getting rid of acne isn't the same for everyone. Humphrey says medication is one option and cosmetic procedures are another. If you're looking for a natural way, there are specific foods like <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/09/best-foods-for-acne_n_2089079.html">garlic and fennel that can help prevent breakouts.</a>
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Plugged follicles (or pores) on your skin that create a dark brown or black colour <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> Similar to pimple popping, squeezing blackheads can also cause more redness, skin trauma or sometimes even bleeding. Humphrey says if you're trying to extract your blackheads at home, make sure you're gentle. "Use a vitamin A cream, this will make your skin cells less sticky and the blackhead comes out easily," she says.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Common skin disease caused by a virus. Warts often appear on the hands and feet. <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> When you pop or try to remove a wart yourself, you can transmit the virus from one area to another, Humphrey says. Ask your doctor for removal methods, but common ones include using salicylic acid.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Dead skin clogging up a hair follicle, forcing it to grow underneath the skin <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> "It's more effective to know why they come in the first place," Humphrey says. Are you shaving your armpits? This could be one cause. Humphrey recommends something more permanent like laser treatment, especially if you get ingrowns often. Otherwise, if you stop shaving or waxing regularly, they tend to go away.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Fluid-filled bumps that grow on skin. Common ones include friction blisters, caused by wearing tight shoes <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> "When the roof of a blister is intact, it's sterile," Humphrey says. Popping your blisters can cause further scarring or risk of infection. But sometimes, after a hot shower, blisters can pop on their own. "If it's very fresh, you may want to put an antibiotic, but there's not much you can do if it pops," she says.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Skin condition that causes foul smelling fluids in sac-like bumps under or over the skin. <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> "Repeatedly popping a cyst won't get rid of the problem and it can cause inflammation," Humphrey says. To treat a cyst, talk to your doctor about a surgical procedure — cysts don't go away on their own.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Small amounts of blisters around the mouth caused by the <a href="http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview">herpes simplex virus</a> <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> Just like warts, popping or picking at cold sores (which can also be painful) can transmit the sore from one area to another, Humphrey says. Smaller sores can heal over time with <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/medical/7-ways-to-get-rid-of-cold-sores1.htm">petroleum-based creams,</a> but if your cold sores are frequent or spreading, consult a doctor.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> Painful ulcers found inside the mouth that seem to appear on their own, Humphrey says. <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> "Popping them would be painful," she says. Instead, canker sores usually go away on their own. If you get them once a month, you should visit a doctor for further treatment.
<strong>WHAT IS IT?:</strong> A rough crusty patch that forms over a wound over time <strong>DON'T POP:</strong> We get it, when you get a scab, you're tempted to pick. Humphrey says wounds often heal better when they're moist, so rubbing an ointment on your scab may help it heal faster.