With summer creeping up, it means the time is coming to show more skin. But if you’re prone to body acne, you might not look forward to the idea of bearing your breakouts in a bikini. Just know that what you’re dealing with is completely normal. You are not alone.
“More than half of people with facial acne have some body acne too,” says board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, M.D. “It most commonly affects the back, shoulders, chest, neck, and upper arms, and also sometimes the buttocks.”
Here’s the good news: butt acne is completely treatable. With the right products, of course.
Let us tell you more about what butt acne is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it for good.
WHAT IS BUTTNE?
Buttne, officially known as butt acne, isn’t actually acne. Well, not always anyway.
According to skin expert Joshua Zeicher, MD, “Butt acne is usually not true acne, but rather folliculitis, which is a mild infection of the hair follicle that leads to red bumps and pus pimples.”
This is usually caused by irritation to the skin, which can come with wearing extra snug clothing or waxing.
How to tell if those pimples on your butt are folliculitis? The answer lies in how they feel and where they are located. Folliculitis bumps usually appear as small, itchy bumps which appear on the body rather than the face. They can sometimes develop into larger pimples.
WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR BUTT BREAKOUTS?
According to David Lortscher, MD, “The causes of bottom acne are very similar to that of other acne on the rest of the body as well as the face. A mixture of genetics, normal hormonal fluctuations, stress, diet, and other lifestyle choices can all contribute.”
When it comes to butt acne, blocked hair follicles and bacterial infections are the prime suspects.
If blocked hair follicles are to blame, friction from tight clothing or sitting around in wet or sweaty clothes may be the culprits.
A bacterial infection is just as common, and this can also be caused by wearing sweaty clothes for long durations.
Fortunately, we’ve got some great products to clear your butt acne right up.
GOT BUTTNE? NO BIGGIE – HERE’S HOW TO GET RID OF BUTT ACNE
You can combat your butt breakouts with salicylic acid cleansing products. Washing regularly with salicylic acid (like the Truly 24k Gold Soap Impurity Cleanser) helps remove excess oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, and unclog pores. It’ll also keep bacteria at bay, preventing your chances of developing bacterial folliculitis.
When using salicylic acid-formulated products, make sure you leave it on for at least 60 seconds to let it penetrate your skin and really work its magic. It can’t do much if it’s washed off right away.
In the shower or tub, massage 24k Gold Cleanser onto your booty. Leave it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Avoid sitting around in sweaty gym wear if you want to clear up your buttne. Wash away all that sweat, grime, and bacteria in the shower. Here’s your chance to incorporate salicylic acid into your routine to rid your skin of pore-clogging gunk.
Exfoliation is essential for keeping your skin smooth and even. It also gets rid of dead skin cells that could be clogging your pores and hair follicles. However, you should steer clear of products or tools that might irritate your skin.
“Stay away from rough granular exfoliating products,” warns dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD. “No brushes, mitts, or other types, which can exacerbate the area with inflammation and additional discomfort.”
Opt instead for a gentle exfoliator formulated with alpha hydroxy acids and soothing ingredients to calm and nourish the skin.
Truly’s Buns of Glowry Smoothing Butt Polish combines watermelon, vitamin E, and wheat protein to hydrate, plump, and exfoliate away blemishes. This formula is also rich in vitamin C, which helps to lighten acne scars and pigmentation. Apply it as a mask before your shower. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.
We already mentioned that sitting around in sweaty clothes was a bad idea for butt acne, but we should also emphasize the “sitting” part. Too much booty-to-chair time can cause friction and irritation, which can lead to butt breakouts.
“If your job requires a lot of sitting, make an effort to stand up more frequently,” says Mona Gohara, MD, dermatologist.
Got angry little pimples popping up on your butt? A topical treatment like Truly’s Black Jelly Blemish Treatment Body Serum may help.
People experience booty acne in different ways. Some get pustule-like clusters, others just get the one angry pimple every now and then, and others get super painful cysts.
Black charcoal extracts the bacteria in acne by absorbing oil, dead cells, and bacteria. It draws out the dirt, leaving the skin looking clearer and feeling smoother.
Apply several drops of the blemish treatment to acne-prone areas. Use daily for best results.
Even when those pesky pimples disappear, they can leave behind marks and scars. Moisturize your booty with Truly’s Body Star Perfecting Cream, made with prickly pear and cactus flower and designed to reduce discoloration and fade stretchmarks.
Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this body cream helps repair damaged skin, scars, blemishes, and speed up healing.
For best results, apply this lotion to your booty daily.
SAVE ON THE BUTTNE BUNDLE ROUTINE
Truly’s 4-step Buttne Bundle addresses acne, dullness, and discoloration all at once.
Featuring 24k Gold Soap, Black Polish, Black Jelly, and Body Star, these buttne-busters work simultaneously to suck out excess oil, soothe inflammation, and rejuvenate the skin.
All products in this set are vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% clean.
Plus, you’ll save money when you buy these products as a set rather than individually. Did we mention you’ll also get a free vegan leather bag when you purchase our Buttne Bundle?
It’s time to put your best butt forward!