What are the causes and how to get rid of them

Experiencing acne is not pleasant in any form, especially when it’s on the buttocks. Buttock acne, or ‘butt-ne’, can be quite difficult to tackle because it’s on your bottom. And while that might sound a bit gross, pimples on your buttocks are actually very common.

But since it is not talked about often, it is difficult to understand what actually causes the appearance of acne on your buttocks and how to treat it.

Lucky for you, Biologi’s dermal specialist Lucy Macdougland chatted with us about what causes butt-ne and gave us some great tips on how to get rid of those pesky pimples on your butt.

What is But-ne?

If you’ve heard of mask-ne, think of butt-ne as the ugly sister-in-law to this.

Although the appearance of acne as a result of wearing a mask is a rather new phenomenon (thanks, COVID), people have had pimples on their behinds for a long time, but of course it does not attract the same attention that mask-ne.

Butt acne is pretty much what it says. Basically, it refers to rashes, blackheads, bumps, or pimples that appear, yes you guessed it, on your butt.

Calling it butt or butt acne can actually be a little misleading, Macdougland says, because in most cases it’s not really acne what you’re seeing. Rather, it is an inflammation around the hair follicles in your buttocks, called folliculitis.

As Macdougland reminds us, it is important to remember that having rashes or pimples on the buttocks is just a skin condition like any other we might encounter on our face.

The more we talk about it, the less awkward it can be to experience it, so watch us, go for it! Break down taboos.

Butt acne can be a really embarrassing experience. (Image: Getty)

What causes buttock acne?

Alright, now we know what’s really going on there, but what makes pimples appear on your butt?

According to Macdougland, there are actually a few different things that can cause buttock acne, but in the majority of cases it happens due to constant rubbing which then causes the skin in that area to become inflamed.

Just like mask-ne, there has been an increase in buttock acne over the past few years, but for a different reason. The flare-up may be linked to people sitting all day in their sweaty workout clothes or wearing gym clothes all day that rub against your skin.

So if you are someone who manages to do a workout in the morning and then wears the same clothes for the rest of the day, there is a decent risk that you will develop buttock acne (if you haven’t done so already).

Besides sportswear, another culprit of butt-needing is repetition of outfits. If you wear the same pants for days in a row without washing them, the dirt and bacteria in them can make butt acne worse.

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Wearing gym clothes all day can cause buttock acne. (Image: Getty)

How to get rid of pimples on the buttocks

Basically, the main thing (of nothing) in Macdougland is to keep the area as clean as possible.

While this may seem like obvious advice, keep in mind that those gym shorts/tights you wore yesterday and wore all day are now likely a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt.

In that case, it’s probably best not to wear them again until you throw them in the wash.

Treat butt pimples

Purify

To get rid of pimples on your buttocks, start by treating the skin in that area the same way you would treat acne on your face. That means it needs cleansing and maybe even a serum.

Macdougland told us not to be afraid to use a gentle facial cleanser or exfoliator on our soft butts. She recommends using Biologi’s Bc Refresh Cleanser, as it’s a better alternative to regular body wash that can dry out the skin.

Exfoliate

To exfoliate the area, Macdougland suggests using something gentle like Bx Reveal. Simply mix it in your hands and apply it to the area before gently rinsing it off.

If You’re Considering Exfoliating Your Butt Acne, Macdougland Warns not to use a chemical exfoliator or scrub the area vigorously. You are already dealing with inflammation and this will only make things worse.

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Cleansers and serums can help treat butt acne. (Image: Biology)

Hydrate

Finally, try to soothe any inflammation with a moisturizing serum or similar product to calm your skin.

It’s important to be incredibly aware of the products you apply there because it’s a very delicate area (very close to another very delicate area). It’s best to avoid harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients and opt for plant-based alternatives instead, Macdougland told us.

Although buttock acne can be embarrassing and you’ll be the only one who experiences it, take comfort in the fact that lots of people will get pimples on their buttocks at one time or another. They are just too clumsy to say anything.

At least with Macdougland’s advice, you can be sure you know what’s causing it and how to treat it.

If you think you’re dealing with something that’s more than just pimples on your butt, you should talk to a professional. If it looks like a fungal problem, it is best to seek advice from a medical professional who can prescribe the appropriate medication. Treating a fungal problem as if it were acne will not help.

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