Was there a better way to title this article? I mean, really; nice-sounding words like blemish just don’t really have the same ring when it’s on your derrière. Anyway- butt acne? We’ve been there. Butt acne (just like face acne) is the result of any combo of dirt, oil, bacteria, and even dead skin cells trapped without air in a single area for any period of time. And whether it’s post-jacuzzi, workout sesh, or just your daily routine, butt acne seems to show up at the most inconvenient times possible. (But really, anytime your butt is involved with acne is inconvenient.) Here are 5 things you need to do STAT to keep that tush looking silky.
YOU GUYS. The stuff is not the Witch Hazel your mom used as a toner in the 70’s. It’s the cream of the crop for butt pimples, and the ONLY thing that’s singlehandedly zapped our zits. Thayer’s is made specifically for acne-prone skin. Infused with rose-petal water, Vitamin E and a proprietary Witch Hazel extract blend, it won’t irritate the pimples on your bum- and it smells amazing. Choose from scents like Rose Petal, Lavendar, Cucumber, and Lemon. If your butt acne is going through a serious turn for the worse (or it’s painful), snag some Medicated Thayer’s Aloe Vera pads at Target.
Scrub, scrub, scrub. We’re obsessed with Rump Bottom Rub by Lush Cosmetics and anese’s That booty tho. Walnut shell booty scrub. You can also try a clay mask, which should dry up the imperfections. (Lay face down on your bed and scroll through our Insta while it heals!)
3. Cut Dairy
Ask any Dermatologist, Esthetician, Make-Up artist, or Nutritionist: Dairy is the number one culprit of acne and blemishes. Dairy causes the production of excess sebum (oil) in your skin, which clogs pores and acts as a breeding ground for bacteria. Until your blemishes clear up, let up on the cheese, ice cream, and milk. (If you have a sweet tooth, blend a banana and some almond milk and throw in the freezer for “nice cream.”) Your skin will thank you.
4. Switch to Over-the-Tub washing
If butt acne is showing up on the regular, it’s a good idea to prevent shampoo and conditioner from running down your back, since it typically contains oils and bacteria from your scalp. If you can skip washing for a few days, do so- and then wash your hair outside of the shower, like over the tub or in the sink until the blemishes clear up.
5. Switch to Cotton Undies ASAP
We’re talking full butt here, ladies. Skip the thong and don’t make your butt rub up against any other material. Any 100% cotton full cheek or boy short will do; just make sure it’s not blended with lycra, nylon, silk, or any other popular panty material that traps bacteria. Nylon, in particular, is notorious for trapping bacteria between your cheeks.
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