Unfortunately, your butt isn’t immune to those unsightly red bumps.
Butt acne is a bit different from facial acne, both in what causes it and how it’s cared for.
When acne forms on the butt, it’s because of folliculitis. Folliculitis is usually caused when the Staphylococcus aureus, or staph bacteria, infects a hair follicle. Normally staph bacteria live on your skin without causing problems, but when they get inside through a break in the skin, it results in infection. If the infection gets worse, it can lead to a boil, which can be painful.
The use of high pH soap and body wash, and shampoos that run all over the body, and remove your skin’s acid mantel greatly impairs the skin on any part of the body. This greatly increases the incidence of acne on any part of the body.
Folliculitis bumps look very similar to regular acne. They’re red bumps on the top of your skin that are filled with pus and can be itchy and cause discomfort. In most cases, they go away on their own with regular at-home care.
Here are nine natural treatments to help folliculitis or butt acne.
One of the most important ways of preventing infection is to bathe regularly with a good pH balanced anti-bacterial cleanser. If you’re prone to butt acne, a first step may be to wash the skin in the morning and evening, with anti-bacterial pH at 5.5, like Tea Tree cleanser to get rid of dirt and bacteria buildup from sweat.
Wear loose-fitting clothing
“Normally, bacteria sit on the skin, but tight-fitting clothing can rub the bacteria back down into the pores, causing breakouts,” says Dr. Bank.
You might consider taking a break from spandex or skinny jeans in favor of a looser and more breathable bottom. Choose clothing, especially underwear, made from natural cotton if you can.
Sit on a warm washcloth
Wet a washcloth with warm, but not too hot, water. Gently place the damp cloth over the area on your butt that’s having an outbreak of acne. The warmth will be soothing and may help to open pores and draw out some of the bacteria and pus. You could also take a warm bath or use a “sitz bath.”
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of a tree in Australia. It’s been used for many years to treat different skin infections and wounds. Studies have shown that it’s effective in killing bacteria and may be sitting on your skin.
Avoid fabric softeners
Some people’s skin can be sensitive to different fabrics or laundry products. That’s why most brands of laundry detergent have a hypoallergenic version. If you suspect that detergent, fabric softeners, or dryer sheets may be causing you issues, switch to something without dyes or skip certain products altogether.
“Another remedy is to avoid using fabric softeners in the dryer because the fibers left on your underwear can further irritate the skin,” says Dr. Bank.
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