What Causes Butt Pimples – How to Get Rid of Butt Acne Fast

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When the weather starts to heat up, for some of us, that means low necklines, even lower backs, and shorter shorts. But for some people, showing that much skin can be a bit stressful if you’re prone to body breakouts — especially if you’re the type to get some acne-like bumps on your booty. It may sound embarrassing (it shouldn’t be), but just know you’re not alone.

So, if you’re looking for a way to avoid the kind of lumps Fergie wasn’t talking about, we’ve got you. We spoke to New York City–based cosmetic dermatologists to learn how to handle those pesky flare-ups.

What is butt acne?

Most importantly you should know that, typically, breakouts on your butt aren’t actually acne. “Butt acne is not truly acne — it is, in fact, most often due to inflammation around hair follicles known as folliculitis, or an irritation secondary to chronic rubbing, which can come with wearing tight-fitting clothes or even waxing,” says Shereene Idriss, a board-certified dermatologist at the Union Square Laser Dermatology.

An easy way to tell if it’s folliculitis, which is truly an infection of the hair follicule, is how it feels, along with its placement on the body, says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. These bumps usually appear as small, shallow lumps, which tend to be itchy or painful. When irritated, they can be develop into larger, cyst-like clusters.

How do you treat butt breakouts?

First and foremost, clean up the area. “Washing regularly with benzoyl peroxide (like the Murad Clarifying Cleanser, which is formulated with salicylic acid and green tea to soothe, helps keep pesky bacteria at bay, decreasing your chances of developing a bacterial folliculitis,” says Idriss. “Folliculitis, however, is not always due to bacteria alone; it can also be caused by a fungus.”

So, what should you do if a fungus is the culprit? According to NYC-based dermatologist, Joshua Zeichner, you’ll need to get your hands on an anti-fungal medication, as folliculitis caused by a fungus will not improve or clear up if you use an acne treatment. He also has another potentially easy fix for you: “If you suspect fungal folliculitis, you can even try your dandruff shampoo as a liquid cleanser to the affected area,” he says. “Apply, let it sit while you sing the alphabet and then rinse off. It needs enough contact time with the skin for it to exert its job.”

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What shouldn’t you do when treating pimples on your butt?

Physically exfoliating the inflamed area is a no-no, says Idriss. “Please stop scrubbing, whether with a scrub or a loofah,” she tells Allure. “People often think they are doing themselves a favor by doing this because it makes their rear end feel — key word — smoother. In reality, they are just worsening the inflammation, which could lead to potential scarring and hyperpigmentation.”