You all know the saying: New year, new me. And with winter almost gone, summer is just around the corner. So whether you’re obsessing about your beach body or not, if you ever plan to visit a sandy beach or even a swimming pool this summer, your butt will show. (And your butt acne with it!)
We get it - it’s super terrible and super embarrassing. Most people would gladly trade their butt acne for acne on their face, as bad as that may be. There’s something that feels especially embarrassing about having a fiesta of red, sore pimples on your butt. You might even be thinking that everyone is staring at your butt for the wrong reasons and making all sorts of nasty assumptions about you.
There's a lot you can do to deal with the problem. And guess what? Thankfully, it's easier to solve than the facial acne. Butt acne isn’t immune to home remedies, while ordinary acne may need some high-quality skincare products to tackle it.
But before we move on to all the home remedies for butt acne, let’s take you back to the beginning.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck… it’s a duck, right? Wrong. What looks like acne on your butt isn’t real acne. Acne on the butt is something doctors call folliculitis - we like to call it buttne. (Butt plus acne - get it?)
Basically, folliculitis occurs when one or more of your hair follicles become damaged or infected with a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. Staph bacteria is a common citizen of our skin, but it’s not the same as the Propionibacterium acnes bacterium that causes real acne.
So what causes butt acne? There are a few reasons. Practically anything can damage a hair follicle and make it fresh meat for Staph aureus. From an overly warm bath and poor hygiene to chafing and tight clothing, the factors that can damage your hair follicles are too many to list. If you've never had a flare-up before, check the ingredients in your skin care products. Fabric softeners, moisturizers, creams, and body washes may all be contributing to the problem.
Both types of acne will require different treatments. Acne vulgaris will need things like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid treatments, oral antibiotics, and more to kill acne causing bacteria. And that's exactly what we want, since any type of acne causes low self-esteem and confidence.
The natural remedies to treat butt acne are few and far between but a lot more effective. Make room, buttne!
Before we get into all the natural alternatives you can use to treat acne, there's something you need to know.
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You should always consult a medical professional for any health problems. Yes, that applies even in the case of butt acne. Showing this acne type to a doctor or a board-certified dermatologist will get you treated quickly (but it may also cause some extra undue embarrassment)! Thankfully, the human species has devised tons of simple home remedies to get rid of butt acne. Shame, it seems, is a powerful motivator. So let’s use it.
If you try these remedies to treat acne, make sure to wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight-fitting clothing won't give your skin a chance to breathe.
Here are some of the best, tried, and tested home remedies for butt acne.
Send your butt acne to the beach!
Take two cups of warm water and add a teaspoon of salt. Mix it well, soak a clean cloth in the solution and apply it to the affected area. That would be the butt in this case. You can repeat this treatment three times a day without harming your sitting area.
Jokes aside, the proper name for salt is "sodium chloride," which is known to have antibacterial properties. It'll unclog clogged follicles in no time.
When it comes to butt acne, tea tree oil is the most effective. Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial properties that help soothe and clear the area. Applying tea tree oil directly to your buttocks is safe, but you may need to dilute it first to avoid skin irritation. Regular use of tea tree oil can help reduce and eventually eliminate butt acne.
This has been an alternative treatment to popping pimples for years.
Of course, you'll need precious tea tree oil for this amazing home remedy, but you'll also need another oil to act as a carrier oil, too.
Fill a teaspoon with your chosen carrier, and add a few drops of tea tree oil. Olive oil or coconut oil are both fine choices. Mix the oils and dab some on the buttne. You'll have to do this at least 2-3 times a day before you start seeing results.
You could also invest in some tea tree oil gel for treating acne if you don't want to use pure essential oil.
Remember, tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory powers but can be intense. Take care not to put too much on those inflamed pimples or painful red bumps.
This is super simple to do. Take an ice pack or hot water bottle and just hold it to your butt. Keep it there for at least 10-15 minutes, and repeat it 2 or 3 times a day. Heat and cold can both put harmful bacteria to sleep. Cold, for example, will reduce inflammation. Just try not to set your butt on fire.
Treat butt acne with lemon. Take a cotton ball and squeeze half a lemon on it. Proceed to dab your butt with it - all over those red bumps. Hold the lemony cotton ball in each place for 10-15 minutes and repeat this process up to 3 times a day. Lemon has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, meaning it shrinks organic stuff. This acne treatment will close up your pores and hair follicles, preventing future breakouts.
Cotton swabs are our loyal soldiers. Take one and dip it in a bit of toothpaste. Then use the toothpaste-smeared cotton ball and dab it gently over your buttne. Be careful not to apply the toothpaste over any clean, smooth area of your gorgeous butt because it may cause irritation - and nobody wants that.
Leave it to dry for around ten minutes and rinse it with cool water. It’s not recommended to do this more than two times a day. After all, toothpaste contains baking soda, which in addition to removing any oil and helping unblock clogged follicles, also exfoliates the skin. So, be careful there, doc. Treat your butt gently. You don't want to end up with dry skin.
No cotton swabs this time. Just take a bit of sweet coconut oil and apply it to your butt, making sure to rub it over any problem areas. Allow your skin to absorb the coconut oil. You can do this to get rid of butt acne every couple of hours with no ill effects. Coconut oil has capric and lauric acid - these fatty acids have antimicrobial properties.
Don't use this one on your face though, as coconut oil can clog pores.
For this home remedy, you will need some oatmeal, yogurt, and turmeric powder. Take a tablespoon of each and pour them into a clean bowl. Then mix the ingredients well until they form a thick paste.
You know what you need to do next, right? Apply some of this paste over your butt. Let it dry, and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. You don’t need to do this every day because it might cause your skin to change color. Once a week is enough for you to be able to see results.
Do you know what butt acne hates more than turmeric? Sandalwood. Now imagine those two superheroes joining forces to kick some butt acne ass.
Take one tablespoon of sandalwood and turmeric, respectively, and put them in a bowl. Add water (or even curd, if you prefer) and mix. Try not to overdo it because we need to make an anti-buttne paste here.
Then, once it's done, smear some buttne-destroying paste on your butt. Allow 10-15 minutes to dry, and wash it off with water. Repeating this home remedy every other day is fine. Both sandalwood and turmeric boast powerful, natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make short work of your spots.
No need for a paste this time. Just take several garlic cloves, peel them, and then chop them in halves. Make sure that the inside of the garlic is exposed. Then, take a clove and press the inner of the garlic to any butt acne you have. Rub it gently over your butt, applying garlic juice on the affected areas.
Allow 30 minutes to an hour for the garlic to work, then rinse your butt with lukewarm water (or clean with a warm washcloth). But don’t do this several times a day. It’s okay to skip some days, so 4-5 days a week will be enough.
But why garlic? Well, it contains a compound known as allicin, which has extraordinary anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It doesn’t only kill the bacteria, but it reduces skin inflammation as well.
Find a piece of aloe vera. Cut off one of its tiny spiky branches (careful not to prick yourself). Slice the branch in half and take a moment to observe its gelatinous, aromatic insides. Awesome!
Then proceed to take the bleeding aloe vera limb and press it all over your butt, targeting problem zones. Let the goo dry for 15-20 minutes, then rinse your butt. Finally, throw away the plant limb. (Or not, maybe you want to keep it as a trophy.)
On a serious note, aloe vera gel is one of the most powerful anti-acne agents known to man. It can heal, combat bacteria, and reduce inflammation at the same time. Oh, it can also shrink pores and prevent future acne breakouts. Take that, lemons!
Back to the cotton balls. Take a glass of water and add two tablespoons of tangy apple cider vinegar. Mix well, then dab a cotton ball in it, and apply this buttne-poisoning mixture to the affected areas of your butt. Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why butt acne hates it. Leave the mixture on your butt for half an hour to dry, then wash it off. Three to four times a week is enough to see results.
Just take a tablespoon of baking soda and add a bit of water to it. Don't go overboard because you need to achieve a paste-like consistency. Mix it well. After it’s done, apply the paste to spots of butt acne across the meridians and parallels of your butt globe. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it with cold water.
As we mentioned when we discussed the toothpaste home remedy, this clever ingredient has a number of anti-acne properties. In addition to sucking out any excess oil and acting as an exfoliant, it also changes the pH balance of the skin. This makes it very difficult for some bacteria to thrive. Do this treatment every other day, and you should be able to see results.
Butt acne is perhaps the most embarrassing and nightmarish thing in existence, and it’s not even acne - which makes it even worse, somehow. On top of all the terribleness, it’s also a liar.
Anyway, just relax because this is a nightmare that we can easily treat and prevent. Try some of the many home remedies for butt acne we outlined here, and you should be fine.
In addition, you should ditch any tight clothes (we're looking at you, skinny jeans) and opt for clean, loose clothing instead. (And, for the love of God, do not stay in your sweaty clothes after the gym!) Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet.
However, in case your problem gets out of control, you should bite the bullet and see a dermatologist. Dermatologists specialize in treating skin infections and skin diseases and believe it or not, they've seen a lot worse. So even if you're embarrassed, sometimes it’s better to go to the doctor - especially if you have infected hair follicles. The last thing you want is a bacterial infection, and they'll be able to prescribe an oral antibiotic. The sooner you do that, the sooner you can show your smooth, healthy butt to the world!
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances, and its goal is to offer a general view of the subject. In case you are suffering from a severe case of acne, you should consult with a dermatologist or a certified medical professional.