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Buttne: How to Get Rid of Acne on the Butt

Written by Sylwia Wiesenberg

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Posted on June 11 2019

Buttne - shorthand for butt acne, is a very common and unflattering skin condition. In addition to being unsightly and give you a bumpy butt, buttne can also be painful and itchy. So what’s the trick to getting rid of it? Unfortunately, there is not quite one silver bullet. Rather it requires some lifestyle changes and a little commitment on your part. Let’s tackle the multiple ways to start getting rid of buttne.

What Is Buttne?

Buttne is actually a misnomer. The main reason for red bumps on the butt is due to folliculitis which is erroneously called “acne”. If you are going to get rid of the “buttne”, then it’s important to understand you need to treat it a little differently than regular acne.

Though they both are types red bumps the causes of acne and folliculitis are actually quite different. Technically, acne only forms on the face, back and chest. Folliculitis is caused infected or irritated hair follicles. A staph infection of the hair follicles or by something as harmless as yoga pants trapping moisture on the skin of your butt. Even though it is not acne, there are still many ways of getting rid of buttne caused by folliculitis.

1. Learn How to Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the best way of getting rid of buttne. Put simply, exfoliation is the removal of the layer of dead skin cells on the most upper layer of the skin. Often times the cause of folliculitis is caused by dead skin cells blocking the hair follicles and thus irritating them - which causes the bumps. Exfoliation is very different from just plain scrubbing however and that is important to remember.

Scrubbing the dead skin cells off your butt with a physical exfoliant like a face scrub actually causes more irritation and can lead to worse buttne. Physical exfoliants have are abrasive, they remove the dead cells but also end up creating micro-scars on the surface of the butt.

A non-physical (chemical) exfoliant on the other hand, like the Bawdy Slap It Butt Mask,  uses natural ingredients like orange peels full of citric acids containing alpha hydroxy acids which work to loosen the connections between the dead skin cells. Once those connections are weakened, the dead skin cells can be easily washed off- without physically scrubbing the skin.

2. Manage Your Sweating

Excess sweat is also a leading cause of buttne. Sweat, when trapped against the surface of your skin, will cause irritation against the skin. Similarly to how thighs are irritated when rubbed together while moist, a similar phenomenon happens with the sweat on your butt and your clothing.

Obviously, you have no control over how much your butt sweats and if you are an active person, sweating will be an inevitable part of your routine. However, there are ways of reducing the effects of the sweat on your butt.

For one, the type of clothing you were can be having an effect. Tight clothing, especially spandex yoga pants, are great at keeping in moisture. If you like to workout in yoga pants, odds are there's a lot of sweat being trapped against your butt and that's causing the buttne.  Consider working out in clothing made primarily from cotton. Cotton breathes much better than spandex and thus will let the moisture caused by sweat leave easier.

 3. Making Sure You are Showering In a Timely Manner

 It’s a very easy mistake to   make, you come home from the   gym, you make yourself a meal,   do the dishes, watch some tv -   it may be several hours before   you shower. This is not the right move for someone with buttne. Remember folliculitis can also be caused by bacteria infecting or blocking hair follicles. By not showering after the gym you are letting bacteria filled sweat to remain on the skin of your butt and multiply. By the time you shower, the bacteria have already entered your pores and are causing irritation. To reduce this issue you should shower as soon as you can after working out.


4. Remember to Moisturize as Well

Going back to dead skin cells - dry skin leads to an excess of them, which then leads to more cells blocking your follicles. A healthy regimen of using lotion to moisturize your butt can go a long way to reducing buttne. The Bawdy Bite It mask is also a great option. The Bite It mask contains Sodium Hyaluronate which is a natural, yet very potent, moisturizer. A few treatments with the Bite It mask will also help to keeping your butt from getting too dried up.