It’s okay to chuckle – I must admit I did too. The mere combination of the words butt and acne triggers the neurons in my brain responsible for finding stuff hilarious. But, butt acne is apparently a thing. It’s always been around, but this time we have decided to get serious and do something about it.
See, butt acne is not actual acne, but it looks similar.
Here’s what it actually is. According to dermatologist Jamie MacKelfresh, MD, “Acne on the buttocks is not true acne you get on your face, chest, or back. Acne-like bumps on the buttocks are caused by inflammation of hair follicles, which is called folliculitis.”
And if two or more strands of hair get inflamed, you get what is called a carbuncle, or in short: a little cluster of inflamed hairs, called boils. Needless to say, this is painful, as you’ve no doubt already experienced that odd, little, painful bump on your butt. As reported by Daili Dispatch, though, the reasons for it – and the ways to prevent butt acne – are as follows:
1. Having overly dry butt skin
Our butts are wrapped in clothing 24/7. What can you expect? The poor place is chafed and dehydrated. Plus, the constant friction with the clothes compresses hairs back into the skin, where they can get inflamed.
2. Tight underwear, tight pants, tight tight tight…
Besides compressing hair follicles, tight clothes also trap extra bacteria and sweat against the skin. Not a good thing.
This is sort of self-explanatory, but alright. The longer your skin is in contact with sweaty, smelly, warm clothes, the higher the risk of butt acne (folliculitis). Try to change clothes more often if you end up sweating more than usual.
4. General health problems
Pimples on the butt can also be indicative of another health condition, like a hormonal imbalance or digestive issues. Inactivity is also a factor – because you know, sitting too much. On your butt. So it gets angry and gets butt acne.