Pimples on the butt can be a real pain in the a**. They are usually big, inflamed and are uncomfortable to sit on. But what causes butt acne and do you have to do the 10-step Korean skincare regime on your butt to make sure you don’t break out there?
We asked Dr Kevin Chua from Dr. Kevin Chua Medical & Aesthetics.
What causes butt acne or buttne?
According to Dr Chua, it’s caused by a skin condition known as folliculitis, which is “caused by irritation or infection by bacteria, yeast and fungus and can appear like rashes on the skin.” He adds, “The reason why it happens on the butt often at times is because the butt is typically hairier than the face and is more prone to pressure because you sit on it.”
Sweat is also another cause of buttne. Trapped sweat can irritate the follicles which, in turn, might result in pimples. He suggests using underwear made of Dry-Fit fabric or moisture-wicking cotton so sweat can evaporate quickly.
So… do you have to do that 10-step K-Beauty regime?
Good news: you don’t have to. In fact, don’t even exfoliate the area if you’re having a breakout. Dr Chua said that doing so can irritate the follicles and aggravate your condition. He said, “Over-the -counter creams or ointments that contain Benzoyl Peroxide or Lactic Acid solutions like U-Lactin and Am-Lactin may be good enough to help with inflammation.”
But only use those if your blemish is a blackhead, whitehead or zit. “Nodules (the large inflamed bumps that feel almost rock-solid) and cyst inflammations on the other hand, might require a dermatologist because removing them yourself will likely cause scarring or make them worse and result in an abscess.”
So you’ve put the cream and it looks ripe. Should you squeeze the pimple?
“No. Resist the urge! Squeezing them results in swelling and an increase in blood flow, which potentially may make it worse. Exercise patience and a clean diet with lots of water and visit a doctor for an antibiotic ointment.”
And to avoid aggravating your condition, avoid putting direct pressure on the pimple as far as possible and if you find yourself getting a lot of pimples often on your butt area, consult a doctor, as oral medication can help control the breakout and reduce the swelling.
Once you’ve tackled the problem, all that’s left is to minimise the marks left by the blemishes.
Dr Chua suggests eating foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C and E, such as eggs, citrus fruits and dark greens to promote cell turnover and collagen production.
If your acne scarring is more severe, you might need laser procedures, such as PicoWay. “PicoWay uses high-power concentration of energy to shatter the smallest amount of pigmentation and stimulate collagen production that will help to heal, repair and rebuild new cells and rid scars for good.”
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