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Butt acne: treatment tips and solutions

Bum Deal: How to Rid Your Bottom of Blemishes

We love talking about lipstick, hair, and nails, but sometimes we have to discuss the less-flattering topics, too, like finding pimples on your derriere. Nobody probably wants to admit it, but most of us have had a butt blemish in our lives. Don't fear the swimsuit, though. See how to get back to that smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom stage when you read more.

Like blemishes on your face, bum zits are caused by blocked pores or clogged follicles. There are a few things you can do to treat these pimples:

  • Exfoliate: A buffed bum is a happy bum. Simply giving your bottom a scrub with a washcloth will send you on your way, and a body scrub will help slough away dead skin cells. This won't get rid of existing bumps, but it should help prevent them in the future. Try Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($65) to smooth things over.
  • Treat: Use a shower gel with salicylic acid, which keeps pimples from starting. Or if you don't mind a little mess, whip up one of these acne home remedy treatments in your kitchen. If you have recurrent bumps, consider a postshower spray such as Murad Clarifying Body Spray ($37), which delivers salicylic acid in a simple spritz. Of course, you can also use benzoyl peroxide cream as a spot treatment, too.
  • Change your underpants: Nylon underpants and too-tight thongs can trap perspiration, and while that shouldn't cause typical pimples, it can lead to irritation, including small bumps. So get out of the polyester thong already.

Try these tips and it won't be long until you have a clear rear.

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frankybejou frankybejou 4 years
This subject awkward! I would def try the Butt Acne Clearing Lotion because that is what worked for me and my boyfriend. This happens to so many people but we all kinda avoid talking about it!!!! I just found it at drugstore.com for a cheaper price then at www.clearbutt.com but it is probably for a limited time. Thanks for the article because it is something we should feel comfortable talking abou
Unwantedmicrobs Unwantedmicrobs 4 years
Hello buddies. I also have the problem for 2 years now and im a 30 yeals old male. I used to have acne on my face and back when i was a teenager but they dissapead before ages. Then suddenly before 2 years or so the first acne appeared on my butt (and its the only body part i have this, ok maybe 2 or 3 on my back but its rare and related to sunlight). Since then i wait for them to be solved by its own but i dont see any luck. So i decided to take action. I ordered the Murad spray and hope for some results.   Thus i may have to say i am a biomedical scientist and especially MSC on microbiology so i know something more. It is a fact that this butt acne appeared when i was dealing with a microbe called MRSA (methycilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). My fears are that it may be this as it can cause skin infections (amongst others more severe infections, this one i was deing with also caused deaths during outbreaks in hopsitals). I just hope its not this, not because there is case to die, but because its almost impossible to fight skin infections due to its resistance (multidrugs resistant). Anyway it believe its hard to be infected by this as there were strict safety regulations i followed of course. I hope none of you have the microbe called MRSA!    I am also thinking of using natural stuff instead of medicines (like the Muray). I just use  natural products that have salicylic acid in them like canella (natural soaps with canella can be really effective by the way). I used to use it for a while and i saw some results. Then i stopped using it because its hard to find anyway. But i ll go on using it. Dont forget medicines are always chemicals and natural products (which we never imagine) may have suprisingly good results.   Also dont forget to change underwear daily and dont use nylon ones as stated on main topic. Especially if you sweat enough! Respiration of skin is too impotant too so this problem may show up more if your working sitting on a  chair for hours or if you wear tight jeans and stuff.   Finally  I fully understand all of you with this problem especially women and how can affect your self esteem. It even affects mine but not so much.   I ll keep you posted of my results. Hope to help myself and you. Good luck!  
Unwantedmicrobs Unwantedmicrobs 4 years
Hello buddies. I also have the problem for 2 years now and im a 30 yeals old male. I used to have acne on my face and back when i was a teenager but they dissapead before ages. Then suddenly before 2 years or so the first acne appeared on my butt. Since then i wait for them to be solved by its own but i dont see any luck. So i decided to take action. I ordered the Murad spray and hope for some results.   Thus i may have to say i am a biomedical scientist and especially MSC on microbiology so i know something more. It is a fact that this butt acne appeared when i was dealing with a microbe called MRSA (methycilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and i my fears it may be this as it can cause skin infections (amosng others more severe infections) (this one i was deing with had also cause hospital deaths during outbreaks). I just hope its not this, not because there is case to die, but because its almost impossible to fight skin infections due to its resistance (multidrugs resistant). Anyway it believe its hard to be infected by this as there were strict safety regulations i followed of course. I hope none of you have the microbe called MRSA.    I am also thinking of using natural stuff instead of medicines (like the Muray). I just use  natural products that have salicylic acid in them like canella (natural soaps with canella can be really effective by the way). I used to use it for a while and i saw some results. Then i stopped using it because its hard to find anyway. But i ll go on using it. Dont forget medicines are always chemicals and natural products (which we never imgaine) may have suprosingly good results. Also dont forget to change underwear daily and dont use nylon ones as stated on main topic. Especially if you sweat enough! Respiration of skin is too impotant too so this problem may show up more if your working sitting on a  chair for hours or if you wear tight jeans and stuff.   Finally  fully understand all of you with this problem especially women and how can affect your self esteem. It even affects mine but not so much.   I ll keep you posted of my results. Hope to help myself and you. Good luck!  
Unwantedmicrobs Unwantedmicrobs 4 years
Hello buddies. I also have the problem for 2 years now and im a 30 yeals old male. I used to have acne on my face and back when i was a teenager but they dissapead before ages. Then suddenly before 2 years or so the first acne appeared on my butt. Since then i wait for them to be solved by its own but i dont see any luck. So i decided to take action. I ordered the Murad spray and hope for some results.   Thus i may have to say i am a biomedical scientist and especially MSC on microbiology so i know something more. It is a fact that this butt acne appeared when i was dealing with a microbe called MRSA (methycilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and i my fears it may be this as it can cause skin infections (amosng others more severe infections) (this one i was deing with had also cause hospital deaths during outbreaks). I just hope its not this, not because there is case to die, but because its almost impossible to fight skin infections due to its resistance (multidrugs resistant). Anyway it believe its hard to be infected by this as there were strict safety regulations i followed of course.   I hope none of you have the microbe called MRSA. I am also thinking of using natural stuff instead of medicines (like the Muray). I just use  natural products that have salicylic acid in them like canella (natural soaps with canella can be really effective by the way). I used to use it for a while and i saw soem results. Then i stopped using it because its hard to find anyway. But i ll go on using it.   I also understand all of you with this problem especially women and how can affect your self esteem. It even affects mine but not so much.   I ll keep you posted of my results. Hope to help myself and you. Good luck!  
Unwantedmicrobs Unwantedmicrobs 4 years
Hello buddies. I also have the problem for 2 years now and im a 30 yeals old male. I used to have acne on my face and back when i was a teenager but they dissapead before ages. Then suddenly before 2 years or so the first acne appeared on my butt. Since then i wait for them to be solved by its own but i dont see any luck. So i decided to take action. I ordered the Murad spray and hope for some results.   Thus i may have to say i am a biomedical scientist and especially MSC on microbiology so i know something more. It is a fact that this butt acne appeared when i was dealing with a microbe called MRSA (methycilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and i my fears it ma be this as it can cause skin infections (this one i was deing with had also cause hospital deaths during outbreaks). I just its not this not because there is case to die but because its almost impossible to fight due to its resistance (multidrugs resistant)   I hope none of you have the microbe called MRSA. I am also thinking of using natural stuff instead of medicines (like the Muray). I just use  natural products that have salicylic acid in them like canella (natural soaps with canella can be really effective by the way).    I also understand all of you with this problem especially women and how can affect your self esteem. It even affects mine but not so much.   I ll keep you posted of my results. Hope to help myself and you. Good luck!  
janetseejanetdo janetseejanetdo 4 years
My dermatologist just started recommended Butt Acne Clearing Lotion after my last visit because the results were good.  I can't believe I dealt with this for so long.  I hope this helps others who have had no where to turn for a solution.
janetseejanetdo janetseejanetdo 5 years
I used to exfoliate by scrubbing too but in the end it just made it worse.  I found this lotion that exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids and is very gentle on my butt.  It is called Butt Acne Clearing Lotion.  So far I haven't gotten anymore red bumps.  I use it on my thighs, lower back, and butt.  I got it at www.clearbutt.com.  I feel very comfortable recommending it because I know how embarrassing it is to suffer from butt acne.  I didn't even want to talk to my doctor about it. I think you can get Butt Acne Clearing Lotion (yes, that is actually the name of the product) from Amazon too!
audrytx audrytx 8 years
i read somepon the acne on the Bum,,,,,, and i have had them for 3 months now, i have been to three diff doctors,, i have 350.+ in meds rangeing from Differin, clindigel, and bactrium pills,,, and the SAME SAME ones dont move , yea i poppe d the sob's a few times,(i know, no no),,and nothing helps,allergic to dial soap,, and lever i was told not to use sinceit already has a bactrial in it,,sometimes thats toomuch i was told. now , i have been told Prep H on spots, and Toothpaste,,,fact of thematter is, i am a model, lingerie one, andi cannot and will not have this and cant work period like this.I even GOT a tattoo, to hide one huge cycst i had,,,, i swear, its go away or DIE time for me, I really can't take it. it ruins your spirit, and people judge you , its rotten, yes i am 38 premenopauseal i beleive, so thats prob it, no hormones no B/c. I lose huh belle?? thx for listening. audry
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I meant to say advice columnists.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I don't know why advise columnists are always advising exfoliation for acne. Many dermatologists will tell you that exfoliants and washing your face with a cloth irritates and can cause new acne to form.
gnarly5 gnarly5 8 years
just stick with 100% cotton undies! The victoria secret pink brand is usually 100% and 5 for $25 but thats kinda 'spensive so hanes undies that dont ride up...wedgie proof or something are good too. Give yourself a break from thongs too..and sleep without underwear at night. Your junk needs to breathe!
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 8 years
I, too, am lovin' the coin slot. HA!
LilacButterfly LilacButterfly 8 years
I just had to read this. I love the coin slot part. ~lol~
oceanchicie24 oceanchicie24 8 years
if you put lotion on normally you wont have as bad of acne. my doc. told me some people have acne on there arms that wont go away with cleanser or anything known. i started putting on lotion everyday and it cleared up quite a bit. i love how you worded this too. ass-ne! omc you cracked me up. :P
lms lms 8 years
I never knew this was a problem for people.
mhinsey mhinsey 8 years
Ladies, Butt bumps occurring in the summer can be caused by heat, humidity, and wet bikini bottoms. Smear a little Desitin Diaper Cream on the problem areas to take care of the problem quickly.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I used to get a lot of bum acne but I've found that since I started using natural soaps it's cleared up a lot. My diet also had a lot to do with it, being a junk food addict never helped my skin. I still eat trash, just not so much of it.
harmsgrl harmsgrl 8 years
why everyone seems to think this is a joke or something when most of us do have a lil acne problema and it is something that just happens on the rare. I mean rear, lol. Well I mean both. So okay... i will admit i get rash there to and sometimes it is hard to have sex bending over thinking my ass is not the sexiest thing to look at even if it is nice and huge because im thinking what he is thinking. Well how do you get rid of this crap and why do us woman all have to go through this crap. i bet the men dont even care about there asses but us women all need to take care of our assets. ANYONE without humor and the facts please give a little info on the TRUE DEAL of getting RID of this shit!! Thanks
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 8 years
love the fact that you guys address the things that most people are wondering about but would never bring up =) we can all relate!
lyssa88 lyssa88 9 years
lmfao the headline was too funny..though this is interesting to read since getting break outs on your booty isn't pretty.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
hey alynn28...I've been using my regular body soap everywhere except my butt- then once i'm done washing everywhere else, I put the salicylic acid wash on my butt area.
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