Yes. It’s embarrassing to admit that you get pimples on the hip. This is very common and not at all a big deal. No. it is not only restricted to any particular age group or gender. You can have zits on the hip at any age and both men and women are equally at risk of developing them. But there’s nothing to worry as these rough, red bumps formed across the butt is something you can easily get rid of.
What is it?
Pimples on the butt are rather a common phenomenon. And the acne that develops in your butt is because of the same reason you have acne on your face, chest, shoulders- blocked pores.
Just like any other part of the body, your hip is also full of pores. When these pores get clogged for various reasons, these rough, red bumps develop.
But the majority of the butt acne might not even be acne. Yes, it’s true we are used to calling rough, red bumps as acne but sometimes these can be entirely different.
Can folliculitis be a reason?
Folliculitis- This is one of the most common causes that you develop red, inflamed pimples on your back. In simpler terms, folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles. When a hair follicle on your butt gets irritated, these become swollen and red.
Did you know a bacteria S. aureus lives on the skin? When there is an overgrowth of the bacteria, folliculitis tends to occur. Sometimes the bacteria get under the skin where they grow and multiply. This gives rise to small infections in the hair follicles.
But you must know that it’s not necessary that folliculitis occurs only in the hip region. It can occur in any part of the body.
Why does it occur?
Dermatologists believe that butt acne is becoming more and more of a common phenomenon because of the different clothing choices and our constant urge to go with the ‘trend’. Here are a few reasons that can end up clogging the hair follicles.
Reasons that contribute to Butt-acne
- Wearing wet, sweaty clothes even after hitting the gym. Sweat from your body can dry over the pores and leave a pore. Hence, it is suggested to change the clothes, including your underwear, ASAP after a workout. Take a shower or do a cleanse with wipes.
- Sitting for long hours. Folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicles often causes due to friction or irritation. Therefore, sitting for long hours without any break or getting up can make things worse. If your job requires you to sit in one place for a very long time, take breaks.
- Wearing old underwear. It is vital that you change your underwear regularly. Old underwear brings acne promoting dirt, sweat, and oil and bringing them in contact with the skin.
- Wearing tight-fitted clothes. Your comfortable pair of jeans or daily leggings can influence whether you get acne or not. Tight clothes not only causes friction against the skin, but it also traps sweat and oil against the backside and blocks those hair follicles.
Ways to prevent/treat butt-acne naturally
It’s not a big deal if you have developed butt acne. Here are 7 ways to deal with acne on your butt at home.
- Take a shower right after exercising. Shower as soon as possible you finish your gymming session. Doctors believe showering can remove sweat, excessive oil and dirt that can accumulate on the surface of the skin.
- Wash up with benzoyl peroxide. Cleanse your butt with body wash or cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide. Rich in antimicrobial properties, benzoyl peroxide can be effective in treating acne as well as folliculitis.
- Unclog the pores with salicylic acid. This form of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) helps to remove excess oil as well as exfoliates the dead skin cells. This prevents the dead cells from getting trapped in the pores and follicles.
- Use natural alternatives. If you do not want to use chemical compounds to cure your acne, try these natural alternatives.
- Tea tree oil– The tea tree oil is an essential oil that is rich in antimicrobial properties that keep clean by killing the bacteria that cause folliculitis.
- Turmeric– Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin which actively works against the bacteria S. aureus. Apply a paste of turmeric and water to the area daily to reap benefits.
- Vinegar– Known for its antibacterial properties, vinegar contains acetic acid. Hence, add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath that helps to fight the bacteria that causes folliculitis.
- Wear loose, natural clothing- As explained earlier, gym clothes can create more heat and friction which leads to clogging of the hair follicles. Wear loose, breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen to promote ventilation in the private areas.
- Moisturize the area. First thing’s first. Body lotion does not clog pores. Use body lotion that has lactic acid. Lactic acid helps to hydrate the skin and exfoliate dead cells. Removal of the dead cells from the body prevents butt acne.
- Visit the dermatologist. Sometimes these home remedies might not provide you effective results. In such instances, visit a dermatologist. He may prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic that reduces inflammation and clears the folliculitis up.
A word from Pristyn Care
Butt acne is not at all fatal until they are painful, extremely itchy or increasing rapidly. If your pimple on the butt is growing bigger by each day, ask your physician to have a look. Butt acne is easily preventable if you maintain healthy hygiene around the area and make a few changes to your body care.