Talk about pain in the butt: You can actually get pimples on your booty. But “buttne” isn’t quite the same as the zits that pop up on your face—more like acne’s annoying cousin. “Butt acne is usually not true acne, but rather folliculitis, which is a mild infection of the hair follicle that leads to red bumps and pus pimples.
The main causes of butt acne are sweating and chafing… down there…, making those of us who hit the gym and wear leggings on the reg more likely to get it.
Below are five ways to prevent and get rid of butt acne:
1. Hop in the shower right after exercising
Every. Single. Time. “Showering immediately after a workout can help remove sweat, oil, and dirt that accumulate on the surface of the skin,” says Zeichner. “Sitting in your wet workout clothes can increase your risk of developing butt acne. Stick to gentle cleansers that effectively remove dirt without disrupting the outer skin layer.”
2. Suds up with benzoyl peroxide
In the shower, try targeting your booty with a cleanser. A cleanser can be effective in treating both true acne and folliculitis because it has antimicrobial (a.k.a. bacteria-fighting) properties to help disinfect the area.
3. Unclog pores with salicylic acid
You can also combat your buttne with a salicylic acid cleanser or treatment. This acid can help remove excess oils and exfoliate dead skin cells so they don’t get trapped in your pores and follicles.
4. Exfoliate and brighten with glycolic acid
This is another buttne-fighting ingredient. It also has the benefit of brightening dark spots, which may develop after pimples or folliculitis go away. It was originally developed to keep the pores smaller and we find it extremely effective when used on the bum.
5. Moisturize that peach
While you might assume slathering on lotion will clog your pores even more, that’s not the case if you use a lactic-acid packed option. “Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps hydrate the skin and exfoliate dead cells,” Zeichner says. And when you get rid of dry skin cells, that helps prevent those bumps.