Before anything else, let’s get one thing straight: Butt acne happens to everyone. It’s not just you. It’s not always indicative of poor hygiene. And no, it shouldn’t make you feel any less proud of your tush.
But since you’re reading this, we’re assuming that you’re looking for a way to get that blemish-free, beach-ready butt. Not to mention the extra boost of comfort and confidence that comes with clear, smooth skin. Well, we’re here to deliver! Below are the most common causes of those pesky zits and some beauty products that might help you get your dream booty.
What causes butt acne?
Here’s the thing: More often than not, the bumps that we see and feel on the skin of our bottoms are not actual zits, but are the result of a follicle infection called folliculitis. This happens when the hair follicles get clogged, causing them to get irritated and inflamed. You’ll know it’s folliculitis and not real acne when there’s not just a single bump, but a cluster of tiny, whitehead-looking spots. Usually, there would also be hair in the center of the inflamed bumps.
Real acne, on the other hand, is caused by a number of factors. While the usual suspects include hormones, genetics, diet, and stress, butt acne in particular can be caused by the friction the skin is exposed to when wearing tight underwear or pants. Lastly, the sweat, dirt, and excess oils that get trapped in the pores might also trigger that booty breakout.
The Best Anti-Butt Acne Products
The good news is that aside from wearing clean and comfy clothing, there are beauty products that can help you finally say goodbye to butt acne. It also helps that the skin below the neck is much less sensitive than the face, meaning that some of the products you won’t use on your cheeks might just work on your bottom. Try these products and let us know what you think:
Dove Care & Protect Antibacterial Beauty Bar
Using products with antibacterial properties is always essential when fighting acne. If your skin is on the sensitive side, you might want to try this beauty bar from Dove. Not only does it help fight bacteria that trigger breakouts, but its moisturizing formula also protects the skin from dryness.Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
Dove Care & Protect Antibacterial Beauty Bar, P163.80, Lazada
Belo AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Bar
This bar soap from Belo is specifically formulated to eliminate face and body acne without drying the skin. Even better: It targets acne-causing bacteria and excess oil to prevent future breakouts.Continue reading below ↓
Belo AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Bar, P110, Shopee
Dr. Sensitive Niacinamide & Salicylic Acid Soap
Salicylic acid is a popular anti-acne skincare ingredient. This type of BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is great at unclogging pores, calming the skin, and healing breakouts. The good news for people with body acne is that you can now find this wonder ingredient in a lot of body products, including bath soaps. Check out this one from Dr. Sensitive, which also has niacinamide to brighten dark spots butt acne might leave behind.Continue reading below ↓
Dr. Sensitive Niacinamide & Salicylic Acid Soap, P139, Watsons
PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash
If you’ve been reading up on body acne, then you’ve likely heard about benzoyl peroxide. Many dermatologists swear by this ingredient’s ability to zap bacteria, dry up pimples, and exfoliate the skin. You’ll see the results yourself when you try PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash. This anti-acne essential contains 10 percent benzoyl peroxide that will help clear the skin of your butt and prevent future pimples from coming up.Continue reading below ↓
PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash, P995, BeautyMNL
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel
In the fight against butt acne, hydration is just as important as using exfoliants and zit-zapping products. Treat your tushy to this body gel from Avène—it cleanses the skin without messing with the skin’s pH levels, thanks to glycerin and spring water. Best for girls with sensitive skin!Continue reading below ↓
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, P2,160, Watsons
Mink I Am Booty-ful Butt Scrub
This butt scrub from local brand Mink gently exfoliates with Dead Sea salt and Himalayan salt, and moisturizes the skin with glycerin and tea tree oil. ICYDK, tea tree oil is another pimple-fighting ingredient that helps calm inflamed and irritated skin.Continue reading below ↓
Mink I Am Booty-ful Butt Scrub, P548, Lazada
Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap
Chemical exfoliants are your friends when treating acne, wherever they may pop up in your body. The AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) in this body soap from Mario Badescu loosens up dead skin cells, revealing a new layer. Just swap your regular bar soap with this body wash, and you can look forward to a smooth, supple booty.Continue reading below ↓
Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap, P700, Sephora