Warm weather means hanging at the beach, traveling, and cocktails on repeat. However, hotter temps also mean new breakouts that can crop up on your butt since your sweat glands are working overtime to cool your body down. Dealing with buttne for the first time? If you're going to be baring your bum in a bikini—or before that, in front of your significant other—Shereene Idriss, M.D., a board-certified NYC-based cosmetic dermatologist is here to literally save (the skin on) your ass.
First, you need to understand what's causing these zituations. "It's usually not a type of acne," Dr. Idriss says, "it's an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by friction." This can be a result from staying in your workout gear too long (this also allows bacteria, sweat, and oil to brew blemishes) or wearing pants, skirts, bottoms of choice that are constantly rubbing your bottom the wrong way (literally), triggering inflammation, she explains.
That said, there are instances where patients do get actual zits on their bums (with puss inside—we've all been there, don't judge), which is why Dr. Idriss urges people to go in and speak to their derm to have them analyze what's actually going on.
However, if, from what you can tell (feel free to look at your rump in the mirror to assess), you seem to have inflamed spots versus actual breakouts, take the following at-home action:
Don't stay in your work out clothes long enough for your skin to marinate in them.
Slip out of your sweaty fitness clothes as soon as you get home and take a shower. The quicker you clean yourself off, the less chance bacteria has to brew inside of your gym look. Oh, and if a pair of pants rubs you the wrong way, maybe chill on wearing them for a hot second until you get this issue under control.
Wash with a medicinal, acne-fighting body wash.
Dr. Idriss recommends washing with a body wash that contains a high percentage of benzoyl peroxide to kill any bacteria on the skin.
Treat, do NOT pick at your zits!
Dr. Idriss doesn't want you exacerbating the issue. Instead, she recommends swiping the area with a glycolic or salicylic acid pad until they start to heal.
Apply a skin-sloughing lotion over your rump.
Try a product that contains ~urea~ to prevent dead skin cells from collecting and clogging your pores.
Use a spot treatment when necessary.
A sulfur-based cream can easily help eradicate a big blemish overnight thanks to sulfur's ability to dry up a zit fast.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.