Do YOU suffer ‘buttne’?
Blame your Lululemon leggings and SoulCycle classes! Dermatologist warns there is a rise in cases – and how to prevent it.
With summer in full swing, women and men have busted out their swimwear to head to the beaches.
Bikini bottoms and even one-pieces display a sizable amount of backside and the ample exposure can cause some embarrassment for those with butt acne.
While breakouts on different areas of the body are common, spots on the bum can cause some to shy away from water activities all together.
Pimples on the rear are caused by irritation from wearing tight clothes and not showering after cycling classes.
The Daily Mail Online spoke to a New York City dermatologist who revealed how to keep the buttne away for good.
What is butt acne?
Dr Kenneth Howe said the red spots showing up on your behind isn’t actually acne, but rather folliculitis.
The dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York City said the pimples were caused by irritated hair follicles.
He said: ‘It’s not like acne on the face. It’s inflammation of fine hair on the butt and sometimes it can even be an infection.
‘People can seem totally hairless there but it’s just really fine hair, almost invisible.
‘This tends to affect young people, mostly I’m seeing women in their 20s.’
Dr Howe, who works in Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side, believes the increase in buttne stems from the popularity of spin classes and athletic wear.
He added: ‘They are wearing tighter clothes and are more active, which irritates the follicles.’
Buttne doesn’t just plague women, Dr Howe said, it’s very common in men but they don’t care too much about it.
How to get rid of buttne
1. Wear loose clothing
Dr Howe said the key to stop irritating fine hairs is to stop wearing those tight nylon and Lululemon leggings, especially in the summer heat.
These types of pants leads to sweat getting trapped in the material, which causes inflammation and red spots.
Instead, opt for cotton-based material, he advises.
People should also try to sleep in looser clothes at night to give the skin a chance to breathe.
2. Shower right
Dr Howe said people should always shower after a sweaty workout to wash those smelly, dirty particles off the butt.
To keep the spots at bay, he suggests using a benzoyl peroxide wash, which can be bought over the counter and on Amazon.
This will keep the bacteria at bay and there’s no fear that a scented soap will further caused your bum to breakout even more.
Dr Howe added that several women with buttne complain of the dark marks the pimples can leave behind so he recommends to use a peel every so often.
He said: ‘Sometimes those darker marks are as much of a complaint of the acne itself. Exfoliating the skin will lighten it and in time get rid of those marks.’
3. Stop scrubbing
Don’t itch those spots because it will only make matters worse.
Dr Howe said: ‘Sometimes the buttne is actually an infection so scrubbing it can make it worse and spread it.’
He also warns against shaving the bumpy spots because it could also spread the infection that way.
Scrubbing, popping or itching can also lead to scars – which no one wants either.
4. Skip SoulCycle
Dr Howe said the takeoff of cycling fitness classes definitely has contributed to the rise of buttne.
He added: ‘The hairs are compressed against the tight material and the bike, which is just a source of friction.
‘The acne can also pop up between the cheeks on the thighs and creases of the leg.’
Dr Howe said if you are concerned that your buttne might be infected, then it’s time to see a professional.
He added that if the spots are painful then it’s a clear sign it’s time to come in.
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