Butt-Ne is Absolutely a Thing, So Here's How To Treat it

Butt-Ne is Absolutely a Thing, So Here’s How To Treat it

by | May 28, 2021


No-one likes acne. Whether it’s on your face, your back or anywhere else on your body. Sure, your face is always on display, so it makes sense that solutions to combat acne on there are at the front of out minds, by why aren’t we talking about one of the other most common areas for acne to appear? Yep, we’re talking about your bum.

Allow us to paint a picture: you’re on the way to your desk, down you sit to start the day, and OW! You get a little prick on the booty. You head into the bathroom to check what the heck is going on down there, and right before your eyes is a pesky pimple, bright, red, and ready to ruin your day.

If 2020 was the year we all got to experience ‘Mask-ne’ then 2021 can be credited for the dreaded ‘Butt-ne’. To understand what Butt-ne is, and why no one is openly discussing their experience, we chat to Biologi’s Dermal Specialist Lucy Macdougald.



So, what is but-ne?

Butt-ne, or Butt Acne, refers to breakouts, bumps of pimples down there – yes, on your butt. Although the name might suggest it, the most important thing to note is that Butt-ne is not actually acne. In fact, sometimes it’s not really even pimples (although in many cases it is) but is often caused by inflammation around hair follicles known as folliculitis. Just like other areas of the body, many people can feel incredibly embarrassed about getting butt-ne, especially if those bumps are stubborn and never seem to go away!

What causes butt-ne?

Well, the root cause is inflammation however constant rubbing or waxing are typical causes of Butt-ne.

Many people might be experiencing it in 2020 or 2021 due to extended periods of wearing tight clothing (hello active wear when working from home)! Constant rubbing could also be attributed to sitting down more in your routine, especially if you work from home and now the commute to work is taken out of the equation.

Constant rubbing of your workout clothes at a sweaty gym session could also be a cause. If you find yourself working out often and leaving your gym gear on for the rest of the day, this is a big no-no! Be sure to remove any sweaty gym gear as soon as you can because rubbing that material on your butt is the perfect breeding ground for Butt-ne.

Other causes which we could attribute to COVID 19 is the fact that some people might have gotten into the habit of washing less, or washing later in the day, or even wearing the same clothes more than once (never outfit repeat any gym gear without thoroughly washing it first)!

Why is no one talking about it?

Well, the answer is pretty obvious since it’s a skin condition referring to ‘down there’ and most people don’t want to openly talk about any issues down there!

It’s certainly a little embarrassing to admit but chances are other people are, or have, experienced Butt-ne at some point in their lives! The more we talk about it the more we can understand that it’s just a skin condition like any other skin condition, just as common as a blemish on the face or blackhead on your nose.

While it can be a little embarrassing, thankfully it is easily treated.

How can we treat it?

First and foremost, keep the area clean as possible. That might mean you could start treating the skin on your butt similar to the way you treat the skin on your face.

Don’t be afraid to use a gentle face cleanser on the area like Biologi’s Bc Refresh Cleanser which is completely natural and won’t cause any harm to any delicate skin.

Also consider an enzymatic exfoliant once a week to slough off any dead skin cells or build up. Do not, I repeat, do not, use a chemical exfoliant or get into the habit of vigorously scrubbing the area.

Essentially what you’re dealing with is inflammation so the last thing your skin needs is to be aggravated. Scrubbing will simply worsen the inflammation which can cause more bumps or worse – lead to scarring or pigmentation. 

Secondly, soothing any inflammation with hydration will be a big help. However, be really careful of any products you might consider applying down there. We all know it’s an area where there are some delicate parts so anything you’re applying to your butt has the potential to travel to other parts of the body.

Avoid any harsh or chemical laden products as these have the potential to cause damage to any delicate skin (especially since it likely hasn’t been exposed to products before).

If it feels as though what you’re dealing with is more than some pimples on your butt, you do need to consider if it something like a fungus. In these cases, it’s best to seek a professional’s advice who will be able to prescribe an anti-fungal medication because folliculitis caused by a fungus won’t improve if you’re just treating it as if it’s acne.

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the new web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has a mean punch inside and out of the ring. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.

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