The bumps can be itchy and occasionally painful. Most of all, however, they’re annoying.
According to Healthline, folliculitis is usually caused when the Staphylococcus aureus or staph bacteria infects a hair follicle. It can also result from irritation of hair follicles, fungus or yeast infecting your hair follicles.
Looking like regular acne, they are red bumps on the top of your skin filled with pus and they can be quite itchy.
The skin on the butt is very sensitive to lack of moisturizing, and pores on dry skin easily clog. Since your bum is in constant contact with clothing, it is easily prone to irritation.
Tight clothing that isn’t breathable, such as yoga pants or synthetic underwear, can trap sweat and bacteria against the skin and cause irritation.
Staying in your gym clothes keeps the bacteria and sweat right against your skin, allowing it to enter your pores and start causing problems.
How to Get Rid of It
Stop hiding behind your beach cover-ups and start finding solutions to your butt acne woes.
Luckily, many of the common causes of those annoying red pimples are easy to take care of with a few lifestyle changes.
1 Wash your bum regularly (daily) with anti-bacterial soap.
2 Try using a body wash with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
3 Wear clean clothes to the gym and shower and change right after working out.
4 Use an ointment or lotion with tea tree oil, which has been proven to have antibacterial properties. Zinc creams (such as Calamine lotion) can also be helpful.
5 Use hypo-allergenic body products and detergents that are more suitable for sensitive skin and don’t have harsh chemicals or fragrances.
6 Moisturize regularly—try a lotion with lactic acid in it. It doesn’t smell great, but will help treat the bacteria causing the bumps.
7 Wear clean, cotton loose-fitting clothing on your bum whenever possible.
8 Avoid sitting for too long and give your bum a breather every now and then.
9 Sitting on a hot, damp towel for 15 – 20 minutes before you shower can help open your pores to scrub away the yuck. You could also take a warm bath.
10 Exfoliate your bum gently once or twice a week. You could use a pad treated with salicylic acid for this. Don’t overdo it though—irritation can make the bumps worse.
11 Stop using heavy lotions or oils on your butt. These could be clogging your pores. Switch up your routine and see if the bumps go away.
12 Drink more water to help flush toxins out of your body.
13 Whatever you do, don’t pop the pimples! This can make them even more inflamed and lead to spreading infection.
Don’t be embarrassed to see a dermatologist
We know. There’s nothing more cringeworthy than having to lie on your stomach while a doctor examines your bare ass, but here’s something to keep in mind: They’ve seen it all. If you feel your acne isn’t improving, is getting worse, or is painful, it’s time to visit a pro.