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A real scourge, butt acne can be extremely embarrassing, causing embarrassment, shame and loss of self-confidence. More common than you might think, these skin eruptions can be prevented and/or effectively treated. So, whether you’re looking for old-fashioned recipes or miracle tricks, here’s how to get rid of butt acne.
Understanding butt acne
The small pimples that can appear anywhere on the body are often caused by repeated friction between a piece of fabric and the skin. As a result, the hair follicles covering the skin become inflamed, causing a more or less intense rash, depending on the sensitivity of your epidermis. Skin that’s too tight in jeans or slim-fit pants can’t breathe properly. This leads to the appearance of sweat and bacteria, which increase sebum production (the oily film that protects the skin), clogging pores and causing unsightly pimples.
Good hygiene: an essential step
Is it really necessary to point out that good hygiene is the basis for healthy skin and a healthy body? When a rash appears on your buttocks and back, wash thoroughly morning and night with a PH-neutral soap to respect your skin’s already fragile balance. Aleppo soap is particularly useful for its moisturizing, cleansing, disinfecting and healing properties. After cleansing, wipe thoroughly to remove all traces of moisture from your skin and prevent the proliferation of bacteria.
Choose your cleansing and body products with care
You can choose your PH-neutral cleanser in a variety of forms. It can be a dermatological bar, a soap-free shower gel, a special cleanser for problem skin… Always prefer products of natural origin, organically produced if possible. Avoid body products containing perfumes and colorants. Make sure your moisturizing milks and creams are as neutral as possible in chemical components, and above all that they are adapted to your problem skin. Choose a light, fluid body lotion rather than a moisturizing balm that leaves an oily film on the skin, stimulating the sebaceous glands and causing even more pimples.
Scrubs? Yes, but gently!
If your skin’s pores are clogged, the urge to scrub vigorously may be strong. But this is the wrong solution. Excessive scrubbing will inevitably have the opposite effect. By stressing the skin, sebum would be produced in large quantities. What’s needed are gentle exfoliations with circular movements. A natural blend of coffee grounds and sugar with a little honey will help create a gentle scrub that leaves your skin supple and free of impurities.
Moisturize your skin
To be healthy, skin needs to be properly hydrated. In addition to your usual moisturizing products, you can apply soothing masks or poultices.
Aloe vera gel is an excellent moisturizer thanks to its high water content. What’s more, its composition makes it rich in skin-friendly minerals and nutrients. Placed for a few minutes in the freezer before use, it adds a touch of freshness that calms even the most unpleasant skin eruptions. It also has a healing effect, helping to prevent micro-scars. Chamomile poultice can also provide relief. In a liter of water (preferably mineral), infuse 30 dried chamomile flowers. Soak a clean towel in this solution and leave it to act for around 20 minutes on each area to be treated.
Finally, aromatherapy can be a great help. Lavender and tea tree essential oils have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, healing, soothing and antifungal properties. A real Swiss army knife, they are extremely useful for acne. Always remember to keep a few bottles at home in a clean, dry place, away from light.
Good nutrition for baby-soft skin
Diet is often at the root of skin problems. A diet too rich in sugar, fat or protein can upset your intestinal flora and the PH of your skin, making it more sensitive to all types of external aggression. Compose your meals with 1 quarter good-quality proteins (white meat, eggs, fish), a quarter complex sugars (pasta, rice, wholegrain wheat, legumes) and half seasonal vegetables. Drink 2 liters of water a day to eliminate toxins and body waste. Your skin will thank you and your pimples will gradually fade.
Wear appropriate clothing
Pimples appear as a result of repeated rubbing of fabric against the skin. Avoid tight-fitting clothes that suffocate the skin. Choose breathable materials, especially natural fibers. When it comes to undergarments, ditch the lacy panties for the healing period and treat yourself to the comfort of cotton briefs. Finally, remember to wash your sportswear after each session.
Washing your clothes
When it comes to laundry hygiene, as with body products, avoid overly chemical detergents. Say goodbye to synthetic fragrances and dyes. Instead, use hypoallergenic detergents such as baby detergent, or even better, make your own homemade detergent.
To do this, mix and dilute soap flakes in hot water. Add baking soda and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. This detergent can be used for the whole family.
Trust your dermatologist or pharmacist
Sometimes, it’s necessary to turn to pharmaceuticals to eradicate the problem of butt acne. Your general practitioner, dermatologist or pharmacist can advise you on a local treatment. With benzoyl peroxide, alpha-hydroxyl acid and salicylic acid, the ingredients in acne cream recipes, your unsightly pimples no longer stand a chance.