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How to Prevent Butt Acne

author image Leigh Wittman
Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.
How to Prevent Butt Acne
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According to "Foundations of Nursing," the areas of the body that have skin touching skin and are frequently dark and commonly sweaty, such as the buttocks, are prone to acne. Acne on the buttocks can be irritating and painful, but it is preventable with consistent and proper skin care. Only a few minutes a day and a few items that are likely already in your home are necessary.

Step 1

Cleanse the skin on your buttocks daily with an antibacterial cleanser, since bacteria that is prone to grow to in the buttock region is commonly the cause of acne in this location, according to "Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual." Be certain to only cleanse externally, as antibacterial cleanser can irritate the rectum.

Step 2

Apply toner to the buttocks daily with a cotton ball. According to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," toners balance the skin's pH and reduce its oil, which is necessary to preventing acne on the buttocks due to its proneness to being oily.

Step 3

Exfoliate your buttocks two to three times weekly with a loofah and body scrub. According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," exfoliation is necessary to prevent acne because it removes dead skin cells that could otherwise clog pores and create acne.

Step 4

Apply a thin layer of over-the-counter acne treatment cream with benzoyl peroxide to your buttocks two to three times per week. According to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," acne treatment creams with benzoyl peroxide are effective at preventing acne.

Step 5

Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear. According to "Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual," synthetic clothing and clothing that fits snugly traps moisture to the skin, allowing bacteria to flourish. Loose-fitting cotton clothing, on the other hand, is a breathable fabric that decreases the buildup of sweat that could cause acne.

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