Butt Acne Scar Treatment

Suns out so buns are out! But, maybe that’s not the case for everyone. Particularly for those who struggle with butt acne scars. These dark marks can cause discomfort and self-consciousness, especially during the summer when more skin is exposed. Whether they are a result of painful cysts, acne, or folliculitis, these scars can have a lasting impact on your self-esteem. However, there is hope for those seeking an improvement to the appearance of their dark scars.

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Understanding Butt Acne

When it comes to butt acne, it's important to understand that there are different types, including acne and folliculitis. But don’t worry, while they may share some similarities, they have distinct characteristics that can help differentiate them.

Acne found on your butt is similar to acne that appears on other parts of the body. It is usually caused by clogged pores, excess sebum production, and the increase of acne-causing bacteria. Butt acne can form as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts and they can be painful, or inflamed, and in many cases, they may leave behind acne scars.

Folliculitis, on the other hand, is when your hair follicles get infected with bacteria and become inflamed. It can appear as small red or pus-filled bumps that resemble pimples or small boils.The key to spotting folliculitis is whether or not it is super itchy. These bumps can also be tender, or painful, especially when the affected area comes into contact with clothing or when the bumps are irritated by friction.

Mandelic Acid

Let’s talk about a superhero ingredient that exfoliates your skin, helps fade scars and fights off bacteria and fungi. The key ingredient in our products, Mandelic acid (MA), is a great choice for an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) because of its unique advantages. Unlike other commonly used acids like salicylic and glycolic acid, MA is gentle and safe for all skin types. And that’s not all. Mandelic acid has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that make it a clear winner for clearing booty blemishes and scars.

  • Gentle Exfoliation: Because of its larger molecular structure, Mandelic Acid can penetrate the skin more slowly and evenly, resulting in a gentler exfoliation process. This allows it to be more suitable for those with sensitive skin. 
  • Antibacterial and Anti-fungal: Mandelic acid has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can be beneficial for those fighting acne. It helps control acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, which makes it a great choice for treating both acne and folliculitis. 
  • Targets hyperpigmentation: Consistent use of Mandelic acid can improve the texture and tone of the skin, resulting in a more even complexion and a significant reduction of hyperpigmentation. Its exfoliating properties help to remove the outermost layers of the skin, promoting the fading of dark spots. By sloughing off dead skin cells, this process brings new, normally pigmented cells to the surface, replacing discolored layers. MA is both water and oil-soluble, so it works on both the epidermis and dermis and clears hyperpigmentation on multiple layers.

Acne Scars Treated by Mandelic Acid:

Here are some examples of acne scars that Mandelic acid may help treat:

  1. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: This skin concern refers to dark spots or discoloration that occur after breakouts. Mandelic acid’s ability to exfoliate the skin can help lighten and fade these pigmented acne scars over time.
  2. Superficial acne scars: These scars are less severe and are often located in the upper layers of the skin. MA’s properties promote skin cell turnover and improve the texture and smoothness of these scars.
  3. Uneven skin tone and texture: Mandelic acid can promote a more even and smooth complexion for individuals struggling with roughness, fine lines, and mild surface irregularities caused by acne. 

Acne Scars Not Treated by Mandelic Acid:

It is important to remember that the b effectiveness of MA depends on the severity of scars an individual is trying to treat. Here are some examples of acne scars that Mandelic acid cannot effectively treat: 

  • Boxcar scars: These scars present as craters on the skin’s surface with well-defined edges, giving them a box-like appearance. Mandelic acid can help improve the overall appearance and texture of these scars but cannot completely eliminate them. Options like microdermabrasion, microneedling, dermal fillers, and laser resurfacing can be far more beneficial to reducing the depth of these scars.

  • Keloid scars: Keloids are raised scars that extend beyond the boundaries of the original wound. Unfortunately, MA alone cannot provide significant improvements. Medical interventions like corticosteroid injections, laser therapy, or surgical removal may be more effective.

  • Deep ice pick scars: These are deep, narrow, and sharply defined scars that extend into the dermis. MA cannot reach the depth of these scars, so options such as micro-needling, chemical peels, or fractional laser resurfacing are more effective in treating these deep scars.

  • Hypertrophic scars: These raised scars develop due to excessive collagen production during the healing process. MA cannot reduce the height and thickness of these scars. More effective treatments include corticosteroid injections and silicone sheets.

Self-Care Treatment for Butt Acne Scars

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When it comes to butt acne treatment, consistency is key! That is why it is important to create a skin-care routine that prevents future breakouts. 

  • Consistently apply a serum that contains mandelic acid: Almond Clear’s Level 2 serum (containing 15% mandelic acid) is a great choice for treating body acne and more specifically butt acne scars. We recommend starting by using the product every other day if you have never used an exfoliating product before. With time, work your way to using the product daily and eventually to twice a day for the best results.
  • Shower after sweating: Leaving sweat on your body will cause breakouts. It is important to clean your body as soon as you can after exercising, wearing tight clothes outside, or any activity that results in sweating a lot. If you can’t shower right away then apply an Almond Clear serum to the area to help prevent breakouts.
  • Wear sunscreen: Sunscreen plays a major role in protecting your skin from hyperpigmented scars becoming worse. When it comes to dark scars, sun exposure can make them appear even darker. Tanned skin can temporarily mask the appearance of these scars, but they become more visible once the tan fades. To avoid this, it is recommended to apply a high SPF sunscreen on areas with dark scars. The harmful effects of the sun’s rays can be minimized by doing so.

  • Here are two recommendations of SPF that are acne and folliculitis safe:

  • Wear breathable clothing and underwear when possible: Avoid trapping sweat by wearing breathable clothing. Tight jeans and yoga pants can cause friction and rub bacteria against your skin. Avoid synthetic fibers and choose cotton and other natural fibers when possible. 
  • Create a habit of washing your bedding: Throughout the night , dirt and oil can accumulate on your sheets. This can result in potentially exacerbating breakouts and prolonging your healing process. By making a habit of having clean and fresh sheets, you can minimize the contact between irritants and your skin.
  • Do not scrub but gently rub in the shower: Rubbing too hard and vigorously in the shower can irritate the skin and oftentimes make your skin worse. This movement can cause redness, swelling and even spread bacteria or fungus. We recommend taking a clean washcloth and gently creating circular motions. Softly rub the affected area. By doing this, you can effectively clean without causing excessive irritation.


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