FEBRUARY 2023 | 5 MINUTE READ
It wasn’t so far in the past that concern over hyperpigmentation was reserved solely for the face, but in recent years, body dark spot treatments have been given the spotlight. Dark underarms, elbows and knees, and inner thighs are quite common, however one equally common but less spoken about condition is, you guessed it, hyperpigmentation on the buttocks.
Though very common, buttocks hyperpigmentation can cause quite a bit of embarrassment and discomfort, especially if you desire a smooth and even skin tone all over the body.
If you have dark patches or hyperpigmentation on the buttocks and want to learn the causes and how to treat it, this blog is for you.
“Buttne” can be a cause of hyperpigmentation as this condition can leave scars behind. Though commonly referred to as butt acne, it it’s acne at all, it’s inflamed hair follicles (folliculitis).
Unfortunately, your butt is highly susceptible to folliculitis as sweat, bacteria and dead skin cells can easily get trapped in the hair follicle resulting in inflammation. When the skin gets inflamed, it results in unsightly dark spots that can be difficult to remove.
Friction between the buttocks can cause skin irritation and inflammation, leading to hyperpigmentation.
Wearing tight clothing can also cause friction and irritation, leading to hyperpigmentation. If you usually wear tight workout leggings and underwear (worst of all, a thong) made from synthetic materials, you are more prone to causing hyperpigmentation on the butt.
Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or menopause, can cause hyperpigmentation.
Certain skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis can also cause hyperpigmentation on the butt.
People with darker skin tones or are melanin-rich are more prone to hyperpigmentation on the butt as the presence of more melanin will make the skin more susceptible to dark patches and pigmentation issues if it experiences trauma from the above mentioned conditions.
The best advice I can give you to treat hyperpigmentation on the buttocks is to use a kojic acid soap every day. Lather it on each cheek for 30 seconds and rinse. It will achieve two things:
Wearing loose clothing can reduce friction between the buttocks and prevent hyperpigmentation. Natural and breathable fibers such as cotton, linen or bamboo will also prevent folliculitis.
Another tip is to make sure you change out of workout attire as soon as possible and shower or rinse the skin to prevent infection and irritation.
In conclusion, hyperpigmentation on the buttocks is a common skin condition, However, it is treatable and preventable. By following the tips outlined in this blog, and introducing a kojic acid bar into your daily shower routine, you can reduce hyperpigmentation on your butt and keep your skin looking even and beautiful.
Written by Madame Sweat
Clean beauty industry maven and product developer Madame Sweat (Mary Futher) founded kaia naturals after spending 20 years working for global beauty companies. She now shares weekly modern hygiene etiquette advice and solutions for “unsexy” body taboos, with her social media followers and readers.
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Clean beauty industry maven and product developer Madame Sweat (Mary Futher) founded kaia naturals after spending 20 years working for global beauty companies. She now shares advice on modern hygiene etiquette for grooming, hosting, home and travel on Instagram, TikTok and her popular blog called The House of Hygiene.