Got 'Lockdown Bum'? These 2 Products Got Rid of My Bum Pimples for Good

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Hi, my name is Amy and I had 'Lockdown Bum'. Get your mind out of the gutter, would you?

If you're wondering why I'm telling you, a complete stranger, about what's going on in my undies... same.

But considering we're all about real, uncensored, no BS beauty etc. at Adore Beauty, I felt it'd be a national disservice not to shed some light on a cringey beauty thing you're probably thinking about, too.

So, back to lockdown bum.

Basically, lockdown bum is a completely non-scientific name I came up with for the increased number of pimples, spots and bumps that've taken over my thighs and butt since the pandemic started.

What causes lockdown bum? Spending more time than usual sitting on your backside doing absolutely nothing, wearing the same pair of pyjamas, track pants or activewear tights for God knows how many days.

Call it what you will, but butt-ne, bum-ne and pimply thighs are completely normal and quite common, especially since we've all been sitting on the couch every single bloody night for months for the greater good.

Butt-ne is also really easy to get rid of (if you want to) with just a few products that take zero effort to use.

Keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide to getting rid of lockdown bum aka bum pimples.

Why Do I Get Pimples on My Bum?

Great question, and here's a quick refresher on body acne and pimples.

The pimples on your bum, the backs of your thighs and under your bum cheeks (we agreed, no judgement, yeah?) are different to the pimples on your face.

When you spend a lot of time sitting down, the hair follicles on the backs of your thighs and bum can become blocked and inflamed due to sweat, heat and friction, wearing tight clothing, and all of the above. The result? Sore, painful pimples.

Times this by 1,000 if you add in warm weather, a humid climate, not showering and changing after exercising, and/or thighs that rub together. That last one is also completely normal.

(You can listen to more honest chat about body acne in the first half of this episode of the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast below!)

How to Get Rid of Pimples on Your Bum. Or Your Back.

Firstly, figure out what type of situation you're dealing with back there.

If you've got a rash or rash-like irritation, or what looks to be an infection, head to your GP for treatment options including antibiotics or a steroid ointment.

The rest of you, come with me.

Instead of hectically scrubbing your poor bum with a physical scrub (ouch), you're gonna wanna use a chemical exfoliant like an alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA to loosen the dead skin cells clogging up the hair follicles on the affected areas.

Got Pimples on Bum? Here Are the Best Body Exfoliator Products.

I've tried a heck of a lot of products for bum pimples over the years and these two are genuine winners for reducing body acne and refining the texture of the skin on my thighs and bum.

1. Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%.

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That's right, I'm telling you to use a face cleanser on your bum.

I've been using the Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% to gently exfoliate the skin on my lower body, back and upper arms - heyyy, keratosis pilaris - for years because it's A) super affordable and B) packed with active ingredients that actually get the job done.

The 12 per cent glycolic acid in a creamy cleanser base effectively eats away the gunk clogging your hair follicles and helps renew skin texture to treat any dark spots (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) that pimples leave behind.

I use this product on my body in the shower every day and it's as normal as washing my face or leaning up against the shower wall contemplating life's big questions.

2. Medik8 Smooth Body Exfoliating Kit.

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Cosmeceutical skin care isn't just for your face now.

Medik8 Smooth Body Exfoliating Kit is a three-step cosmeceutical body care system, which sounds like a lot of work but really isn't.

The kit comes with an exfoliating mitt you can use dry or wet like a dry body brush, or to prep the skin for fake tan, but it's the Smooth Body Scrub and Lotion that've impressed me the most.

They both contain lactic acid (an AHA) and salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid or BHA) to thoroughly exfoliate the inside of blocked pores, plus deeply hydrating ingredients like squalane, glycerin and urea.

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As you can see above, the scrub is unlike any body scrub I've tried before. You apply the thick formula with teeny tiny bamboo microparticles and pumice two to three times a week on dry skin before rinsing off in the showering to let all the ingredients do their thing.

And the lotion looks and feels just like any other lovely, hydrating body moisturiser. The silky consistency sinks into the skin quickly so you can chuck on your pants and get on with life. I'm trying to use this every night on my upper and lower body, even though moisturising your body has to be the most boring of all beauty tasks.

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Finally, the last product I'm going to recommend is another face wash you can buy at the supermarket. It's called Phisohex, and it's an antibacterial wash that'll kill any bacteria on the area likely to cause infection.

Regardless of whichever product you pick, use it consistently and bum pimples, be gone.

And that brings us to the end of this lockdown bum tale. God, I love a happy ending.

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