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9 Booty Masks Every Bum Needs

A little love goes a long way.

by Nathan Reilly Sep 12, 2020

An interracial couple in the water.
Dainis Graveris/Edits by Jessica Toscano

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In 2014, Dove launched the campaign “An Open Letter to the Armpit” to point out that we often forget to take care of the skin under our arms. Similarly, many of us might neglect the skin on our bums.

Your booty may seem like it has the most protection (I mean, it is covered most of the time, right?), but environmental stressors like air pollution, allergens, and the sun can mess with your complexion and lead to clogged pores and outbreaks, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

The most common of concerns is widely known as “buttne” or folliculitis, a mild bacterial or fungal infection of the hair follicles that leads to red bumps and pus-filled pimples. Unlike acne, which can result from hormones, stress, and diet, folliculitis forms from a combination of sweat, skin oils, dirt, and friction from your bottoms. Over time, these breakouts can develop into hyperpigmentation known as dark spots, which tend to last longer than acne and are often more difficult to fade. While the main culprit behind hyperpigmentation is unknown, studies suggest it results from an overproduction of melanin, the compound responsible for your skin’s pigment.

If you have a darker skin tone, you might be more prone, Aanand Geria, MD, a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology and the founder of Geria Dermatology in Rutherford, New Jersey, tells Intrigue.

As we near the end of summer and enter cooler temperatures, less humidity and indoor heating also become concerns for dry skin. To effectively target each of your worries, both Dr. Zeichner and Dr. Geria recommend incorporating booty masks into your routine at least once to twice per week.

Here are our top recommendations to keep your bottom as perfect as a peach.

The Holy Grail

Bawdy Beauty Butt Sheet Masks, $34 for a set of four or $9 each