Facials for Your Fanny

Jun 22, 2020

Is your fanny ready for swimsuit season? Have you looked? Many of us don’t pay much attention to the skin on our behinds until it’s time to hit the pool or beach, but a little care now can help you look your best in that swimsuit when it’s time to bare it all.

Microcurrent vs. Radiofrequency

Believe it or not, many spas are now offering Fanny or Butt Facials—a treatment focused solely on clearing and firming the skin on your behind. The reviews sound great, but not everyone has the budget or comfort level to engage in this type of luxury, so I’d like to talk about how you can keep your backside looking great with some good at-home care.

Believe it or not, many spas are now offering Fanny or Butt Facials—a treatment focused solely on clearing and firming the skin on your behind. The reviews sound great, but not everyone has the budget or comfort level to engage in this type of luxury, so I’d like to talk about how you can keep your backside looking great with some good at-home care.

We need to begin by understanding that the skin on your buttocks differs from the skin on your face. It is thicker and has smaller pores. Therefore, when you get an inflamed hair follicle or pimple it does not form a white head, but rather a condition called folliculitis—an infection of the hair follicle. Folliculitis is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacterium that is always present on the skin. The infection happens when it manages to break through the skin and travel down the hair follicle. This is very common and treatable through some good home care. In some cases, the infection grows and forms a very painful boil. Boils should not be squeezed or popped. This will not clear them, but rather will spread the infection and make things worse. Boils should be treated by your dermatologist or general doctor.

Keeping Your Rear Clear

Keeping your fanny smooth does not require too much time and effort. Your daily care routine and personal habits will go a long way to creating a healthy environment for the skin on your behind.

1. Cleanse daily.  Your regular body wash or soap is ok, but if you are prone to bumps, you should choose a cleanser that contains salicylic or lactic acid.  

2. Exfoliate gently with a loofah or clean washcloth. Do not use harsh scrubs as they will cause more inflammation, not less.  However, a gentle exfoliating cleanser is a good choice to use 1-2 times per week.  Exfoliation is critical – but do so gently so you do not stimulate more oil production or irritate the skin.

3. When you are experiencing a breakout, try using anti-microbial botanicals.  Apply a thin layer of anti-microbial botanicals after cleansing to address breakouts.  

4. Change out of wet clothes immediately after a workout and choose loose fitting pants and underwear made from breathable fabrics like cotton to encourage airflow. Workouts and any activity that cause you to sweat can cause breakouts. Bacteria and yeast love moist environments.  If you choose to use a body powder, make sure it is talc-free and does not contain artificial scents which can irritate skin. 

5. For those who wax the hair back there, do so with care! Excessive waxing can cause folliculitis as well.  

Preventing and treating those annoying bumps on your butt is a good practice for general self-care and hygiene even if your fanny will never see the light of day this summer (or any other day of the year). We all like to look and feel our best!  You can choose to do your own fanny self-care or you can visit your local spa for a little professional pampering – whatever suits your comfort zone - but don’t neglect your rear view this summer season.