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LOL...I never saw it that way but now that you mentioned it, it's pretty disturbing to me now too...The Doc is in da house!!! *MEOW*


As for the butt acne problem, I think the reason why you're getting a lot of acne in this area is because you have really sensitive skin and that area is not really well "ventilated." (As weird as that sounds.) Are you sitting all day long? Do you wear really tight pants?


Not everyone who sits all day and wears really tight pants gets butt acne but people with really sensitive skin do. I would suggest wearing cotton underwear and when you get home from work or school, change to more comfortable (airy) pants so to not irritate your skin.


Here are some steps that I found on the net that might help:

1) Wash Gently - A Cleanser: There are many good gentle cleansers on the market. Look for a cleanser made specifically for the face that does not overdry. You want something that cleanses but does not strip the skin. Avoid using bath soap on your face. (i.e. Celaphil, etc.)


2) Medicate - A 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream: Several studies show that a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide solution actually works better than the overdrying 10% solutions. So why are most of the benzoyl peroxide medications on the market in 10% strength? Because this is the legal limit for over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and marketers know that people will always buy "maximum strength" if they can. However, in the case of benzoyl peroxide, maximum strength gels and creams are not as effective as their lower strength counterparts. As it turns out, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide is just as effective in killing acne bacteria as the higher concentrations. With 2.5% you get all the beneficial effects of benzoyl peroxide without the excess irritation that can make acne worse. (Medical study references: 1 2)


Even at this low percentage, it may take your face a couple of weeks to get used to benzoyl peroxide. For this reason, it is extremely important to slowly ramp up the dosage over the first few weeks on the regimen. If you have sensitive skin, start with one application per day for the first week.


A word of caution: about 1-3% of people are allergic to benzoyl peroxide and experience severe swelling and/or crusting. You may want to test a spot on your skin first. Also, benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics. Be careful about getting it on clothing that you love.


Hope this helps!

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