Now for the crucial and important news…are your yoga pants giving you butt breakouts? More at 6.
If you wear your stretchy yoga pants all day long and don’t give your undercarriage a breather, all that sweat-wicking technology goes right down the proverbial buttne drain. Buttne: butt acne. It happens to the best of us, especially if we sweat, but when we wear plastic wrap for pants, and for many hours at a time there’s going to be some interesting nature growing down there, and we don’t mean the pretty kind.
According to some dermatologists via NY Mag’s The Cut, as yoga pants fans we may already be setting ourselves up for a bacterial nightmare, or dream, depending on whether you’re you or the bacteria.
What’s causing buttne? There are several factors involved, but one of them could be your comfy, rear-defining pantaloons.
As everyone has been telling you, your yoga pants aren’t meant for everyday wear. Your Lululemons might be to blame. As Dr. Tanzi explains, “People tell me, ‘I’m always in my yoga pants’. And I’m like, that’s not meant for every day!” You know it’s serious when a doctor tells you to give up the yoga pants. It works like this: Your yoga pants are tight. They’re sweaty. They stick to your butt when you sit or even when you’re not sitting. So does bacteria and sweat, which clog pores. Dr. Charles puts it this way: “Sweat that sits on the body for extended periods of time leads to the overgrowth of bacteria that can exacerbate acne.”
Well, hey now listen here, we don’t go around with swamp ass all day just because we wear yoga pants. However, we do see the value in letting the nether regions breathe, we are yogis after all. But none of this should come as too shocking. Our mothers always warned us about synthetic fibers on our skin making us sweat and causing unpleasant reactions after long periods of time (see: stinky feet). It’s just science. So what’s the resolution? Don’t wear your yoga pants to a heated vinyasa class and then sit in them for the rest of the day. Also, we hear they still make yoga clothing out of something called cotton.
This has been a public service announcement.
image via Shape.com