Acne 101 for Men

So after Saturday night’s post, I’ve been giving some serious thought to the differences between the acne issues faced by men and women. Though we are inherently different creatures, and as much as guys like to put up a nonchalant façade, the truth is that they are just as affected by their skin dramas as we are. A little careful research has turned up some acne pointers for those of the dude persuasion.

 Wash Carefully

Start by taking a look at the soaps and moisturizers that you’re using. Believe it or not, they could be aggravating your breakouts. Remember that just because something says it’s made “for men” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for every guy’s skin. And while your manly instincts may be screaming at you to scour your face with all the finesse of Captain Caveman, over scrubbing will only end up irritating and drying your skin. Instead, gently wash twice a day with a dermatologist approved, made just for dudes cleanser and, if needed, follow up with an oil free moisturizer.

 Shave with Caution

While the act of shaving itself won’t cause pimples, the wrong blade or shaving cream can cause irritation and lead to an increase in breakouts. Replace your blades often and use only high quality shave gels for a smooth shave with minimal issues.

 Know your Triggers

Just like with women, stress can play a huge role in triggering adult acne in men. It’s easier said than done, but when at all possible, avoid the things that drive you nuts.

 Hands Off!

Though it may be tempting to squeeze those unsightly blemishes in the hopes of clearing up your acne faster, you’re really doing more harm than good. Popping pimples leads to scaring, inflammation, and bruising, so keep your hands to your self.

 Finally, if you’re dealing with acne that isn’t clearing up with diligent OTC treatment, it’s time to make an appointment with the dermatologist.

 Let’s hear from some guys out there who are doing the acne thing…

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