Testosterone adds fuel to the acne fire, which means men often struggle with acne. Testosterone also revs up oil glands, so oily skin and clogged pores can be a lifelong skin problem for men too.
The good news is that most men outgrow their worst acne-prone years after adolescence. It's still important for men to pick the right skin care products to control skin oil and clogged pores.
I’ve developed efficient skin care routines that use powerful, multitasking products to tackle men's skin problems.
The bottom line is that it takes just a few low-maintenance, but targeted, skin care steps for a man to have healthy and attractive skin that looks well groomed and youthful.
I treat a lot of men in my dermatology practice. The most common skin issues that I see when treating men’s skin are:
- Age spots that can be easily lightened,
- Facial dandruff that patients think is dry skin, but isn’t,
- Clogged pores and acne,
In this three-part blog series titled The Best Skin Care for Men, I’m going to give you my low-maintenance, powerfully multi-tasking skin care recommendations for these common surface skin problems. I will cover each of these skin problems in a separate post, so you can pick the posts that specifically fit your skin problems. Implement the simple skin care changes that I recommend and get ready to see a huge impact on how you look, without a big effort. This is post #3: Clogged Pores and Acne.
Dermatologist's Simple 2 Step Grooming Fixes for Men's Most Common Skin Problems: Clogged Pores, Blackheads, and Occasional Pimples
Step #1: Deeply Clean Your Pores When You Wash Your Face
Wash your face twice a day with the Clarisonic Brush or Buf Puf Facial Sponge and one of the following strong pore cleaning cleansers based on your needs. The Clarisonic will use sonic oscillations to pulse cleanser deep inside your pores.
Normal skin with rare to no pimples or acne does well with the Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser. It has the perfect foaming slide for shaving too!
For men with mild to moderate acne, I recommend the Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser
Moderate to severe acne: Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser (benzoyl peroxide will bleach fabric so be careful with colored shirts, towels, and pillow cases)
Step #2: Apply a Product After Washing That Will Unclog Pores, Heal Acne Lesions and Prevent Hyperpigmentation.
Acne correcting products go on freshly cleansed skin. Sunscreen must be worn daily to prevent hyperpigmentation of healing acne lesions. This is a tricky issue for men because most men shave in the morning. Acne products can sting when applied right after shaving. So, I have men apply their pore and acne treating product at night. During the day, they just follow skin cleansing with application of a good broad spectrum sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen in the morning after you shave and wash your face. The number one sunscreen choice of my male patients (and my husband) is Sheer Strength Spray Mineral Sunscreen. It has a very light feel on the skin and leaves no sunscreen look. Don't spray it on your face. Spray it into your hands and apply it to facial skin. work it down onto beard or mustache skin, apply it to your ears, neck and top of your head if your hair is not super thick up there! Yep, it's an easy and all over sunscreen for the head and neck. It's also great for hairy arm protection too. This is the ultimate "man pleasing" sunscreen at my house and in my dermatology practice!
Night is the best time to apply your therapeutic product to help control acne and unclog pores. Pick the product based on your needs
Really oily skin and/or skin with large blackheads: Use my Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads to clean pores and remove any remaining oil.
Oily skin if you don't like the feel of cream on your skin: Use Glytone Exfoliating Lotion
Normal to dry skin: Use my Glycolic Acid Face Cream which is oil free, won't clog pores and perfect for all skin types.
Active acne with pimples and blemishes: Use Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream (benzoyl peroxide will bleach fabric so be careful with colored shirts, towels, and pillow cases).
All of these products work even better if you also apply them during the day under your sunscreen, so that’s an option.
This article is part of my series on The Best Men's Skin Care. To read other posts in the series please click the titles:
If you are still struggling with a lot of acne, click here for my Dermatologist's Advice Pages to Treat Acne.
Photo: Thanks and gratitude to Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week 2011, photographer Christopher Shawn Pike and model Frank R. Bailey IV.