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Acne Care

 – Although it is often thought of as a teenage skin condition, acne can affect men of all ages. Hormonal changes in the body can trigger an increased production of sebum, the skin’s natural protective oil made in the sebaceous glands. This excess sebum can mix with skin cells to form plugs which block the pores in the skin, causing whiteheads and blackheads to form. The bacteria that normally live on the skin may get trapped inside the clogged pore which can lead to redness and inflammation.
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There are steps that men can take to help promote clear skin. Skin care professionals recommend cleansing acne-prone skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser. This helps to remove excess oil and bacteria from the skin. Cleansing agents may contain exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid and lactic acid to help slough off dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores. It is important to remember not to over-wash or scrub the skin too vigorously since this may cause irritation and can even worsen acne.

By applying a topical treatment to affected areas after cleansing, you can help to reduce inflammation and other common problems often associated with acne. Topical treatments for acne typically contain active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, which works to drive oxygen into the blocked pores, helping to open them up and to wash away the bacteria that contribute to acne breakouts. You will typically find that over-the-counter acne treatments contain concentrations of benzoyl peroxide ranging from 2.5% to 10%. It is often advised to begin by using a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide and to increase the concentration only if the lower concentration products aren’t effective. Other active ingredients that can combat acne include sulfur and resorcinol, which can help to kill off bacteria and promote healing of the skin.

It is vital to moisturize acne-prone skin, because dry skin can trigger its defense mechanisms and begin to produce increased amounts of sebum. When moisturizing skin that is prone to acne, skin care professionals suggest using oil-free, non-comedogenic face lotions since these products are less likely to clog pores.

If on the go, whether traveling or visiting the gym, you may find it difficult to maintain your men's skin care regimen. The answer could be to use cleansing pads that are infused with acne-fighting ingredients, such as salicylic acid.

Acne isn’t something that occurs only on the face: you may find you have acne breakouts on other parts of your body, such as your shoulders and your back. The principles behind treating acne on your body are the same as treating acne on your face. Some skin care experts recommend acne-prone skin be cleansed with a gentle body wash in the bath or shower that includes exfoliating ingredients, such as salicylic acid to help remove the excess skin cells that may clog the pores. Once you’ve dried off, it is advised to then moisturize the affected areas in order to keep skin hydrated and to minimize the overproduction of sebum.

You should discuss your concerns or plans for a skin care regimen with your doctor or pharmacist as some over the counter products can cause irritation for different skin types.

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