Even for men, acne can be an incredibly unpleasant and unappealing thing to have. Although it is rarely discussed, male skin care is an essential part of preventing and treating this. Many aren’t really informed about skin care, though, as they often feel that it’s a ‘woman’s thing.’ However, it can be a liberating habit that can boost your confidence once you see your new and improved skin.
If you are a guy who is just starting with skincare, here are some things you should start doing first.
Stop the soap
A little sad fact is that many men don’t know that soap shouldn’t be used to wash their face. Surveys found that 32 percent of men only use soap on their face, and that could very well be the reason why your acne is bad.
Soap is the last thing you want to clean with because the ingredients in it are harsh. It is designed to strip oils off the skin, which is why it is used to kill germs. For the skin, it can make it extremely dry and irritated. Dry skin can actually get more acne because your oil glands work overtime to produce more oils, leading to acne.
Switching to facial wash can make a huge improvement on your skin. Benzoyl peroxide face wash is great for killing off acne-causing bacteria and excess oil. Facial wash with green tea is also a good option, and it also works for those with sensitive skin. You should avoid those with parabens as well as those with artificial colors and fragrances. These are known to damage the skin and make acne worse.
Be open to using serums and masks
Although a lot of skincare products are marketed for women, they are actually gender-neutral. There are, however, skincare products designed for men. Those either have less feminine scents or have traits that are made for male skin. But generally, things like serums and face masks can work for your skin.
Washing your face isn’t enough to get rid of acne. Serums, masks, and other treatments were made to both remove acne and keep it off. Salicylic acid and black seed oil are good for getting rid of acne scars. After the bumps have been removed, they can also even your complexion and redness. Glycolic acid, similar to salicylic acid, also helps exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin along with blemished skin.
You should also look into products that balance pH levels on your skin such as vitamin C. Balanced pH levels can keep you from breaking out because it regulates the oil production on your skin.
Remember to moisturize
When you go out, your skin actually gets dried out from the sun, so it’s important to moisturize your skin. As mentioned before, dry skin produces a lot of oil, resulting in acne and pimples. Moisturizers already keep your skin hydrated to prevent it from getting irritated.
There are different kinds of moisturizers, and you should choose one based on your skin type. If you have oily skin, then you should go with gel-based over oil-based ones. Oil-based moisturizers can feel heavier on your skin and are naturally thicker because it caters to dry skin.
One in five Americans develop skin cancer before 70, and most of them are men. The ultraviolet rays from the sun are actually really damaging, and it accumulates over time. Getting burnt skin from the sun is a lot more serious than people think. What’s worse is that it can recur again within a few years, albeit in a different location.
To prevent this, you have to make sure that you stay in the shade and avoid being under the intense sun for too long. Sunscreen is also essential to put on whenever you are going out. It provides a protective layer over your skin to keep it from being damaged by the sun. Depending on its SPF, you may need to reapply it throughout the day as well.
With these ideas in mind, you can effectively take care of your skin and prevent breakouts from happening. Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated.