If your teenage acne has made a comeback as an adult, and you’re struggling to get it under control, try these tips. Men are more likely to have acne longer and it tends to be more severe. No one wants to have acne when trying to find a date or on their wedding day. So, let’s get down to it.
- Know what causes your acne
Although you might be eating less oily foods, you can still have acne as an adult man. Excess oil, a buildup of dead skin cells in the pores, proliferation of acne-causing bacteria, and inflammation are all a contributing factor.
- Take care of your skin
If you’re not into a skincare system like your wife, try the basics first. Find a cleanser that’s good for your skin type and wash your face morning and night. We also suggest getting a moisturizer you can use daily to help fight dryness and irritation.
- Watch out when you’re shaving
If you have acne and still have to shave, be sure to do it carefully. Don’t shave the tops of pimples off be sure to shave really carefully around acne blemishes. If your handheld razor is causing irritation, try switching to an electric one. Just keep in mind that acne can be mistaken for shaving irritation or ingrown hairs (folliculitis). Your doctor can diagnose folliculitis and prescribe medication if you need it.
- Enlarged pores
Enlarged pores can be normal with oily skin. And we already know oily skin can cause blemishes. Your acne medication could help with the appearance of enlarged pores, but it won’t eliminate them entirely. Try incorporating a retinoid cream into your skincare routine to make them look smaller and control shine.
- Treatment options
If you haven’t been able to find an over the counter medication to help your acne, you might want to consider talking to talking to a dermatologist. They will be able to prescribe something to you that works faster and more effectively.
- Body acne
If you have body acne, like on your back or chest, use a body wash that controls body acne. Again, if you find over the counter body washes don’t work for you, try talking to your doctor.
- Be patient
Acne takes time to treat. It can take 3-4 months for some acne medications to work. Don’t be discouraged when you see other new pimples too. Sometimes, you can still have flare ups when you’re still using your new treatment but give it some time to work.
- Stay positive
As much as we want clear skin, the struggle with how it makes us feel can really drag us down. You’re not shallow or vain, and it doesn’t mean you have dirty skin, everyone’s skin is different, you just have to find the right treatment that works for you. There is a treatment for everyone!