Acne can reduce the self-confidence of a man who once had a fresh face; one free of them. When you have a breakout, it can almost feel like you don’t want your face to be seen. It is a horrible place to be, as it affects your ability to properly relate and socialize with people. Imagine keeping your face down while giving a presentation in the office because you are subconsciously trying to hide your face which has been taken over by breakouts. If you dealt with breakouts as a teenager and saw your self-esteem hit its lowest lows, it would be the last thing you want to have anywhere near you in your currently peaceful adult life. Having acne at this point of your life will definitely be a tragic scenario for you! So, are you prone to acne? Have the breakouts begun to take over your face yet again? Want to win the war against acne? Then, follow the acne treatment tips in this article.
Five Tips to Help You in Dealing With Acne-Prone Skin
1. Gentle Cleansing: It’s Not About How Hard You Scrub
When fighting against acne it sounds like a good idea theoretically, to strip your face of every removable layer while scrubbing. Turns out that isn’t a good idea.
This is because most of the cleansers used to scrub the face in this instance are harsh and completely rob the face of its protective layer. Additionally, most soaps have a higher pH than the skin and when you scrub excessively, you begin to experience increased skin dryness, further stimulating oil-producing glands to lead to an increased level of breakouts. The first rule in acne treatment, therefore, is to scrub gently; even as part of a skincare routine for men.
In the same vein, exfoliation might not be a good idea- especially the deep sort, when trying to get your face cleared of acne. Instead, use your fingertips to gently massage your skin, and after cleansing, only pat the skin dry.
2. Beware of Over-Drying (e.g. by alcohol-based astringents)
Don’t be fooled by products that claim to have magical effects on acne-prone skin, by drying off your acne breakouts with their ingredients. Many of them, while drying off your skin, would trigger extra production of oil. In particular, stay off alcohol-based astringents for treatment and immediately after washing your face, moisturize immediately to optimize absorption.
3. Salicylic Acid: Way to Go!
When it comes to the question of if to use salicylic acid in the treatment of acne, I would ask you to totally go for it! Salicylic acid is a natural component, derived from willow bark and other plants and to be honest, it is one of the very best anti-acne agents. This substance sloughs off dead skin cells that clog pores and cause breakouts on acne-prone skin.
You might have heard your female friend, your wife, your colleague at work or your girlfriend talk about how she bought a product with salicylic acid.
Yes, it is more of a women’s product and before you freak out, let me answer one question men frequently ask. Answering this question would surely take away your fears.
Okay, quick question: Can men use women’s facial care products?
The answer is YES! Men can certainly use facial care products for women. It has no negative effect and it does not make you less of the male you are.
4. The Discipline of Being ‘Hand-Off’!
If you haven’t been told before, when it comes to acne treatment, you must keep your hands off your face- picking those pimples is a no-no! The way to achieve this is by being disciplined enough to keep those hands-off. Yeah; thank you.
5. Reduce Your Dairy Fetish and Watch Your Skin Glow
This is a secret tip- although many skincare experts heatedly debate over how true it is that acne is linked to excessive dairy produce intake. However, many agree on the fact that the basic components in milk that are related to the production of testosterone can stimulate oil glands, further enhancing acne breakouts on already prone skin.
This may not sound like friendly advice, as you probably love to have milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. However, if you choose to try out this experiment, you would be glad you did. The massive improvement you will see on your face would motivate you to keep avoiding dairy products. Try placing your skin on a dairy-free diet today and see how it fares.
It is possible to have your acne-prone skin totally free from these breakouts. Start trying out these tips today.