Real Guys Don’t Have Acne - They have Razor Bumps Right? Wrong! Real Guys Have Acne too
More than 60 million adults in the US
are diagnosed with acne, over 50% of adult women and 25% of adult men having
this skin disease. The average age of an individual with acne problem is now, 26.5,
while just 10 years ago it was 20.5.
So what other
myths prevent men from having clear skin?
Acne is only for
teens. If you toughen up and wait until those uncomfortable years are gone-
acne problem will go away too.
The reality is that most acne can be traced back to
fluctuations in hormone levels. A common misunderstanding is that men have
testosterone and women estrogen and progesterone; the truth is that both - males
and females have a balance of all three hormones. The primary cause of the
formation of acne is a fluctuation in androgens (male's hormones) and in
particular testosterone, DHEAS (dihyroepiandrosterone sulfate) and DHT
(dehydrotestosterone). Elevation in these hormones can lead to over secretion
by the sebaceous glands and the onset of acne formation.
The most common period of life
when the adrenal glands start to produce these hormones is at the onset of
puberty. This helps explain why oily skin and acne are so prevalent among
teenagers. Naturally, since boys have more "male" hormones, teen acne
tends to be more severe in males. If untreated, teen acne may last way after
teenage years and many men may experience a fluctuation of hormones into their
thirties or even forties. Untreated acne
will leave them not only with skin scars but also.... psychological scars. After all men are “disadvantaged” , as they
don’t routinely use makeup to cover up
imperfections in their skin.
There is nothing men can do about
adult acne. Wrong!
There are both acne treatments and health &
skin care tips that can improve your skin (GSD: should probably be capped for
consistency with the last section)
Health and skin care tips for men
not use performance enhancing anabolic steroids, which belong to the
androgen class of hormones, as you will experience severe and persistent
acne on your face and torso
- If you are an exercise fanatic and have acne, choose
less stressful workouts that are associated with less marked hormonal
and dirt does not cause acne but can exacerbate it by facilitating
inflammation that manifests itself as those pesky zits. Keep your skin clean but avoid harsh and
drying soaps. Do not rub your skin
as a broken skin invites bacteria. Use a mild and non-comedogenic cleanser
and befriend oil-free moisturizers
does not cause acne- it may worsen it.
Try to limit those hamburgers and
beer. Greasy, spicy and fried food, as well as too much sugar (as beer has)
may worsen acne. Food rich in Omega -3, greens and veggies are friendly to
TREAT YOUR ACNE NATURALLY
that the ONLY way to treat acne is from inside. To really treat acne you must stop
overproduction of sebum. This PREVENTS new acne from forming
- Choose natural
ingredients (preferably herbal)
over chemically based products so you can balance your body and reprogram
your sebaceous gland naturally.
- Do your research: antibiotics and retinoids
have number of adverse effects, as do salicylic acid and even peroxide.
Believe: Men Deserve Clear