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because of the dominant male hormone, testosterone, have thicker skin.
So they - especially younger men - are more likely to have excessively
oily skin. When this happens, acne incidents are usually more
prevailing, more persistent and difficult to get rid of.
on subscribed stereotypes, many men chose a regimen that may actually
be harming their skin instead of helping it. Here's how to tell if you're one of those people, and how to steer clear of the #1 skincare mistake that men make that may make their breakouts worse.
Cleaning your skin
of the intense oil production, it is VERY important for men to maintain
skin (face and body) hygiene while not irritating and stripping their
skin from all the skin oil. Washing excessively won't help you get clear
skin. Taking showers after physical activity and washing your face in
the morning and at night are essential. There are highly effective ways
to wash and moisturize skin that is prone to breakouts.
Treating your skin: Here's the #1 skincare mistake that men make!
are less likely to reach out for an acne treatment, which leads to a
more aggravating condition of chronic acne and often to acne scars - and
this is one of the main reasons why it may take longer for a man to get
rid of the breakouts. With more testosterone stimulating the sebaceous
(oil) glands, men should start with an acne treatment for the face and body acne as soon as they see the symptoms.
Protecting your skin
because men have thicker skin doesn't mean they are less prone to skin
problems including skin damage, skin cancer, premature aging or dry and
sensitive skin. Many men
forfeit the protection against those problems and end up injuring their
skin just because of what they don't (or do) use on their skin. Many
products that contain harsh chemicals, like salicylic acid or alchohol,
can do more harm than good. The skin goes in to defense mode since
ingredients like this can dry and irritate the skin - in turn, the
sebaceous glands produce more oil, which is the exact opposite of what
you want to happen!
Lifestyle effects on your skin
blood sugar and insulin levels rise, whether from a poor diet or from
stress, a serious increase in inflammatory body chemicals occurs. This
reaction prompts the adrenal steroid level to rise, which prompts a rise
in androgens to stimulate the sebaceous glands, resulting in a flare-up
of acne. Try as best you can not to add additional stress to
your life, consider not drinking coffee or larger amounts of alcohol and
beer. Drink plenty of water (especially on those business trips) and
try to get atleast 6 hours of sleep per night.
Dealing with razor bumps and burns
Many men find themselves with pimples and inflammation resulting from razor bumps and ingrown hairs caused by shaving. Using a chamomile astringent
may help in preventing or soothing the inflammation. Also, opt for
blades that give a very close shave, and avoid the harsh aftershave
lotions and splashes. When the bumps and pimples prevail, treatment is
I am a freshman in college and binge drink 3-4 times a week. When I drink I do it in excess (at least 10 drinks per night). I have been on minocyline for 2 months and wash my face twice a day and after exercise and I also apply an acne cream twice a day. However, I have not seen much improvement. Do you think it could be due to the alcohol?