Acne Treatments For Men

Lizzie asks…

what is a good over the counter acne treatment without perscription?

im 14 and have acne on my face.and its so annoying,i also have oily skin.i really need help!!!! thank u

admin answers:

NOTE…I HAVE WRITTEN THIS LONG ANSWER TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS RELATING TO BECAUSE THEY COME UP SO OFTEN:

OILY SKIN
ACNE
FACIAL LIGHTENING
DEALING WITH ACNE SCARRING
DEALING WITH STRETCH MARKS
IMPROVING SKIN TONE
PIMPLES
BLACKHEADS
EMERGENCY SPOT TREATMENT
INGROWING HAIRS
BODY ACNE

…THE INFO’S BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE. I’M 36 NOW SO I’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES FOR QUITE A WHILE AND THOUGH MUCH OF THIS ANSWER MAY BE IRRELEVANT, I HOPE THERE’LL BE SOMETHING THAT CAN HELP YOU!

GOOD LUCK!!!

RECOMMENDED SKIN CARE…I use clean and clear cream wash (good for sensitive skin or those that dry to easy) or Neutrogena clear skin make up remover wash. Both contain salicylic acid which prevents breakouts and gradually evens the skin tone out too. This is the most important thing you can do. I’ve tried various ‘oil free’/’salicylic acid’ moisturisers but the best I’ve found is the clean and clear on…I found the Neutrogena one actually seemed to aggravate my skin.

EMERGENCY SPOT TREATMENT!…The toothpaste things works! Put on a blob at night and put a bit of tissue over it so it doesn’t make a mess. It cools the area down and reduces the inflammation. I also recommend the clean and clear advantage spot treatment gel.

HORMONAL SPOTS…Any female with spots I’d recommend trying dianette or yasmine contraceptive pills because if it’s hormonal that can sort everything out within weeks…though it can take a couple of months to get used to the pill.

FACIAL ACNE: AVOID…Don’t use harsh scrubs and peroxide products daily like some people do; that can dry your skin and make produce MORE oil…just exacerbating the problem. Many face packs I’ve tried and those blackhead removal strips too seem to have caused problems.

I’ve also had problems with those ‘facial wipes’ made by clean and clear and Neutrogena because they’re too drying and when the top layer’s too dry, the oil gets stuck underneath and causes more problems!

Some say chocolate doesn’t affect it…it does for me and I don’t know how or why that should be but certain foods do seem to affect break out. Coffee is one of those things that seems to aggravate my skin too. So look out for anything you eat that might be making it worse.

HAIR PRODUCTS…Be careful what products you use in your hair if it’s long – certain conditioners have causes me to break out at times. Also be careful of hair gels, hair sprays and serums.

INGROWING HAIRS…For men or women…if you have oily skin, these are more likely. For men…use a facial scrub and avoid moisturisers that don’t have salicylic acid in them if you use a moisturiser. Some hair conditioners are much better lubricants than shaving cream too – so you might want to try that, and then was afterwards with a clean and clear was etc. Also I recommend the microdermabrasion kit mentioned later.

For women…waxing seems to cause the main problem – we pay most attention to our faces. Waxing seems to be the main culprit as opposed to shaving or hair removal creams…to avoid in-growing hairs, make sure to exfoliate. I recommend using those exfoliating gloves – that way, you can use any kind of shower gel.

NUTRITION…I recommend taking a 100% multi vitamin/mineral complex – those little spots you get around your mouth can be due to a vitamin b deficiency for example. Also I recommend Omega 369 oils every day because they improve blood flow.

OLD WIVES TALE??…It’s an ‘old wives tale’ type remedy – but a spoonful of cider vinegar and honey in hot water 3 times a day is meant to help EVERYTHING. It tastes nice too…kinda like honey and lemon X

HYDRATION….Keep your hydration right by drinking plenty of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol and too much salt!

DEALING WITH SCARRING…there’s an excellent micro-dermabrasion scrub called ‘re-finish’ by L’oreal. You only use it a couple of times a week (and use at night because it makes your face red!). It really works not just with the colouring but also the texture – smoothes it back out. It comes with it’s own moisturiser which I don’t use but I use the scrub at night a couple of times a week and put bio oil on which it supposed to help clear scarring and even skin tone.

If you get your skin relatively under control, try using ’21 days Fade Cream’ (which I get from eBay) because it quickly clears up any scarring. It’s a skin lightening cream and is very effective as long as your skin type agrees with it. Bio oil is a good alternative!

Also, to detract from the colour variations in your skin tone, I recommend using Benefit’s Posie Tint or Benetint lipstain – this can be put on your cheeks and lips (which also makes your teeth look whiter as an added bonus). Lipstain is better than lipstick because it doesn’t smudge and it stays on; you can put lip balm or lip gloss on over it. Also, if you use it (SPARINGLY) on your cheeks, it is just like putting water on there; it doesn’t aggravate the skin or cause breakouts.

LI

Paul asks…

What can I use to get rid of a few occasional pimples for REALLY sensitive pale skin?

Right now, because I have really sensitive pale skin, I only use dove beauty bar soap to cleanse twice a day and then I use neutrogena sensitive oil free moisturizer afterward. My routine of that has been going well. However, What should I use when I get the occasional pimple or two? I need something that is extremely senstive, otherwise my face burns and gets patchy from whatever is in the acne/pimple treatment. Any advice? Thanks, ~Sarah

admin answers:

UV radiation and rubbing alcohol. Man up, woman.

Helen asks…

I have moderate acne, what should I do as far as treatments go?

I am currently using Acne Free, have been for a short period of time. I have acne on my Face (Chin, upper lip, forehead and temples as well as black heads on my nose) I also have slight acne on chest and moderate acne on my back. Should I continue to use Acne Free or possibly go to accutane? Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.

admin answers:

Acne is caused by the over-functioning of sebaceous glands in your skin. The over-activity of sebaceous gland results in the over-production of sebum which is an oily substance. If you are prone to acne, the sebaceous glands in your skin will produce excessive amount of oil due to the influence of testosterone which is a hormone found in both men and women. At the same time, the dead cells of your skin would not shed and clog up the follicles. The build up of oil due to these factors causes blackheads. In some people, the build up of excessive oil provides an ideal environment for a bacterium called Propionibacterium. Because of this bacterium creating some substances on your skin, your immune system starts its functioning and your skin becomes red and you experience spots on your skin.

Contrary to the popular belief, acne is not caused by lack of personal hygiene and you cannot catch it from others. Your food or drink can however, have an effect on the appearance and severity of acne. When you are undergoing the acne treatment, you can make things better for yourself through the implementation of effective cleansing routines.

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