Acne Treatments For Men

Nancy asks…

What are some good ways to cure acne?

I have a lot of acne and I have tried many ways to lessen it. I have used various different types of soaps to try and get rid of it. But, unfortunately none of them worked for a long period of time. I am currently using ProActive and I have been using it for about 3 weeks. So far, I am seeing no changes and my acne is not getting any better. Please recommend some kind of soap or inform me of some way that I can get rid of my acne. Thanks :)

admin answers:

Okay man i will tell you something you dont want to hear but, I am telling you straight up, stick with it for 3 months. Trust me that there is no fast cure for acne. I tried Proactive for one month and a half and decided to stop. I regret stopping since Now After Retin-A micro treatments and a months use of Differin gel that was reccommended to me by my dermatologist I look awful. I dont reccommend anyone using Retin-A nor differin since you will get deep scars. I should have sticked with Pro Active. Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5 percent is the way to go and proactive has that.(in my view there will be nothing better out there than 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide). DOnt quit Pro Active . DO your self a favor and stick with it. IF in 3 months you are not satified then I dont know what is out there man. Everything Else i have tried Except Accutane, But accutane is the worst you can go.

Now I am at the point where if My Retin-A stops working I will ask for birth controll pills (keep in mind I am a guy) I heard that they work by stopping excess hormonal production that may cause my acne, but this is one of those extreme cases. Also I am now really trying to eat healthy and stopped eating all kinds of junk food even fast food. (Okay i let myself eat one hamburger a month but that is it)

Even by using Retin-A micro, Differin, Clean&Clear, OxyClean, Stridex, Clearasil, Murad, and Neutrogena( I liked the Acne on the Spot treatment), I think I am going to maybe one day go back to proactive.
O and Atibiotics such as minocycline helped me in decreasing the size of my pimples,but my dumb dermatologist said that i didnt need them anymore.(If you ever go to a dermatologist never let them prescribe you a topical gel without antibiotics or else that initial breakout will hurt you so much.)

but yeah stick with proactive man, I even want to go back to that.

Daniel asks…

What treatments are available for Back acne?

How do you treat or prevent serious back acne….Any of the shelf products available? Can this be cured by prescription only? Any advice to a daily cleansing regiment?

admin answers:

Try the followin tips i found for u .do not use chemicals on skin. Follow these instructions and do let me know if they worked on your skin. I’m sure they will!

1. Put toothpaste on your pimple before you go to bed, should help reduce swelling overnight. Make sure it is the paste not the gel. One of the most popular acne home remedies.

2. Wash your face twice a day in warm salty water. This should leave your face oil free without aggravating the acne.

3. Apply a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and washed with warm water. This will prevent acne, pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles.

4. Place strawberry leaves on the acne, the alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling.

5. Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About 15 days application helps cure acne, pimples and reduces blemishes and scars.

6. Another method is to massage the face with the skin of lemon before washing with lukewarm water.

7. Apply fresh mint juice over the face every night for the treatment of acne, pimples, insect stings, eczema, scabies, & other skin infections.

8. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. All acne home remedies should include a healthy diet.

9. A couple of garlic cloves, crushed and dabbed on the face 1-2 times a day. One of the smellier acne home remedies!

10. Home face wash for acne: Mix together 1 or 2mls each of the following: witch hazel, tea-tree and sweet fennel essential oils, adding essential oil of geranium for women and essential oil of rosewood for men. Mix with 300mls of water. Shake before use, as the oils will float on top of the water during storage. Dab affected areas with cotton wool two or three times a day. The oils will clean and unclog giving antibiotic-like protection to the skin.

11. Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water next morning.

12. Use 2-3 tsp. Dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply with cotton ball.

13. Grind orange peel with some water to a paste and apply on affected parts. One of the best acne home remedies.

14. Clean face with cotton wool dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day.

15. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder and apply on affected areas frequently.

16. Nettle Tea is another solution, this tea has a herb that has some curing power and really helps work wonders on skin problems. Drink four cups a day to get the full benefit of one of the most powerful acne home remedies. Get nettle products here.

17. Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions. You can buy Aloe Vera at

18. Another lotion that uses bee propolis extract may also be effective. Mix eight ounces of water and 11 drops of bee propolis extract. One of the acne home remedies which has been proven effective with many people.

19. Some herbal acne home remedies…
Burdock leaf tea.
Lavender essential oil (mix 1:10 with water)
Tincture of calendula flowers.
Tea tree essential oil (mix 1:10 with water)
Liquefy cabbage leaves with witch hazel, strain and add two drops of lemon oil. Use as a lotion.

20. Ice down the acne before bed, by morning it should be noticeably less swollen. Works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head.

21. Take vitamin B5 and zinc supplements daily to strengthen the skin’s resistance to acne.

22. Mix mint juice with turmeric powder and apply on affected area. Leave for 15-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

23. Mix some vinegar and salt in a bowl. Pour a little bit in your hand and rub it on the pimples. Soak a face towel in it and dab it on the bumps. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off.

24. Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne.

25. Mix corn flour with egg white and apply on your face. Let is dry completely for 1/2 hour. Dip your hands in warm water and massage your face and wash off. This when repeated regularly gives you a smooth skin.

26. Mix sandalwood paste with rosewater and apply on the face. Rinse off after 30 minutes.

27. Essential oil face mask for acne: Use a mask base powder, such as fuller’s earth or kaolin powder. Use distilled or filtered water to make a paste. Mix 1 heaped teaspoon of base powder to 3 drops of essential oil. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of the water in, to make a fluid yet balanced paste. Essential oils to add in the mask either separately or try smaller amounts together; cypress oil 1 drop, lemon oil 2 drops, sage oil 1 drop.

28. Mix the paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric and apply of affected area. An eastern approach to acne home remedies.

29. Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply on affected area. Pimples disappear like magic without leaving a mark.

30. Make a mixture of lime juice and rose water. Apply on face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

31. Make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever.

32. Rub fresh garlic on and around pimples. Pimples will disappear without a mark with regular applications.

33. Mix 1 tsps groundnut oil with 1 tspn fresh lime juice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples .

34. Ground drumstick pods and leaves and mix mixed with fresh lime juice, and apply on pimples. This is also good for blackheads and dark spots.

35. First wash face and then dab acne with cotton balls soaked in vinegar.

36. Mix groundnut oil with an equal amtount of fresh lime juice and apply on face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash. It may be applied daily to prevent formation of blackheads, acne and pimples.

37. Apply juice of raw papaya (including the skin and seed) on swelling acne, pimples.

38. Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for acne, pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin.

39. Apply ripe Tomatoes pulp on acne, pimples and kept upto 1 hour, then wash.

40. Make a paste of roasted & powdered pomgranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over acne, boils, pimple, blackheads and whiteheads.

41. Apply grated potatoes as poultice to treat skin blemishes, wrinkles, boils, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads , etc.

42. Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face to remove blackheads.

43. Apply a paste of ground seasame seeds with water as poultice for inflammation of the skin due to allergies, skin rashes, and pimples.

44. Large pores on facial skin can be treated with paste of sandalwood powder with masoor dal.

45. Use an oatmeal or almond mask throughly to cleanse your face. Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with enough rose water to make a soft paste that spreads easily on the skin. Rub it on your skin with your fingertips, paying special attention the problem areas. Leave to dry for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. This is very good in getting rid of blackheads.

46. A solution made out of one and a half cups of hot water and half a tablespoon of boric powder is an ideal remedy for blackheads, Saturate a face napkin in this hot solution and press on to the skin, repeat twice. Extract blackheads carefully with a blackhead remover and sterilized cottonwool. Pat on an astrigent.

47. Honey is a great remedy for skin blemishes and acne because the honey kills bacteria.
These are some effective home remedies for the treatment of acne and blackheads.

Sandy asks…

What is the best cleanser for me to use?

I need a cleanser for cleansing my face, here is what I need in the cleanser:

- I need it to remove my pimples
- Help with acne
- Make my face less dry

Any cleanser for boys that I can use? I am 13 years old by the way.
I also live in Australia.

admin answers:

The active ingredient you’re looking for in any “acne” face cleanser is benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid; both of them have been proven to effectively treat acne; however it is important to use a daily moisturizer (preferably with SPF) as many of acne treatment products dry out the skin.
Clean and Clear make a great range of products for skin prone to break outs, so does Nitrogen. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Clinique also makes a great range of men’s products that can help clear up your skin.
Acne is caused by bacteria, so in addition to using a great cleanser, you also want to be mindful of keeping your face clean; making sure you wash it at least twice a day and make sure you don’t touch your face with dirty hands or unsanitary items.

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