Male Acne and Taking Care of Your Skin

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Men are just as prone to skin problems as women are and need to take care of their skin in the same way. In particular, male acne can be worse than female acne, especially during the teenaged years. While many of the skin care products on the market are aimed at female consumers, there are many masculine or neutral products available.

Keep Your Skin Clean.
Clean skin is a must for keeping it acne free. Many men are more physically active than their female counterparts are, and thus sweat more. Shower after you have engaged in physical activity or sport as the sweat and dirt can clog your pores. Excessive or harsh scrubbing can damage the pores of your skin, either exacerbating your current acne problem, or triggering a new outbreak of acne, so it is important to use a mild cleanser or soap. If you suffer from acute acne outbreaks, you may find that a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid may help keep your acne in check.

Moisturise.
You're probably looking at the above word in horror, and thinking that moisturizing is only for women. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Many companies have come up with moisturisers for men. Moisturising is essential as it prevents your skin from drying out and flaking. It also helps you to maintain the natural pH balance of your body. Preferably use an acnegenic, comogenic or hypo-allergic product.

Change Certain Habits.
For the sake of your skin, it is necessary to cease certain habits such as the smoking of cigarettes and the excessive consumption of alcohol. These habits can age and dry out your skin. Do not pick at any pimple or lesion or even touch them with your fingers as that can introduce foreign bacteria into the pores, potentially causing infection and\or inflammation resulting in a scar remaining behind on your skin.

Shaving.
To avoid skin irritation, use a gel based shaving cream. Ensure that you use a sharp blade, and that you shave in the direction of the hair growth. Don't drag the razor over the skin where any acne outbreak may be, this will just damage your skin further. Instead of using aftershave, you can apply topical acne medications that do not irritate the skin to the newly shaved area in order to control outbreaks. You may find that using a safety razor or an electric razor irritates your skin less than a traditional blade does.
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