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Beginners Guide To Acne For Men And Ingredients That Can Treat Acne
Lucy Thorpe
Nov 13, 2021
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Beginners Guide To Acne For Men And Ingredients That Can Treat Acne

Most people experience acne at some point in their life. Men are more likely to experience acne in their teen years as part of puberty. That said, male adult acne is a real thing. It can continue from your teenage years or can pop back up later in life due to hormonal or lifestyle changes.

Acne can cause discomfort, scarring and can affect your self-esteem - it goes much further than just skin deep.

What Causes Acne?

For most people, acne is linked to hormonal changes. This can mean an overproduction of oil on your skin which causes your pores to become clogged and leads to inflammation. The most common places to get acne are on your face, back and chest.

Acne can also sometimes be caused by side effects of certain medication, using the wrong grooming and personal care products or your lifestyle too. If you’re hitting the gym five nights a week but not taking the time to shower and cleanse properly afterwards then this can also affect your skin and cause body acne.

It’s also thought that there is a hereditary part to acne and that you’re more likely to experience it if your parents have acne. However, lots of people who experience acne have no family history of it.

Acne can also sometimes be caused by side effects of certain medication, using the wrong grooming and personal care products or your lifestyle too.

Different Types of Acne

Acne isn’t just one type of spot or congestion. Here are the most common types of acne that men experience on the face and the body:

  • Blackheads - small blocked pores that are black or yellow

  • Whiteheads - similar to blackheads but usually firmer and don’t empty when squeezed

  • Papules - small, tender red bumps

  • Pustules - similar to papules but usually filled with pus

  • Nodules - large, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin

  • Cysts - large pus-filled lumps that look like boils and feel painful

Note: If after shaving you experience bumps, redness or ingrown hairs - this isn’t necessarily acne and could be a result of your specific hair type, using a blunt razor or by not using the right shaving products.

Ideal Skincare Ingredients for Acne

Depending on the severity and cause of acne, you might just need to change up your skincare routine to keep spots and congestion at bay. Here are the ingredients to add to your routine to fight acne:

Ideal Ingredients to Treat Acne for Men

Charcoal

Charcoal is great for absorbing oil, dying out clogged pores and keeping the skin clear. Try it in your cleanser or as a face mask. The Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash is a great place to start.

 

Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash for acne treatment for men

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is great for oily skin and acne - it works as an exfoliant that goes deep into the skin to help clear pores and prevent dead skin and oil from building up in there. Look for a salicylic acid cleanser or moisturiser like the Humanity Cosmetics Cleansing Gel.

Zinc

Zinc is anti-inflammatory and helps to clear bacteria. Use it on papules and cystic spots to take the pain and inflammation away. The Jack Black Clearing Spot Treatment blends sulphur, zinc, magnesium, potassium and turmeric to take the sting out of spots.

Jack Black Spot Treatment for acne treatment for men

To find more products that can help you fight acne, visit Humanery's curated acne collection.

Remember, there are several causes of acne and most can be controlled with a healthy lifestyle, good diet and using skincare products with the ideal ingredients for acne-control. We've got you at Humanery and if you need further help, reach out to us at helpme@humanery.com.