Best Cleansers, Masks, & Spot Treatment for Men with Acne-Prone Skin

Having acne-prone skin is a common issue that many modern men face. In fact, according to the NHS 95% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne to some extent. What’s less common is having an open conversation about having acne-prone skin, and the products you can use to combat it.

What Is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Blemishes will most commonly appear on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders. Acne-prone skin is defined as skin that’s more likely to break out in certain areas of the body and face.

Types Of Acne

Non-inflammatory Acne 
This is the mildest form of acne and is generally easy to spot and treat. Non-inflammatory acne happens when pores are clogged, causing them to take the form of blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are dark in appearance and will appear somewhat flat against your skin, whereas whiteheads are small skin-coloured bumps.

Inflammatory Acne
This type of acne is classed as anything with a red or more robust appearance on the skin. These spots are typically larger and may feel as though they are underneath the surface of your skin. Inflammatory acne can either be papules or pustules. Papules are small, red bumps, whilst pustules are small, red bumps that additionally contain pus. Discovering the type of acne you're suffering from is paramount when beginning the journey to treat it. 

Effective Acne Treatments

A good starting point is to cleanse twice a day, using a cleanser containing salicylic acid. This will help to regulate your skin’s oil production and clear out any blocked pores.

We recommend using a non-comedogenic moisturiser. Using a gel-based moisturiser prevents blackhead formation, even on oily skin, because oily skin does not equal hydrated skin!

You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week to remove dead skin cells from your skin. However, it is important not to overdo exfoliating or you may end up irritating your skin further.

As tempting as it may be, do not pick or squeeze your spots. Instead, use a spot treatment for those pesky blemishes. Picking and squeezing your skin will only lead to skin damage and can even cause permanent pigmentation.

Maintaining a regular skincare routine will regulate your skin and minimise breakouts. Be health from the inside out, so eating healthier form of food will also aid in controlling acne.

While the above are the first steps towards treating acne-prone skin, let's have a look at our top products which will help you combat acne.

Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin

Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Spirulina, and Vitamin E.

Description: With microparticles from 100% natural Pearls, this luxury product combines specially selected healing and nourishing ingredients. It can be used as either a mask or a cream and offers a light, fine pumice that removes excess dirt and softens the cells for a smoother complexion.

Usage: Massage a small amount into the skin, then rinse and apply a serum or moisturiser. To use as a mask, leave a thin layer on the skin for up to 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. For best results, use 1-2 times per week.

Price: £55

Key Ingredients: Black Lava, Activated Charcoal, Papaya Extract.

Description: This product is formulated using biodegradable particles from black lava and activated charcoal, along with papaya extract. Your skin will be deeply exfoliated by the black lava and effectively cleansed by the charcoal and papaya extract, leaving you with smooth, supple skin.

Usage: Squeeze a small amount onto your hand. Rub your hands together to loosen and gently massage on damp skin, then rinse with water.

Price: £10

James + Jake Major Cleanser | Everyday Face Wash
James + Jake Major Cleanser | Everyday Face Wash
James + Jake Major Cleanser | Everyday Face Wash
James + Jake Major Cleanser | Everyday Face Wash

James + Jake Major Cleanser | Everyday Face Wash

Key Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil.

Description: Remove everyday dirt, pollution, and sweat from your skin with this cleanser. This product will increase skin hydration, tame redness, and soothe any skin irritation. This wash is free from any artificial fragrances and colours and is packaged in a lightweight, recycled, and recyclable bottle.

Usage: Massage well onto wet or dry skin, avoiding the eye area, and after rinse well with warm water.

Price: £20

Key Ingredients: Bladderwrack Seaweed.

Description: The effective formula contains antiseptic sandalwood to prevent acne and mandarin essential oil to ward off bacterial infections. Bladderwrack seaweed helps to soothe skin irritation so you can ensure that your skin will be soothed, clean, and benefit from lasting hydration.

Usage: Use a small amount of product and massage into damp skin using small, circular motions to create a foaming lather. Rinse well with water and pat dry.

Price: £5.99

Humanity Cosmetics Cleansing Gel-Humanery
Humanity Cosmetics Cleansing Gel-Humanery
Humanity Cosmetics Cleansing Gel-Humanery
Humanity Cosmetics Cleansing Gel-Humanery

Humanity Cosmetics Cleansing Face Gel

Key Ingredients: Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Jellyfish Collagen, Salicylic Acid (BHA), and Sodium DNA.

Description: This gel is a hydrating and deep-cleaning product specifically designed for men. Jellyfish Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid pair up to hydrate the skin, prevent signs of ageing and aid your skin’s natural elasticity. Natural seed oils and ceramides are used to nourish and calm tired skin whilst restoring and regenerating your skin barrier, adding relief against razor burn.

Usage: Rinse your face and massage gel into your skin, avoiding your eyes. Wash off with lukewarm water, then with cold water to tighten your pores. For best results, use daily.

Price: £36

Key Ingredients: Botanical Oils, Hyaluronic Acid.

Description: The TriBalm combines all three steps of your skincare routine (cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising) into one simple product. This luxury facial balm is made with botanical oils and hyaluronic acid to nourish the skin whilst removing dead skin cells and preventing future blemishes.

Usage: Massage the Balm in a circular motion onto your face and neck. Gently apply water with your fingers to activate the lotion. Rinse and pat dry with a towel.

Price: £49

Best Masks and Spot Treatments for Acne-Prone Skin

Popspot Spot Treatment Dots (Pack of 48)
Popspot Spot Treatment Dots (Pack of 48)
Popspot Spot Treatment Dots (Pack of 48)
Popspot Spot Treatment Dots (Pack of 48)

Popspot Spot Treatment Dots (Pack of 48)

Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (BHA), Tea Tree Oil

Description: Popspot Spot Treatment Dots is a pack of 48 teeny Hydrocolloid patches that help kill your spots in record time. Made with Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, and Hydrocolloid, these unassuming little dots have the power to draw out impurities from the skin, whilst penetrating the dermis to stop pimples in their tracks. By removing the cause of your acne, this treatment helps prevent further breakouts while fighting your existing blemishes. With added Tea Tree oil in the mix, you can count on a smooth finish that's free from redness and irritation.

Usage: Just pop a Popspot dot on your blemish before bed and leave it to work overnight, remove in the morning.

 Price: £10

BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal
BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal

BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask with Activated Charcoal

Key Ingredients: Activated Charcoal, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Green Tea Extract

Description: This detoxifying deep cleansing mask contains nutrient-rich ingredients the skin craves to balance and restore itself. It is specially formulated to fight stubborn acne; it unclogs pores and locks in moisture for a healthy, glowing complexion. Whether you want to target an oily T-zone or unwind after a long day, Activated Charcoal and Deep Sea Water remove impurities for younger-looking, softer skin. Simply peel off and feel instantly revived.

Usage: Apply to dry skin using your fingers or a mask brush, avoiding the lips, eye area and hairline. Leave on for 20 minutes. Peel off the mask using an upward motion and rinse off with warm water.

 Price: £4.95

Key Ingredients: Jojoba, Kaolin.

Description: The organic formula of this mask is enriched with healing and hydrating properties that have been clinically proven to minimise acne and have long-term benefits on the skin. The antioxidant ingredients draw out your skin’s impurities, which will leave you with a clear and glowing complexion that looks visibly smoother.

Usage: Apply a thick layer of the mask onto your face and neck in the evening before bed once or twice a week. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well with warm water. Pat the skin with a muslin cloth and apply your moisturiser while the skin is still damp.

Price: £26.99

(MALIN+GOETZ) 10% sulfur paste-Humanery
(MALIN+GOETZ) 10% sulfur paste-Humanery
(MALIN+GOETZ) 10% sulfur paste-Humanery
(MALIN+GOETZ) 10% sulfur paste-Humanery

(MALIN+GOETZ) 10% sulfur paste spot treatment

Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid. 

Description: This paste is a powerful overnight acne treatment product with 10% active sulfur and salicylic acid to effectively soothe blemishes while Zinc prevents scarring. It is ideal for sensitive skin because it will fight impurities without drying your skin.

Usage: Apply product to cotton wool bud and dab directly onto blemishes. Leave overnight and only use once per day to avoid drying out the skin. Do not shake the bottle.

Price: £20.