There are hundreds of skincare products on the market, but very few are formulated specifically for men's skin. Using the wrong types of products can lead to breakouts and acne.
We now know that acne is not caused by dirt left on your skin. Rather, it's a result from complex interactions between your hormones and the skin. As teenagers we generally expected some form of acne, in fact, acne impacts nearly 95% of teenagers. While adult men tend to get acne at lower rates than women, adult men are also more likely to get more severe forms of acne compared to women.
Heading into a sales call or meeting without feeling like you have your happiest, freshest skin can be equally as troubling for adults as it is for teenagers. Here's where The Daily comes in.
How The Daily promotes clear skin in men
Like we mentioned, acne results as a complex interaction, but we do know that the products we apply to our faces can make a difference.
Most sunscreen products on the market use ingredients that are not ultralight, but rather, leave an oily or greasy residue on your skin. These products can clog your pores, which can aggravate your acne.
Regardless of how well you clean your face after applying a skincare product, it's equally important to pick a daily sunscreen that will both promote healthy skin and prevent future breakouts. The Daily by GETMr. has unique, handpicked ingredients such as Vitamin A palmitate and lactobionic acid, also known as polyhydroxy acid, which gently exfoliate the skin without causing irritation. Lactobionic acid is one of the best skin product ingredients for men.
Lactobionic acid can address plugging of pores which is the first step towards preventing pimple formation. Silica is another ingredient in The Daily that works to absorb sweat and oil to improve the appearance of the skin. The formula also contains niacinamide which helps reduce inflammation and redness also associated with regular acne and acne rosacea-prone skin.
Using The Daily, every day is what I would recommend as a dermatologist to help you develop clear and healthy skin, whatever your age. As an added plus, when you use The Daily as part of your routine, you reduce your risk of skin cancer by 40%.
WHAT DO DERMATOLOGISTS RECOMMEND IF I AM HAVING AN INTENSE ACNE FLARE-UP RIGHT NOW?
I recommend each of these products below - all which are available without a prescription - for men who have acne prone skin.
First, you'll want to clean your face gently with a cleanser containing 2% salicylic acid rather than a scrub.
You can also gradually start with alternating over the counter creams. The first week or two, just try one of these every other night to make sure your skin can tolerate the treatment. Any itching or burning means you need to stop and give your skin a break and start back slower. Any itching may mean you need to avoid that treatment, especially benzoyl peroxide. Although allergic reactions are not common, it certainly can happen. If this is happening to you, you must avoid all products with this ingredient going forward.
- Benzoyl peroxide: Start by applying a very thin layer to wherever you tend to break out. (reminder - this ingredient can bleach your clothes/towels) Start with a benzoyl peroxide concentration of no greater than 2.5%
- Adapalene 0.1% gel: Begin by applying every other night wherever you get breakouts. If you have sensitive or dry skin, you can mix adapalene with a light moisturizer such as Cetaphil or Cerave lotion.
CAN I SPOT TREAT ACNE?
Don’t just spot treat. This is one of the most common misconceptions around acne treatment. The goal of a good skincare routine is to prevent new pimples, not necessarily to get rid of the ones you have. However, if you do have a pimple that comes up, you can spot treat occasionally with products that include benzoyl peroxide (as long as you are not allergic) or salicylic acid.
ADDITIONAL Important Tips for acne prone skin types
- Any new products should be added every 4-5 days.
- Trying everything at once does not make your acne go away. Using too many products too quickly will only irritate your skin.
- You can sometimes have reactions to these products, so if you have any itching or burning, STOP and consult your dermatologist.
- If you are not experiencing irritation with this dermatologist recommended skin care routine, you can increase the applications to one cream in the morning and the other at night. Sunscreen products should be your final step and should be applied over any acne medication (e.g. put on your medicine first).
- If you don’t respond after 4-6 weeks of consistent use or have scarring, know there are many skincare routines for men to address acne with prescription medications. It is hard to understand sometimes, but treating acne is a marathon, not a sprint. If your body is prone to acne, then understand you are controlling your breakouts not curing them. However, if you have scarring or treatment-resistant acne, some medications certainly help if you need to move your therapeutic ladder on up. Don’t be discouraged. The skin turns over every six weeks. This means that any new treatment will take approximately that much time to truly kick in and work. If it is working, keep it up!
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