Best Men’s Skin Care for Clogged Pores and Acne

Cynthia Bailey, MD|August 29, 2012

Best Men's Skin CareTestosterone adds fuel to the acne fire, which means men often struggle with acne. Testosterone also revs up oil glands, so oily skin and clogged pores can be a lifelong skin problem for men too.   The good news is that most men outgrow their worst acne-prone years after adolescence. It's still important for men to pick the right skin care products to control skin oil and clogged pores. I’ve developed efficient skin care routines that use powerful, multitasking products to tackle men's skin problems. The bottom line is that it takes just a few low-maintenance, but targeted, skin care steps for a man to have healthy and attractive skin that looks well groomed and youthful. I treat a lot of men in my dermatology practice. The most common skin issues that I see when treating men’s skin are:

  1.     Age spots that can be easily lightened,
  2.     Facial dandruff that patients think is dry skin, but isn’t,
  3.     Clogged pores and acne,
  4.     Dry, flaky skin on the arms and legs, and
  5.     Athlete’s foot that is confused for dry skin.

In this five-part blog series titled The Best Skin Care for Men, I’m going to give you my low-maintenance skin care recommendations for these common surface skin problems. I will cover each of these skin problems in a separate post, so you can pick the posts that specifically fit your skin problems. Implement the simple skin care changes that I recommend and get ready to see a huge impact on how you look, without a big effort. This is post #3: Clogged Pores and Acne.

Dermatologist's Simple Grooming Fixes for Men's Most Common Skin Problems:  Clogged Pores, Blackheads, and Occasional Pimples

Step #1: Face Washing

Wash your face twice a day with the Clarisonic Brush or Buf Puf Facial Sponge and one of the following strong pore cleaning cleansers based on your needs: clarisonic sonic skin brush cleansing system

  1. Normal skin with rare to no pimples or acne: Glytone Mild Gel Wash Glytone Mild Gel Wash Cleanser  
  2. Mild to moderate acne:  Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser  Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser  
  3. Moderate to severe acne:  Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser(benzoyl peroxide will bleach fabric so be careful with colored shirts, towels, and pillow cases) Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser  

Step #2: Product Application Most men shave in the morning, so I have them apply sunscreen after they shave and wash their face. The number one sunscreen choice of my male patients (and my husband) is Elta Clear SPF 46. It's easy to spread, feels really light on the skin, and doubles as a moisturizer.  Plus, Elta Clear contains niacinamide to help get the redness out of your pimples.

Elta Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

Best Men's sunscreen Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46

Nighttime is the best time to apply your therapeutic product to help control acne and unclog pores. Pick the product based on your needs

  1. Really oily skin and/or skin with large blackheads: Use Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads to clean pores and remove any remaining oil. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads  
  2. Normal to slightly oily skin with clogged pores: Use Glytone Exfoliating Lotion. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion Step 2  
  3. Normal to dry skin: Use Dr. Bailey Skin Care Glycolic Acid Facial Cream.
  4. Active acne with pimples and blemishes: Use Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream (benzoyl peroxide will bleach fabric so be careful with colored shirts, towels, and pillow cases). Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream  

All of these products work even better if you also apply them during the day under your sunscreen, so that’s an option. This article is part of my series on The Best Men's Skin Care.  To read other posts in the series please click the titles: Best Men's Skin Care for Flaky Facial Skin Best Men's Anti-aging Skin Care Products I have written numerous of posts on how to treat teenage acne in young men. These recommendations also are useful if you're a man whose skin still struggles with acne after adolescence. I've listed the posts below. Photo: Thanks and gratitude to Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week 2011, photographer Christopher Shawn Pike and model Frank R. Bailey IV.

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