Male acne is a very common skin problem.
Who has never had to deal with pimples and blackheads? What a pain in the back! How many times have we found ourselves with a huge pimple on our face, just before that long-awaited date or worse yet, before that much-coveted job interview!
Unfortunately, pimples and blackheads don’t have to account for any social factors. But today, thanks to information and new technologies in both cosmetic and medical fields, we have a series of remedies against this rather unpleasant skin condition.
In this article, we will talk about male acne, sorry ladies but we are an all-for-male blog 😉
We will analyze acne based on age and try to better understand what the possible remedies are.
But first of all, let’s explain what acne is and why it occurs.
What Causes ACne?
Male acne can manifest both during adolescence (juvenile acne) and in adulthood (adult acne).
But why does acne take place? This is due to an increase in sebum production. The sebaceous glands start to freak out with an overproduction of sebum that clogs the hair follicle. The obstruction prevents the sebum from being able to seep out of the hair follicle, causing the sebum to stagnate under the epidermis. This gives rise to a bacterial proliferation, inflaming the underskin.
This underskin-inflammation will lead to the formation of the so-called comedones, meaning you will likely see the unsightly blackheads appearing. In other cases, you could experience white comedones, better known by the name of pimples.
Beware, guys. Male acne shouldn’t be confused with beard folliculitis, which is a state of inflammation that could be caused by shaving, possibly with the presence of razor bumps.
We know pretty well there’re many differences between female and male bodies, right? But when it comes to ance there’s still a bit of confusion about this topic. In fact, both men and women can suffer from acne, but the causes are totally different.
Male Acne: Why The Unaesthetic pimples?
Male acne usually occurs as early as adolescence, indeed, this is perhaps one of the most critical phases for skin conditions. On average, four out of five boys between the ages of 14 and 21 suffer from acne during adolescence.
You may be wondering why teens have to go through this? Isn’t adolescence a turbulent enough period, with the hormonal storms blowing?
Well, it is precisely because of this hormonal storm, with all of its physiological changes, that the first pimples and blackheads appear.
Male acne usually disappears while growing up, but in severe cases, it can become a chronic condition. The occurrence of this condition is linked to a series of reasons.
Those can affect both the external and internal environment of the body. Pollution, stress, and in less fortunate cases, genetics are all possible causes.
The excessive use of cosmetic products – perhaps products of poor quality or with too many chemicals, could lead to the onset of pimples and blackheads.
We want to dispel the myth of chocolate. Recent studies have shown that there is no correlation between the consumption of chocolate and the onset of acne. But beware: this doesn’t mean that you can replenish yourself with chocolate or junk food as if nobody is watching. 😉
It has been studied that substances such as cortisone, brewer’s yeast and folic acid increase the risk of pimples and blackheads.
The good news. Researchers from the University of California along with Brandenburg Medical School in Germany are studying the right formulation to allow the production of specific antibodies in people suffering from acne.
Further reading on the medical research can be found HERE
Since this remedy is still in an entirely experimental phase, below, we’ll take a look at some of the cures already existing.
Male Teen Acne
As we have already mentioned, acne is a particular skin condition that in most cases occurs in adolescence. What we have not told you (but if you suffer from acne you most likely already know) is that, if left untreated, acne can leave nasty scars.
Juvenile acne can affect different parts of the body, such as the face, neck, chest, back, arms and even legs.
Although acne tends to disappear by the age of 30, it can persist into adulthood, or even disappear to then reappear later on during adult age.
Hormonal Changes Causing Acne
As mentioned before, the main causes of teenage acne lay in the hormonal shift. The hormones, which are responsible for the development of the sebaceous glands cause the onset of pimples and blackheads.
This is because there is excessive production of male hormones, stimulating the formation of sebum in the glands. This excessive production of sebum consequently becomes the trigger-factor for juvenile male acne.
During puberty, the concentration of testosterone, a typical male hormone, increases in both men and women.
In males, the increase in testosterone results in the development of the penis and testicles, while in women, the muscle density increases – and the bones are strengthened. But all this excess testosterone also causes acne to appear.
Remedies For Teen Acne
Undoubtedly, one of the first remedies that we recommend is to take care of yourself, even at 15 years of age.
- Work-out (it will lower testosterone levels, even if you work out twice a week)
- Add some phytoestrogen to your diet. (it can be found in soya and legumes)
- Take good care of your skin: adopt a correct skincare routine. (Be sure to use products for impure skin)
If the acne is light, you could use a face wash both in the morning and before bed. Keep skin hydrated with antioxidant and antiseptic oils such as calendula oil, tea tree oil or propolis. To reduce the risk of scarring, before face cream, use a natural face serum that does not contain any ingredients such as paraffin, which clogs the pores.
More aggressive forms of acne may require retinoids. Of course, in this case, you should see a doctor who can safely prescribe them.
Alternatively, there is also the anti-acne massage. Better known as anti-cellulite massage, this type of lymphatic drainage massage counteracts acne thanks to its action on the lymphatic circulatory system.
We know that both men and women can suffer from acne starting from puberty up to adulthood. But why is it that in some cases, men tend to carry this annoying problem while women don’t?
The answer lays in the production of sebum: men produce more sebum after puberty, which is why they can have so-called “adult acne”.
The reason why men produce more sebum after puberty is related to the production of androgens. The male sebaceous gland has more receptors for androgens, so the two binds together, consequently producing more sebum.
Unlike adolescent acne, adult acne is limited only to certain parts of the body, such as the chin, jaw, the area around the lips and back.
What Causes Adult Acne?
A study conducted in America has shown, by comparing the DNA of twins, that adult acne has a genetic aspect of familiarity that should not be underestimated.
No genetic mutations linked to acne have been found, but, rather bacterial resistance of the immune system, excessive production of sebum and dead cells have been found. This means that if your parents or grandparents had acne it is highly likely you will too.
Another factor that could cause late acne onset is the use of certain medications, such as anabolic steroids.
Not only that, but a wrong diet can play its role as well. A high glycemic index will increase the likelihood of developing pimples and blackheads even if you are 40.
On top of this, stress is another huge factor. Although not directly the cause of acne, stress could worsen the problem due to variations in hormonal levels.
If the stress becomes chronic, the whole acne situation becomes complicated. Chronic stress increases cortisol levels in the body, inducing the overproduction of sebum.
REMEDIES For Adult Acne
A diet with too many refined carbs is an ally of acne, so the first piece of advice we want to give you is to adopt a healthy diet, rich in vitamins.
Exercising is very important. Muscle development normalizes blood glucose levels by automatically reducing the amount of insulin in circulation. This will have a more-than-beneficial effect on skin health.
Always use impure skin cleansers (if the acne is light) or specific products for acne-prone skin – but ensure anything you use is delicate, to avoid over-stimulating the production of sebum.
Furthermore, to treat acne in adult men, products based on glycolic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid, and vitamin C are often used which, among other things, in addition to relieving the skin from the suffering that acne problems entail, also lend a great hand with wrinkles and crow’s feet.
In the case of more acute acne, you can resort to the use of retinoic acid cream: apply it as if it’s a beauty mask, in abundant quantities and leave it to act for at least 30 minutes before massaging.
The recommended cosmetic creams, in case of adult male acne, are those based on sebum-regulating and keratolytic active ingredients, such as salicylic acid
As for the scars left by acne, one could resort to fractional laser treatment – or bio revitalization of the epidermal tissues. If you were a victim of acne in your teens and it left scars, we recommend that you ask your doctor for more information about these two procedures.
Skincare Routine For Acneic Skin
To set up a proper skincare routine for acne-prone skin, it is essential to understand what type of acne you suffer from. It is necessary to know if you suffer from adolescent or adult acne and what kind of rash this causes on your skin. Acne can manifest itself with comedones, pustules, cysts – and in the most severe cases (but also rare), skin ulcers. In this case, only surgery can help.
After identifying the type of acne you suffer from, a baseline for those with blemished or acne-prone skin is:
- Use a specific scrub at least 2/3 times a week
- Cleanse your face morning and evening
- Use a good sulfur soap (it has astringent properties)
- DO NOT squeeze pimples (as tempting as you may be DON’T DO IT – it will make things worse)
- Avoid touching your face, especially if you are out
- Use steam to open pores then clean them properly following steam treatment
- Use a good non-aggressive toner
Our Conclusion On Male Acne
In this article, we have told you about the problems of male acne and the various solutions.
We have consciously left out medical remedial techniques because we are not doctors and we do not want to induce anyone to try methods that could eventually aggravate the situation.
Our advice, for those suffering from severe or chronic acne, is to see a dermatologist for a specific and more accurate diagnosis.
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