There was a time when people considered acne a problem related to the teenage years, but considering the erratic lifestyle changes the problem has started affecting even middle aged people. There are lots of myths surrounding pimples, so we thought why not help you get to the root cause of it and clear all your myths. In this article we focus our attention on various acne treatments for men.
Acne or pimples most commonly occur on the face, back, neck and chest area. It is nothing but a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dirt. Depending upon the severity of the break out, it can leave scars and lesions on your skin.
Causes for acne in men
From stress to hormonal imbalance, the causes can be varied. We suggest you visit your dermatologist to get to know the exact cause. But some of the most common causes of acne break outs include –
Stress – There is so much we have to juggle with. Managing personal and professional life can be tiring sometimes and its effect is seen directly on your skin. Researchers say that stress hormones can have highly negative effect on acne.
Pollution – Our skin has to go through a lot each day. Dirt and pollution are known to be major factors that can cause acne.
Increased sun exposure – Considering the extreme weather conditions that we have in our country, acne is a major problem. Increased exposure to sun can also lead to acne. In fact the harmful rays of the sun can cause various other skin diseases. Thus, always apply a sun-screen suiting your skin type before stepping out in the sun.
Harsh chemicals – Gone are the times when cosmetic products were only used by women. Men form a lucrative part of the target audience now. Many products that you use in your day to day life can be acne causing. You might not know that your skin is allergic to a specific ingredient in the product. Thus, it is recommended that you always do a small patch test before using any new cosmetic product.
Various and some of the best acne treatments for men
Well, acne breakouts do not see gender, man or woman acne does not spare anyone. It can happen to any and every one. Therefore it is essential to know its root cause. And once you know that, you can act accordingly.
Some people believe that the best treatment for acne in men is over the counter ointments, while others say you must change your lifestyle. We suggest that before resorting to any one of these methods you get a complete skin analysis done by a professional. As mentioned earlier, the best judge would be a dermatologist. He/she would tell you the main reason for your breakouts and prescribe suitable ointments or medicines.
Over the counter ointments should only be used when your dermatologist prescribes them. Also be aware that some of these ointments and lotions may have initial side effects like – dryness, flaky skin etc.
There are chances that your dermatologist may prescribe you some specific antibiotics. The dosage would vary depending upon the severity of the breakout. And like I always say that do not consume any medicine without proper consultation, it can have damaging effects on your skin and overall health.
In addition to ointments and medicines, there are various chemical procedures that one can opt for, but under proper supervision and medical guidance by an expert. These procedures include – peels, microdermabrasion, laser therapy etc. Such acne treatments should be specifically done under the guidance of an expert.
Face packs for acne
Some men usually stay away from face packs, saying that it is too much of a hassle. So I thought of putting together some simple face packs that would help you greatly in your acne woes.
Multani Mitti face pack
Multani mitti or fuller’s earth is known to be a miraculous ingredient for acne treatment. Mix 2 tbsp. multani mitti with 1 tbsp. rose water and 4 – 5 drops lemon juice. Mix well into a fine paste and apply all over you face and neck. Once the pack is dry, wash it off with cool water.
This pack is beneficial in eliminating existing pimples and even reduces scars.
Neem face pack
Neem leaves are known for their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and help give you clear and glowing skin.
Take fresh neem leaves and grind them to make a fine paste. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well. Apply the face pack after washing your face. Let it dry for half an hour and then wash off with cool water. Neem face packs helps alot in acne treatment.
Hope these tips will help a great deal in Acne treatment for men. If you get benefitted by any of these tips, do let me know.
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