1. Cleanse Your Skin Regularly
When it comes to cleansing, men seem to have an all-or-nothing mentality. Either they forget to cleanse their faces regularly, or they scrub away at the skin at every possible chance.
Stick to washing your face every morning and at night before going to bed. Use a foaming cleanser rather than a cleansing lotion to really power away excess oil. But don't cleanse too often or scrub too hard. Cleansing too frequently can be irritating to the skin. Ditto for scrubbing or vigorous washing.
2. Shave Carefully
Shave lightly over acne-affected areas, and try not to drag your razor or nick pimples. An electric or safety razor may be less irritating than a traditional blade.
Whatever type you use, make sure it's sharp. Always shave in the direction of hair growth and after you shower, when hair is softened. Use warm water to wet your beard, but cold water to rinse your blade, and choose a thick shaving cream. Avoid shaving when your skin is super inflamed.
Applying acne medications afterward, instead of aftershave, can help control breakouts. However, only use them if they don't irritate your freshly shaved skin. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medications that don't sting when applied after shaving.
3. Use a Moisturizer
Moisturizer isn't just for women! And you don't have to settle for a flowery scented product in a pink pump bottle. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market today made with a man's skin in mind.
Because most acne treatment medications cause dryness, a moisturizer is a must. Gently smooth it into the skin after shaving.
Avoid triggering blackheads or breakouts by choosing an oil-free moisturizer labeled noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic. If your skin is red and inflamed, you may want a moisturizer that is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Dyes and fragrance can be irritating to already inflamed skin.
4. See Your Doctor to Rule Out Rosacea
Many people mistakenly think they've developed adult acne, when in fact they have rosacea. Rosacea causes acne-like bumps on the face that can look strikingly similar to common acne pimples. But rosacea also causes redness or flushing of the face, which can wax and wane.
While rosacea is more common in women, men tend to get more severe forms of this skin disorder. Acne can occur anywhere on the face and on the body, but rosacea tends to appear only on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.
Rosacea is treated differently than common acne. If you're unsure of what you have, it's best to see your doctor, especially if you're over the age of 30.