Adolescent boys tend to have more acne when compared to girls, and is thought to be because of higher levels of male hormones, which are intricately linked with acne. This trend reverses itself in adulthood, when men tend to experience less acne compared to women, who must contend with monthly hormone variation during the menstrual cycle.
Shaving: Shave properly to reduce irritation and keep acne in check.
Steroids: Anabolic steroids, like the ones used by some bodybuilders, are well-known to wreak havoc on acne.
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Are Aftershaves Safe to Use on Acne-Prone Skin?
While most aftershaves are most likely safe to use on acne-prone skin, be sure to choose one that does not contain alcohol or pore-clogging ingredients.
January 04, 2021
What Are Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps, also called ingrown hairs, are caused when a hair is shaved and ends up growing back into the skin, causing inflammation and a lesion that can look similar to an acne lesion. Razor bumps are far more common in men of African descent, but can be prevented and/or treated.
October 20, 2020
What Are Ingrown Hairs?
Ingrown hairs, also known as razor bumps, occur when a hair is cut close to the skin and ends up getting caught inside the skin, leading to inflammation and a lesion that is sometimes confused with acne. Stopping or changing hair removal can help. Benzoyl peroxide + glycolic acid also works.
October 20, 2020
Is Shaving Good or Bad for Acne?
Shaving can exfoliate the surface of the skin, which can theoretically help prevent clogged pores. However, shaving can also cause physical irritation, which has been shown to make acne worse. So, shave gently with a fresh, non-irritating razor, and be sure to use the right shaving cream or gel.
October 16, 2020
Treating Acne When You Have Facial Hair
Topical medication can get attached to hair, and thus not absorb into the skin as much as it would on clean-shaven skin. If you have...
October 06, 2020
Males tend to experience more acne compared to females and have specific concerns such as reducing irritation when shaving. This page also explores bodybuilding (bulking up), anabolic steroid use, facemasks, back and neck acne, male adult acne, and sun protection.
April 26, 2020
Choosing a Razor for Acne-prone Skin
When it comes to shaving, reducing irritation is the name of the game. From our research and in-person testing, 2-blade cartridge razors are the best choice because they produce low irritation and are unlikely to nick the skin.
April 01, 2020
Shaving for Acne-Prone People
Shaving the right way is an important step in staying clear for anyone who is acne-prone. Make sure you choose the right shaving cream/foam and...
January 28, 2020