How To Get Clear Skin & Prevent Acne – Skincare Tips for Men

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
In today’s video, we’ll discuss how to get clear skin and how to get rid of
acne. Most men battle with acne at some point
in their lives. It can be unsightly, embarrassing, and
even cause scarring over time. For men, it can sometimes be even worse than for
women because wearing makeup to cover it isn’t something that’s widely done for a
lot of men and because shaving the face can cause additional irritation. If you
do suffer from acne then, today’s guide is for you as it’s all about how to work
toward getting clearer skin. As a bonus, it also works for men who already have
clear skin to maintain that acne free face. By the way, this video is the second
in a series of three that cover care and grooming; the first video dealt with
healthy hair tips specifically 15 of them and the third video is going to
deal with some hair hacks you can find the first video in the series here. First
today then, let’s answer the question of what exactly acne is. Acne is your skin’s
reaction to a naturally occurring bacteria that’s on the surface of the
skin. Everybody has these kinds of bacteria so the myth that people who
suffer from excessive acne are somehow less clean is just that, a myth unfounded
by science. In the case of the acne sufferer, Propionibacterium acnes is the
one that will activate on the skin from its normally dormant state causing
irritation and then a pimple. More specifically, it’s often hair
follicles that become clogged with dead skin cells and oils and then become
inflamed, not a good thing! Acne can take different forms depending
on how the skin has been irritated such as blackheads, whiteheads, or standard
pimples. Hormones and genetics do both play a sizable role in whether or not
you’re going to suffer from acne so there is a certain element of luck
involved. However, the best way to stop acne from
forming is to make sure that your skin is healthier, in the first place. Of
course, determining whether or not you’re more prone to excessive acne is probably
going to be unnecessary. After all, if you are more prone, you’re likely going to
have found out about it already. In general though, before you embark on any
sort of treatment plan, it’s going to be a good idea to pay a visit to your
dermatologist. As with most medical conditions, it’s best to get a
professional opinion and see if you do have a more specific type of acne that
is best treated in a specific way. For most men though, acne is a condition that
can be fairly easily treated with topical over-the-counter products, that’s
what we’re going to be talking about in today’s video. One additional note here,
pay attention to the ingredients in the products you purchase. Some may claim to
be good for you but based upon the composition of your own skin, they can
have ingredients that could react negatively.
So if step one is consulting a dermatologist and figuring out what
products are right for you, step two would be beginning and
maintaining a skincare routine. Starting and maintaining a routine is probably
going to be the single best thing you can do for your skin in the long term.
There are four key components to any good skincare routine and the first is
cleansing. Using a cleanser to remove excess dirt, grime, oil, bacteria, and other
substances on the surface of the skin is going to be helpful. You should try to
cleanse both in the morning and the evening.
Cleansing alone probably isn’t going to be enough to keep skin that’s already
excessively acne prone from developing more pimples but it’s a good first step
and for those who only suffer from a regular amount of acne, cleansing will
also go a long way. Step 2 here is to moisturize, again, both in the morning and
the evening. Moisturizing after cleansing may seem counterintuitive at first,
especially to those with oily skin, after all, if you’ve just removed moisture from
your skin by cleansing why would you want to add it back? Well,
simply stated, you’ve removed the dead skin cells, bacteria, and other nasty
things from the surface of the skin but you’ve also removed the necessary amount
of natural oils that your skin has to keep it healthy. Thus, adding back some
good moisture is going to be beneficial and if you do have more oily skin, if you
don’t moisturize, your body is probably going to overcompensate and produce more
oil than it would need to make up for that lost moisture so you’ll probably be
even more prone to acne thus moisturizing will be your best bet. And
while moisturizing is key, especially for those areas that are affected by shaving
your face, you shouldn’t only localize it there. Make sure that you moisturize your
entire face. Moisturizing is also a great opportunity to add a product that
contains a bit of SPF to your routine. After all, a bit of extra sun protection
is never a bad thing. Step 3 is treating the skin, which for
men who are more prone to acne, is a two-fold process. The first part here is
to exfoliate or use a product that will remove skin cells and buildup in the
pores and the second part is to treat the skin with a product that will
minimize the amount of bacterial growth on the surface of the skin. To focus in a
bit more on exfoliation, there are two main kinds; physical exfoliation and
chemical exfoliation. Physical exfoliation involves products that use
granular particles to actually physically scrub the surface of the skin
to remove dead skin cells. While this process can leave the skin feeling
exceptionally smooth, it’s also easier to over exfoliate when using a physical
product. This will create micro tears in your skin which may harbor more bacteria
over time. Chemical exfoliation, meanwhile, uses, as you might have guessed, chemicals
to remove these dead skin cells. For advanced cases of acne, it may actually
be wise to use both a physical and a chemical exfoliant but again, consult
your dermatologist if you think this might be the appropriate case.
Step four is just about a mental attitude in how you really approach the
process. Which is to say, it’s not going to be good enough to do the first three
steps only a few times a week.You have to be diligent about this process and
make sure that you’re doing all the steps as much as necessary. In most cases,
twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. So with the basics of the
routine out of the way, let’s now talk about how to effectively choose your
skin care products since there are thousands of skin care products on the
market. It can be a serious drag on both your wallet and your time to find a
product that’s right for you. The main two things you’ll want to try to get
better at are reading product reviews online for key information and also
reading the ingredient lists of each product to know what to look for. Once
you know how to read product reviews and product labels effectively, you’ll be
able to find products that are right for you that much easier. Also, you’ll
probably find that both expensive and inexpensive products are often using the
same ingredients so you might even be able to save a little bit of money in
the process. So then, let’s go over some of the main active ingredients in acne
fighting products starting with salicylic acid. This is also called beta
hydroxy acid or BHA and it’s a chemical exfoliant that’s a derivative of aspirin.
It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can
help unclog your pores. Salicylic acid is also recommended for razor burn and
ingrown hair sufferers for the same reason so it can also be used as part of
a shaving routine. and on the subject of shaving if you’d like to learn how to
avoid those tiny Nicks and cuts that can really be a nuisance you can find our
video on that subject here. The next product is alpha hydroxy acid or AHA.
It’s similar, as you might expect, to BHA but overall, it’s just a little bit
less aggressive. Next up are retinoids. This is the term for the family of
powerful anti aging molecules derived from vitamin A. Retinol is the
most common marketing name of this compound but it can also be listed by
various other names such as retinol palmitate, retinaldehyde, or various
others. As an antioxidant, it tells old or damaged cells to act like normal ones
and is noted to have anti acne benefits. For some users, in addition to its
regular anti-aging properties, retinol can be difficult for some men to
tolerate, however, so it’s best to build up your use of this product slowly over
time. Retinol is available over-the-counter in lower concentrations
and you can also get a prescription if you need something in a higher
concentration. One more tip about retinoids is that they are best to be used
at night because they can make the skin more susceptible to damage from the sun.
Next up is a classic anti acne ingredient, benzoyl peroxide. It works to
reduce the acne causing bacteria on the skin and because it’s often found in
high concentrations in some products, as much as five or ten percent, it can
irritate the skin of some men. So as with retinol, it’s best to consult a
dermatologist or start with a smaller or lower dose and work your way up over
time as necessary. Another key ingredient is sulfur. Of course, you may be aware of
it because of its famous smell which is similar to rotten eggs and therefore, you
wouldn’t think it would be a great choice for a product that’s going on
your face. However, sulfur is known for its acne
fighting inflammation reducing and exfoliating properties so it’s often
found in soaps and masks and other similar products where this famous smell
is minimized. A product that hasn’t traditionally been a part of many anti
acne regimens is niacinamide, however, the product is anti-inflammatory,
antimicrobial, and sebostatic which means it helps reduce surface oil on
your skin. Furthermore, niacinamide is pH neutral which means it’s less irritating
to your skin than other common acne fighting ingredients would be. It can
also help to reduce acne barring the appearance of fine lines on
your face and hyperpigmentation otherwise known as blotchiness. Our final
product here is azelaic acid which is a highly effective antioxidant known for
its ability to reduce redness and acne in the skin by killing bacteria
responsible for inflammation. Also, it’s more gentle on the skin than other
exfoliants can be. To wrap up today, here are 5 more general considerations for
skin care as related to acne. First, many skin care products can relieve acne but
some can also exacerbate it. For example, you shouldn’t use any products on your
face that have alcohol or fragrances in them. Alcohol is often used as an
ingredient in many toners because it feels bracing to the skin but it’s also
a known irritant so it can make acne worse. Similarly, many fragrances can also
be irritating to the skin. On a related note, don’t buy a product
simply because its label says that it’s good for fighting acne; as we’ve said
before, making sure that you’ve read the ingredients list to know what’s good and
not good for you is going to be the key here. Number 2, don’t assume that the more
expensive acne fighting products are automatically going to be better. After
all, the principal active ingredients that fight acne are mostly inexpensive
so anything that has a high markup is mostly just going to be marketing. Number
3 is that products you’re using should be introduced into your skincare routine
slowly so that you don’t overwhelm or irritate your skin. As some men will
naturally have more sensitive skin than others, some might be able to exfoliate
and treat more aggressively on a daily basis whereas some could only do it a
few times a week. On a related note tip number 4 is that everyone’s skin, diet,
genetics, and specific needs are different so a skincare routine that has
worked wonders for one man isn’t necessarily going to automatically work
for another. It’s important that you consider all of the factors that we have outlined here today before you decide on what
skincare routine to use. And finally tip number five is to not expect immediate
results from any skincare routine and rather to approach it with patience and
persistence. After all, not only are there many products on the market so you might
have to go through a process of trial and error but even then, once you’ve
found products that are good for you, they can still take time to work at full
effectiveness. Most products and dermatologists will recommend that you
allow about six to eight weeks for products to really work as best as they
possibly can. We know this can seem like a bit of a long time but once you get up
to speed with your skincare routine and everything is working properly, it will
definitely be worth it. today’s video features a simple and casual outfit good
for doing some grooming at home my polo shirt is gray blue in color and it
features multi track stripes in white by the way if you’re curious about multi
track stripes or any other definitions you can check out our guide to stripes
here the collar is plain in color for a bit of contrast and the brown buttons
harmonized well with the brown elements in my outfit speaking of which my
trousers are plain Brown my belt is medium brown and my shoes are dark
oxblood penny loafers however the color difference between the belt and the
shoes isn’t too great so nothing is jarring my socks meanwhile are also gray
blue in color to harmonize with my shirt and they feature a herringbone pattern
of course my outfit is exceptionally casual today so I’m not wearing any
accessories but if you’re interested in finding such accessories such as collar
pins boutonnieres pocket squares and so on
you can find them in the Fort Belvedere shop here

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