A Simple Men's Acne Routine for a Well-Balanced Complexion

October 26, 2021
Jazmine Ortiz
By: Jazmine Ortiz | skincare.com by L'Oréal
A Simple Men's Acne Routine for a Well-Balanced Complexion

With new skincare products springing up all the time, it can be hard to figure out what’s essential, especially for those with acne-prone skin. Things get even more confusing for men, who may prefer a more pared-down routine as opposed to a 10-step regimen. And although acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States — affecting all genders, races and ages — historically, skincare has been marketed to mostly women. This leaves men even further in the dark about what products to use.

To help narrow the search, we’ve put together a routine for men that includes just the necessities to achieve a well-balanced complexion. Below, follow four simple steps for treating blemishes.

Step 1: Use a Cleanser Formulated to Fight Acne

As with any skincare routine, you’ll want to start by washing your face. However, look for a cleanser with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as its star ingredient. We suggest the CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser formulated with 4% benzoyl peroxide to penetrate pores and kill the bacteria that contribute to the inflammation that results in acne.

Step 2: Apply an Oil-free Serum 

If you’re new to the category, serums are concentrated liquid treatments that target concerns like wrinkles, discoloration and — you guessed it — acne. The SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF is an oil-free vitamin C serum that contains silymarin (milk thistle extract), ferulic acid and salicylic acid to prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts and fight visible signs of aging.


Men's Acne Routine

Step 3: Slather on a Mattifying SPF

Never skip sunscreen! This is especially important for acne-prone skin since many acne medications make your skin sensitive to sunburn The right sunscreen can give a mattifying effect and protect the skin without worsening breakouts. 

Enter: SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50, a broad spectrum 100% physical tinted sunscreen with an oil-absorbing base that leaves a long-lasting matte finish.

Step 4: Finish With a Spot Treatment 

Of course, there’s always that one (or few) stubborn pimple(s) that won’t seem to get the memo that it’s time to go. Using a spot treatment will be your secret weapon to reducing the number and severity of acne blemishes, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. The La Roche-Posay Efflaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment is our pick and can even be used all over the face if needed.

Photography: Saq Idrees

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