Acne In Men: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Acne is the worst! Be it men or women, they feel quite irritating on the skin. Celebrity Dermatologist Rashmi Shetty tells us all the how-abouts of acne in men.

As we thrive through the hustle bustle of our busy schedule, we often run short on time to give that essence of pampering to the skin. Be it any gender or any skin type, a touch of extra care is a much-deserved need of the skin. Skincare is not a mood but a need. With season transitions and the unfiltered lifestyle elements can lead to a lot of skin issues including acne. The problem of acne in men is in the top!

And zits are the worst! Here I said it.
Tv commercials and ads always made them sound like that they were just a “teenage thing” but then welcome to adulthood. Adult acne is a common problem that we all face. Every skin type has its own ways of showing off clogged pores, but let’s get this straight that skincare’s first rule is “washing”.

There can be numerous possible reasons for acne in men. Single ingredient skincare, minimal skincare routines and skincare therapies have become the buzzwords in the beauty world. And with new trends setting in every now and then, it might become a little bit of a hassle to narrow down on the right products according to the particular concern.

Acne is common but can tend to be the most difficult one to deal with and to dig deeper into the topic, we speak with celebrity dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty, who gives us the much needed insight on a guide about acne in men and how to deal with it.

Acne Slightly Differs When It Comes To Men

Save your cocktail making skills for the kitchen. Before you go all gaga over multiple skincare ingredients in order to get rid of acne, know the right ingredients and tips before doing so.

“When it comes to men’s skincare, acne can be more aggressive and inflamed since there is a difference in skin, plus men have bigger sebaceous glands and they have testosterones, which stimulates the oil production in sebaceous glands,” tells us celebrity dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty.

acne in men

The availability of numerous skincare products can be sometimes very overwhelming but slathering all of them is not what you would want to do (worst decision ever). There can be certain causes and effects of acne on the skin.

“There is not much difference in skincare when it comes to acne as both men and women need to decrease the oil gland activity. Sometimes men are more prone to dandruff because of the increased oil glands. Since, men’s skin is slightly thicker and more sebaceous than women, hence they can take slightly harsher products comparatively,” states Shetty.

Causes Of Acne In Men

Choosing your skincare regimen and knowing your skin type are the basics of skincare. We all can go wrong with products sometimes but it’s always best to stop using them the very moment you realise that they don’t suit your skin type

“Other causes like dandruff, friction, wrong products, wrong shaving techniques, all of this can cause acne and then there is acne along the beard which is technically called as folliculitis,” states Dr Shetty

causes of acne in men

She further adds, “Summer usually is a season where basically the skin gets sticky and does more oil production. This usually inflates the skin and leads to oil production further and therefore you could get a summer spike in acne both for men and women. A sweaty face or constantly rubbing the face might not help the situation.

Hacks That Will Come Handy In Dealing With Acne

Who minds a handful of expert suggested tips? Acne, be it in men or women can turn severe after a certain point of time. Apart from washing your face to combat the clogged pores, we have some more tips that will come handy while treating acne.

  • Simply changing your face wash with something with a salicylic acid or a benzoyl peroxide.
  • Applying creams with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or adapalene.
  • The above mentioned needs to applied at night.
  • Make sure that you initially follow this night routine for 2-3 hours, also known as short contact therapy and then you gradually increase the duration.
  • Keep your scalp clean and dandruff free.
  • Self medication is an absolute no no.


We hope this might have turned out as a bit informative and interesting piece for you.

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Kritika Sehgal

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