Acne is a common problem for men and women it is a skin condition that causes one or more of the following: Blackheads (Also known as comedones), Whiteheads, Red or yellow spots and or Greasy skin.

Men’s skin has lots of small sebaceous glands just below the surface. These glands make an oily substance called sebum that keeps the skin smooth and supple. Tiny pores in the skin allow the sebum to come to the skin surface. Hairs also grow through these pores. The skin is constantly generating new skin cells and as the cells rise to the surface they gradually die. Acne is caused by the over activity of the sebaceous glands that secrete oily substances onto the skin together with dead skin cells clogging up the tiny pores in the skin. These two effects combined cause a build-up of oil in the hair follicles creating blackheads and whiteheads.

Blackheads tend to form mainly in the T-Zone, the area that consists of your forehead, nose, mouth and chin where the sebaceous glands are extremely active. A daily cleansing regime will help reduce the development of blackheads. Wash your face twice a day with mild non-alcohol cleanser to remove dirt from blocked pores and excess oil on the skin’s surface.

Exfoliating the skin regularly is a great way of unclogging the pores, which allows the oil to flow freely to the surface of the skin and therefore help reduce the first lesions of acne. Applying a skin toner after cleansing will close the pores so that bacteria or oils can not penetrate easily. Toner can also help control the oil glands.

Tips

• Avoid squeezing or picking your spots. This will cause an open wound, be prone to further infection and increase the chances of acne scarring.

• Avoid the use of hair gels, mousse and hairspray whenever possible. Greasy hair rubbing on your skin will only make your acne worse.

• For those who shave on a daily basis, use a mild shaving cream or gels to prevent lacerating any pimples and spreading acne further.

• It’s understandable that you want to make your skin dry rather than oily. But don’t make your skin overly dry. Your skin can take this as a signal and start producing even more sebum.

by Moh Dehghani- Production Director, Myego Cosmetics.