The Grooming Manual
Acne sucks. No one wants to deal with the discomfort and embarrassment of pimples, zits, and other blemishes. But a lot of guys continue to struggle with acne well into their adult years.
Teenagers aren’t the only population that has to worry about acne. Many men are genetically more likely to deal with skin breakouts, especially if they have sensitive or oily skin.
You may find yourself in a situation that makes ideal skin hygiene difficult. Maybe you get sweaty and dirty at work but don’t have a way to clean up your face until hours later. Or perhaps you’ve slipped up on your post-workout skincare habits.
Whatever the case, you need a skincare routine for acne that implements good hygiene with the right products for your skin. Follow these steps to keep your skin clean, fresh, and blemish-free.
Wash and Moisturize
Blemishes often occur when bacteria, dirt, sweat, and excess oil are allowed to collect and fester on your skin. That’s why it’s so important to start and end your day with face wash - bonus points if you use one specifically designed for your acne-prone skin.
And while keeping your face clean is important, using face wash (even a gentle formula) tends to cause some dryness. So you should always follow up with moisturizer - even if you have oily skin.
Our Acne Controlling Face Wash was carefully designed to reduce bacteria and limit breakouts without being harsh, irritating, or drying. Its natural ingredients - including 2% salicylic acid, grapefruit, and tea tree oil - are effective but gentle.
Follow up with our Acne Controlling Face Moisturizer Treatment. It helps protect your skin and seal in moisture with vitamin E, willow bark extract, and tea tree oil.
The best time to use toner is each morning after washing your face but before applying moisturizer. While most formulas contain alcohol or other harsh astringents, an alcohol-free formula is best. Alcohol dries out the skin which can ironically lead to excess oil production.
Our Balancing Toner is made with cucumber distillate, peppermint, and witch hazel to minimize pores and reduce oil with zero irritation.
What if your skin looks or feels extra oily between washing in the morning and evening? Use your toner during the day. Just a spray or two can help balance your oil levels without the drying effects of face wash.
Exfoliating your skin with face scrub every other day is a smart way to avoid blemishes and clean out your pores. Don’t think of this as an aggressive treatment for breakouts. Rather, it’s a preventative measure that also brightens your skin and improves your complexion.
Our Renewing Face Scrub uses pumice and jojoba beads to gently and effectively exfoliate your skin. It’s an essential part of your complete acne fighting skincare routine. And as an added bonus, exfoliating just before you shave is the best way to get the smoothest shave possible.
Even if you have oily skin, don’t overdo it with face scrub. Every other day is more than enough to get good results. If you have sensitive or dry skin, exfoliating twice per week may be your best bet. Notice how your skin reacts and adjust your routine accordingly.
Using a face mask to deep clean your pores is a luxurious experience. As the kaolin clay in our Purifying Charcoal Face Mask dries on your skin, it drags excess oil, dirt, and bacteria out from deep within your pores. That helps prevent breakouts and ensures your skin is bright and healthy.
Our face mask is made with gentle ingredients, but it’s still an intense experience. Depending on your skin type, you should only use a face mask once or twice each week.
Consistency Brings Results
Regardless of the specifics of your skincare routine for acne, winning the war against blemishes and breakouts is all about consistency. In fact, that's true for men of all skin types, not just people with acne prone skin.
Follow these tips and use quality products with natural ingredients to keep your skin blemish-free and looking its best. To get all of our most powerful acne treatments in one convenient routine, go with our Acne Controlling System. It includes face wash, moisturizer, spot treatment, and our Clearing Scar Cream.
It can be tough sticking to a new or updated skincare routine for acne at first. But as your skin improves and your blemishes fade away, you’ll be more motivated than ever to keep it up and keep your skin looking fantastic.