men's skincare problems

We all (probably) know that the skin is your body’s biggest organ. And unfortunately, along with it comes the reality that our skin ends up giving us a lot more problems than other organs.  Skincare problems are often the result of an underlying issue (using the wrong products, etc.), but they aren’t always, which can make diagnosis difficult.  The good news is, whatever specific skincare problems you’re dealing with – from wrinkles to dry skin and blemishes or razor burn – we can help!

So here are some of the most common ailments we’ve heard from our clients, and the best ways to solve them. It doesn’t matter if your skin routine is basically non-existent or if your medicine cabinet already looks like something out of a magazine – these tips will help.

If You Break Out Easily

Haunted by pimples, even if you’re well into your 30s? Unfortunately, pimples don’t magically stop appearing once you’ve hit puberty. Factors such as humidity, stress, heavy sweating, or the use of steroids can all cause the irritating red bumps now. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! There are a few things that may be causing those tiny recurring nightmares, but the first step is to ease off the harsh grooming products. Even shaving too much (or with a dull razor) can cause issues.

Try a calming, cleansing face wash (look for something that’s tagged for sensitive skin or even anti-aging skincare products), which won’t strip your skin, followed by an ultra-lightweight moisturizer that won’t bombard it with added gunk and contribute to oil production. Before shaving, try a pre-shave oil to moisturize the skin; follow it up with a high-quality shave cream.

When you start to feel like a breakout is imminent, zap the area with a light treatment containing salicylic acid (drugstore brands are usually pretty cheap and work well). It kills the bad stuff without turning your whole face bright red.

If You Sweat (a Lot)

What guy hasn’t at one point sweated so profusely in a meeting that considered something drastic – undershirts, extra shirts, Botox of the armpit? No need for that! The key is to keep your pores clear and unclogged from excess oil, which gets produced when you sweat. Oily skin is definitely a precursor breaking out.

To clear your pores, use an exfoliating facial cleanser or scrub, then follow it with something light such as a gentle toner and a light cream moisturizer (we like American Crew’s Face Balm SPF 15).

If Your Face is Chronically Red

As many as 16 million Americans are affected by Rosacea, a chronic disorder characterized by facial inflammation and a rosy-red demeanor. It typically begins any time after age 30 as an overall redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. In some cases, rosacea can occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear; left untreated, it can turn into permanent redness, thickened skin, and an enlarged nose due to excess tissue.

The first step in soothing Rosacea is with twice-daily gentle cleansing. This will remove excess oil, environmental debris, bacteria, and other microorganisms, as well as the residue from skincare products. Unless the skin is oily, non-soap face wash or facial cleanser may be the best option — they rinse off easily and have a neutral pH that is closer to the natural pH of the skin. Then apply a light anti-aging moisturizer with sunscreen; keeping skin protected with a broad-spectrum sunscreen will prevent the burning, stinging, itching, and irritation that’s associated with rosacea. The moisturizer will help to build a barrier that keeps out impurities and irritants.

Healthy skin starts with you! Make an appointment at 18/8 San Diego (in 4S Ranch) for a soothing men’s facial to start healing your skin, regardless of your skin type. We’re located at 10543 4S Commons Drive, Suite #176, in San Diego, California.