Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Article written by Blog Post Contributor Oluwatobi Ajayi
Tips For Preventative Skin Care For Men
Even for men, having acne again as an adult is not something you want to experience if you can help it. What more with so many factors that cause acne that it can be tricky to pinpoint exactly what's causing you to suffer unnecessary blemish on your skin. As the adage says; preventing is indeed better than cure, and right here we are sharing you simple, informative guide for you to prevent acne from happening in the first place.
As acne basically forms from excess oil that gets mixed with dirt, dead skin cells for a breeding ground for bacteria to thrive, the tips right here are the ones that you need to do (consistently) so no acne can ever form on your skin.
Wash Your Face Twice a Day
The first rule is the most basic that you need to do twice a day - washing your face. And not just a bar of regular soap, but the right facial cleanser according to your skin type (as well as any skin issues that you might have, like eczema for example).
Regular, consistent washing routine is the key to wash away dirt, excess oil, and impurities from the skin to avoid bacteria breeding on your skin. Choose the right cleanser according to your skin type (for example, rich cleanser for dry skin, while water-based cleanser for oily skin ), and lather it with warm water for effective cleansing.
Keep in mind to limit to wash your face in the morning and night before bedtime; any more than that will only make your skin drier than needed, which lead to more oil produced, which lead to more acne to form.
As a tip, since men's skin are generally thicker than women's, you can opt for a facial wash/scrub with scrub properties to gently buff out dead skin cells for deep cleansing.
Protect Your Skin With a Moisturizer
After cleansing, the next important step is definitely to use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and protected. The product is essential as it works to deliver nutrients to nourish your skin while creating a protective barrier from the environment and harmful elements from getting onto your skin.
As with facial wash, choose moisturizer that suits with your skin type (rich, creamy texture moisturizers are best for dry skin, while gel and/or lotion is for oily skin) as well as any skin issues that you might have, keeping in mind for the moisturizer to be non-comedogenic as it won't clog pores, and apply the cream after washing the face.
Use a Sunscreen
Yes, sunscreen is important, even for you men. Get a good dose of SPF on top of your skin to protect from damaging UV rays from penetrating your skin, as the UV rays will oxidize the cells underneath your skin, creating free radicals that cause your skin to sag, spotty, and wrinkly - the signs of aging happening prematurely to your skin.
Eat Fruits, Veggies And Stay Hydrated
And of course, the most important tip for preventative skin care routine, to get enough nutrients from a healthy meal, as well as drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Vitamins and minerals from healthy food choices will benefit your skin inside out, while extra water will detoxify your skin, flushes out impurities and keeping your skin supple, all that's needed to prevent acne from forming on your skin.
Oluwatobi Ajayi with Ogboloju Men’s Skin Care