How To Fight Adult Acne Like A Man

The stuff you used to zap zits as a teenager just won't cut it anymore.


In an ideal world, your pimples would go away the moment you graduated from high school. But the sad truth is approximately 20% of men in their 30s still struggle with adult acne—and that doesn't even cover the scores who deal with the occasional blemish.

If you fall into either category and you can't seem to shake your acne, it might be because you're using the wrong products. Teenage skin produces a lot more oil than mature skin, which is naturally drier, so products aimed at younger people tend to dry out your face. Using these same washes and creams as an adult can strip your skin of its natural oils, cause more breakouts, and even lead to fine lines and wrinkles.

To target your acne, start your day with a gentle cleanser and always, always follow with a moisturizer. Sticking to a steady routine that adds moisture is the best way to help your skin bounce back.

Keep Clean and Calm
To keep skin clear and prevent pimples before they're a problem, you need to remove dead cells so they won't clog your pores. Use gentle exfoliating peel pads like the Jack Black DIY Power Peel. Designed for grown-up skin, these acne-preventing pads have the added benefit of reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

The One-Two Punch
If a pimple fights its way through, fight back with Malin+Goetz's Daytime and Nighttime Acne Treatments. Dot the powerful Nighttime Acne Treatment onto pimples before bed to treat while you sleep. It uses sulfur and salicylic acid to dry out and heal the blemish while zinc oxide helps prevent scarring. In the morning, use a dab of Daytime Acne Treatment, which absorbs completely into the skin and uses lactic and salicylic acids to gently clear up problem areas.

The Cover Up
Why not just make the problem disappear? A light touch of concealer can be a lifesaver when a pimple pops up. We like Evolution Man Conceal and Treat because it's designed for guys, comes in three shades for different skin tones, and contains salicylic acid to actively treat blemishes as it covers them up. Just remember to go light on application to avoid a caked-on look.

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