Men might not think about skincare; however, skincare actually matters – it’s not just for women to worry about. Whether you’re practicing a skincare routine that isn’t working, or you don’t have a routine at all, it’s important to know how to take better care of your skin.
In this article, we’ll address the six common mistakes that men might make in skincare, and what you can do to better care for your skin.
Letting Zits Sit There
“Although men are less likely to worry about blemishes than women,” says Zak Gibson, a lifestyle blogger at UK Writings and Study demic, “they’re also less likely to treat them with the right product. And, if they let their zits sit there on the skin, they’re running the risk of allowing more acne to spring up.”
There are two ways to solve acne problems:
- Using a spot treatment to dry out the blemish and prevent scarring
- Maintaining a skincare regimen (if you’re acne prone)
Under Cleansing (Beard Or No Beard)
The problem is: you may not be cleaning your skin well enough, especially if you have a beard.
When growing a beard, the residue from face products can accumulate in the beard, and irritate the skin with dead-skin buildup.
Therefore, use gentle cleanser and exfoliation to keep this residue and dead skin cells at bay. Using said products every morning and every night can help your skin look healthier, with even skin tones and a smoother texture.
However, try not to overdo exfoliation, because that can cause redness, tightness, and dryness.
When shaving, it’s possible to have ingrown hairs, which are hairs that might fail to grow out of the skin, curling inside the follicles and becoming “ingrown,” and further aggravating breakouts.
Instead, try to improve your shaving routine. Consider the following techniques:
- Soak the beard with a shaving cream for several minutes, and then shave with the grain, without applying extreme pressure on the razor.
Shave each area only once, and do so frequently to keep the beard hair long enough to be out of the follicle, but short enough to avoid making it an ingrown hair.
- Use different types of razor blades
- A single-blade disposable
- An adjustable razor that gives you a least close shave
- A razor specifically for PFB
- Use the “wet shaving” technique with a single- or double-edged blade.
Not Cleansing Based On Skin Type
The truth is, not all skin is created equal. In fact, using regular soap and water may not be the best solution for everyone.
First, know your skin type: oily, dry, sensitive, or combination, so that you can buy the right products for your skin.
Second, you have to exfoliate 1 to 2 times per week in the shower, because it lifts dry, dull skin, and allows products to penetrate and work. Gentle exfoliants with lactic acid or enzymes (like papaya, pineapple and pumpkin) are great products to use. Also, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin stay hydrated and keep from aging.
Not Washing Your Pillowcase
“Believe it or not, your pillowcase might be causing problems for your skin,” says Bobbie Nall, a business writer at Simple Grad and Academized. “An unclean pillowcase can cause acne breakouts. Especially if you sleep with your cheek on your hand, you’ll risk increased perspiration and moisture, which can cause breakouts.”
The best solution is to change your pillowcase weekly, or every other day – whichever works, just as long as you change it to reduce your chances of breakouts and harboring bacteria on the surface.
Not Cleansing After Exercise
When you exercise, you sweat, creating an unintended environment for unwanted bacteria to grow, and cause acne on your skin. And, instead of creating the good oils for your skin, exercising cause make your skin oily to where it contributes to breakouts.
To prevent creating a warm, moist environment from sweating, have a quick rinse after you exercise, and change out of sweaty workout clothing. Avoid using cleansing wipes after a workout, because they can irritate hot, sweaty skin.
As you read through these six mistakes, and learn how to go at them the right way, you can make sure that you can have healthy-looking skin. Despite the fact that you might not be able to escape acne breakouts and aging, you can still take care of yourself by cleansing and protecting your skin.
Kristin Herman writes and edits at Writemyaustralia.com and Australianreviewer.com. She is also a contributing writer for various sites such as Topcanadianwriters.com. As a tech enthusiast, she blogs about trending tech news. And, as a project manager, she oversees many business projects nationwide.