As teenagers, everyone has some acne issues. But sometimes, it lasts much longer than that. Even the grownup men can have it. Then, there are treatments, even for severe acne decades after you finished high school.


For most individuals, variations in hormone levels trigger acne. These hormones create oils that can lead to clogged pores, which sometimes let bacteria grow. Both of these problems cause breakouts.

Men whose fathers had severe acne are more likely to have it, too. Some medications such as lithium, which treat bipolar disorder, and corticosteroids like prednisone can also bring on acne.

The Male Breakout:

Men often get acne on the face and back. Sweating can make it worse. Breakouts on the back often happen in hot weather or after exercising. They're harder to control than the kind on your face. But fewer people see your back. Some men get shaving bumps that look like acne, but ingrown hairs or shaving mistakes are the real cause.

So here are 5 ways to prevent and reduce acne breakouts in men:

1. Wash Your Face Twice Daily

Acne is rarely the result of a dirty face, contrary to popular belief. However, it is important to remove excess dirt and oil from the skin by washing regularly. Many people prefer to use a mild cleanser and warm water. Applying an oil-free moisturizer after washing can keep the skin from  becoming too dry. Over-washing the face may cause the skin to become dry, which can aggravate pimples.

2. Use A Clean Razor

When you shave, use a clean razor every time. Your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic foam that you can mix with your shaving cream to help prevent breakouts. If shaving bumps are a problem for you, try an electric razor, and don’t shave too closely.

3. Watch What You Put on Your Hair

Avoid using fragrances, oils, pomades, or gels on your hair. If they get on your face, they can block your skin's pores and irritate your skin. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Oily hair can add to the oil on your face, so wash your hair often, especially if you're breaking out. Keep it pulled away from your forehead to avoid acne.

4. Tame Your Stress

The most important thing you can do in terms of preventing or minimizing acne is to decrease stress in your life. The amount of oil in your skin is “directly influenced by stress. The more stress (physical and emotional) that you feel, the higher the cortisol levels in the body and the more active the sebaceous glands in the skin.

5. Follow an Anti-Acne Diet

Eating low-glycemic foods made of complex carbohydrates may reduce your risk of developing acne. Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as whole grains, legumes, unprocessed fruits, and vegetables. Foods containing the mineral zinc, vitamin A and E, and chemicals called  antioxidants are also thought to be beneficial for the skin because they reduce inflammation.

Everyone’s body is different, and some people find that they get more acne when they eat certain foods. Under your doctor’s supervision, it can be helpful to experiment with your diet to see what works best for you.

Always take into account any food allergies or sensitivities you may have when planning your diet.