Adult Blotch Bashers -- Revealed!

Adult Blotch Bashers -- Revealed!

Ever wake up in the morning to discover that your face has turned into a natural disaster area? Many adult men suffer from oil-slicked skin and resulting acne, which sadly can’t be blamed on international oil conglomerates. And get this, guys! A man’s skin has thicker layers than that of his feminine counterparts. Your pores are larger and loaded with more oil glands that produce pimples.

Just follow these sludge-busting skin care tips, and you can clear up existing blemishes and avoid future eruptions to keep your adorable punim smooth as a surfboard and free of eyesores.

Hands Off: Your hands are dirt and bacteria magnets, so keep your filthy mitts off your mug! Sweat can also intensify acne issues, so be sure to gently wash your skin after any strenuous activities that cause you to perspire.

Wet Yourself: Make sure to soak up plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Also, vitamins A and E are known to cleanse the skin, so stop pounding fat burgers and fries and start grazing in fields of fresh fruits and green, leafy veggies to limit oil secretions.

Keep It Clean: Choose oil-free or noncomedogenic (non-clogging) soap, and apply it gently with your fingertips using warm -- but not hot -- water. Hot water gooses your glands to pump out more oil than necessary. Also, stay away from washcloths, which retain dirt and can be abrasive. Neutrogena makes a complete skin care line specifically for acne-prone skin.                                                                                                      

Moisturize: Healthy skin is moist, so an oil-free moisturizer can help keep acne at bay. Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion contains Queen of Meadow and algae extract, which clear pores and reduce sensitivity. It also features retinol, which promotes cell turnover, and arnica, which soothes irritation ($33;

Aftershave: It’s not a good idea to use aftershave or colognes that are high in alcohol, because they dehydrate and irritate the skin. Instead, use soothing creams on the shaved area to reduce redness and irritation, such as Mario Badescu’s After Shave Moisturizer ($15 at

Over-the-counter Treatments: Like your unemployed uncle, acne medication such as oral retinoids and antibiotics don’t work overnight. Most treatments take up to eight weeks of daily use before you see improvement, and it may take as long as six months for your skin to clear up totally. But before you head to the dermatologist, try over-the-counter medicated creams that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid or vitamin A. They can be effective, but you gotta give them time.

Tactical Bombing: Mario Badescu’s popular Drying Lotion is an effective spot treatment formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients that shrink ugly whiteheads overnight while you sleep ($17; Murad’s Acne Spot Treatment contains sulfur and salicylic acid, which will zap a zit the moment you feel it developing. It also contains anti-inflammatory licorice extract, allantoin to sooth redness and irritation, vitamins C and E, and hydrolyzed oat flour to minimize dryness and flaking ($18;

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Julie Taylor is a New York-based public relations professional that specializes in TV, entertainment, magazine publishing and general media. She has written about pop culture for RepMan Blog and her work has appeared in online literary magazines WordSmitten and Insolent Rudder. Julie's articles have previously appeared on Style and Tech for Men.

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