Acne forms when pores become clogged with sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria. If the clog occurs below the skin surface, this creates a “whitehead.” If the clog reaches the surface, a “blackhead” forms (the black is not actually dirt; its bacteria which darkens when exposed to oxygen). Clogged pores can pop and spread oil, causing more pimples and lesions. For this reason, exfoliation with gentle, effective products (not abrasive) is an integral part of an acne treatment regimen for men as it regularly removes the blockage of dead cells from pores.
Because men’s glands are larger and produce more sebum (or oil), acne is typically more prevalent among men than women, especially when it comes to back acne. In fact, it’s the male hormone (androgen) that is responsible for activating the glands that produce oil and sebum in the first place…
While external factors do not play a direct role in causing acne, they can aggravate an acne condition. These factors include improper cleaning, using inferior products, food allergies, an improper or vitamin deficient diet, an imbalance in skin’s PH structure (since skin acidity is what controls acne bacteria), climate (heat and humidity both contribute to more acne bacteria production), and stress.
You can take several steps to improve acne treatment and control acne:
Find more tips for treating and managing acne in the following MenScience articles:
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