Solutions to common issues in men’s skin care

If you want healthy skin, you have to put in the time to see results. Think of it like working out or dieting – you have to work hard to get what you want. That said, for a number of men, skin care remains a rather ambiguous topic.

There are a few common obstacles men encounter when choosing skin care products or building a daily routine. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to skin care:

Clean your face the right way
Although it may seem counterintuitive, it's a bad idea to wash your face with an ordinary bar

"It's a bad idea to wash your face with a bar of soap."

of soap. Although scrubbing your face with ordinary soap might seem like the right thing to do, it is actually one of the most common ways that men strip their skin of natural oils and disturb natural pH levels. If you use the same soap on your face as you do on the rest of your body, you're likely to end up with dry and even irritated skin. Instead, turn to a high quality cleanser.  Not only will you avoid irritating your skin, but good cleansers also hydrate your skin. If you have oily skin, consider an antibacterial foaming cleanser. The more you sweat, the more important it is to clean your skin. That means if you go to the gym or participate in sports, you should definitely invest in a great skin cleanser.

Take on dreaded razor burn
Unless you're trying to land a part in the film, "Cast Away," you probably shave on a regular basis. If you suffer from razor burn, there are a few easy ways to fight it. To begin with, shave after you shower. The exposed hair shafts and soft skin that come with a nice, hot shower make for a smoother and more comfortable shave. In addition, pick out a moisturizer meant for sensitive skin. Look for Vitamin E and hydrating formulas that will replenish the nutrients in your skin.

Fight back against razor burn with a quality moisturizer.Fight back against razor burn with a quality moisturizer.

Don't be afraid of adult acne
Male acne is common and is even more prevalent in men who spend a lot of time working out or playing sports. Minimize the negative effects of acne by showering immediately after you are active. Also, consider turning to an antibacterial body wash and cleanser to wash away the germs. It's important to note that acne – especially adult acne – can be brought on by a number of different factors including stress, poor diet and lack of sleep. Do your best to lead a healthy lifestyle and the embarrassing pimples may start to disappear on their own. If you do get acne, make sure you don't touch the affected area. Dirt and oil from the skin on your fingers will only spread the bacteria and block the pores. Exfoliates may also go a long way toward clearing up your skin.

Get rid of facial redness
Stress, exercise, alcohol and particular foods can lead to facial redness or rosacea. During the warmer months, try to minimize overeating and reduce stress as much as you can. The more stress in your life, the higher the blood pressure. That leads to redness in your face. In the winter, don't give into the temptation to take a scalding hot shower because it will only result in dry skin. Similar to fighting razor burn, an easy way to combat both dry skin and facial redness is to use a moisturizer.

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