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Friday, November 24, 2006

Men’s Skin Care – Skin Care Steps To Reduce Blackheads

Reduce Blackheads Effectively

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Blackheads Free Skin Care Routine For Men



Men’s skin care routine to eliminate blackheads

The routine to banish blackheads comprises of a combination of products that include cleansers, topical exfoliants, dermatologist’s prescription options and lightweight moisturizers to be applied only to dry areas.


Men’s skin care routine for oily/combination skin with blackheads:

1. Gentle cleanser
2. BHA
3. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day
4. Light moisturizer at night where needed
5. Clay mask as required

NOTE: If desired, you may supplement this routine with Retin-A, Renova, Avita, Tazorac or Differin, as prescribed by your dermatologist or doctor. This may be applied after BHA during the day or night. Topical disinfectants such as benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics do not assist in blackheads and whiteheads therapy because there is no bacterial involvement related to these conditions.


Men’s skin care routine for very oily/combination skin with blackheads:

1. Gentle cleanser

2. BHA
3. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day
4. Light moisturizer at night where needed
5. Clay mask as required

NOTE: If desired, you may supplement this routine with Retin-A, Renova, Avita, Tazorac or Differin, as prescribed by your dermatologist or doctor. This may be applied after BHA during the day or night. Topical disinfectants such as benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics do not assist in blackheads and whiteheads therapy because there is no bacterial involvement related to these conditions.


Men’s skin care routine for oily to very oily skin T-zone and dry skin elsewhere with blackheads:

1. Gentle cleanser

2. BHA
3. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day
4. Slightly richer moisturizer at night over dry areas
5. Clay mask over oily areas

NOTE: If desired, you may supplement this routine with Retin-A, Renova, Avita, Tazorac or Differin, as prescribed by your dermatologist or doctor. This may be applied after BHA during the day or night. Topical disinfectants such as benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics do not assist in blackheads and whiteheads therapy because there is no bacterial involvement related to these conditions.


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2 comments:

Jason said...

Hi Alan, thanks for your series of articles. They are very informative.

One query - I am not sure what a BHA exfoliant product looks like. :P I've seen cleansers with salicylic acid in them - will those do, or is conflating the cleansing and BHA not advisable?

I am currently starting to use the Eucerin series of products for acne prone skin (I have moderate acne breakouts + blackheads). Eucerin's system uses 2% lactic acid. Will that work as well as BHA? Strangely it seems to have made my skin a little oilier than before.

Alan Sim said...

Hi Jason,

Thank you so much for your comments.

BHA is derived from salicyclic acid. Personally I don't recommend BHA in a cleanser because firstly, it'll irritate your eyes if the clenaser get into them, and secondly, BHA is an active ingredient and it must be left on your skin to work. Before the ingredient bagins to work, it has been rinsed down into the sink. Why would anyone want to spend that kind of money? ;)

Lactic acid (derived from milk) is a form of AHA, which also comprizes of glycolic (sugar cane), malic (apple), tartaric (grape) and citric (oranages/lemons). Glycolic and lactic are prefered because their molecule is small and can easily penetrate into the skin. The exofliate the skin outer layer ONLY.

For AHA to be effective, it must contain at least 5% of it, optimum beiing 8% in a pH range of 3 to 4. Any concentration lesser than that amount are just moisturizing agent. BHA should be between 1 to 2% in a pH of 3.

My blog will explain in details.

Remember to treat you skin gently always.

Cheers,
Alan

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