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Avoid Acne Breakouts With the 13 Best Face Washes for Men

Men's Health Logo By Cristina Montemayor, Garrett Munce of Men's Health | Slide 1 of 16: Adulting is hard enough without zits, but many of us still get breakouts well beyond our teen years. Acne affects approximately 50 million people in the US alone, making it the most common skin condition and, while most often found in teenagers, can follow many people well into their 40’s. Things like stress, diet and hormonal changes can all cause breakouts and a man’s oilier skin, larger pores, and more active sweat glands pose a particular threat. If you suffer from breakouts, you’re likely well-versed in spot treatments and over the counter remedies, but using the best face wash for acne can help keep zits from popping up in the first place.What to Look for in a Men's Acne Face WashSince men's skin can be particularly oily, using the wrong kind of face wash can cause dirt and sebum to be lodged inside pores and lead to breakouts. Avoiding heavy cream cleansers can be helpful, so you don’t bog down your skin. The best acne face washes have formulas that contain active ingredients, like salicylic acid, which will help unclog pores and gently exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface. If you have sensitive skin, try to avoid fragrances and astringents that can strip and irritate already angry skin. And look for a gentle face cleanser you can use every day, since the best thing you can do to clean your skin is to actually wash it. Read more: Best Grooming Products for Men

Adulting is hard enough without zits, but many of us still get breakouts well beyond our teen years. Acne affects approximately 50 million people in the US alone, making it the most common skin condition and, while most often found in teenagers, can follow many people well into their 40’s. Things like stress, diet and hormonal changes can all cause breakouts and a man’s oilier skin, larger pores, and more active sweat glands pose a particular threat. If you suffer from breakouts, you’re likely well-versed in spot treatments and over the counter remedies, but using the best face wash for acne can help keep zits from popping up in the first place.

What to Look for in a Men's Acne Face Wash

Since men's skin can be particularly oily, using the wrong kind of face wash can cause dirt and sebum to be lodged inside pores and lead to breakouts. Avoiding heavy cream cleansers can be helpful, so you don’t bog down your skin. The best acne face washes have formulas that contain active ingredients, like salicylic acid, which will help unclog pores and gently exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface. If you have sensitive skin, try to avoid fragrances and astringents that can strip and irritate already angry skin. And look for a gentle face cleanser you can use every day, since the best thing you can do to clean your skin is to actually wash it.

Read more: Best Grooming Products for Men

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