Comedogenic vs Non-comedogenic Skincare

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Cleansers: Your cleanser should be pore-clearing and contain deep-cleaning ingredients such as salicylic and glycolic acid, which help control acne. These clear away oil and grime, without clogging pores or upsetting the face's natural moisture levels. MenScience's Daily Face Wash contains these ingredients, along with aloe vera extract, which is beneficial for men with acne-prone skin since they help soothe irritation and redness.

Sunscreens: Although many sunblocks tend to feel heavy, research has shown that many UV-blocking ingredients are not comedogenic. However, it's important to use a sunblock that is non-greasy and absorbs immediately into skin (also be sure to completely wash away old sunblock you've put on throughout the day to further prevent acne comedones from forming!).

Shaving Products: Shaving can aggravate blemishes and acne, so choose products that contain soothing, lubricating, water-based (not alcohol-based) ingredients such as aloe, allantoin and tea tree extract. This will keep pores clear, bypassing shaving irritation and acne. For more shaving tips, visit

Comedogenic Behavior

Even if you do use non-comedogenic products to keep your pores clear and reduce acne breakouts, you may find that you are still breaking out with acne pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. This could be because you may have some comedogenic habits. After all, acne thrives on bacteria, and there are many instances during the day when bacteria can be easily transported from your hands to your face. To keep bacteria levels down and prevent acne, consider the following tips:

According to a study by the American Society for Microbiology and the Soap and Detergent Association, one-third of all men don't wash their hands after using the bathroom. This means there's a lot of men walking around with germ-ridden hands. Since acne is caused by bacteria, every time you touch your face with your unclean hands, you're spreading acne-causing germs. Keep your hands clean by washing them regularly with warm, soapy water, and don't touch your face too often.

Have frequent bouts of acne around your jaw line? Your phone could be the culprit. Germs from your hands can easily be transmitted to hand-held devices, and sebum from your face can rub off on them as well. To prevent the spread of acne causing bacteria and kill germs, wipe your phone (office, cell phone, and home) down every week or two with an antibacterial wipe or a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol. This also works for remote controls and computer keyboards.

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