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Acne and oily skin don’t discriminate since it plagues both men, too. While hormones are partly to blame (testosterone does play a part in causing pimples), “it’s really the lifestyle, the weather, and heavy moisturizer use” that causes breakouts, says Dr. Joey Muñoz, associate physician at the Belo Medical Group Greenbelt. Keep reading to discover more pimple-causing dilemmas and learn how you can finally put a stop to them.
The Problem: You wash your face regularly, but your skin feels dry and dull—plus you usually get a bad zit at the worst possible time.
You probably need: A facial and/or a peel. This is the bare minimum you can do to get rid of deep-seated dirt and grime from all those stressful commutes and sweaty pickup basketball games. It’s also the first step you’ll take with your doctor to determine your specific skin needs. “At Belo, we do basic facials first, then chemical peels, and laser treatments, or topical medicines,” explains Dr. Muñoz.“You have to treat the oil, get the dead skin out, rejuvenate the skin, remove bacteria, basically make it functional.” It’s zero fuss, too—just pop your earphones in and take a little nap while enjoying someone else washing your face for once.
The Problem: Your face looks like an oil slick after your morning commute, and you still have a long day ahead of you.
You probably need: A product that can you swipe on to combat that shine. Try adding ZO Cebatrol to your routine since these oil-control pads can sop up pimple-causing oil and smoothen your facial skin at the same time, leaving you with a polished, just-washed-your-face look.
The Problem: You have intense acne that can put a pre-pubescent boy to shame.
You probably need: A round of topical medication that’s prescribed by your dermatologist. “We tell our patients that we also need to look for the root cause of the acne breakouts,” explains Dr. Muñoz. “We target the obvious causes first—the oil, the bacteria, the marks and the redness that you see on the surface.” If the acne still persists, then oral meds may be prescribed to help battle rebellious skin from inside out.
The Problem: You have a ton of old pimple marks and scars you wish you could erase—and shaving seems to make it worse with all those nicks and scratches.
You probably need: A couple of treatments that will specifically address old marks and scars. Ask your dermatologist about RevLite—it’s a painless laser procedure that will smoothen your skin and banish marks left behind by pimple scarring.
Another option to try: KI injections, which help flatten and soften those tough dark scars from the days you couldn’t resist popping your pimples.