How do you take care of your skin as a man?

I have been wondering how some guys have smooth nice looking clean skin, while I tried many different things and still look like I do not care for myself at all.

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  1. Check out the subreddit – skincareaddiction

    For me, I try and keep it simple. Below is my routine. The tricky part is finding the right products that work for your skin type. My skin is fairly acne prone and oily so having a skin care routine has been pretty valuable for me.

    AM: Cleanser (pH balanced), vitamin c serum, moisturizer (gel), sunscreen (Biore brand)

    PM: Cleanser (pH balanced), exfoliate (I do so every other day), the ordinary serum, moisturizer (gel)

  2. I don’t do a lot, I just use an exfoliating gel in the shower ~3 times a week and moisturize when it feels dry, but I get compliments on my complexion. Seems like the key is just keeping up the exfoliation.

  3. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water activated gel cleanser. Then a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

  4. I usually start the day with a facial cleanser, then I use a scrub during my nightly shower (the instruction say daily, dunno why everybody else does it weekly/monthly, I guess mine isn’t that aggressive) and a moisturizer after both shower. Skin still far from perfect due to some acne scars and I still get the occasional pimple, but it used to be a lot worse, my nose doesn’t look like the moon anymore.

  5. I just straight up don’t. I don’t have any acne at all really, but the issue is my hands. I’m a cold sleeper, so I have my window open at night. The cold air dries the shit out of my hands. Some days they’re like sandpaper and I just ignore it because I don’t really care

  6. I use handsoap. A lot of this is honestly down to genetics and age. What works for one guy won’t necessarily work for another. You can try a bunch of different things, and if none of them work for you, ask your doctor or try seeing a dermatologist (once it’s possible to do so again).

  7. When I shower before bed I’ll use face wash for about 2 minutes. Then when I wake up I just use water and wash my face. Multiple times throughout the day I’ll rinse my face with water.

  8. its weird because I have had worse acne in my late 20s to now early 30s than I ever did before. Its not terrible just more frequent than ever in my life. 2 1/2 years ago I started working out more frequently and changed my diet up and Idk if it was hormones or what but I started breaking out a lot . doc prescribed me doxycylcine. fixed it for the most part but I still break out but not as much. its weird and I try to stay on top of it . I exfoliate every other day and moisturize . guess Ill just get acutane and nuke my face

  9. Use a cleanser to clean your face everyday. Use a lotion afterwards. Exfoliate your face at least once a week. Drink water and you can also get face masks to wear if you need better hydration.

  10. CeraVe face wash twice a day, once in the shower and once before bed. Neutrogena combination skin moisturizer afterward, both times. Honestly I do touch my face a bit just out of impulse and habit but I’ve never really had an issue with it.

  11. Wash my face twice a day, once with soap and once with Differin gel (well “wash” is a strong word with that one). I also use facial wipes twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. I used to also use a face wash, but that didn’t do much, so I dropped that from my routine.

  12. Just soap and water for the normal daily routine. I get my exfoliating done while shaving. A straight razor shave is great for that, too.

    Not taking anything away from someone else’s routine and products, just those get expensive and I mostly have to shave every few days anyway, so it saves some money – which was my initial motivating factor to try it out: high-ish cost of entry but, ultimately, I have only been buying shave soap & after shave for about 20 years, until I had to replace a razor that got badly pitted with water.

    I will warn you that it does take some learning to do it yourself and, even then, it takes about 15 minutes to shave. But it’s really relaxing and saves a bunch of money. From what others are saying about their exfoliating/deep cleaning routine, the time commitment seems on par with what they do every few days.

  13. So my skin isn’t clear by any means but it got way better when I started using lotion to shave with. Nothing fancy, just regular Aveeno.

  14. I’m more extreme with taking care of my skin then other men are, as a result I’m skin does look pretty alright. When I wake up, I use a oil cleanser, then a foam cleanser, followed by a toner/essence, finally I use a serum and moisturizer, sometimes eye cream. At night I use the same facial cleaner and apply a different serum meant for night. Once a week I use an exfoliate and facial masks. I tend to use mostly Korean products, they tend to have higher quality ingredients.

  15. When I get up in the morning I wash my face with water to get rid of all the oils and grease from the sheets.

    Before going to bed i Wash my face with really warm water (not hot) and put on a face cream. The cream is not to be too thick.

    Bi-weekly I put on a black mask peeling mask on. Thats basically it for my routine and all of these things I get from the stores, nothing too expensive.

    Besides from that, I wash my bedsheets/pillowsheets once a week, don’t touch my face at all almost, I make sure to drink enough water.

  16. Facial care is different for everyone, you gotta do a lot of trial and error to find what works for you. For example after trying many different medications, cleansers, and moisturizers to treat my acne, I found out just washing my face with water and applying castor oil is best for my oily skin.

    I love Dr. Bronner’s body wash bar.

    Lotion is the biggest thing for healthy skin all throughout life though, personally I use Vaseline with Cocoa butter

  17. I was breaking out a lot, and eventually figured out that it was because all the stuff I’d being using before had stripped the moisture layer away from my skin (so that if I just splashed it with water, it would immediately feel too tight and dry).

    I now use grapeseed oil, and whilst it seemed counter-intuitive to use oil, it’s the most consistently effective thing I’ve come across.

  18. JOJOBA OIL!!!!
    Swear by that shit. Use it daily. I also used a facial scrub daily. Integrate a charcoal mask 1x weekly and you’ll be in your way to smoother skin! Good luck

  19. I have a very KISS approach to skincare. I get the occasional blemish but overall I think it works very well.

    I wash my face with a tea tree oil facial wash in the morning and at night. Every other morning I’ll exfoliate my face with an acai facial scrub after washing it (really wakes me up). I use an SPF 15 scent-free moisturizer on my face after each wash. I should probably use a different moisturizer at night but … meh.

  20. Okay so not a man but a professional esthetician (aka pimple popper but not MD). Best thing you can do is:

    cleanse ONCE a day (better at night to wash off all the dirt and oil from the day). Cleansing more than once can strip your natural oils which can make you dry or make you too oily and prone to breakouts.

    exfoliate (I would say 1-2x a week depending on the strength)


    Add eye cream if you really want to do it right. Don’t rub it in aggressively, pat it in gently with your ring finger

    In the morning you should wear an SPF, no matter what shade your skin is.


  21. I might just have good genes, but I don’t wash my face very much. Maybe once a month. I try to keep as much natural oils and bacteria as I can. I’ve never had bad acne. I also rarely change out my pillow case.

  22. I absolutely cannot stand the sensation of lotion because of the oily residue they leave behind. I can barely deal with it on my hands during the winter and have to wash off the residue, and would never dream of trying to do my entire body (maybe nightmare).


    So I have to use higher end soaps ($4-7 per bar) if I don’t want to deal with dry skin problems.

  23. 1) stop eating chocolate

    2) Go to your local drug store’s beauty section and ask them for konjac sponges. Buy a good facial cleanser

    3) Buy a stack of microfiber cloths (6-20)

    4) Buy face cream, usually comes in small bottles. Doesn’t need to be super expensive

    5) Wash face with cleanser and sponge every morning and night. Use clean sides of microfiber cloths to PAT DRY

    6) Use face cream

    If you’re feeling adventurous, do a face mask a couple times a week

  24. I stopped using any products. I do a mask with my gf once in a while, like in three years, I think I’ve done two. But mostly I just wipe my face with a clean washcloth first thing when I get in the shower. No soap, no scrubbing, just enough to get dirt and junk off. I don’t have perfect skin, but I dunno, it’s been working a looooooot better than anything else I’ve tried so whatever.

  25. Depends on my state of mind. Right now, Irish Spring, bar soap. Last week, Irish Spring body soap and a coarse exfoliating brush.

    I’ll likely do something different in a couple weeks. Who knows.

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