How to End Male Bacne

Preventing Bacne Breakouts

Using your acne medication(s) daily is probably one of the most effective bacne prevention strategies. Acne medications work best when applied in a thin layer to the entire affected area every day (some are used twice a day). Don't just spot-treat. Yes, you'll use more medication (which will cost more money), but it's way more effective.
Don't spend much time in sweaty gym clothes. Shower and change into fresh clothes as quickly as possible.
Don't touch your skin unless necessary. It spreads bacteria. Use gentle skin products. Use a moisturizer during dry winter months. When skin gets dry, it will signal sebaceous glands to ramp up sebum production, increasing the risk of breakouts. Just make sure to pick a noncomedogenic moisturizer (noncomedogenic means it won't clog your pores).

How to Deal With Bacne Breakouts

If you have a tendency to get bacne, you'll probably have to deal with a few breakouts now and then, even with effective treatment. Here are a few tips to speed recovery:
  • Don't pick! We know it's tempting, but don't pick, squeeze, poke, or prod. You'll heal more quickly (and with less scarring) if you let your skin handle it from the inside out.
  • Hands off! Once you've mastered the self-control to avoid picking, you need to make sure not to touch the breakout area at all. Doing so can spread bacteria and can make it hard to avoid picking.
  • Be gentle. Use a mild cleanser and avoid harsh scrubbing.

When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you've tried all kinds of advice and treatments and nothing has worked (and if your bacne bothers you), it's time to make an appointment with a dermatologist. Although it might seem a bit embarrassing, dermatologists treat people with acne (and bacne) all day long, every day.
If your doctor recommends a prescription medication, ask about the price (some acne drugs are shockingly expensive). Ask for samples and coupons (many of the manufacturers of acne drugs provide coupon programs to reduce the cost of the medications). Ask about lower-cost alternatives, if money is tight.
Once you've started seeing a dermatologist for acne treatment, you'll go back at least once a year. And you know those monster pimples that pop up every once in a while? The ones that feel large enough to have their own ZIP code and that are excruciatingly painful and can last for weeks? A quick trip to your dermatologist for a little steroid injection can help those monstrous acne lesions go away quickly. 
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