(Closed) men’s acne?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My Fiance has acne, too, and uses Proactiv. But what has really helped him has been using my Clinique clarifying lotion (milder than the astringent). If he’s tried everything, it might be time to get to a dermatologist or even ask if his regular doctor can prescribe something. If his army healthcare considers the dermatologist for acne cosmetic/not covered, he could at least ask his regular family/ general practice doctor.

As far as bringing it up — it’s tough, but if the problem is obvious and you want to help him, not "fix" him, you could suggest he ask his doc. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

has he even asked the military doc for help? my friend was in the Navy and he used to send his sister acne medication that he got for free. encourage him to ask, the worst they can say is no.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would imagine his primary care physician could prescribe something basic for his acne – like antibiotics such as Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day (what I take sometimes). In my experience, it helps – but I’m not a dermatologist/MD. It is a sensitive topic though, good luck.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Perhaps he can try the Obagi Clenziderm system?  I have adult acne and it worked great to get the acne under control for me.  It’s a three step system that includes a wash, toner, and a serum gel.  I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but I think it was about $130. 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also found Chinese medicine to be very helpful.  I received my herbs in powder form and it really helped to cleanse my body of toxins.  It makes a world of a difference and I do a cleanse twice a year now.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I had some good success with the acne.org system. The basis of it is a gentle cleanser, a mild (but copiously applied) benzoyl peroxide gel, and moisturizer. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that cause acne, but you have to use the proper amount to get it to penetrate and work. It is easy to do (although it will bleach your pillowcase and anything you sleep in because of the BP), very inexpensive, and available over the counter.

I would recommend that he stop using the astringent, because it is probably overdrying his skin, which paradoxically causes it to produce more oil. He may think he does not need moisturizer because his skin is oily but that is also incorrect. The Bridal Party will dry his skin out so he may find that he needs it. Anyway, there’s lots of info on that website. Good luck for him! 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I also say that he should take an antibiotic – that will help. You could actually have the doc prescribe it and he take it.

Has he tried a scrub? Tell him to scrub his face once a week. Does he wash his face at night and in the morning? Can you just go to the derm and get some kind of benzoyl peroxide pads, and just give them to him to use? Also, get a topical like duac and it will clear them up.

Once he can go, tell him to go on accutane

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