6 Top tips to treat male hormonal acne

6 Top tips to treat male hormonal acne

6 Top tips to treat male hormonal acne

Hormones naturally change throughout their lives, even on a month-to-month basis. Unfortunately, sometimes these changes can trigger acne breakouts. Male hormonal acne is caused when hormones create excess oil production, which clogs the pores. Often, bacteria can find its way into the pores too which can cause infection and inflammation, causing male adult acne breakouts.

Acne isn’t always caused by hormones though. If you’re looking at persistent breakouts, there could be other causes of your male adult acne. Don’t worry - we are here to help, with top tips for managing male adult acne!

1. Cleanse

We know that acne is caused by a build-up of oils, bacteria and dead skin cells. Cleansing will remove the excess oils and bacteria from the equation. Many cleansers that are marketed as “specifically for acne” contain harsh chemicals like alcohol, which can really dry out the skin. Using harsh cleansers can strip away the natural oils from the face, meaning the skin will overcompensate by producing more oil

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Steer clear of cleansers or scrubs with microbeads as they can also damage the skin. Using harsh exfoliants can cause micro-abrasions, or tiny tears, in the skin which will irritate the skin further.

Try a foaming cleanser with a soft, cotton facecloth. Gently work the cleanser into the skin by massaging in circular motions with the fingertips. Then rinse with a facecloth and warm water.

2. Can simply showering help male hormonal acne?

Acne isn’t just limited to the face. Many men experience male adult acne on their necks, shoulders and thighs; this can be caused by a build-up of sweat. Make sure to shower immediately after the gym or if you’ve been out for a run.

Male Shower

Letting sweat settle on the skin may clog the pores further. If the weather is particularly warm, try to shower before going to bed, as well as in the morning. This means that the sweat doesn’t have a chance to settle into the skin overnight.

3. Shaving

Shaving can irritate the skin, which certainly won’t help if you’re prone to male adult acne. Gently exfoliating the skin before shaving will remove the dead skin cells from around the hair follicles. This means that you’ll get a closer shave, you’re less likely to get ingrown hairs, and it’ll help to minimize breakouts. Using a pre-shave oil will help to hydrate the skin and will offer some protection

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Change your blades

Most men don’t change their blades often enough. Using a blunt blade will not only cause ingrown hairs, but it will irritate the skin. Razors can also harbour bacteria and using the same razor over and over again will give the bacteria more opportunity to find its way onto your face. Change your blades regularly and clean your razor thoroughly, between shaves to avoid this.

Using a shaving oil or foam

Using a shaving oil or foam is a wonderful way to protect the skin when shaving. This will provide a barrier between your skin and the blade, reducing the friction as you shave. Less friction means less irritation for your skin. Shaving cuts are not only annoying and painful, but they also give bacteria the opportunity to get into the skin and cause infection and inflammation.

Woman helping man shave his face


Many men use aftershave to add a nice scent before leaving the house, but it can also help the skin too! The skin of the face is quite sensitive and shaving can often irritate it, choosing a hydrating aftershave can help soothe the skin.

Moisturising the skin, post shave, can help control male adult acne as it replaces moisturise lost whilst shaving. This will help to balance oil production and reduce breakouts. Try to avoid aftershaves that have an alcohol base, as it can dry out the skin.

4. Can diet help prevent male hormonal acne?

Hormones naturally fluctuate and men go through hormonal cycles on a daily basis. The male hormonal cycle is governed mainly by the level of testosterone. If you feel like you suffer from male hormonal acne, eating a balanced diet can help regulate your hormone levels.

Getting plenty of protein can help maintain muscle, bone and skin health. Protein is found in foods like eggs, white meat, dairy, broccoli, soya milk, tofu, chickpeas, lentils, peas, nuts, and seeds. Try to incorporate these foods into each meal to ensure you get enough protein.

Limiting sugar and refined carbohydrates can also help regulate your hormone levels. Consuming high levels of sugar will boost insulin production in the body. Insulin allows cells to absorb energy and amino acids from the bloodstream. A little insulin goes a long way though. Cutting back on sugary foods will help decrease this but you don’t need to cut them out completely – everything in moderation!

5. Exercising can help prevent male hormonal acne.

Being physically active is wonderful for your overall physical and mental health but did you know that it can help regulate hormonal levels? If you’re suffering from male hormonal acne, maybe upping the step count can help.

Male Exercising

Exercising helps to increase hormones like testosterone, which decrease with age. Regulating hormones like testosterone not only help protect the muscles as you grow older, it can also help prevent male adult acne breakouts.

6. The perfect skincare routine for male adult acne

Following a daily skincare routine can be an effective way of reducing male adult acne breakouts. Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be a ten-step process to be effective. The key to a good skincare routine is using super effective products and making sure that you can keep it up every day. Consistency is the key to skincare.

The main steps in an effective skincare routine are cleanse, tone, and moisturise. Sufferers of male adult acne or male hormonal acne might also find it beneficial to incorporate a soothing serum into the routine too.


Toner not only helps to shrink the appearance of pores, but it also helps to keep the skin firm. Using a toner can help to restore the natural pH balance of the skin, which may have been upset.

Soothing Serum

Poko’s Soothing Serum is perfect for acne-prone or inflamed skin as it helps to calm stressed skin. This soothing serum helps to balance oil production, meaning no excess oils.

Full of vitamins, minerals and protein, the serum helps to promote the growth of new skin cells which will help the skin to heal after previous male adult acne breakouts. This soothing serum can also help to prevent spot-causing bacteria and will help to reduce redness in irritated skin.


Poko Soothing Serum being applied onto a woman's hand


Using a moisturiser like Poko’s Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser can help to lock in moisture without clogging the pores. Infused with CBD, it will help to keep the skin balanced and resilient. This particular product is suitable for all skin types and will help to maintain the skins naturally acidic pH level.

As this product is super hydrating, it is perfect for use during the colder months, when the skin dries out easily. This moisturiser will also help to protect your skin from environmental pollutants and free radicals, reducing the risk of clogged pores.

If you are looking for some 2021 skincare new year resolutions, we have created a list of some simple products that can be added to any skincare routine.  

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