Both men and women can develop acne during their adult years. The difference between treating acne for the different sexes is that acne treatments for men must fit into a man’s simple skin care routine. Women are often used to washing their face regularly and applying various skin creams. Men often find the application of topical acne medications to be burdensome, if they are not used to applying creams.
Dr. Schweiger explains that, “Some men don’t mind applying topical medications for acne. However, for those men who can’t adjust to applying a cream each evening, there are other options for treatment. Oral medications and in-office treatments allow men with acne to simplify their daily routine without neglecting treatment of acne.”
Acne treatments for men:
In-office laser acne treatments – Photodynamic Therapy and the Isolaz laser acne treatment can be used in a series of treatments to address both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Clear Clinic in NYC has different in-office acne treatment packages to choose from based on the type of acne and the severity of your acne.
In-office non-laser acne treatment – Medical extractions and chemical peels are effective for men with inflammatory acne and for the treatment of whiteheads and blackheads.
Oral medications: Oral antibiotics and even oral isotretinoin can be used for the treatment of acne in men, when appropriate. Men with moderate to severe inflammatory acne, even those who are undergoing laser acne treatments, can benefit from the use of oral antibiotics. Men with severe acne may be appropriate candidates for isotretinoin (Accutane) treatment.
At-home treatments: At-home acne treatments, such as the Clarisonic brush and the Tria Blue Light acne treatment, are helpful for treating acne in men. Just a few minutes of treatment with these devices can improve acne in men with little inconvenience.