Facial care for men with impure skin

Gezichtsverzorging voor mannen met een onzuivere huid

Impure skin is a skin that most men are not happy with. And we get that. You are familiar with acne and pimples . Often also with blackheads, oily skin and large pores. And that while you have already waved goodbye to puberty for quite a few years.

You are not waiting for impure skin because your face is really the first thing a person looks at. Your skin is not only your business card, but also a reflection of your health. This is how your health can have quite an influence on your skin. We'll take a closer look at that today. We will also look at the causes and solutions, give tips and look at a good skincare routine for men with impure skin. We got you!

How do I know if I have blemished skin?

It is always useful to knowwhat skin type you have. You usually know which way you are leaning. Each skin type has its own characteristics, including impure skin. When you can recognize yourself in many, most or perhaps all, you can say that you have impure skin. A few features:

  • Pimples
  • Blackheads
  • White dots
  • Clogged pores
  • Large or dilated pores
  • Shiny or oily skin
  • Subcutaneous inflammations
  • The same features in the neck, shoulders, chest or back

Do you recognize these points? Then it is clear that you have impure skin. Don't worry, there are several things you can do to calm down your skin.

Why do you have problem skin?

Impure skin can have several causes. Of course you have puberty that is best known as the culprit, but that is too short sighted. There are a lot more causes that we will zoom in on.


It is precisely the male hormones, also known as 'androgens', that are the main cause of blemished skin andacne in men . The most well-known male hormone is testosterone. Women also have this hormone, but it is present in greater numbers in men. Androgens stimulate sebaceous glands. This causes your skin to produce more sebum, which in turn can cause pimples. A natural counterpart to this are female hormones (estrogen and progesterone). This is why men suffer more from impure skin than women.

It is important to know that it is not the amount of hormones, but mainly the balance between hormones. In puberty, that balance is hard to find and that explains the 'puberty acne'. This balance is the same reason that women who go off hormonal contraception or who are pregnant can suffer more from blemished skin. Hormones are key!


You probably know the situation. You go through a stressful period and before you know it the subcutaneous pimples will appear again. The reason for this is, yes, hormones. We weren't done with the hormones yet. Because stress also produces a certain hormone called 'cortisol'. Cortisol increases your sebum production, which clogs your pores.

Stress ensures that the skin barrier is disrupted and is then more susceptible to bacteria. This can then greatly exacerbate impurities and cause bacterial infections. Stress (cortisol) can also cause adrenaline, causing pigment cells to become hyperactive. This causes pigment spots. Stress is therefore an absolute no-go. Rustâgh!


It is known that smokers are more likely to get pimples on their cheeks. Smoking increases sebum production in your face and pulls vitamin E and vitamin C out of your skin, even though these are important vitamins that keep the right substances in the right place. Vitamin C ensures that your collagen (this keeps your skin supple) is better bound. Smoking therefore quickly gives you an aging skin that also causes more impurities. Our advice: leave that butt in the 70's.

Bad nutrition

A lot of research is still being done, but in the meantime some things are clear. Sugar is like fertilizer for your pimples. It's downright nutrition that your impure skin can live on. Your blood sugar level is also increased, which releases male hormones (you have them again) and sebum production is increased again.

Eating too much salt is also not good. Salty food contains iodine and iodine ensures that your skin provokes subcutaneous inflammation more quickly. So you shouldn't eat those salty ready meals and your favorite hair salons every day.

Air pollution

It has been proven that people who live in a busy city are more likely to suffer from blemished skin. Think of exhaust fumes, more bacteria, etc. Your skin is working overtime to protect you against these external influences.


Many people forget these. You cleanse your skin well, have a healthy lifestyle, little stress and your hormone levels have turned out to be good. Where should you look then? Well, maybe you're on medication. To name a few examples: medication for epilepsy, tranquilizers and cortisone creams are known to provoke blemished skin. So always check what you're taking!

Wrong care products

You need to know what skin type you have to use the right care products. Are you using the wrong one? Then there is a good chance that you are hiding and irritating your skin. It may also be that you are not cleaning your skin properly. If you don't, your pores will clog and the impurities will increase. But hey, luckily we are in our element here, so we will soon help you with the right products.

Tips for men with impure skin

Maybe you've just read some recognition points and you now understand why you can have blemished skin. But we're not going to stop there. We are going to give you some tips to reduce your impurities, and maybe even solve them!

  1. Always go for mild, perfume-free, alcohol-free and natural products for impure skin. If you use too intense products, too much sebum is removed. Your skin's natural reaction is, yes, a hyperactivity of sebum production. So you don't want to.
  2. squeeze. No. Pimples. Out! Oh man, we know how tempting it is but don't do it. Bacteria on your hands can aggravate and spread inflammation. In addition, squeezing often causes unwanted scars.
  3. Watch out for the sun. Most people think that the sun dries out pimples. And this is true, but the effect is temporary. The radiation from the sun causes extra sebum production. And by now you know what this does to your impure skin. So enjoy the sun but do it in moderation. If you use sunscreen, make sure you use a natural, mild sunscreen with the right ingredients.
  4. Nourish your skin from within. We have already told you about sugars and salts in your diet. But, of course there is also nutrition that will do your skin good! Make sure you have enough vitamin A. This can be found in spinach, carrots and salmon. Zinc (turkey, wheat germ and almonds) is also good for your skin. Vitamin C is always a nice one, you can find this in tomatoes, citrus fruits and papaya, for example. And besides: water, water, water! Water purifies your body and therefore also your skin. Drink about 1.5 / 2 liters per day. Most people see a real difference.
  5. Provide clean towels and pillowcases. No joke. If you keep using a used (and in the meantime maybe dirty) towel after cleaning your face, your skin won't stay clean for long either. The same goes for your pillowcase. You often lie there with your face on it for 8 hours. Dirt or remnants of your hair products can get stuck on your pillowcase. Mega important so to keep this clean.
  6. Rest and regularity are key. In your sleep, your body recovers, including your skin. Sleep also reduces stress and thus the hormone cortisol. So make sure your sleep rhythm is good so that your body can clean up all the impurities itself.
  7. Integrate a daily cleansing ritual. Impure skin is not going to calm down just like that. You have to put in some effort for this. Give your skin that rest and soothe it! We are going to explain to you what the best cleansing ritual is for impure skin.

How do you care for impure skin?

1. Cleanse with a mild facial cleanser

Cleaning the skin is always the first step in good facial care for men. Cleaning is really important for all skin types, but especially for impure skin. Don't be tempted to use a powerhouse of a facial cleanser, but rather a mild cleanser . If the cleaner is too intense, the skin's own fats will be removed. The result? A hyperactive sebum production. Still don't have what you want. So go for a cleaner without sulfates, silicones, parabens and perfume.

  • Cleanse your face with lukewarm water
  • Gently massage your face with the mild cleanser
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel

2. Use a tonic

Use a tonic (also called toner ) so that the PH value of your skin is restored. Tonic ensures that the last remnants of dirt are removed from your face. If you don't remove it, you give dirt, cleaning product or residual product the chance to clog your pores. And that is precisely what we want to prevent. Just pay attention when you use tonic for the first time. You can see that quite a bit of dirt still ends up on your cotton pad.

  • Put a little tonic on a cotton pad
  • Dab the cotton swab over your face
  • You do not need to rinse the tonic off your face

3. Use a serum

Time to moisturize your face. A serum is very suitable for this. For impure skin, a serum is recommended that contains, for example, salicylic acid (also known as BHA or beta-hydroxy acid). This ingredient penetrates your pores and will help unclog them. LHA, glycolic acid and niacinamide also help impure skin.

  • Warm up a little serum in your (clean) hands
  • Spread over your face
  • You don't have to wash off a serum

4. Use a day cream or night cream for men

Now it's time for your day cream (or night cream , depending on when you apply this routine). Make sure you don't use a too greasy cream with too much oil. This can clog your pores. Always make sure you use a special cream that is made for impure skin.

  • Remove your cream from the jar with clean hands or a spatula
  • Massage the cream into your face in circular motions
  • Start in the middle and work outwards
  • Avoid the skin around your eyes
  • Let the cream absorb into your skin during the day / night

5. Deep cleaning

A special step for impure skin is deep cleansing. Do this about 1 or 2 times a week for the optimal result. A deep cleansing consists of a facial scrub (exfoliation). This removes dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. The result? A skin that can breathe again and therefore better absorb all the good fabrics from your care. Win win!

  • Cleanse your skin well
  • Apply exfoliant to your skin in the same way you would apply a cream

The best products for impure skin

And now the most important part! It is always difficult to choose the right product among all the products that can be found. That is why we like to think along with you. For example, on our site you always have the choice "impure skin" in all the different categories. That way you can quickly filter to find the right products for your skin. We also have our favourites, of course.

We hope to have helped you a lot with this. Of course you may still have questions. Please feel free to contact us, we are happy to help you! You know where to find us.

Good luck!

Your friends, The Alpha Men