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Acne In Men: Causes Of Adult Acne & How To Fix It

As the great Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and acne''... Okay, we MAY have made that last part up.

But acne is a problem that a lot of us have to deal with, even after our awkward teenage years. If you suffer with acne that lasts well into adulthood, you’re not alone… studies have shown that a whopping 40% of men experience adult acne!

We’re often asked about what can be done to reduce acne. Most guys have experienced this all-too-common issue at some point in their lives, yet despite its prevalence, it is rarely talked about openly.

Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! In this article, you'll learn about the top 5 causes of adult acne, along with our best acne-fighting tips to get you back to being blemish-free.

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Does Oily Skin Cause Acne In Men?

There are several reasons why we can develop acne. One of the main causes for adult acne is when oil gland pores become blocked, which can be made worse by using harsh chemicals (found in many skincare products today) on your skin. That being said, you may think that removing as much oil as possible will reduce acne, right? 


The key to combatting acne is to avoid removing too much oil from your skin. Whenever you strip your skin of essential oils, it goes into overdrive to restore the balance of your skin’s oil level. As a result, your skin produces an excessive amount of oil, therefore creating more blocked pores — and so the vicious cycle continues.

Want to know how to exfoliate properly? We've written a whole blog article about that…

Why Does Skincare Make Men's Acne Worse?

As mentioned above, not all hair and skin care products are created equal. Be sure to check the labels for words such as sulfates, parabens, and other synthetic chemicals.

There is evidence that these chemicals can cause significant irritation and inflammation, by disrupting the skin barrier and worsening the appearance of active breakouts.

Thankfully, all VITAMAN are free from parabens, phthalates, glycols, mineral oil, baking soda, DEA, TEA, ethanol, and lanolin. To learn more, check out this blog post about the natural ingredients in our award-winning skincare!

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Does A Poor Diet Cause Acne In Men?

Even though we hate to admit it, those late, beer-filled nights and cheat meals consisting of every fried food imaginable are going to affect your skin.

The foods you eat can influence your skin's production of oil, your hormones, and other sorts of inflammation, all of which are factors that can lead to acne. So, next time you reach for the takeout menu, consider the impact it could have on your skin!

How Does Stress Cause Men's Acne?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that stress is bad for our bodies. But did you know it can also be a contributing factor to acne?

Several studies have shown that stress also increases the likelihood of acne outbreaks. During times of stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone), which stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, resulting in, you guessed it, acne.

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Can Poor Sleep Cause Acne In Men? 

As much as I hate to sound like your mum, getting to bed at a decent hour could be key to reducing acne! When your sleep cycle is disrupted, the body produces more cortisol, causing skin inflammation, slow-to-heal blemishes, and acne to occur. 

Not only that, but making sure you’re sleeping on clean bedding is another factor in the search for acne-free skin. According to laboratory tests, swabs taken from week-old pillowcases contained 17,000 times more bacteria than samples taken from a toilet seat. To all the men who haven't changed their sweaty sheets in a few months, we’re looking at you… 

How To Treat Men’s Acne

While no one wants to deal with acne long after their teenage years are over, it happens more often than you may think - and the good news is that there are many solutions out there to get adult acne under control.

For starters, make a note of when pimples appear to help you identify a pattern. Understanding the underlying causes of adult acne is the first step to controlling it. 

As with anything in this life, consistency is key when it comes to managing your breakouts. Often you'll have to try a combination of fixes to find out what works best for you and your skin. 

Thankfully, we've made it easy for you with our natural face wash!

Our cleanser for men helps protect against dry and cracked skin, which can increase your risk of infection. In place of alcohol, we use Witch Hazel, a natural cleanser that also has powerful anti-bacterial properties. 

Our face wash and cleanser also contains Sweet Orange Peel Oil, a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent, along with other unique plant-based ingredients sourced directly from the Australian Outback.

By breaking down clogged skin cells, the citrus fruit acids in our face wash prevent those pores from getting blocked to keep your skin acne-free. And our secret ingredient, a pinch of Australian Sea Salt, provides natural, yet gentle exfoliation to eliminate the dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling smooth and blemish-free!

Want to double down on eliminating your acne? Try our natural men's face scrub! Unlike so many other men's exfoliators that use plastic microbeads – which are bad for your skin and the environment) – our natural face scrub uses finely crushed walnut shells and bamboo powder to gently remove the rough skin and dead skin cells that can block your pores.

Our scrub is also pH balanced to suit the chemistry of your skin, meaning it won’t leave your skin red, dry, or irritated. Plus, we use Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Allantoin, and Vitamin E combined with other plant ingredients to leave your skin feeling fresh, clean, and blemish-free! 

We are also proud to say that all of our products are backed by hundreds (even thousands) of years of botanical science, contain all-important natural, organic, and vegan-certified ingredients, and are covered by our 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

Long story short: It’s never too late to get your acne under control. You can get started today with our natural Essential Skincare Kit, which consists of our face wash, face scrub and face moisturizer!

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Meet The founder

Clare Castles, a seasoned beauty therapist, international skincare lecturer, and former salon owner, foresaw the rise of men’s grooming trends in Australia before they took the world by storm.

With an eye for innovation and a heart for creation, Clare embarked on a journey of discovery into indigenous biochemistry, which soon blossomed into a passion for formulating exceptional skincare products.

This unique blend of expertise and enthusiasm led to the birth of VITAMAN in December 1999, marking the dawn of Australia's first true pioneer in men’s grooming.

To this day, Clare remains dedicated to VITAMAN's legacy of being the most innovative, effective, and natural men’s haircare and skincare product range available today.