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Why Do Guys Get Pimples?

By Susan Diranian ; Updated July 18, 2017

Pimples are common in all people, but they may occur more in males. There are many factors that contribute to an outbreak including stress, skin care habits and environmental factors. To prevent pimples, wash your face twice a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Try not to touch your face so much throughout the day and change your bedding and sheets often.


Guys may start experiencing pimple breakouts as soon as they hit puberty. This is due to all the changes occurring in the body, including the overproduction of oil. Hormones also play a role in the overproduction of oil as well as environmental factors such as stress and the sun. Acne may be worse in males because they produce more skin oils than females. Pimple outbreaks may last well into the mid-twenties, though some people may experience pimples as they get older, too.

Skin Care

Poor skin care habits may also lead to pimples. Washing your face and skin helps remove dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess oil, the key components that clog your pores and cause pimples. Washing your hair is just as important as oil can build up around your scalp and cause an outburst of pimples as a result. Use cleansing products that are oil and alcohol free. Refrain from using greasy products on your face like sunscreen or body lotion. If you do have a pimple, leave it alone. Scrubbing, popping or picking at it will only make it worse.


While the notion of what you eat causes pimples has not been proven to be true, what you do after you eat does. Always wash your hands after eating a meal, especially one that is loaded with grease. Try not to touch your face after a meal. Also, keep your hands away from your face throughout the day. Wipe down anything that makes contact with your face including your cell phone, sunglasses and headphones. Also, change your bedding frequently as your pillowcase and sheets absorb excess oil while you sleep.

Other Considerations

Other causes of pimples include drug use, such as steroids or testosterone, hot weather, sweating, and wearing clothes that are too tight or made of non-breathable materials. Try over-the-counter medications and washes to treat areas that are prone to breakouts. Make an appointment with a dermatologist if these treatments don't work, if your pimples get worse or you start to develop scars after your pimples heal.

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