There was a time not too long ago when many believed that skin care was only for a certain demographic - mature, female, and able to afford the most luxury products by Estée Lauder and Clinique. But in recent years, it’s become common knowledge that skincare is necessary for people of all ages and genders… even teenage boys!
Skin care for teen males is just as (if not more) important as any other demographic, as they experience the same hormonal changes in the skin and subsequent acne, dryness, and dullness that their female peers do. In fact, they may even experience these skin issues in a harsher way. Men generally have thicker skin than women, making it easier for oil, dirt, and dead skin cells to clog your pores and cause breakouts. They also tend to be more oily, and things get complicated when the facial hair starts to come in and cause irritation and clogged pores. Not the most fun way to start your journey to adulthood.
But it’s never been easier to look and feel good with the best skincare products for teenage males, as many brands are launching male-specific products or use formulations that won’t irritate the worst male teenage skin issues. With male grooming on the rise, more teenage boys are willing to step away from the XBox and apply a bit of cleanser or acne wash before bed, and there’s still so much left to explore when practicing skin care for boys.
Here are the best skincare products for teenage males that you need to try:
As Demi Lovato once said, “what’s wrong with being confident?” Self-esteem gets pretty complicated during the teenage years, and you deserve to feel good about yourself and your complexion in a time when everything is a little confusing. Confidence In Gel Lotion Moisturizer gives you a major boost of not only self-esteem, but also hydration, clear skin, and even texture. The gel formula feels calming on your oily and sensitive skin, while this moisturizer features Ceramides, Glycerin, and Cactus Flower Extract to keep the skin moisturized while fighting blemishes. Our community gives Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisture all the top ratings for being lightweight, brightening, good for acne, and gentle on the skin… and you can add it to your IT Cosmetics lineup to collect all the best skincare products for teenage males.
The first step of planning your skin care routine is finding the right ingredients that work for you. And while every face is unique and reacts differently to certain things, most of those with oily skin (AKA, teenagers) will greatly benefit from a good charcoal mask, like the Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask by Boscia. Activated charcoal absorbs excess oil and impurities before they get the chance to make you break out, providing a solid detox and exfoliating your skin. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay works alongside activated charcoal in this mask to boost the absorption of oil, while refining your pores and making you appear refreshed and radiant. You’ll also get Vitamin C, which brightens your complexion and protects against free radical damage - perfect for the guys who play sports after school or spend extra time outside. Wearing this Boscia mask for just a few minutes each night will show you just how fun skin care for teen males can be… and it’s just an added bonus that you can wear it beside your girlfriend for a night of Netflix and self-care.
Ever woken up one day with a mega pimple that appeared basically overnight? The answer is yes, because it’s a teenage right of passage that sadly extends well into adulthood. And while there are plenty of acne-fighting cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to prevent future breakouts, it’s easy to live in the moment and zap zits on command with the Acne Fighting Spot Gel by e.l.f. This $3 roll-on treatment is great for beauty beginners who need to eliminate the worst of their male teenage skin issues, or simply dry out a pimple quickly before a big school dance or photoshoot. No 10-step skincare routine required. You can roll into your clearest complexion ever with a blend of salicylic acid, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and aloe to reduce redness and acne while calming the skin. And like most e.l.f. products, it delivers amazing results at under $10, and is extremely easy to use for everybody. Just roll this formula over your face, arms, back, or anywhere else… and discover the best skincare products for teenage males by a cult favorite drugstore brand.
At the risk of getting TMI here, most of us know that acne isn’t only confined to the face, especially for a teenager whose hormones and oil production levels are all over the place. And while we would generally never encourage somebody to cleanse with a bar of soap (shudder), this cleansing bar by Herbivore Botanicals is a big exception. We’ve told you about the joys of activated charcoal, which purifies the skin by pulling oil and impurities to the surface. But did you know that it can also clear up blackheads, along with redness and inflammation on other parts of the body like your arms and legs? Exactly what you need to deep clean your entire body and end up with all-over, blemish-free radiance. This cleansing soap also contains Tea Tree Oil to fight infections and Bergamot Oil to balance the skin’s natural oil production, making it one of the best skincare products for teenage males that requires basically zero time and effort to use.
Listen, we’re 100% aware that crow’s feet are not the biggest thing a teenage boy is worried about. In fact, it probably doesn’t even make the top 5. But part of being a teenager is making the right choices now to prepare for your future, whether that’s filling out college applications or working out daily to maintain your physical health. And wearing SPF daily is the best thing you can do to keep your skin protected against UVA/UVB rays and looking young and healthy for the years ahead. It doesn’t need to be the thick and creamy paste you’re used to wearing at the beach, either… as some of the most popular skincare products for teenage male skin are infused with SPF to feel smooth and subtle on your skin. Cucumber Face Sunscreen Moisturizer by Coola is formulated with an organic, antioxidant-rich Plant Protection Complex to keep your skin packed with moisture and clear of blemishes while protecting against the sun with SPF 30. It only takes a few seconds to apply, covers all your male teenage skin issues, and gives you peace of mind that you may still be looking 15 when you’re 35.
“I really love the mint and shea butter lip balm! It feels so smooth and cool on my lips. I really feel like my lips are being hydrated. An added bonus is that there’s SPF in this lip balm, something I absolutely cannot live without.This is definitely my main balm!” Beyond the nearly perfect ratings on MIRA, there’s no denying the power of Intense Therapy Lip Balm when discussing skin care for teen males. Called the “#1 Men’s Lip Treatment,” this lip balm by Jack Black is enriched with Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, and Green Tea to condition and nourish your lips for hours, and even includes SPF for sun protection. The skin on your lips is thin and sensitive, and becomes easily chapped the second it gets cold outside. But keeping your lips healthy is just as important as your complexion, and you should always have this $8 tube of lip balm in your backpack. And preferably more than one tube, so you can share the joys of skincare with your friends. 98% of our community agrees that this lip balm provides incredible staying power, while 96% say it hydrates the lips no matter how long you’ve been wearing it.
One of the best skincare products for teenage males is also the easiest and most effective. Really. You have no excuse not to use these acne clearing pads by First Aid Beauty, as they take only a few seconds to swipe across the face and can be easily disposed of afterwards. The white clay in the name is an extremely powerful ingredient that works similarly to activated charcoal, absorbing impurities and purifying the skin by reducing excess sebum and controlling shine. And then you have 2% salicylic acid, an acne-fighting powerhouse that eliminates pimples and prevents future breakouts like no other skincare ingredient. Well, that last thing may be up for debate, but our team and community are really big SA fans. Reduce acne and inflammation with these acne treatment pads, and try other essentials by First Aid Beauty to eliminate your male teenage skin issues.
Growing facial hair for the first time is all fun and games until you nick yourself. Over and over and over again. But that’s okay, because it happens to the best of us, and you always have the best skincare products for teenage males in your corner. Literally, because the After Shave Balm by Anthony is waiting patiently in the corner of your sink to soothe your delicate skin. This balm contains Benzocaine, Cornmint and eucalyptus to smooth and hydrate your skin after shaving, along with vitamins C, A, and E to moisturize and nourish the face. Reduce redness and razor burn while leaving your skin feeling soft, and don’t forget to add all the other men’s skincare favorites by Anthony to your cart before checking out!
Eyes are the window to the soul, but sometimes dark circles, puffiness, or faint lines can get in the way of your best feature. Even at the age of 17. Skin care for teen males is about preserving and preventing, and eye cream is the dream for looking young for years to come. This product contains active ingredients that absorb easily into the delicate skin around your eyes, reducing discoloration and uneven texture while smoothing and hydrating the skin. And no, you’re definitely not too young to use it alongside your moisturizer. Clinique understands the struggle of finding the right beauty products for men, and their Clinique for Men line has plenty of creams and powders to show you that beauty is a boy’s game, too. Add this eye cream by Clinique to your routine, and in a few years you’ll definitely see what we mean when talking about the power of skin care for teen males.
We’re back with more salicylic acid realness, because it truly is one of the best ingredients for your teen skincare routine. Even when you’re faced with a bad breakout that you thought was finally gone, this ingredient is always here to save the day and help you look and feel better in your own skin. Literally. Finding the right cleanser for teenage skin isn’t always easy, but this one by Neutrogena is formulated with salicylic acid medicine to banish breakouts while clearing your skin of excess oil, dirt, makeup and impurities. For only $6, you’ll get your most clear complexion and a major glow up. And not the ones your female friends post on Instagram, but a brightness boost that enhances your skin and confidence. Because everybody deserves to feel beautiful! 93% agree that this face wash is smooth on oily and sensitive skin, and 90% feel that it minimizes pores.
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