I Asked My Male Co-workers About Their Skin Routines & They Were More Chaotic Than I Thought

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Ask pretty much any gal and she’ll tell you about the horror they felt when they saw their BFs’ four-in-one Batman/Minions/*insert character here* wash for the first time. A crime against skin.

Factor in that TikTok is flooded with even weirder skincare routines from men to get some interesting ideas, it’s pretty dang hard not to wonder how their acne-prone skin doesn’t get even worse as money sinks down the drain with little results.

So, one day, I decided I wanted to get to know my male co-workers a lil’ better — I asked them for their skincare routines and hacks and boy, I wasn’t prepared at all.

Here’s what they had to say…

“A toothbrush for my skin.” – Jack

A dental product??? For skincare??? Well, I’ve officially heard it all now. No wonder their face always smells minty fresh — they’re probably getting little bits of toothpaste in their pores.

Now, are you going to break the news to the tooth fairy, or am I?

“Learned shampoo is v important.” — Ben

Now I know I dismissed shampoo at the start (apologies Batman), but could this be the piece of the puzzle we’ve been overlooking the entire time??

Look, if your hair is super oily that oil could find its way into a pore and lead to acne-prone skin. But, it’s important that if you do have blemishes or breakouts that you target the root of the cause first, which you could do by using products like Effaclar’s Duo + M moisturiser.

“Use a post-shave balm and use it on your whole face. Dassit.” Matt

You know how I said I’ve heard it all? I take it back. The only person I’d excuse this for is a lumberjack, and even that’s chipping it. Between you and me, I’m very tempted to glue hair all over Matt’s face in revenge.

But that stays between us, or I’m taking you down with me.

“New to using sunscreen.” Spyros

It’s not the best that he’s JUST discovered sunscreen, but I’m glad to hear he’s started. Because let’s be honest, the Australian sun will burn you any chance they get.

So I guess someone’s finally not crazy, every skincare routine in Australia should include a SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen. I guess there’s hope after all.

“All you need to know is salicylic acid.” Greg

I’m not going to lie, before this point, I almost did lose hope. Luckily Greg saved the day by revealing his salicylic acid holy-grail product right now, Effaclar’s Duo +. After doing some research, turns out that ingredients like salicylic acid are great to help acne-prone skin. 

Older sister Effaclar Duo + has a new and improved younger sister (sorry if I triggered older sisters here), and Effaclar’s Duo + M moisturiser has got everything you could ever need. She still has salicylic acid to help gently exfoliate the skin and unclog pores, as well as a few other holy grail skincare ingredients like niacinamide, to help reduce the appearance of post-acne marks.

But the younger sister ALSO has a brand new ingredient, powered by microbiome science –  phylobioma, which targets the root cause of acne-prone skin and helps stop breakouts in their tracks. 

And apparently, if you use the product that morning, from just eight hours later* you could be glowing for your hot date that night. By the time you’re dating four weeks later, you’ll have less of the three b’s: blemishes, blackheads and b-post-acne marks.** (I tried, okay.)

So men, stop giving your girlfriends heart attacks when using crazy skincare and start using dermatologist recommended brands, like La Roche Posay mentioned above.

Now if you don’t mind me, I’m going to go make my colleagues download Spotscan to get a tailored acne-prone skincare routine. You can run, but you can’t hide from skincare.

*Consumer test 54 subjects, after one application.

**Cosmeto-Clinical study 45 subjects, after four weeks.