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Try, try, try NOT to squeeze. We know YouTube is filled with videos of pimple poppers, but it’s best not to. Here’s why: most of the inflammation causing the pimple is within a hair follicle under the skin surface. Squeezing can rupture it, leaking oozy bacteria into surrounding skin and making it LARGER and WORSE, and may lead to permanent scarring. If the acne bump has a whitehead, you may put a warm washcloth on it and gently apply pressure. To summarize; best not to squeeze, but if you can’t stand it, then wait for the whitehead, use a warm washcloth and BE GENTLE. Wash and treat with Stryke Club Spot Stick afterward.
These are pores clogged with dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells that appear enlarged. Treat them similarly to pimples: prevent by washing 2x day with Stryke Club Face First.
Boys’ skin is inherently different due to hormones like testosterone, which affect the oil glands and hair follicles. Males tend to get acne earlier and with worse intensity/severity than girls. Boys also have more sebaceous glands overall than females, and their skin tends to be thicker and oilier because of this increased density. That’s why Stryke Club products are uniquely formulated for boys’ skin.
Acne and shaving are closely related! The friction from a razor moving over hair follicles can create microscopic cuts in the skin where bacteria can take hold and cause acne. Here’s what to do about it:
Minimize trauma while shaving. That means choosing safer razors, shaving less frequently or maybe using an electric razor.
Don't use products that foam excessively -- these can over-dry skin and make it more vulnerable to damage
Fight bacteria -- our specially formulated cleanser gently removes bacteria, before and after shaving.
Coarse hair — if you have thick or curly hair, your beard may be more prone to ingrown hairs, so it’s extra important that you wash 2x day, especially on days you shave.
Puberty for boys actually starts around age 10. At this time, the first surge of male hormones can start showing up on the skin. Usually small blackheads or whiteheads (called 'comedones') begin to surface. They may first show up on the forehead, ears and nose/chin. Then as time goes on and hormones increase, they impact the hair follicle/sebaceous gland unit causing more oil, enlarging the oil glands, and giving a hospitable environment to the bacteria that inhabit those glands. In many teens, this can lead to red pimples and pustules, aka “inflammatory acne,” aka zits! As boys grow into young adults, the hormones start to even out, the skin adapts, and breakouts tend to be less severe.
Other factors common in teen years: Friction from athletic gear such as helmets, chin straps, etc. can add to the problem, especially since these items may collect dirt and bacteria. Bacteria can worsen acne and lead to superficial skin infections such as folliculitis
Short answer: Yes. Stress makes everything worse and it can definitely impact acne. So minimizing stress is key, and of course that means getting adequate sleep! Diet has been shown to have a minor role in breakouts, but generally speaking, a healthy diet low in processed sugars (read: soda, candy, junk food) and limiting dairy consumption to 2-3 servings daily can help.
Here’s a basic guideline: if you have numerous, large inflamed pimples that won’t go away, even after washing your face twice a day with Stryke Club Face First, it’s probably time to see a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in skin care). Also, if you are getting any pits or scars on your skin, see a doctor.