Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
An_207963 posted:
For men, if you let your facial hair grow out are you more prone to getting acne, blemishes, etc.?
David A Colbert, MD responded:
Hi Anon,

In men, increased hair growth on the face is not directly related to acne breakouts. In fact, there is a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae (a chronic inflammatory process consisting of papules, pustules, and potential scarring) that improves when allowing more facial hair growth.

The etiology of acne is multifactorial and consists of the interaction between p. acne (a bacteria in the skin), hormonal stimulation of oil producing glands, keratinocyte buildup on the skin and inflammation.

Featuring Experts

Mohiba K Tareen, MD is a board certified dermatologist who has an innovative practice in Roseville, Minnesota. Tareen Dermatology ( www.TareenDermato...More

Helpful Tips

Reduce Deep Acne ScarsExpert
A minimally invasive and exceptionally effective treatment to reduce acne scars is microdermabrasion. This is a manual exfoliation that ... More
Was this Helpful?
23 of 39 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon - Robert Kotler, MD ,FACS

Dr. Robert Kotler gets beneath the surface to discuss selecting a cosmetic surgeon, computer imaging, celebrity makeovers and more...Read More

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.