On a male skincare product for acne scars and ingrowing hairs…


Liz Earle Skin Repair Duo Q: My partner has Afro-Caribbean skin and is adamant on using his own facial products. I've been desperately trying over the last few months to convert him to a skin friendlier range.

He suffered terribly as a teenager and in his early twenties with acne and ingrowing hairs and he goes to the barbers on a weekly basis for a shave, so it would be pointless in me buying a kit with aftershave cream in it. I know Liz does her own male skincare range, but the kit that I think suits him most is the female kit. Is it OK to use this kit on men's skin or is it too weak? Also, he now wants a facial wash too.

Alison: Basically the female Liz Earle range is exactly the same formula as the men's Liz Earle range, just in different packaging. Liz Earle designed the range for skin, not for women specifically. So, yes, if he prefers those Liz Earle formulas – such as the Liz Earle Skin Repair instead of an aftershave cream – then it's fine for him to carry on using them.

Actually going to a traditional barbers and getting a wet shave is really good. Barbers do a lot of skin work with cleansing and helping to soften beard growth – so let him continue to enjoy that. I would definitely include the Decleor Prolagene Gel and he should apply this underneath his moisturiser. This should give him a long-term result on the coarsened or darkened skin from scarring when he was younger. It will also be great for ingrowing hair scars.

Facial wash-wise, I want to recommend brands that are complimentary to this routine. So, he could try the Elemis Sensitive Skin Wash. Both of these brands are designed to be unisex and are plant based too. Elemis did bring out a men's range but these formulas are the same as the women's, again just in different packaging.

Also, if you he's using any aftershave or alcohol-based finishing products on the skin, these are better applied to the neck and chest than to the face.


  1. Sarah April 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

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  2. Molina Bilkhu May 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Helo Alison,
    My daughter is 14years old and she suffers from spots for the last 3 years. She gets severe spots on her nose and chin and when they do come up they are quite big and red then they get filled up with puss. Especially on the nose. It takes weeks before they calm down. She has few on her cheeks but her chin is quite covered with white-heads. She has been using Austrailan Bodycare Skinwash for the last 3 years. And the Tee-Tree oil, and the kestugo spray and kestugo moisturiser. She has been to the doctors twice and they prescribed her the lotion to put around her chin area. Once she finishes the lotion the spots then come back again.
    Please can you advice me on what to use to make her spots go away?

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