Every man knows that he needs to wash his face and use moisturizer so his skin doesn’t dry out. He also knows that he needs to shave, use deodorant, and get his hair cut — in other words, basic grooming and hygiene 101. However, there’s so much more to grooming than just the basics, like dealing with dandruff, breakouts, or unruly nose hairs. Fortunately, these six tools will help you combat less common grooming woes. We recommend picking up one of each.
1. The blackhead remover
Blackheads are those unsightly black things that form when sebum — the natural oil produced by your skin — gets stuck in your pores, hardens, and forms an unsightly plug, which then oxidizes and turns black. They most commonly pop up on your nose and the sides of your nose, but can form anywhere where there is a hair follicle. Though similar, the difference between blackheads and whiteheads is whether the hair follicle is open or closed. When the follicle is open, the oxygen in the air oxidizes the oil, which then turns them brown, forming a blackhead. A whitehead on the other hand is a closed or almost opened follicle that prevents oxygen from oxidizing the oil.
Blackheads can really have an effect on your look, and if left untreated, they can stretch out the pores they’ve been squatting in, leaving your face with an abundance of mini manholes. There are two options to treat them (and no, don’t be tempted to squeeze them out, which can really make things much worse): The first is that you can evict them directly by using Boscia’s Pore Purifying Black Strips, which will not only remove them immediately, but will afford you the gross thrill of being able to see the blackhead plugs that stick to the strips on removal.
Your second option for getting rid of them and dislodging the buildup is cleansers, exfoliators, and acne products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide — or a combination of those three. Products that contain those three ingredients work by loosening the dead skin cells that get clogged in your hair follicles and they literally unplug them. Try Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing Acne Wash.
2. Eyebrow tweezers
The monobrow is a hard look to pull off. If your eyebrows are joined together as one, don’t worry, it can easily be fixed by visiting a brow specialist. Just be sure to do your research to find one in your area, or ask a friend for a recommendation. Your best bet is having them tweezed or threaded by a professional because waxing can leave your skin irritated and leave you with a less-than-natural result (and natural is what you want to avoid looking crazy). If you can’t work up the courage to visit a salon, grab a pair of tweezers — try Tweezerman Stainless Steal Slant Tweezer — to catch the hairs you want to remove, and with a quick pull, yank them out. Although it won’t be entirely painless, the results are long-lasting and great.
3. Callus remover
Few men would call their feet their best asset, most often because they don’t take care of them. Calluses usually occur when there’s been a lot of rubbing against the hands or feet resulting in a toughened skin area that has become thick and hard due to repeated friction. Your best bet for taking care of them properly is visiting a nail salon and having them effectively do the job by scraping and using a callus remover treatment.
You can take care of it at home with a foot file and some elbow grease, but you can also use an at-home callus removing foot treatment, which acts like a skin peel for your feet. Within about three days of using the foot treatment, while thicker calluses may take up to 14 days the product warns, the balm penetrates the hard skin and begins to peel it away, revealing soft feet. Sure it all sounds gross, but you’ll feel much better afterward.
4. Anti-dandruff shampoo
With men more prone to dandruff, there are numerous causes for those flakes on your shoulder, from dry skin to carrying a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia, which although occurring naturally on the skin, occasionally multiplies out of control, causing those unsightly flakes. Your best option to fight dandruff, besides shaving your head, is using an anti-dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders that will help dislodge the flakes, allowing them to be washed away. However, if you use a shampoo such as Nizoral, which contains anti-fungal agents like ketoconazole it will tackle the yeast head-on and get to the root of the problem.
5. Hair trimmer
You’re a man and you have hair — in more places than you’d like to admit to. In your nose, your ears — and those are just some of the more obvious places. Your best bet for ridding yourself of unwanted hair in the most efficient way possible is using the Philips Series 3000 Nose Hair, Ear Hair and Eyebrow Trimmer.
Unlike other trimmers with a rotating cuff (or using a pair of grooming scissors that are most likely to cause an accident), which can aggressively tug hairs, this one has a flat, angled trimmer, to prevent pulling, nicks, and cuts.