Spots, Sweat & Back Hair: Experts Answer Your Most Embarrassing Grooming Questions

Ever had an ’embarrassing’ male grooming question that you’ve waited until you’re alone to Google in private mode? Say. No. More.

A lot of blokes are still sheepish about admitting that they spend any time in front of the mirror at all, so it stands to reason that they’re not likely to be found screaming from the rooftops about their most intimate grooming conundrums.

So, naturally, we’ve spoken to the experts and asked them your most embarrassing male grooming questions so that you don’t have to…


Q: I suffer from back acne. How can I treat it?

A: Cleanse your skin thoroughly in the shower every morning with a body wash that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid. Use an exfoliating scrub in the shower 2 -3 times a week to prevent dead skin cells from building up and blocking your pores and don’t forget to moisturise to soothe and repair your skin barrier.

Dr. Justine Kluk,┬áLondon’s go-to Consultant Dermatologist for acne and acne scarring.


Q: Why do I sweat so much?

A: We sweat because our autonomic nervous system (ANS) sends messages to the sweat glands to produce sweat when our body starts to overheat. Sweating too much can be treated with anticholinergic drugs or by paralysing sweat glands with botox injections. Try using topical antiperspirants before anything else.

– Dr Adam Friedmann, consultant dermatologist at The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic.


Q: Why is my face so shiny and how can I fix it?

A: Our faces get shiny because of excess oil production from our sebaceous glands which can get worse throughout the day if you exercise or the weather’s hot, for example. To help with this, re-cleanse your face throughout the day and avoid greasy moisturisers.

British Association of Dermatologists.




Q: Should I be doing anything to groom my eyebrows? If so, what?

A: There are many methods available for gents to maintain their eyebrows. We recommend threading (the process of using a thin cotton thread to roll over and pluck out unwanted hairs) as the most effective way. It lasts about 4 weeks and the hair grows back finer. To maintain them at home, simply trim them using a small comb and trimmers to instantly reduce the bushy look. Pluck in the middle if necessary.

– Bora Esen, grooming expert and founder of Porters Barbers in London.


Q: Should I be shaving my nuts?

A: It’s becoming more of an expectation that, at the very least, men are neat ‘down there’. How far to go is your personal preference but for most, a trimmed and neat looking pubic area will suffice. Waxing is a good route to go down to avoid any ingrown hairs or bumps/rashes from using a razor.

– Bharat Parmar, owner of Genco Male Grooming in London.


Q: Why do I get razor bumps and is there an effective way to prevent them?

A: Razor bumps are a type of skin irritation that’s usually caused after dry shaving, at times resulting in ingrowing hairs. The best way to prevent them is by prep the skin properly before shaving and by making sure your first shave is always with the grain of the hair. Exfoliating the skin once a week with a non-abrasive scrub will help lift ingrowing hairs and prevent them from turning into spots.

– Esen from Porters Barbers.




Q: Is there a right way to pop a spot?

A: Popping a spot is never advised as it increases the risk of scarring. It’s best to use a targeted acne treatment from a pharmacist or healthcare provider, but if you need a quick fix, try covering the spot with a touch of make-up… nobody will know.

British Association of Dermatologists.


Q: I have a hairy back. What are my options?

A: Waxing is the most common fix for hairy backs. The treatment lasts for about 30-45 mins depending on the amount of coverage and density of the hair, and the regrowth is about 4-6 weeks. The other option is laser hair reduction, but this can be expensive and requires numerous visits. However, once it is gone, it’s gone.

– Pauline Watton, head of waxing at Genco Male Grooming.


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