I have always had big pores, blemishes (especially whiteheads) and uneven skin. Were I a woman, I suspect someone (PeaceBang? but see note below) would have come to my aid a long time ago with just the thing I need to clear up my face. Probably something expensive. But men are supposed to be rugged, scaly and bumpy, right? No. Hubby has a fine, smooth peaches and cream complexion that makes people think he's much younger than he is. I could do better.
So now I wash twice daily with a mild vegetable glycerin soap (the same I shave with; $0.99 at Whole Foods) and apply an 8% alpha hydroxy moisturizer to exfoliate. I've been happy with the results. It can and does tingle, and I'm sure it isn't for everyone so follow the package instructions.
I use Kiss My Face Peaches & Creme Moisturizer 8% -- again, Whole Foods ($9) . I only wish it didn't smell so peachy, but that's better than the last kind I had that smelled like white glue.
P.s. PeaceBang did come to Hubby's and my aid three years ago today, and I'm grateful to her for it.