When it comes to skin care and beauty regimes, most people think of women. But men have skin too, and it is just as worthy of pampering and proper care. In fact, a healthy and youthful complexion can strongly impact how men are perceived, both in the dating arena as well as the corporate world.
Just like women, men can face acne, pigmentation, aging and other skin concerns. It is important to gain the knowledge you need to maintain a clear and radiant skin as a male. Talking to a certified dermatologist is the perfect place to start.
The Unique Skin Care Needs of Men
While men and women share many of the same skin care concerns, there are some key differences in the type of skin found on males versus females. Two primary distinctions that makes male skin care a bit more unique is thicker skin and facial hair.
In general, men have thicker and tougher facial skin than women. Male hormones are to blame. When testosterone levels are high, there is an increased production of oil in the skin. This can lead to more dirt, oil and debris that blocks pores. Therefore, hormonal acne becomes a primary concern in men.
It is important to wash your face every day, 2-3 times can be ideal. In addition, regular exfoliation is necessary in order to eliminate dead skin, bacteria and dirt and reveal a clearer and more radiant complexion.
Testosterone is also responsible for male hair growth on the face. When testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), it activates androgen receptors. Androgens are what control hair growth, which makes it understandable why men have more hair on the face than women. The hair follicles are also larger and more coarse.
Men must consider their shaving regime when putting a good skin care plan in place. Shaving too much can result in distressed skin. If you have sensitive skin, this can cause red bumps and razor-burn after shaves. Consider applying a pre-shave product that softens the facial hair first.
Look at your shaving cream products more closely. If they contain alcohol or menthol, you may want to switch to a natural, plant-based product that is gentler on the skin. A close shave should not come at the cost of inflamed or irritated facial skin.
While there are general guidelines for male skin care, every man’s skin is unique. It is best to discuss your skin care regime with a dermatologist to find the best products for your particular face. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we know that men also want to avoid signs of aging. Our non-surgical treatments in facial rejuvenation are for men and women alike!