It is very common to hear about a woman or teenager with an upcoming dermatology appointment. However, it is important that we not overlook the skin care needs that concern men. You may be surprised at the variety of ways that a board certified dermatologist can treat the skin, hair and nail problems that plague men specifically. Here are some common male dermatologic concerns that Olansky Dermatology Associates can treat effectively:
- Shaving Irritation: According to American Academy of Dermatology, 78 percent of men who shave have experienced irritation. Whether it is razor burn, shaving folliculitis or ingrown facial hair, a dermatologist can help remedy your chronic shaving concerns, which may include solutions with laser hair removal.
- Hair Loss: Male pattern baldness is an inherited tendency that usually begins in man’s thirties. There are many topical and oral medications that can block the formation of testosterone in the hair follicle. A professional skin care expert can help you determine the best hair loss treatment for you. A general rule with hair loss treatment in men, the earlier the better!
- Fungus: Athlete’s foot, jock itch and nail fungus are all common male problems that a dermatologist needs to treat. Fungus can spread very easily and quickly to other parts of the body and can be very uncomfortable. It is important to not only treat the fungus effectively but also understand the ways in which you can avoid a fungal infection in the future.
- Skin Cancer: 1 out of 35 Caucasian males will be diagnosed with skin cancer (as opposed to 1 out of 50 women). Since sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer it is essential that men use a sunscreen on a daily basis, a task that only 5% of men admitted to doing (American Academy of Dermatology). Olansky Dermatology Associates is proud to offer the best in skin cancer treatment for men, including state-of-the-art Mohs surgery.
These are just a handful of common male skin care complaints. Other frequent concerns that a dermatologist can treat are dandruff, aging or wrinkled skin, rosacea and rashes. Regardless of whether or not you think you can handle your skin problems on your own, it is important to realize that a dermatologist has expertise to treat people of all ages, ethnicity and gender. Men can benefit from both aesthetic and medical dermatology treatments. Healthy, young looking skin is not gender specific!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates