Men have traditionally opted for straightforward options when it comes to their skin. Although there are differences between men’s and women’s skin, at the end of the day, we all want our skin to look and feel healthy. Read more to find out the differences and how to care for men’s skin.
What are the differences between men’s and women’s skin?
Thanks to the higher level of testosterone, men’s skin contain more oil glands with larger pores producing more sebum. Sebum, the natural oil on your skin, has a few functions. Firstly, it hydrates your skin by reducing moisture loss. Secondly, lubricates the skin from friction damage. Thirdly it transports antioxidants in the skin. Most importantly, sebum is an antibacterial agent protecting your skin.
However, if the sebum produced is too much for your skin to handle, it can clog the pores and lead to acne.
Thanks to higher collagen content, men’s skin is 20% thicker than women’s skin. Following a steady decline, women’s collagen level drops dramatically after menopause leading to more pronounced skin changes. On the contrary, men’s skin collagen level reduces at a constant rate leaving them with a tighter, firmer appearance. The consequence is fewer fine lines and wrinkles than women.
Thanks to the factors discussed above, signs of ageing appear later than in women. But once it starts the changes happen much quicker. The commonest signs are sagging skin, puffy eyes, and dark circles contributing to a tired appearance.
Men get wrinkles too. Although they get fewer fine lines, men are prone to deep wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions. Common areas are frown lines between your eyebrows and lines around the mouth.
Shaving can wreak havoc on men’s skin by adding stress and friction. The physical exfoliation removes the surface skin layer which is beneficial. Nonetheless, it exposes a more sensitive layer that’s prone to irritation.
Expert tips for caring for men’s skin
Cleanse your skin twice a day
This is a vital step but underused by men. When it comes to cleaning, just water doesn’t cut it, but soap is too harsh on facial skin. The right cleanser will help remove excess oil, pollution, and any skincare product without drying out your skin. For added benefit, choose a cleanser with alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acids, or polyhydroxy acids for gentle chemical exfoliation. Always use lukewarm, but not hot water.
This really depends on your skin type but ideal ingredients include retinol, vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-pigment ingredients and hydrators.
Look at product labels
Just because something is labeled ‘unscented’ does not mean it does not have any fragrances. Skin irritation can be worsened by fragrances.
If you are acne-prone, look for products that are ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘oil-free’ so that they won’t clog your pores.
Shave with caution
Use plenty of shaving cream to limit friction on your skin. Replace your razor often so that it is always clean and sharp.
Apply your sunscreen
Sun damage is the most common cause of ageing and men’s skin is no different. Make sure you apply yours every day no matter what the weather is outside.
What clinic treatments can men have?
Botox treatment casually referred to as ‘Brotox” is becoming more popular with men. As the wrinkles are deeper and the muscles stronger, you will normally require larger doses to get the desired effects. Skin boosters like Profhilo can help reduce sagging skin. Dermal fillers can be strategically placed to enhance masculinity. This includes a more defined jawline, a wider masculine chin, enhanced lips, and male cheekbones. Men also benefit from regular skin peels that target uneven pigmentation and superficial scarring. Regular microneedling helps to remodel your collagen and improve the appearance of old scars.
Men’s skin has many attributes that are different from women’s skin but ultimately men’s skin also needs TLC. Follow the above expert tips and invest in your skin. It is never too late to achieve healthier, more attractive skin.
To get started straight away, get in touch for a consultation.
Dr Tash Kanagasabai
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