We’d like to give a shout out to the men in our lives who also take their skin care health seriously.  Once seen as something only women took part in, men now frequent spas and buy skin care products.   Most skin needs are the same for either gender, but there are some skin issues that men may be more prone to than women.

Razor Burn

Just the words sound painful!  Shaving the delicate skin on your face is careful work and sometimes your skin can get irritated.  This can range from a mild red rash that disappears in a short time to pimple-like bumps and pustules.   Even if you’re using shaving cream, it may not be enough to protect you from nicks and cuts.

Most people suggest that you shave with the grain of the hair to prevent yanking and pulling at the hair follicle, which can be grating.  Chose a shaving cream or lotion that works for you.  Cologne, scented lotions, or aftershave may smell great, but if your skin is always breaking out or red, then maybe it’s the scent that’s harming your skin.  Try unscented products or those designed specifically for sensitive skin.  Look for soothing, natural ingredients like aloe, as well as skin friendly additions like vitamin E.

Pimples

Pimples, zits, and blackheads.  All genders get them, but if you’re male, you might get them in slightly different places, like your back, or even on your arms.  Some say that male adult onset acne is a result of an increase in testosterone.  However, not properly cleansing your skin, more so if you’ve been sweating, is also a possible cause of acne.  Dirt, oil, and sebum can clog your pores, which makes it prone to infection.  Shaving can add to the problem, especially if you haven’t changed the razor head or you don’t disinfect your razor before each use.  Keep it clean and change your razor at least once a week to keep it at optimum sharpness and limited bacteria.  For acne on other parts of your body, check with your doctor to see if you need a mild antibiotic to limit breakouts.  There are also a variety of pimple-fighting body washes you can try.  Also, some acne might be caused by diet.  Try limited milk products or increasing your intake of veggies and lean proteins instead of fried or fatty foods.

Skin Cancer

Skincancer.org has found that men are less likely to wear sunscreen than women, but more likely to spend longer hours in the sun.  In fact, they say that “men over 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer.”  This is an easy remedy.  Wear the sunscreen, gentlemen!  Also, a good, old fashioned baseball cap can cover your face and give you a little added protection from the sun, as well.  Sun protection means less wrinkles too!

How do you or the man in your life (brother, father, friend, boyfriend, husband, etc.) take of your/their skin?  Have you found that one thing works better than the other?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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