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January 27th 2013

Men’s skincare today


When it comes to skin care, men usually don’t figure much in the equation. The only grooming men use is a shaving kit. Skincare formulations, research and advice was typically targeted to women, but not anymore.

Other than having facial hair, there are structural differences between a man’s skin and a woman’s. Androgen (testosterone) stimulation causes an increase in skin thickness, which accounts for why a man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s. A man’s skin texture is also tougher.

After puberty, sebum (oil) production is greater in males than females, higher androgen secretions accounts for why men have longer lasting acne and larger pores.

 Men also have a higher collagen density than women.  Collagen content is directly related to the signs of skin aging, it has been said a woman’s skin is about 15 years older than a man’s of the same age. However, men are less sun savvy than women, meaning they don’t use sunscreens, and could contribute to why the “15 year” skin age difference is not readily noticed. UV damage from the sun can add years to a man’s skin and negate the benefit of slowed intrinsic aging. Eighty plus more damage is sun related.

Remember “Don’t correct if you don’t protect.”

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