Style & Beauty
Men Get Comfortable in Their Own Skin
6/29/2012 5:00:44 PM

In the not-so-distant past, it was a soap and water world for men. Skincare products "for men only” didn't exist. If a guy needed help with a breakout or dry patch, he was on his own, or forced to borrow his wife or girlfriend's face wash or moisturizer – not that many would ever admit to doing so.

Fast forward to the present and it's a bold new world for the modern man. Product manufactures have not only realized that men have skin care concerns too, they are addressing the unique skin care needs of men with an array of washes, ointments, creams and more.

Men seem to be adapting rapidly to the world of skin care. Research published in Time magazine reported that the male skin care industry grew from a $40.9 million industry to a $217 million industry from 1997 to 2010.

"It's important for men to realize that they have distinct skin care needs,” says Tana Garcia, skin care consultant. "Women are very accustomed to learning about different ingredients, asking questions and choosing products to meet their skincare needs, but men are not as comfortable in this area. Men just need to learn that beyond the obvious, all skin is not the same and there are finally products just for them. ”

She says skin care products available for menhave been developed to address the most common skin differences in men. These include:


Because men have high testosterone levels, they often have larger pores, increased oil production and more acne. Consequently, men's skin care products are specifically designed to deep clean your face and provide less moisture than women's products, along with minimal smells and fragrances. Garcia says this is why reaching for your partner's products can actually do more harm than good. "Women's products contain more oil to treat women's drier and thinner skin. In men, this can lead to irritation and clogged pores.”

Thicker skin

Most people would say men have "thicker skin than women,” but while this expression is typically a metaphor for emotions, it's is actually a physical fact. The skin of a male is typically 20 to 30 percent thicker than a woman's, because of higher levels of collagen and elastin. What does this mean in relation to aging? "A man's skin is naturally more hydrated, so it ages at a slower pace than women's skin,” explains Garcia. "But this doesn't mean guys are off the hook. You may have the advantage on aging well, but you still need a moisturizer to hydrate your thicker skin and to minimize the signs of aging.”


Controlling facial hair gives men another unique set of problems. Daily shaving can lead to ingrown hairs, irritation, razor burn and red splotches, making your skin extra sensitive. To combat shaving sensitivity, Garcia says to look for aftershave and balm products. "And although shaving can cause irritation, it's actually an important part of a good skincare regimen. In addition to getting rid of facial hair, every shave helps you slough off the dead, dry skin cells – you're exfoliating while you shave.”

Sun Exposure

Typically, men spend more time outdoors than women do. Whether you're mowing the grass, playing catch with the kids, playing golf or fishing, you are likely to work up a sweat in the hot sun. This is why a good cleanser for men is needed for deep cleaning larger male pores. In addition, men are not very conscientious about using UV protection. "UV rays can cause skin damage, aging and skin cancer,” says Garcia. Some research suggests men are even at higher risk because their skin contains fewer antioxidants. Using a daily moisturizer that contains UV protection can help decrease this risk, and men should also apply extra sunscreen whenever spending time outdoors.”

According to Garcia men don't need to worry about feeling self conscious when purchasing skin care products. Manufacturers have eliminated the frills and designed packaging with men's purchasing habits in mind. Products have their own section in the cosmetic aisle, along with practical names, precise directions and minimum fuss. "The packaging might look and feel different, but the powerful ingredients included in women's products are still there,” she says. "Active ingredients like vitamins A, C and E, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, grape seed extract, retinol and more popular and effective treatments are inside. There's no reason men can't benefit from these proven treatments that women have been using for years. Looking better today is an equal opportunity possibility.”

For more information about specific male skin care concerns and products, call the Aesthetic Center at 310-1070 or visit

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