Skincare for Men - PureSkin Dermatology

Skincare for Men

When it comes to skincare, products have traditionally been marketed heavily towards women, leading to a perception that skincare is primarily a female concern.  However, in the last few years men are pursuing healthier, younger-looking skin, and skincare brands are finally targeting products towards their needs.  Although the basic elements of a skincare routine are similar for men and women, there are some key differences that play a crucial role in product selection. 

  • Sebum production

Men are blessed with higher sebum (oil) production, which can be protective against early lines and wrinkles, but it can also lead to acne, clogged pores and breakouts.  Consider a cleanser that is a 2-in-1 with chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid to not only cleanse the skin but help remove excess oil and clear out the pores.  And remember to wash your face daily, especially after exercise.  Despite having oilier skin, men still need to moisturize.   A common misconception is that moisturizers add water to our skin, not true! Moisturizers help to hold water in the outer layer of our skin by using humectants, but do not add moisture into the skin.  When selecting a moisturizer for oilier skin, pick a lightweight, non-comedogenic gel or lotion that are water based to avoid aggravating any excess oil production.

  • Collagen and elastin levels

Unlike women’s skin, men have higher levels of collagen and elastin, thus making their skin firmer and more resilient to aging.  However, there is a steady decline in collagen levels that starts as early as 20 years of age, leading to deeper set wrinkles and facial sagging.  Consider retinoids before it’s too late – to help prevent collagen degradation, acne breakouts, clogged pores, and prevent and correct hyperpigmentation.  We recommend a retinoid in men’s evening skincare routine.

  • Sun protection is pivotal

Did you know men are at higher risk of skin cancer than women?  Which is why it is even more important for men to wear sunscreen regularly.  If you’re trying to minimize the number of products or steps in your skincare routine, consider a moisturizer with SPF in 1.  Remember to look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, a minimum SPF of 30 and to re-apply every 2-3 hours.  While sunscreen is crucial, it is just as important to also seek shade during peak hours, wear sun protective clothing and a hat to cover your scalp.  

  • Shaving

For men that experience razor bumps, burns or in-grown hairs, consider a single or double blade razor and do not stretch your skin while shaving.  Consider shaving after your shower or use a moisturizing shaving cream, so that hair is softer, and the blade is less likely to cause irritation.  Rinse after each swipe of the razor and change the blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.  Still getting skin irritation after shaving?  Consider Skinceuticals’ Phytocorrective gel – with eucalyptus, botanical extracts and hyaluronic is soothing and calming.

  • Be consistent

Prevent future skin damage, skin cancer and premature aging by finding a simple yet effective skincare routine that you can keep up with.  A sample morning routine would include gentle cleansing, a moisturizer with antioxidants and an SPF of 30 or higher.  A simple evening routine would include gentle cleansing, a retinoid and moisturizer.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.

Skincare is about more than aesthetics, it is one of the cornerstones to preventative medicine, for all genders. Remember to hydrate and eat well – overall health is crucial in maintaining skin health.