5 Most Common Skin Complaints from Men and How to Treat Them
Many men have similar skin concerns, often related to shaving, aging, or dryness and irritation. While men can use many of the same skincare products and treatments as women, men’s skin is slightly different from women’s skin – it tends to be thicker, oilier, and hairier. The best treatments for men’s skin problems should be tailored to their specific skin type and characteristics.
1. Puffiness under the Eyes
Genetics, aging, salt intake, and other lifestyle factors can all contribute to the appearance of bags or puffiness under the eyes. Most creams do not work for under-eye puffiness. In fact, if they are hydrating creams, they can make matters worse. Massaging the eye area towards the nose is the best bet to reduce puffiness. This helps to drain the lymph fluid that builds up in this area. Horse chestnut supplements may also help by increasing blood flow.
2. Dark Circles under the Eyes
Although there are some relatively effective eye creams like the Jan Marini Luminate Eye Gel, dark circles under the eyes are often caused by lack of sleep, smoking, and sun exposure. Changing lifestyle habits and using SPF in the under-eye area will go a long way in treating this common skin problem for men. I love PCA Sheer Tint Eye SPF, but it has a tint so it only works in those with lighter skin tones. EltaMD has a facial SPF that is untinted.
3. Angry Frown Lines
Static frown lines, forehead wrinkles, or a furrowed brow can make you look angry or unapproachable. This is a common skin aging concern among men. Injectable treatments like Botox, Dysport, or Jeuveau can temporarily smooth away these wrinkles and creases, resulting in a natural, younger look. Just be sure you go to a reputable, experienced provider for these injections to avoid complications or getting a “frozen” look.
4. Rash from Shaving
Using the proper shaving techniques and choosing a soothing shaving cream like the Zerafite Creamy Cleanser and Shaving Cream can significantly reduce the likelihood of razor burn and other skin irritations from shaving. Zerafite products can only be purchased using a physician code. Head to SkinTypeSolutions.com and use the code STSMD to purchase.
If you are going to apply SPF to your face after shaving, choose a product that does not contain the ingredient avobenzone. This can cause your face to sting, especially after having just shaved.
5. Dry Hands
Dry, rough hands are a common skin complaint among men, in part because men’s skin tends to be about 25% thicker than women’s. To combat this, use a rich moisturizer like Zerafite Ultra Rich Body Cream. You can apply this cream several times throughout the day as needed.
Zerafite is a barrier repair moisturizer that uses what is called MLE technology to mimic the skin’s natural balance of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol. Unlike other types of moisturizers, MLE barrier repair moisturizers work to solve the underlying problem that causes skin dryness, rather than temporarily masking the symptoms on the surface.
A quick and easy daily skincare routine for men can help to resolve many of these common skin problems. Combine the right products for your skin type with in-office treatments like Botox, Dysport, or Jeuveau and healthy lifestyle habits like wearing sunscreen, getting enough sleep, and not smoking or chewing tobacco.
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