Men have unique challenges with their skin that often go unaddressed because they may be unaware of the treatments available. If you are procrastinating finding a solution to your skin concerns, address your questions at your next medical appointment, or book a consultation with an experienced medical esthetician to learn about your options.
Although acne is a medical condition and may ultimately require a visit to your physician, there are a few things you can do, and most importability, NOT DO, to help reduce breakouts. Avoid anything that stimulates oil production (after-shave, perfumed face wipes, scented products). It’s counter-intuitive, but don’t overcleanse, use a harsh cleanser (or shampoo!) or alcohol-based toners, and be sure to use a light, non-irritating moisturizer. Look for products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and consider a quality retinol product (a great acne product with an added anti-aging benefit!) For occasional breakouts book a salicylic skin treatment with blue light therapy. Don’t suffer with acne. If at-home tips don’t fix the problem, see your physician. Hormonal acne needs to be addressed medically.
Maybe you beat acne in your teens but are left with scarring from those testosterone-fuelled years. Although scarring of any kind can not be erased, it can be diminished with mild to moderately invasive skin treatments. Microneedling and laser treatments will provide the most visible improvement.
If you are one of the unlucky men who suffer from a difficult beard, you’ve probably tried everything to avoid a beard rash including learning to rock a permanent 5 o’clock shadow. A few overlooked tips: Ensure your skin stays well moisturized, shave in the direction of the follicle, and in spite of what your father taught you, shave with cold water to cause less irritation, help pores stay closed, whiskers stay stiff, and razor blades stay sharp. The next steps include professional skin treatments that exfoliate the outer layer of skin, laser hair removal (or reduction) of the beard, and prescription medications to reduce inflammation, itching, and pigment changes that often follow a rash.
Changing & Aging Skin
Man or woman, when we look in the mirror, we want to see a healthy reflection. Brown sun spots, deep wrinkles and lines, dark circles under the eyes, falling jowls, and broken capillaries around the nose can make us look older than we feel. There is a cosmetic treatment for every concern.
Good skin care routines, skin health, and cosmetic procedures aren’t just for women. Find a clinic you trust and learn about your options!