We want our skin to look and feel healthy. Just like women, we deal with issues such as skin sensitivity, acne and ageing, but skin varies according to gender. Male skin – on both the face and the body - has some features that differ from female skin and, with regular shaving, it is often treated differently too. Because of this, men benefit from a tailored approach to skincare to help keep our skin at its natural best.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
The hormone testosterone determines the masculine characteristics of male skin and gives it a different structure to female skin. While every man’s skin is unique, in general, male skin – on both the face and the body - is thicker, oilier and ages differently.
- Male skin is, on average, approximately 25% thicker than female skin. It contains more collagen and has a tighter, firmer appearance.
- The collagen content of male skin reduces at a constant rate. Female skin is affected later in life, especially after the menopause. Female skin then thins more dramatically and the effects are more pronounced than in male skin.
- Men have more active sebaceous glands, and therefore more pores, than women. Both their sebaceous glands and their pores are larger than those of women.
- Sebum production is double that of women, so male skin is oilier and shinier than female skin. As a result its pH is lower than that of female skin and is prone to impurities and acne.
- Adult males are less prone to dry skin than adult females
- Signs of ageing appear later in male skin, but changes occur more quickly once they start.
- Men are most affected by sagging skin combined with puffy eyes and dark circles that make them look tired.
- Men get wrinkles too, though they are often less of a concern than for women.Male wrinkles occur later than female wrinkles but, when they do appear, they are fully grooved.
Regular shaving makes male skin more stressed than female skin.
- On average, men who shave subject their skin to 16,000 shaves in a lifetime.
- Skin becomes more sensitive and reacts faster.
- Daily shaving stresses the skin and can cause irritation. It removes the uppermost layer of skin cells, exposing immature skin that is particularly sensitive to external.
- Up to 40% of men have shaving-related skin problems. Younger and fair skinned men are particularly prone.
- A blunt razor and/or insufficient lubrication while shaving can lead to nicks and cuts, razor burn and razor bumps