Okay, men, this one’s for you! We’re delighted to see that not only millennials, but also men in their 40s and 50s are taking charge of their skincare routine. In fact, it would seem that male grooming is becoming less of a fad and more of a lifestyle.

It’s true, men—and women—want younger, healthier looking skin! But although the desire is the same, the path to get there will be slightly different. That’s because every person’s skin is uniquely different and requires personalized treatments, products, and services to achieve the best results.

To help you on your journey to better men’s skin care, here’s a brief overview on the genetic and environmental factors that may be causing your skin concerns.

woman and man in front of mirror performing daily skincare routineIs Men’s Skin Different from Women’s?

Though men and women are created equal, their bodies and hormones are different, and these factors play an important role in their skin’s health and wellness. For example, both men and women produce the sex hormone testosterone, but at juxtaposing levels. According to the International Dermal Institute, because men produce a much higher level of testosterone (10x more than women), they experience different skin conditions, such as thicker skin (approximately 25%); more collagen production; and increased oil production on the body and face.

Activities that Affect Men’s Skin Care

Aside from men’s hormones, there are many activities that affect the overall health of their skin, including:

Facial Hair Growth: After puberty, males begin to experience facial (and body) hair growth, thanks again to the hormone testosterone. And for most men, shaving then becomes a part of everyday life. But if you’re relying on old, cheap razors to achieve a smooth complexion, you run the risks of ingrown hairs, razor burn, blemishes, and infections. In addition, your type of hair (thin, thick, or coarse) will play a factor in your shaving routine.

Exercise: Regular exercise is all part of a healthy lifestyle, but because men sweat twice as much as women (The International Dermal Institute), that’s double the amount of dirt and oil clogging your pores. So, to avoid unwanted breakouts disrupting your social calendar, you’ll want to use a daily cleanser to help remove excess sweat and debris. In addition to using a quality face and body cleanser, you’ll want to invest in a moisturizer with SPF protection for outdoor sports and workouts, as well. Skin exposure to the sun’s UV rays is a sure way to speed up the aging process and lose your skin’s hydration.

Smoking: Though we’re all aware of the harmful toxins, diseases, and mortality rates associated with cigarette smoking, many Americans continue to engage in this unhealthy habit. In a 2017 report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 34 million adults smoke cigarettes—with the larger population of smokers consisting of males (15.8%) than females (12.2 %). But aside from the dangers of smoking—which should be enough reason to quit—smoking is terrible for your skin’s health. It destroys collagen production (remember that essential protein that helps improves your skin’s elasticity?), causing your skin to exhibit fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. And because smoking decreases blood circulation, it can significantly reduce your skin’s healthy glow, leaving your skin looking pale and dried out, or worse, yellow. So, seriously guys, ditch the nicotine!

How to Create a Healthy Men’s Skincare Routine

Now that you know the behavioral and lifestyle habits to avoid along your journey to healthier, younger looking skin, it’s time to create a men’s skincare routine that fits your schedule, budget, and most importantly, your skin’s daily needs.

Best Skincare Products for Men

Though there’s dozen of over-the-counter products available at your local drug store, to achieve your desired look, medical-grade skincare products may be the more effective solution you’re after! SkinMedica®, for example, specializes in age-defying skincare products perfect for both men and women’s skin. Their Award Winning System includes the following full-size products to correct a variety of skin concerns affecting men:

Lytera 2.0

Staying out in the sun too long? Age spots are a real struggle for many men and can begin appearing as early as your 30s, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type. Skin discoloration can also occur depending on your ethnicity or due to changes in your hormone levels.

SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 is a clinically proven serum that works to correct hyperpigmentation, reducing age spots or blemishes that can alter your skin’s appearance.

HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Say farewell to fine lines and wrinkles. This advanced hydrating solution is ideal for all skin types and works to naturally smooth skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkle around the eyes and facial area.

TNS Essential Serum

If sagging skin has you down, this essential serum is designed to give you a natural lift. By infusing two active formulas, the serum treats a variety of skin conditions, including wrinkles, dry skin, and skin laxity, all while working to naturally strengthen skin.

SkinMedica’s Award Winning System is available at Pinnacle Dermatology’ Spa M.D in Edina. Stop by today to experience our Skinbar, where you’ll find these and other top skincare brands for men and women, including Revision® Skincare—now offering their Brightening Trial Regimen—so you can try more great products for less!

 Talk to a Men’s Skincare Specialist

Whether you’re struggling with acne breakouts or scarring, skin laxity, wrinkles, or excessive sweating, it’s important to consult a skincare specialist on which men’s skincare products work best with your skin type and align with your long-term goals. If you’re ready to conquer your skin concerns and start feeling confident about the way you look, contact Pinnacle Dermatology for a free consultation. We’ll help you design a personalized skincare plan that gives you the results you want. To learn more about our medical and cosmetic dermatology services, visit our website or contact us today!