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Men’s skincare: frequently asked questions answered

Men’s skincare: frequently asked questions answered

Experts talk about skincare for men
FAQ men's skincare
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From using a head-to-toe soap bar to not using moisturisers or sunscreen, most men tend to put skincare on the backburner. Happiest Health sought the help of experts on some frequently asked questions related to men’s skincare. Dr Sneha Ghunawat, consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist, director, and co-founder of Meraki Skin Clinic in Gurugram, and Dr Manasi Shirolikar, consultant dermatologist and founder of online consulting brand drmanasiskin.com, answer some commonly asked questions.

How different is the male skin from the female skin? Can men use women’s skincare products?

Both skin types are different. Since the male skin contains more collagen, it appears to be firmer and is generally tougher and thicker compared to that of women. Besides, male skin has more oil-producing glands and larger open pores. It is more prone to acne and less prone to dryness, whereas female skin is thinner, drier, and more sensitive.

However, it does not mean that men require a dedicated set of products. Men and women can use the same products. One needs to remember that skincare products are to be used based on skin type and skin concerns rather than gender.

Difference between men's and women's skin
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What should be included in this skincare regime?

Use proper cleansers to clean the skin from dirt and grease. Cleansers with exfoliants such as glycolic acid and lactic acid suit male skin better. Moisturising skin well using good quality products is also important.

  • Use gel-based moisturisers for oily and acne-prone skin
  • Normal to dry skin can benefit from lotions and creams

Use good quality shaving products. Moisturise skin before shaving to avoid undue trauma to the skin. Use a clean razor and antibacterial after-shave lotions. Always wear sunscreen when stepping out. It protects the skin from damage from UV light.

Can I use the same soap for my skin, hair, and body?

The soaps used for different parts of the body are designed according to the pH of the skin. And, the pH of skin varies in different parts of the body, so the cleanser used on each area should match its pH. For instance, the skin on the face has a lower pH, so the cleanser used reflect this.

Soap meant for the body cannot be used on the face as it will make it too dry and be harsh on the skin. Similarly, using a face cleanser on the body will not suit its pH.   The soap for the face has lower pH than that for the body. Body soap, if used for the face, can make skin drier. Similarly, hair cleansers are designed to maintain the pH balance of the scalp.

My skin is oily, do I need to use face cream?

Even if you have oily skin, moisturising is important. However, opt for lightweight moisturising lotions or gels that are suitable for this skin type. Creams can be too heavy and hence should be avoided. It also carries the risk of breakouts due to clogging of pores.  One can use a gel-based moisturiser.

What can I use on my skin after I shave to reduce redness and irritation?

To reduce post-shaving redness and sensitivity, moisturise the skin well before shaving. This makes the movement of the razor smooth and protects the skin. After shaving, use gentle products on the skin such as soothing gels and lotions for its hydration. Mild natural astringents are also helpful for reducing post-shaving sensitivity.

For the after-shave routine, one should keep two things in mind:

– A good moisturiser ensures that the skin does not get dry and smoothens post-shave roughness.

– Use an astringent to reduce the inflammation and irritation that occurs after shaving.

Skincare tips for the outdoorsy man

Carry a sunscreen stick or spray sunscreen for reapplication. Use a facewash so that it can remove all the sunscreen that is reapplied throughout the day. You can carry a lotion-based moisturiser that will double up for the face and body.

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