No one can tell me that men don’t care about their skin. Men ask me just as many questions about their skin as women, and they’re just as active about making changes in their routines.
Skin is skin, so most of the time when we’re giving skin care advice, it’s for both men and women. However, there are some differences between men and women’s skin that are worth noting. Here are four:
- Men can exfoliate more often than women. When you hear us recommending twice or thrice-weekly exfoliation, we’re really talking about the girls. With thicker skin, a man can use a chemical exfoliant or a gentle scrub pretty much every day.
- Men often have larger pores and produce more oil. On the upside, this means that their skin is usually less dry and will age well. The down side? More blackheads and longer-lasting acne.
- Hyperpigmentation (discoloration of the skin) is less of an issue for men since they do not experience the type of hormonal activity that contributes to changes in skin color.
- Men’s skin has a higher density of collagen than women’s, meaning that many men could theoretically age much slower than women with proper skin care and regular sun protection.