Although there are different skincare regimens available to men than women, identifying what type of skin type you have will help you best in the long run to treat your skin than distinguishing what is a traditionally marketed as a male or female product, as we all have skin that performs the same function. The 4 main skin types are normal, oily, dry, and sensitive skin. You may also find that you have combination skin that includes one or more of these types. Normal skin is usually tolerant of most products without any harsh results. Oily skin is often associated with breakouts and extra shine. Dry skin requires additional moisturizing for skin that can produce redness, flaking or be a result of skin conditions such as eczema. Sensitive skin can react negatively to new products so they should be introduced with patch testing and verifying that the ingredients list is both minimal and as gentle and natural as possible. 

Men may seek out specific products with ingredients to better suit their needs that might include focusing on oilier skin or denser hair growth compared to women while women may wish to use products that help the triggers of the hormonal or menstruation cycle. The most simplistic skin care regimen for men or women is to focus on 3 basic steps: cleanse, moisturize and protect. A gentle, PH-balanced cleanser is recommended to suit all skin types. Typically cream based cleansers are recommended for dry or sensitive skin while foaming cleansers are recommended for oily skin. After the skin is cleansed and patted dry, moisturizer is the next step. As we age, skin loses collagen, elastin, and hydration. A good moisturizer will help to plump and hydrate the skin. Ceramide-rich moisturizers are highly recommended for all skin types but especially for men who shave. Within the moisturizing step, many men choose to include serums and toners to combat acne, even out skin tone, add brightening to the skin and another layer of hydration. Good old fashioned beard oil is also a great addition for those with facial hair. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, a gentle exfoliation scrub will help to remove dead skin cells. Finally, the best way to protect your skin when you will be outside is to put on a layer of sunscreen. In addition to preventing skin cancer, sunscreen aids in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation as well as help to slow the look of aging. 

Your skin is as unique as you are. While the information above helps to differentiate skin types and provides a basic overview for skincare regimens for men, THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology can help you determine the products and ingredients that are best suited for your skin. Call today for your appointment by calling 602-867-7546 or schedule online at WEBSITE. THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology will offer you a skincare regimen that can benefit a man’s skin with a dedicated approach to skincare.