What works for your girlfriend’s skin is probably not going to work for you. Psst.ph spoke to a skin pro: a dermatologist specializing on men’s skin care to find out his expert opinion on the biggest skin concerns for males – and how to treat them.
Broken capillaries are one of the biggest skin care concerns for men, says dermatologist Dr Reginald Gupta. It’s all about association. Red, thread-like veins on the nose and cheeks make it look like you’ve been hitting the bottle. While booze can be one cause, Gupta explains, broken capillaries can also be a result of sun exposure and family history.
At home, cosmetic camouflage with a green base concealer works best to neutralize redness if you’re game. At the dermatologist, vascular laser or vascular broad band light can return skin tone to its former (sober) glory.
What usually causes large pores and blackheads in men? They can include sweaty workouts, air-conditioned offices and incorrect (read, zero) skin care products, according to Dr. Gupta. It can be particularly challenging to keep the beard area free of congestion and pimples.
When booking a male facial, ask for a customized treatment designed for your particular skin type and concerns on the day. For blackheads, request extractions to squeeze gunk out properly. At home, washing daily with a cleanser that contains antibacterial and oil-regulating ingredients, like salicylic acid, will help clear congestion. Regular exfoliation will also remove the dead skin build-up that causes blackheads.
Acne is one skin condition that can affect confidence and self-esteem. As sebaceous glands become overactive and produce excess oil, follicles become plugged, resulting in blackheads and whiteheads. These plugged follicles can then become inflamed, causing pimples, nodules and cysts. Although acne is not harmful to health and will usually go away after time, moderate to severe acne can leave scars. There are several acne treatment options available that can effectively treat acne and eliminate or reduce the scarring it causes.
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You may try using lemons. Lemons act as an exfoliant, skin lightener, and disinfectant to reduce the appearance of scars and prevent new pimples from forming. On a clean face, dab acne with a cotton ball or cotton swab dipped in lemon juice, then rinse with cool water.
As a person ages or as a result of acne, we can’t help it when brownish spots begin to appear. It is then called as hyperpigmentation. The condition can be worsened either sun damage or genetics. Sometimes known as “liver spots,” these benign patches resemble large freckles and usually appear on the face, neck, hands, feet or legs. Although they are not harmful, many people wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. A cosmetic dermatologist can effectively remove or reduce the appearance of age spots on the skin.
If you want to treat hyperpigmentation without getting a prescription, look for these over-the-counter options: Skin lightening creams. These works by slowing down melanin production and removing existing melanin from the skin.
Pores are the tiny openings in the surface of the skin through which moisturizing oils are released. When pores on the face are large enough to be visible, they can cause frustration as well as facial skin problems. To some degree, pore size is hereditary, but pores also appear larger when they contain trapped oil and skin cells. A dermatologist can recommend effective treatments for improving the appearance of large pores.
Darkened skin beneath the eyes is a common skin problem caused by factors such as heredity, lack of sleep, allergies, diet, and sun exposure. In many cases, the darkened circles can be reversed by resolving the underlying cause, or they can be concealed with cosmetics.
A cosmetic dermatologist can provide treatments that can reduce or eliminate the discoloration of persistent and very dark undereye circles.
Wrinkles and lines on the skin are among the most common facial skin problems for women and men as they age. Lines and wrinkles appear where skin naturally folds and creases, becoming more and more permanent as time goes on. Sun exposure, smoking, and extreme dieting can hasten this effect, making skin look older than it is.
A cosmetic dermatologist can prescribe professional skin care products and perform a wide variety of very effective procedures to smooth and rejuvenate skin.
Guys – do you suffer from any of the above? Tell us in the comments section below.