What are men’s top skin problems and treatments?
As tough and rugged as men are sometimes perceived to be, it may come as a surprise that their skin can actually be very sensitive. Harmful chemicals and infections, cuts, scrapes, overexposure to sunlight, sweat, and stress can make male skin react in many less-than-ideal ways.
Pimples aren’t just an issue for teenagers…unfortunately. Humidity, stress, heavy sweating, or the use of steroids can cause blemishes. Even if you’re the figure of perfect personal hygiene and diet, you’ll still see flare-ups. In fact, washing your face too much can cause acne to get worse.
If your acne is bad enough to rattle your confidence, see a primary care physician. If you’re dealing with a more moderate situation, try a 5 percent, over-the-counter, benzoyl-peroxide skin wash from your local drug store, and use it twice a day.
Razor burn can affect a man’s skin in many different ways, from a couple hours of mild discomfort to a rash to blisters to acne.
Interesting, your shaving technique may not be the problem (as long as you’re shaving in, and not against, the direction of hair growth). Instead, make sure that you:
- Wash your face with warm water before you shave.
- Always use new, properly sharpened blades (or clean blades with an electric shaver)
- Use shave gel, cream, or even hair conditioner.
- Shave in short, deliberate strokes.
If you do suffer from post-shave irritation, apply an aloe-based cortisone cream or an aftershave lotion with vitamin E to help soothe the skin.
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