There are a few simple skin care products that can make a huge difference to how a man’s skin looks.
Did you know that guys actually have stronger, thicker skin than women?
What this means is that guys are starting with better skin “scaffolding” than women.
It also means that by using the right skin care to fix your surface skin problems, you have the potential to have great looking skin as you age.
The bottom line is that it takes just a few low-maintenance, but targeted, skin care steps for a man to have healthy and attractive skin that looks well groomed and youthful.
I treat a lot of men in my dermatology practice. The most common skin issues that I see on a man’s skin are:
- Age spots that can be easily lightened
- Facial dandruff that patients think is dry skin, but isn’t
- Clogged pores and acne
- Dry, flaky skin on the arms and legs
- Athlete’s foot that is confused for dry skin.
In this five-part blog series titled The Best Skin Care for Men, I’m going to give you my low-maintenance skin care recommendations for these common surface skin problems. I’m going to cover each of these skin problems in a separate post so you can pick the posts that specifically fit your skin problems. Implement the simple skin care changes that I recommend and get ready to see a huge impact on how you look, without a big effort. Post #1 is Age Spots.
Dermatologist’s Simple Grooming Fixes for Men’s Most Common Skin Problems – Age Spots
Most age spots are either scaly brown barnacles (seborrheic keratosis) or flat liver spots (freckles caused by sun exposure). They are usually located on the face, arms, and hands; where they show and can make your skin look crusty and older than it is.
The single most-powerful product you can use to fight these age spots is a professional strength glycolic acid moisturizing cream. Glycolic acid lightens the brown color and somewhat dissolves the growths. It won’t entirely get rid of all of them, but it will really help to make them less noticeable. It will also moisturize and control dry flaking to give you young-looking skin again.
Apply a product like Glycolix Face Cream 15% after washing your face (but not after shaving because it can sting). For your body, use my Anti-Aging Body Kit. Your glycolic acid moisturizer goes on right after you towel off, waiting a few minutes so that it can capture the water still sitting in between the layers of your outer skin cells. You don’t need a heavy coating of the cream, just a light coating that is thoroughly massaged into the skin.
Also, every day you should apply a zinc oxide sunscreen to the sun-exposed skin of your face, neck, back of your hands, etc. For your face, use Citrix. For the back of your hands, use Solbar Zinc because it is more water resistant. Both of these come in my SunSavvy Kit.
Photo: Thanks and gratitude to Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week 2011, photographer Christopher Shawn Pike and model Frank R. Bailey IV.