You don’t need a stand-up comedian to tell you about all the ways men and women are different. But of the many jokes they make about the differences between the sexes, it’s unlikely that any of them have ever been about skin care. While skin care may not be the source of many belly laughs, men’s and women’s skin are different in several ways, which means the way each gender cares for and treats their skin is unique as well.
Most of the distinctions between men’s and women’s skincare are based on two things: biology and society. The first involves the physical distinctions between the sexes, such as hormone production, and how those distinctions affect our skin. The second relates to differences between lifestyles and expectations when it comes to our appearance, such as the use of cosmetics.
Here are just a few of the ways men’s and women’s skin care differ:
- Acne and oil control. Men are generally larger than women, and men’s pores are as well. That means that men produce more oil than their female counterparts. The upside is that men’s skin tends to stay more naturally moisturized. The downside of more oil production is that it can lead to an increased frequency and duration of blackheads and acne breakouts. Men thus need to focus more on oil control than women do, while women spend more time moisturizing.
- Collagen supply. As we often discuss, collagen is critical to the health, texture, and shape of our skin. If our bodies don’t produce enough of this vital protein, our skin can start to sag and develop wrinkles. That is why boosting the body’s collagen production and supply through such treatments as dermal fillers are so central to anti-aging skin care treatments. But reduced collagen production is a much greater issue for women than it is for men, as males consistently have higher collagen density than women. So, while women focus their skin care efforts on collagen, men spend more time protecting their skin from the harmful effects of the sun and other external damage.
- Skin thickness. Men’s skin is tougher and thicker than women’s. That means that men can exfoliate more often than women; even every day if they want to be compared to twice or three times a week for women. And they may need to because that toughness and thickness make it harder to remove dead layers of skin.
- Hyperpigmentation. Hormones play a central role in the color, tone, and texture of skin, and women simply have more disruptions in hormonal activity than men because of such changes as pregnancy and menopause. The hormonal shakeups contribute to hyperpigmentation (discoloration of the skin) and make changes in skin color more of an issue for females.
Men and Women Alike Can Improve Their Appearance With the Help of Dr. Busso
A healthy skin care routine can help you maintain or regain the youthful appearance of your skin, but a skilled aesthetic dermatologist can take things to the next level and dramatically improve the health of your skin or address any imperfections that you can’t resolve on your own.
Call Dr. Mariano Busso’s Miami-Coconut Grove offices today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can partner with you for better skin and a better quality of life.