Do men need different skincare than women?

Skin is skin. There is no need for men and women to use different skincare products. When a person goes to the doctor with a medical problem, the doctor does not prescribe male and female versions of an antibiotic or high blood pressure medicine. When you walk into a drugstore, there is no section for men's aspirin versus women's aspirin. Even contact lens solution does not vary by gender.

 While men and women's skin appear different in terms of facial hair and skin texture, the biology and the needs are the same. Therefore, if skincare products contain high quality, effective ingredients, they will work equally well for both men and women. As an added bonus, sharing products saves valuable space in the bathroom, not to mention money – as there is no need to double up, especially when traveling. For a long time, the joke was that a man would buy any skincare product, as long as the bottle was silver and gray, and larger. Fortunately, skin care has evolved where we now understand that the nutritional needs of skin are essentially the same, regardless of race or gender.
If a man has a specific skin concern, this can be addressed with a tailored skincare regimen, rather than by purchasing skincare products marketed only to men. For example, men have more hair follicles and their associated sebaceous glands, resulting in oilier skin. This can cause blemishes and shaving irritation. To remedy this, exfoliating with a gentle scrub 2-3 times a week and using a Benzoyl Peroxide treatment, such as the KAPLAN MD Clinical Skin Therapy, can help keep skin clear and free of irritation.


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