For a long time, skin care was synonymous with women. But nowadays, more and more men have taken an interest in caring for their skin. And they have done so not just by treating their existing skin issues, but by also working to prevent them from happening in the first place.
As a matter of fact, between the years 2018 and 2023, the market for skin care for men is expected to grow at a rate of 5.23%, which is the fastest growth in its history. This change in interest is a result of the increasing access to care for skin problems men face alongside women, such as facial redness, acne, and rosacea.
Do you suffer from some of these conditions? Have you ever considered that there might be an underlying reason for why you’re suffering? Or maybe you’re just not using the right skin care products for your face?
Whatever the case may be for your skin situation, know that any of these previously mentioned conditions are ones that you can prevent and treat. But before you can learn how, you need to know what causes them.
Redness in your face may be a result of irritation caused by harsh shaving or an infected blade from your razor. It could also be a razor burn, bump, or just plain ol’ irritation that may be painful and cause dry, flaking skin. If you show any of these symptoms, it is best to stop shaving your mustache and beard for a few days to allow your skin to heal.
To prevent redness on your face from coming back or worsening, add some common practices to your shaving routine:
- Take a hot shower to open your pores and loosen up the hair follicles in your face.
- Opt to use a non-scented shaving gel or cream, preferably one meant for sensitive skin.
- Shave with the grain and try not to go over the same area multiple times.
- Use cold water to close up your pores post-shave.
Try to use a moisturizing aftershave that doesn’t contain menthol or alcohol to decrease irritation.
Acne has long been the leading skin condition in the United States affecting nearly every person at least once in their lifetime. While more common in adolescents, an increasing number of people are affected well into their adult life.
Breakouts are typically caused by an increased level in a particular hormone which produce oils that clog the pores on your face. This creates an environment for bacteria to thrive.
So what can you do to avoid this dilemma?
- Get an electric razor to avoid making your acne worse.
- Look for over-the-counter skin care products that contain benzoyl peroxide, retinol, or salicylic acid or talk to your dermatologist about medications that are proven to reduce acne in adults.
- Face wash, scrubs, moisturizers, and skin toners made from organic ingredients are great alternatives if the products containing chemicals cause inflammation to your skin.
Don’t over-hydrate your face! This can cause your pores to get clogged, making your acne worse.
Unfortunately, there’s not much dermatologists know on the causes of this skin condition. What they do know is that it causes redness in your face, red pimples that look like acne, eye irritation, and even a seemingly enlarged nose (rhinophyma). Your symptoms may even flare up for months then settle down for a period of time.
While it’s not possible to prevent rosacea from developing, there are some treatments available to diminish its symptoms. However, this normally requires you to take prescription medications while using an array of skin care products. To determine the best medication for you, speak to your dermatologist on what is recommended for the severity of your condition.
Your dermatologist may prescribe the following medications based on the symptoms you experience.
Brimonidine (Mirvaso) has shown to significantly reduce the redness associated with rosacea. This medication comes in a gel form that is regularly applied on the visible blood vessels in your face.
Doxycycline (Vibramycin) is an oral antibiotic that fights inflammation in people who suffer moderate to severe rosacea.
Laser and Light Therapy
Dermatologists may include laser therapy in your treatment for rosacea if your condition has caused visible blood vessels and thickening skin on your face. In combination with medication, laser therapy can greatly reduce or completely eliminate redness. However, it’s common for thickening skin to resurface even after treatment.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to reduce symptoms of rosacea.
- Keep track of what you’re doing when you flare up, and avoid any triggers in the future.
- Use sunscreen. UV rays are not only harmful for your skin, but they could also be what’s causing your flare-ups.
- Avoid irritants. Soaps and moisturizers that contain menthol or alcohol can trigger your symptoms.
- Massage your face with the points of your fingers in a circular motion working out towards your ears.
It can be darn right scary and confusing when it comes to taking care of your skin. It’s not always ideal to handle your skin care issues on your own either, so if you suspect your symptoms go beyond just a simple razor burn, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist.