Facts about men’s skin:
- Men have thicker skin than women.
- Men have 20% oilier skin than women.
- Men have larger pores than women.
- Men’s skin has smaller sebaceous glands.
- Most men don’t know how to take care of their skin.
Male hormones (or androgens) are the mechanisms that cause stimulation of the sebaceous glands, which in turn produce more sebum. This sebum causes inflammation in the hair follicles, thus causing bacteria to form. Testosterone, an androgen, converts to dihydrotestosterone, (DHT) a form of male hormone, which switches on the oil glands. The oil glands are stimulated via receptor sites on the cells of the sebaceous glands thus causing breakouts.
Here’s a easy to follow skincare routine:
After cleansing with soap ,(ivory) to wash away dirt& oils, use a toner on skin that doesn’t contain alcohol. Toners with alpha hydroxyl acids help to reduce pore size & also help to prevent ingrown hairs. For moisture you can break open a Vitamin E capsule & rub onto face.
Shave after a warm shower, or apply a warm washcloth to face for several minutes, to soften hairs. Apply shave cream or gel so razor will glide over skin. Always shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse afterward with lukewarm water. Finally, moisturize to hydrate skin. (alcohol free aftershaves & toner’s help to hydrate skin.
If skincare products you use burn, tingle, irritate or hurt- don’t use it!
Here are a few DIY recipes:
1 c.witch hazel 1 tsp.vegetable glycerin 6 drops sweet orange oil 3 drops of sandalwood oil Mix all ingredients. Pour into glass bottle. Drop a few drops onto hands and splash onto face.
Aftershave cream: 1/8 c. coconut oil 1/2 c. shea butter, softened 2-4 drops of essential oil (your choice) Mix ingredients well, use on your face.
DIY all natural deoderant 1/2 c. cornstarch 1/2 c. baking soda 10 drops tea tree oil 4tsp. coconut oil Mix ingredients well. Place in airtight container. To use: scoop some out & slather under your arms.
I hope this article helps all the men in our lives. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. Hope to see you again.