Common Men's Skin Problems

It is no secret that men’s skin care is a big deal. Men are less likely than women to take care of their skin and this can lead to a variety of problems that can affect their health in the long-term. The key to maintaining healthy man skin is prevention, and this article will teach you how to do so.

Skincare problems are often the result of an underlying issue (overexposure to sun, using the wrong products, etc.), but they aren’t always, which can make diagnosis difficult. The good news is, whatever specific skincare problems you’re dealing with – from wrinkles to dry skin and blemishes or razor burn – we can help!

So here are some of the most common skin problems for men that we’ve heard from our guests, and the best ways to solve them. It doesn’t matter if your skin routine is basically non-existent or if your medicine cabinet already looks like something out of a magazine – these tips will help you understand your skin care needs better.

Most Common Skin Concerns For Men

If You Have Oily Skin

Oily skin is a common problem that many people have. Oily skin in men can be caused by genetic factors or hormonal changes. For example, testosterone levels rise during puberty which can cause an increase in oil production. Oily skin in men is also often caused by factors such as stress or diet and lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking alcohol. Oily skin is the result of an abundance of sebum or natural oil produced by the body which causes your pores to become clogged up, leading to excess production of oil and dirt.

The best way to get rid of oily skin is by being mindful of your lifestyle choices. If you are living an unhealthy lifestyle or if you are not taking care of yourself then this can cause your body to produce excess oil. You should make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day and try to avoid drinking sugary drinks or eating greasy foods as much as possible.

The key to keeping the natural oils of your skin in check is to keep your pores clear and unclogged from excess oil, which gets produced when you sweat. Oily skin is definitely a precursor of breaking out. To clear your pores, use an exfoliating facial cleanser or scrub, preferably one that is specifically designed for oily skin. Avoid using harsh soaps on your face because they will dry out your skin even further causing it to become even more oily than before. Then follow it with something light such as a gentle toner and a light cream moisturizer (we like American Crew’s Face Balm SPF 15). For additional tips read our previous blog article on how to deal with oily skin.

If you’re also experiencing oily skin on your scalp, try using anti-dandruff shampoos which will help prevent dandruff from forming in the first place plus these products contain natural ingredients that will help keep your scalp healthy overall too!

Overall, just be careful with what kind of products you use on your face and scalp, and also make sure that you eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals which will give you plenty of energy during those hectic days at work.

If You Experience Dull or Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common problem for men. Environmental factors, such as air pollution and the use of harsh detergents, can cause dry skin. A lack of hydration in a man’s diet can also lead to dry skin. Moreover, as we age, our skin thins, losing elasticity and producing less of the oils needed for the skin to retain moisture.

Dry skin can lead to cracking and peeling from the surface of the skin. This can be painful, but there are treatments that will help you avoid this problem altogether. Most important is a good moisturizer designed for your specific skin needs. Try to pick a moisturizer that contains vitamin E, as this ingredient helps with the production of natural oils that are essential for healthy skin cells. A good exfoliating scrub is also helpful occasionally to remove dead surface cells from the top layer of your skin, allowing the moisturizer to properly penetrate the skin, keeping it hydrated and protecting it from becoming dry. You should also keep hydrated and make sure to drink plenty of fluids as it will impact the appearance of your skin. Lastly, avoid using harsh chemicals on your skin as these can cause increasing dryness

If you’re having a hard time managing dryness or would like help incorporating skin care into your routine, our SkinMetics facials are also a great way to give your skin the attention it needs. A professional facial treatment will help to make your skin more radiant, no matter your experience level with men’s skin care. Our experts start with a deep-cleansing mask to remove impurities and dead skin cells, leaving you with soft and healthy-looking skin. We’ll then deeply moisturize your skin to keep it hydrated. To round it all off, we’ll give you a relaxing neck, shoulder, and scalp massage to melt away any stress you’re feeling. Lastly, our stylists can also provide advice on which facial products will help you achieve the long-term results you’re looking for. These products are designed for the specific needs of the skin and are formulated with ingredients that will combat the specific problems that men face.

Man Getting a Facial

If You Get Razor Burn, Razor Bumps or In-Grown Hairs

Razor burn is an itchy, red rash on the skin that occurs after shaving. It can be caused by a number of factors, and it can be prevented by taking simple preventative measures. Razor burn is caused by the blade of the shaving tool going too deep into the skin, scraping away hair and causing micro-tears in the skin. The friction from shaving can also cause irritation in surrounding areas.
There are many ways to prevent razor burn after shaving. First, exfoliate your skin before shaving or waxing to remove dead cells that clog pores and cause ingrown hairs. Apply a pre-shave oil to moisturize the skin, and follow-up with high-quality shaving cream to keep your skin hydrated while you shave and protect it from irritation. Another way to prevent razor burn is by using a shaving brush instead of using your hands or fingers to apply the cream. This will help lift up the hairs, which will allow for a closer shave, resulting in less irritation and razor burn. Lastly, use an electric razor instead of a manual one as it is gentler on the skin. Alternatively, change out the blades on your shaving tool often, shaving with a dull razor is likely to cause issues. For the best and closest shave, shaving should always be done in the direction of hair growth. Finally, if you do get razor burn, there are many ways that you can treat it at home such as applying an ice pack or aloe vera gel.
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs are other common problems for men who shave or wax. They result in red, itchy, and painful bumps on the skin. To prevent razor bumps, you should avoid shaving the same area more than once in a 24-hour period. Use a shaving gel or cream that does not contain alcohol, which can irritate skin and skin cells. It’s also helpful to use warm water to help soften the hair or shave after a shower, which helps water soften the skin and activates oil glands that lubricate the skin to help prevent razor bumps, irritation, and cuts.

Man Shaving Face with Razor

If You Break Out Easily

Haunted by pimples, even if you’re well into your 30s? Unfortunately, pimples don’t magically stop appearing once you’ve hit puberty. Factors such as humidity, stress, heavy sweating, or the use of steroids can all cause the irritating red bumps now. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone!

The best way to get rid of acne and/or pimples is by using a combination of treatments, such as topical creams, oral medications and lifestyle changes. It’s also important to ease off the harsh grooming products.

Try a calming, cleansing face wash (look for something that’s tagged for sensitive skin or even anti-aging skincare products), which won’t strip your skin, followed by an ultra-lightweight moisturizer that won’t bombard it with added gunk and contribute to oil production. If you have recurrent pimples, you may want to consider using an over-the-counter acne treatment. When you start to feel like a breakout is imminent, zap the area with a light treatment containing salicylic acid. It kills the bad stuff without turning your whole face bright red. If your acne is severe or doesn’t go away with topical creams, it is important that you find out what is causing it so that you can eliminate or minimize the cause. Talk to your doctor about prescription medications or other treatments they may recommend.

If Your Face is Chronically Red

As many as 14 million Americans are affected by Rosacea, a chronic disorder characterized by facial inflammation and a rosy-red demeanor. It typically begins any time after age 30 as an overall redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. In some cases, rosacea can occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear; left untreated, it can turn into permanent redness, thickened skin, and an enlarged nose due to excess tissue.

The first step in soothing Rosacea is with twice-daily gentle cleansing. This will remove excess oil, environmental debris, bacteria, and other microorganisms, as well as the residue from skincare products. Unless the skin is oily, non-soap face wash or facial cleanser may be the best option – they rinse off easily and have a neutral pH that is closer to the natural pH of the skin. Then apply a light anti-aging moisturizer with sunscreen; keeping skin protected with a broad-spectrum sunscreen will prevent the burning, stinging, itching, and irritation that’s associated with rosacea. The moisturizer will help to build a barrier that keeps out impurities and irritants.

If You Have Sun Damage or Sunburn

If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy spending time outdoors in the sun. However, sun damage or sunburn is a common skin problem for men that can cause some serious health problems and it is always better to prevent them than have them. Facial sun damage can occur when the face gets too much exposure to direct sunlight without protection. This skin condition can also be caused by frequent trips outside without wearing sunscreen or a hat when it is sunny out. Dark spots on the face and neck, which look like a burn, age spots, and uneven skin pigmentation are all signs of sun damage. The most common areas affected are the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.

There are several ways you can prevent this condition, but the best way is by wearing a good quality SPF 50+ sunscreen on your face every day. Sunscreen can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and other skin conditions such as sunspots and uneven pigmentation. Second, stay out of the sun during peak hours (between 10am and 2pm). The sun’s rays are strongest then. Finally, be aware that even if you’re using sunscreen, it’s still important to avoid excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays. These rays can cause skin damage even if your skin is covered by sunscreen. Other sun-tested products, such as hats and sunglasses are also important for protecting men’s skin when outside for long periods of time.

Man Applying Face Moisturizer

Book A Men’s Facial Appointment Today

In conclusion, the best way to tackle male-specific skin problems is to take care of your skin in general and to implement a skin care routine that addresses potential problems before they surface. Make an appointment at 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon San Diego (in 4S Ranch) for a soothing men’s facial to start healing your skin, regardless of your skin type.

At 18|8 San Diego, we take a comprehensive approach by focusing on your specific skin concerns, such as acne treatment, dry skin, or sun damage repair, while using products designed specifically for your skin type and the needs of men.

If you have any questions about our skin treatments, just give us a call or stop by our salon located at 10543 4S Commons Drive, Suite #176, in San Diego, California. We invite you to visit and see the services we offer as we take care of all your skin-related needs.