The main difference is the lack of scent in many of the male lines, according to Dr. Steven Armus, a dermatologist with Great Lakes Dermatology, 1515 S. Green Bay Road.
Otherwise, men's skin requires pretty much the same ingredients that women's does, when it comes to cleansing and moisturizing.
"Men may tend to be a little more aggressive when it comes to treating their skin, but their skin needs the same kinds of care that a woman's does," he
There are some subtle differences between men's and women's skin due to the different hormonal make up, Armus
said.Men's skin, for example, may be a little thicker because of testosterone levels.And more men than women tend to have jobs that require them to be out in the elements, which can increase their chances for dry skin and skin cancers.Men, in general, also tend to get worse cases of acne than women, but they also tend to outgrow it more quickly, he
"Men usually grow out of their acne after puberty, while women may have it into adulthood."
Sunscreen a must Like women, men can have different skin types - some dryer than others and some more sensitive, Armus
said.And, like women, men should take care of their skin and protect it from things such as sun exposure.
"Using a moisturizer with an SPF15 sunscreen in it is the most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking young and healthy," he
And just because its winter, don't think you don't need sunscreen, the dermatologist said.Protection from the sun's rays is essential all year long.
Moisturizer should be applied at least twice a day, for maximum benefits.In the coldest months, when skin tends to get dryer, Armus
sometimes moisturizes his
skin three or four times a day.
"You can't over-moisturize your skin," he
said, adding that most moisturizers today are labeled as non-comedic, meaning they won't clog pores, causing blemishes.
Men's daily skin-care routines also should include use of a mild, soap-free cleanser.Because soap will dry out the skin, it is better to wash with one of several soap-free cleansers on the market, such as Cetaphil, Armus
Smooth and clear There are things men can do when it comes to shaving to help improve their skin.
"Shaving is where the majority of men's skin problems come along," Armus
While the process of shaving creates daily exfoliation of the skin, which can sometimes leave a man's face even softer and also can create conditions ranging from dryness to ingrown hairs and other skin irritations.
One of the first steps toward preventing irritation is to use a shaving gel, rather than soap or cream, because gels tend to provide more lubrication, Armus
said.It is also a good idea, if you are experiencing irritation or inflammation when shaving, to try shaving in a different direction, he
Keep in mind too, that most aftershave products on the market contain alcohol, which can dry the skin.These astringents will help to temporarily constrict pore size, but the result doesn't last long and the drying effects don't help the skin, Armus