Debbie Bernheim

Most of the differences in female vs. male skin can be credited to hormonal variances rather than physiological differences. Men have higher androgenic activity which contributes to bearded skin, male hair-loss, active sebaceous glands, hair growth, and type of hair on the body. Men also rarely experience melasma, which is attributed to estrogenic imbalance.

Shaving every day stimulates cell turnover. For this reason, male facial skin tends to be thicker than female facial skin. Men do not require a lot of extra emollience in their facial products, but it’s best to follow shaving with a barrier strengthening product to help minimize the effects of damaging chronic inflammation.

Due to higher amounts of androgen hormone in men, males experience severe grades of acne. Additionally, males have problem skin in their teens and generally clear by their 20s. Women may experience acne well into their 20s and beyond.

Middled-aged men have a higher incidence in melanoma skin cancer than women. Up until age 40, significantly more women develop melanoma than men (1 in 391 women vs. 1 in 691 men). After age 40, significantly more men develop melanoma than women. Overall, one in 35 men and one in 54 women will develop melanoma in their lifetimes. After age 50, the majority of melanoma cancers diagnosed are in Caucasian men over the age of 50.

How to prevent: Get your teenage son in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather. We have a wonderful product that men like because its anti-aging, moisturizer and sunscreen all in one. MDSolarScience Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer w/SPF30.

If you struggle with those irritating shaving bumps on your neck try this little trick. Use Epionce Extreme Barrier Cream on your face instead of shaving gel or cream – it provides excellent lubrication before shaving, plus it contains anti-microbial ingredients to help diminish surface bacterial that cause irritation. After shaving, you can follow with lytic gel cleanser in the shower and purifying toner to further help control post-shaving bumpiness.