Skin conditions can affect anyone but men are more likely to be affected by preventable conditions such as skin cancer because they are less likely to take steps to look after their skin.
Skin Conditions in Men
Many of the most common skin conditions such as eczema and warts are just as likely to affect men as women. Others such as adult acne and psoriasis tend to be more common in women. However, there are also some increased risks for certain skin conditions in men. Men have higher levels of the male hormone testosterone, especially during adolescence. Testosterone encourages oil production in the skin, which is why teenage boys are more likely to develop acne. Many men also shave regularly, which means that they can develop razor burn, ingrowing hairs or other issues.
Perhaps the most significant difference between skin conditions in men and women is in the way that we look after our skin. Women are encouraged to treat their skin carefully and they are much more likely to see a doctor if they notice something unusual. Men often ignore their skin, even if something seems wrong. This means that men can be more likely to develop preventable skin conditions and to leave it longer before seeking help.
The Risk of Skin Cancer in Men
The impact of these gender differences in attitudes to skincare is most severe when it comes to skin cancer. Men are less likely to wear sunscreen or take other steps to protect their skin against sun damage, even when they are spending more time outdoors for work or to play sports. Men are also less likely to check their moles or to see a doctor if they notice any growths or unusual moles.
The most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, is now more common in men than in women because of these different attitudes to sun protection. By the age of 65, men are twice as likely to develop melanoma. Since they are also slower to seek help when the symptoms of skin cancer appear, men are also more likely to die from melanoma. Skin cancer can usually be completely removed as long as it is detected early. This is why it is so important for men to take better care of their skin.
Skincare Tips for Men
Sun protection is the most important element of skincare for both men and women as it can reduce the risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. Preventing sun damage can also help to slow the effects of ageing.
It is also important for men to have a good skincare routine that involves both cleansing and moisturising. The right skincare routine can improve the look and feel of your skin. It can also prevent skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis from flaring up.
A good skincare routine for men should include the following steps:
- Cleanse your skin with a facial wash or bar that is suitable for your skin type twice a day. You can use a toner to remove excess oil after this if you have oily skin.
- Moisturise your face after cleansing. You should moisturise any dry patches elsewhere on your body at least once a day.
- Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day. The easiest way to do this is by choosing a moisturiser that includes sun protection. Take extra steps to protect your skin in summer by wearing a hat and sunglasses.
- The best time to shave is after a shower when your hair will be softer. Use shaving cream or gel to protect your skin and replace disposable razors regularly. Store your razor in a dry area to prevent bacteria from growing on it.
- Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting regular exercise. A healthy lifestyle is important for all parts of your body and it can reduce stress, which is bad for your skin.
The final point that all men need to be aware of is how important it is to see a doctor if you notice anything unusual, especially a growth or any changes in your moles. Even serious skin conditions in men can usually be treated effectively as long as they are spotted early.