Characteristics of male skin

A man’s skin is between 16 and 20 percent thicker than that of a woman. It therefore ages later but more abruptly and when wrinkles appear, they are deeper. With regular skincare, this onset can be delayed.

The first signs of ageing appear later (after 40) but men’s skin then marks more deeply. The skin loses its tone and elasticity more rapidly. As with women, UVA and UVB rays, harsh weather conditions and pollution, especially during outdoor activities, contribute to accelerating the aging process. So, too, does the daily care routine of men in general who are more prone to using harsh detergents.

A man’s skin contains 22 percent more collagen than a woman’s and is therefore naturally more resistant.

A man’s skin is more oily, and the pilous system is more developed. In fact, male hormones stimulate sebaceous secretions and hair growth.

The male pilous system contains from around 6000 to 25000 hairs, which grow 0.4mm per day. A man will spend around six months of his life shaving, and each time endures an average of 205 razor blade passages.

Due to daily shaving, their skin is badly treated and it becomes dehydrated through repeated aggression.

During each shave 65mg of hair and as much skin is removed. The removal of the hydrolipidic film leads to cutaneous dehydration. The skin tightens, redness and irritation appear, the risk of infection increases, there is discomfort and sometimes there are even skin cuts.

The main kinds of skin problems linked with shaving, come from inflammation of the pilous follicle: folliculitis and pseudo-folliculitis.

The folliculities are either of bacterial origin (staphylococcae), or of fungal origin (trichopphytic). They are often aggravated by shaving and encouraged by hyper activity of the sebaceous glands. They can be treated with antiseptics (either antibiotics and/or antifungal products), combined with adapted cosmetic treatments.

The pseudo-folliculitis (Pili incarnati) are inflammations of the pilous follicle caused by in-grown hair, without an initial infection factor. This abnormality, causing the hair to grow inwards, should be treated with antiseptic products (hygiene products). It is preferable to stop shaving for a while, but if this is not possible, a quality shaver and after-shave products should be chosen.

Specific treatment ranges for men are therefore not a pure marketing creation, but rather a response to a particular demand.

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