Yes, male skin is different than female skin. It is generally thicker, with a denser distribution of blood vessels(thereby leading to greater oxygen content), and it contains more oil (sebum). The male beard provides protection against some of the ultraviolet rays from the sun, thus maintaining skin thickness. Because of the increased thickness a man’s skin is the less prone to irritation and dryness.
Some females use elaborate skin care routines on a daily basis, thereby contributing to skin dryness. Skin care which incorporates use of exfoliants and toners frequently dry the skin. Many women use exfoliants and toners to make their pores appear temporarily smaller, but except for specific types of acne, use of these products may cause more harm than good.
As a man ages, the testosterone levels in the body decrease, and the skin becomes less durable and more easily irritated. Also, most men do not wear makeup, so the color irregularities from sun-damage and ageing may become more visible. For this reason, a skin care program that is centered around treatment of sun damage and pigment irregularities is recommended.
Use of products which reverse sun damage is of primary importance. Retinols (see our product guide) should be the cornerstone of a good skin care regimen for a male.
For enhanced efficacy, the addition of a glycolic to a retinol product (such as is available in DIA’s “Glow Regimen”) is suggested.
The following sunscreens have been suggested to cause hormonal disruption in both sexes: benzophenone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate. In addition, these same substances have been found to be toxic to corals, as have zinc oxide, titanium dioxides, and siloxanes. For this reason, use of ultraviolet barrier clothing or a well-laundered cotton garment may be safer and preferable.