How Different is a Man’s Skin, and Why Does it Matter?

There are profound differences between the sexes in myriad categories, however when comparing their skin, the only comment used to be that women were the “fairer” sex and that their skin was “softer.”

The implied idea that a man’s skin was “rougher,” and that it may not have needed a lot of (or any) care, we now know of course is false. Thanks, in part, to the men’s growing grooming industry, we now know that men’s skin needs a lot more care than men themselves are willing to give it.

  • Men’s skin is about 25% thicker. Testosterone is the reason why. A man’s skin needs more hydrating ingredients because constant shaving can dry out the skin. Thickness requires formulations that can penetrate well.
  • Men’s skin is oilier. Testosterone stimulates sebum production and men need products that take that into account. Increased sebum can also create a reddish, ruddy complexion. Not all moisturizers are created equal and men should look for those that don’t feel greasy. Men should also find an anti-shine powder that can cover ruddiness and even out the skin tone without causing breakouts.
  • Men have more facial hair. Men need shave creams and gels that are gentle on the skin and prep the hair for a comfortable, closer shave. Men need products that account for the added sensitivity a man has on his skin due to shaving.
  • Men have larger pore size. They need products that won’t clog pores or cause ingrown hairs, and that will cover problem skin more evenly if ANTI-SHINE powder or concealer is needed.
  • Men sweat 3 times more than women. Hydrating the skin is extremely important, thus men should include a product in their grooming that hydrates well.

Men’s skin is very different. The more educated men become about their skin, the more seriously they will take cleaning their skin and hopefully incorporate grooming routines that cleanse, correct, protect, conceal and make their skin look better, into their daily lives.

Take away: Use products created and developed specifically for men, and hydrate often.