Simple Skin Care Tips for Men

Many men think they don't need to worry about their skin. Or maybe they simply feel they don't have time. But it doesn't take a lot of effort to keep skin  clean, moisturized, and protected from the sun. Here are some everyday skin care tips and solutions to common problems.

Steps for Healthy Skin

  • Wash your face every night with a gentle cleanser or hydrating soap. In the mornings, simply splash water on your face (unless it's very oily in which case you should wash it).
  • Apply moisturizer after washing your face or anytime it feels tight or dry. The same goes for the rest of your body.
  • Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 to 30 every day, even in the winter. Choose a moisturizer-containing SPF and you won't have to remember to put on sunscreen.
  • Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub and soft washcloth every one to two weeks.
  • Keep an eye on your moles. See a doctor if you notice a change in their shape, color, size, or if they look "ugly."
  • If you choose to tan, use a spray or lotion tanner, never a sunbed. Tanning beds are no safer than baking in the sun and have been linked to skin cancer.
  • Visit a dermatologist annually for a check-up. Most skin problems - even cancer - are treatable if they're caught early.

Common Skin Problems and Solutions 

Your skin feels dry, rough, or you have scaly skin on your hands, elbows, and feet.

  • Be sure not to spend more than 5 to10 minutes in the shower, and use lukewarm water.
  • Apply an emollient-rich body lotion at least twice a day until your skin feels more hydrated.
  • For rough, scaly patches, rub them with a foot cream or petroleum jelly and leave on overnight.

Your face is full of razor bumps or irritation.

  • Exfoliate your skin before you shave.
  • Do NOT dry shave. Be sure to apply a shaving gel or lotion and give it at least three minutes to sink in before you touch your razor.
  • Change your blade every 5-7 shaves or any time if feels dull.
  • Shave in the direction of your hair growth to avoid ingrown hairs and try not to repeat strokes over the same skin.
  • After shaving, wash your face and pat - don't rub - it dry.

You suffer from frequent breakouts.

  • No one knows acne's exact cause, but several factors can exacerbate it, such as not maintaining a good moisture level and not cleansing enough. Be sure to follow a good face-washing and moisturizing routine. Look for oil-free moisturizers and non-comedogenic cleansers.
  • Never pop a zit. This just spreads the infection around and could lengthen that pimple's lifetime.
  • Be sure that your pillowcase, phone, or anything else that touches your face is cleaned often. These can be bacteria breeding-grounds.
  • If your acne persists, see a dermatologist who can help identify your acne's specific cause and recommend a treatment regimen. 



Sources: "How to Wash Your Face." Acne Treatment and Community. 2010.

American Academy of Dermatology. "Cosmeceutical Facts and Your Skin" Web. American Academy of Dermatology Public Center. 2009.

McClain, Robin, ANRP. "Tips for Men's Skin." University of South Florida Dermatology: Cosmetics Blog. Web. October 7, 2009.