The skin on a man’s face is quite different from that of a woman’s. It contains larger pores, whiskers, more collagen and elastin, a denser supply of blood vessels, and it produces more sweat. Put all these factors together and a man’s face can attract a fair amount of dirt, which may be clogging pores and other acne causing factors like P. acnes (Propionibacterium acnes) bacteria, that all add up to breakouts, and can threaten skin with unsightly acne scars.
Despite the fact that a man’s skin has smaller oil glands, men’s skin is generally more oily than women’s skin. This is due to the male hormone testosterone, which is responsible for the skin generating a higher amount of oil secretions. The female hormone estrogen results in women’s skin secreting less oil. After the age of 50, the oil secretions in men’s skin tend to slow down making men’s skin closer to women’s skin in the degree of oiliness.
Higher oil production in the skin means that a man’s skin is more susceptible to acne related problems and other blemishes.
The skin on a man’s face is more delicate than for a woman. You wouldn’t think that this is the case. However, there are some reasons why this is true:
- Men historically have taken less care of their skin
- Men’s skin tends to be exposed more often to damaging environmental elements
- Daily shaving destroys the hydrolipidic film, leading to loss of natural lubrication and protection
- Daily shaving also causes scraping and nicks
All of these factors result in men’s skin becoming more sensitized than women’s skin and more easily irritated.
As skin ages, its properties change. A man’s skin gradually becomes thinner with age (about 1% per year). A woman’s skin is more likely to change colour and texture with age because it is more sensitive to sun damage and because of the fall-off of estrogen production after menopause. Estrogen maintains the bony framework beneath the skin, keeps it soft, resilient and healthy. Prior to menopause, women’s skin thickness remains fairly constant.
The amount of collagen in the skin decreases to a greater extent in women than in men as individuals get older. This is also a main reason why women, who have similar historical sun exposure to men, appear older than men of the same age.
It’s true that men are not great skin groomers and unfortunately, many men wash exclusively with just a standard soap. It will keep the skin clean, but it’s perhaps not the best thing to keep it healthy as bar soap dries out the skin and its ingredients sometimes clog pores. Experts suggest that men exfoliate, once a week if they have oily skin, twice if they have dry skin. Exfoliation will get rid of the dead skin cells, leaving the skin clean and pores unblocked. It also exposes the face’s hair follicles, allowing for a better shave.
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We have just shown how different men’s skin is from women’s however our help: clear skin for men contains exactly the same ingredients as help: clear skin. This is because the P. acnes bacteria responsible for skin breakouts does not differ by gender. The bacteria lives deep within follicles and pores, away from the surface of the skin. Elevated production of sebum or blockage of the follicle can cause P. acnes bacteria to grow and multiply, causing spots to surface.
Lactoferrin, the active ingredient in our help: clear skin products fight the bacteria from the inside to prevent the formation of acne and reduce skin breakouts due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.