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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Men's Skin Type

Determining Men's Skin Type

6. Do some areas of your skin tend to break out with small to medium size blemishes? You could have mild to moderate acne.

7. Do some areas of your skin have more significant, consistent breakouts that are sometimes deep and painful and/or that lead to scarring? You could have more serious acne.

8. Do areas of your skin, particularly around your nose, chin, cheeks, or forehead have noticeable blackheads? You are battling with blackheads.

9. Sun damage is an ongoing struggle for every man and woman. However it is hard to determine how much it has influenced your skin. A man at the age of 20 or 30 may have serious sun damage, but the results of that damage won't show up until later in his 30s, 40s, and 50s. Some amount of sun damage is universal for almost everyone, regardless of men or women. Sun damage begins the moment your skin sees daylight. Even diligent, daily use of a well-formulated sunscreen only filters up to 97% of the sun's rays, but for most of us, we weren't even thinking about any of this when we were younger. Generally, we can all assume we have some amount of sun damage, so every man's skin has this condition. That means every man needs skincare products with ingredients that fight or prevent sun damage.(And by the way, dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles.)

10. Do you notice skin discolorations on your face such as areas of new freckling or for people of color, areas of gray or dark pigment? More often than not, these discolorations are a condition called melasma (also known as chloasma). Typically, these skin discolorations are either caused from sun damage or hormonal fluctuations.

11. Because everyone has sensitive skin to one degree or another, you must only use products that are gentle, nondrying, and nonirritating.

12. Do you have patches of raised, red, dry, white scaly, crusted skin around your hairline, nose, eyes, or cheeks? This may be a skin disorder called psoriasis, which requires medical attention.

13. If you have consistently puffy, swollen eyes, you may have allergies to dust, mold or hay fever, though even food allergies can trigger swelling around the eye. You may want to discuss this issue with your doctor. (by the way, despite the claims, there are no skincare products that can alter puffy eyes.

As you change and adjust your skincare routine with products that are appropriate for your skin type, you will hopefully notice only positive changes that get you closer to the skin you want. Remember men’s skin type isn’t static, even with appropriate, well-formulated skincare products, your skin type can change depending on the season, your stress level, and just the fact that skin does go through changes. You should re-evaluate your skin as you notice differences, so keep this list close by so you can fully understand what you are dealing with and not blindly apply products that have no chance of helping.

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