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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Men's Skin Type

Determining Men's Skin Type

Preferably, you should not be using products that produce or reinforce unwanted skin types. Among the offending products are bar soaps and bar cleansers, which can make skin dry and irritated; occlusive moisturizers that can clog pores and make breakouts worse; or male skincare products that contain irritating ingredients, like after-shave, astringents and toners loaded with alcohol and other potentially irritating ingredients that cause redness, inflammation, and flaking on the skin. All of these can wreak havoc on the skin. Through this men's skincare blog, I hope you will be armed with more information on understanding men's skin type and know how to treat your skin appropriately with what is actually helpful for your skin.

1. Do not judge your skin type after you’ve washed your face because the initial sensation you experience after washing your face can be your reaction to the water or the cleanser. You need to wait at least four hours after you’ve washed your face to accurately judge what is taking place on your skin. (Although with the right cleanser you can mitigate any discomfort after washing your face.)

2. Next, look in the mirror. Are there areas on your face that are noticeably shiny? Are those areas all over or just over the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin? If you’re not sure, take an oil blotter and dab at your face. Wait another hour and dab again. If the oil blotter has oil smears on it, then you are presently dealing with some amount of oily skin.

3. Do any areas of your face appear dry or matte? If the answer to this question is yes, then you are dealing with dry skin.

4. If some areas of your face are both dry and oily then you are dealing with combination skin.

5. Whether your skin is dry or oily, note if you have areas of redness over the nose and cheek area accompanied by red bumps that look like blemishes but aren't really pimples. Are there noticeable surfaced capillaries over these sections as well as areas of extreme sensitivity? Do you flush easily? If you've answer yes to these questions you possibly have rosacea. Rosacea is a medical condition requiring the attention of a dermatologist.

To be continued…

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