While men and women may have the same skin types, conditions, genetic factors, stressors and environmental assaults that affect the skin, men’s higher testosterone and lifestyle choices create differences unique to men’s skin. Some factors keep men’s skin more youthful, while others hasten visible signs of aging.
Higher testosterone causes their skin to be thicker and oilier than women’s. They also have an increased number of granular cells, collagen and blood flow. This causes skin to be about 20% thicker, have approximately 30% more collagen and produce roughly 30% more oil than women.
Did you know men experience hormonal fluctuations too?
Men’s skin is shown to have a denser network of collagen, have extra elasticity with more compact connective tissue. Overall, their skin is firmer and protects them from premature collagen and elastin breakdown, causing lines and wrinkles to show up much later in life. The initial signs of aging give men a rugged, masculine appearance and once aging gains a foothold, around age 50, it progresses rapidly. Wrinkles become immediately more pronounced in the form of deep-set lines on the forehead and alongside the mouth. Double chins, thicker necks and slack jawlines follow suit.
Men’s oiliness makes them prone to blackheads and enlarged pores. The excessive oil production and accumulation of dead skin cells fill and expand pores over time. The thick skin also creates a shadow in the pore, which heightens pore visibility. Being more acidic, men are prone to inflammation and sensitivity, which is often compounded by shaving. Men’s higher pH also adds to their irritation and inflammation. With a wider range of breakouts on upper shoulders and back area, this back acne, often referred to as bacne, is due to genetics, higher testosterone levels, oil production, perspiration, body hair, heat and lifestyle choices.
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Because testosterone hinders the ability of the skin barrier from recovering and repairing itself, men are also more susceptible to skin barrier abnormalities like actinic keratosis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis. Men are also believed to recover faster from injuries and tolerate cold and sun exposure better than women.
Testosterone toughens hair in the follicle, which leads men’s facial hair to be deeply rooted with larger follicles. While shaving brings a host of issues such as ingrown hairs and sensitivity, it actually helps delay aging symptoms from appearing. Shaving exfoliates dulling dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, which stimulates collagen production and cell turnover, smooths the skin and wards off aging.
Lifestyle Choices and Male Skin
Regarding general lifestyle choices which can affect the skin, men tend to spend more time outdoors [than women]; so in turn, they have more UV exposure. This weakens superficial blood vessels causing dilated capillaries to be more evident. Interestingly, facial hair provides a minor degree of protection.
Other lifestyle choices consists of diet. Men’s diets are often higher in meat and processed foods, which eventually cause more aging and inflammation. Good diet, combined with good skincare can help prevent and correct many visible signs of aging, plus inflammation.