Your #1 skincare problem

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Women aren’t the only ones who suffer from skincare problems. Just because a guy’s skin may be tougher doesn’t mean they’re in the clear. In this article, one of Dr Oz’s friends finds a solution to ingrown hairs.

As a dermatologist, my opinion is that the #1 problem in men’s skincare can be summed up in one word: NEGLECT. That’s right, fellas, it’s time to stop thinking that skin care is only for ladies. Your skin is your largest organ. It is designed to protect you and your job is to protect it, not neglect it! I’m not telling you that you need to indulge in a daily regimen that will take hours and hours of time. On the contrary, taking care of your skin requires very little effort on your part. But, you do need to know what to do.

From a man’s perspective, the #1 skincare problem would probably be ingrown hairs as a result of shaving. When guys shave, they scrape their face with a very sharp metal object – an electric or manual razor. The razor cuts each whisker, leaving a sharp, and often angled, end. Facial hair is much coarser than the hair on the rest of your body; as a result it has a tendency to curl just a bit.

When you cut each hair during your daily shave, the razor leaves a very sharp end to each whisker hair. When this hair grows just a little bit, it tends to curl on itself, pierces the skin and embeds itself into your skin. This result is razor bumps, and some of them will end up inflamed and infected.

How do you take care of this? Try the following suggestions:

  • First, when you shave, I recommend a manual razor with a single blade. The double and triple blades promise to give you a very close shave; this sounds good, but the closer you shave, the more likely you are to have those hairs curling below the surface of your skin resulting in razor bumps and infected hairs.
  • Secondly, shave in the shower. When your face is very wet, you minimise the likelihood of developing razor burn from too much friction.
  • Use a good lubricating shave cream or gel. Considering using a treatment regimen that contains either salicylic acid or glycolic acid, as it will help to remove the dead skin cells.
  • Remember: No single product works for every person.
  • After shaving, make sure you moisturise your face. No, you don’t have to use the perfumed products of your sweetheart. There are very good men’s products out there. Find one you like and use it EVERY DAY!
  • Lastly, when you shave, shave in the direction your hair grows. When you shave against the direction of your hair growth, you may get a closer shave, but you will increase the likelihood of developing ingrown hairs.

Written by Susan Evans, this article originally appeared on DrOz.com.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. NaturalDiva

    what a lovely article for the men!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Nice, definitely forwarding this on to my guy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    luckily my man looks after his health , and have great skin which i sometimes are jealous of but this is great advice to pass on to other men

    7 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Deff going to pass this on to my other half

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Will definitely printa copy for my man

    7 years ago •

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