When it comes to talking about skin, most of the information, products and services are targeted toward women. But men have skin concerns too, and they suffer from many of the same skin conditions that require preventative or professional treatment by a dermatologist.
A common condition that affects all people is dry skin. Dry skin is prevalent among the male population for a number of reasons. They are not as heavily marketed to as women are, so they are less likely to try a wide variety of products or take preventative treatment against dry skin. Many men are marketed products that are for multi-use, and can act as a shampoo, conditioner, body soap and face wash. These products can be harsh and dry out sensitive skin.
What can you do to prevent dry skin in the first place? By following the tips below, you can be proactive about this condition rather than reactive. Although these tips are specifically for men, they most certainly can apply to anyone who suffers from dry, itchy skin.
Tip #1: Be sure to moisturize
Keeping your skin clean is important for a healthy, clear complexion, but it is only one part of a successful skin routine for men. Body washes, soaps and scrubs can contain harsh chemicals or ingredients that can strip your skin of the moisture it needs to maintain its supple, soft texture.
The key to preventing dry skin is to replace this moisture that is stripped from harsh soaps and hot water showers. A moisturizer creates a skin barrier that prevents dirt and bacteria from entering the cracks in dry skin. Bacteria that can enter the skin through the skin barrier can cause an infection. Viruses that enter such as human papilloma virus (HPV) can result in warts. So, not only is washing your skin important, but moisturizing it is equally as important.
To get the most out of your efforts, choose a body cream or butter rather than a lotion.
Tip #2: Avoid scrubbing
Body scrubs, pumice stones and washcloths may seem like a great idea. They remove that rough and flaky skin that can be so bothersome and uncomfortable. One problem with over-scrubbing the skin is that it also removes the oil that we need for healthy skin. Skin that is deprived of its oils can become dry and prone to acne and other skin conditions such as eczema.
Tip #3: Avoid harsh products
Products that are heavy in chemicals or fragrances can actually dry out your skin. Companies add things to make them more marketable, such as delicious fragrances. Many times those additives can cause irritation. If you have dry skin or are prone to it, it is best to choose a natural product that is gentle and meant for sensitive skin.
Dry skin is a common condition among people across all age groups and skin tones. While there are many products available to treat the issue, the key to successfully treating it is to choose products that are natural and chemical free. Changing some of your skin care habits as well as lifestyle habits, such as reducing the length of your shower and water temperature can also help prevent dry skin.
Anytime you are suffering from a bothersome, irritating skin condition, it is recommended that you seek treatment from a dermatologist. Only your doctor can properly diagnose the condition and offer you the best treatment options possible. If you live in the Atlanta area, contact Buckhead Dermatology today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Straughn. Dr. Straughn has over 25 years of experience treating a wide variety of skin conditions including dry skin in men and women.