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How To Tackle Men’s Skincare

Dr Alek’s Guide For Male Skin Care

I guess I am a typical male when it comes to skin care. My approach is I want to do as little as possible, the skin product should not burn my skin after shaving, I do not want to see any skin reactions, and the skin care product should not leave my skin feeling greasy or look shiny. And oh yes one last thing I prefer the product to not have a smell or feminine feel to it. I have decided to write a small series on male skin care regimes so that we can find products that suite your skin, time, personal likes and dislikes, and budget.

Fast Fact:

Grooming Needs

Global Spend

Men

$28 billion U.S. dollars

Women

$91 billion U.S. dollars


Dr Alek Nikolic
and the SkinMiles Team are not trying to get men to spend as much as women in fact the exact opposite as it does not take a large number of products or ingredients to achieve healthy young looking skin. At the end of the day men do need to take care of their skins as there are a number of advantages in starting a basic skin-care routine:

  • Feel as good on the outside as you feel on the inside
  • Calmer and healthy skin means:
    • Easier shaving
    • Less ingrown hairs
  • Achieve younger looking skin with less breakouts, pores and wrinkles

With just a few products that are correctly chosen we can get some amazing skin benefits.

A man’s skin-care routine should contain the following:

  1. Use a gentle cleanser
  2. Use an exfoliant but never use granular or harsh scrubs or brushes on your skin
  3. Use a product that contains beta hydroxy acid (BHA) as this helps to remove pores and any dirt effectively and BHA has been found to calm irritated or red skin
  4. A sunscreen with a SPF 30 or greater that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide
  5. A moisturiser for day and night
  6. If you have acne consider using a BHA product or a product containing benzoyl peroxide
  7. Avoid irritating ingredients such as fragrances in skin care products

Your first step is to determine your skin type as this will determine the best skin product choices:

How to Determine Your Skin Type

I wrote about how to determine your skin type in a previous article so please check it out here. Some common skin types for men are:

Oily skin: shiny skin with some visible blackheads or pores.

Combination skin is the most common and some areas of the face will feel dry while other will feel oily or have a shine to it.

Dry skin may feel tight and dry during the day and is characterised by white or flaky areas on the face. Men who suffer from dry skin may even have red or inflamed patches and often complain that parts of their face feel rough to the touch.

Occasionally the culprit for dry skin is using the wrong skin-care products.

Sensitive skin: is typically identified by an overall redness or inflamed areas of the face and one tends to find that applying skin care products aggravates the inflamed areas.

Choosing a Regime For Your Skin Type

I have listed a few product choices for each skin type but please feel free to contact me for a more personalised skin care approach or take our Face2Face Skin Assessment to receive a personalised skin care regime.

Step Oily Skin Combination Skin Dry/Very Dry
Cleanser,
A.M. and P.M.
Try DERMAQUEST DERMACLEAR BHA CLEANSER

or DERMACEUTIC FOAMER 5
for Acne-Prone Skin

Try DERMAQUEST C INFUSION CLEANSER 
or
DERMAQUEST STEM CELL 3D FACIAL CLEANSER
Try EXUVIANCE GENTLE CLEANSING CRÈME 
or
DERMAQUEST C INFUSION CLEANSER
Exfoliate,
A.M. and/or P.M.
Try DERMAQUEST ALGAE POLISHING SCRUB 
or
DERMAQUEST MINI PUMPKIN MASK
Try DERMACEUTIC MASK 15 
or
DERMAQUEST ALGAE POLISHING SCRUB
Try SKINCEUTICALS BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION
Sunscreen,
A.M.
Try HELIOCARE 360 GEL OIL FREE

Or  DERMAQUEST SHEERZINC SPF 30 NUDE

Try DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL SOLAR MOISTURIZER SPF30 
or
EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE DAY REPAIR SPF30
Try DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL YOUTH PROTECTION SPF 30 
or
HELIOCARE ADVANCED GEL SPF 50
Moisturize,
P.M.
Try DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL B5 MOISTURE MATT 
or
OBAGI NUDERM TONER
Try DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL MOISTURIZER
or
EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE DAY REPAIR SPF30
Try DERMACEUTIC REGEN CEUTIC
or
EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE NIGHT LIFT

 

 

I hope that the above info will help men in deciding what the best approach would be for there own skin regimes

Dr Alek Nikolic

  • Vanessa ,

    Great article, I’ve just sent it to my husband, hope he pays attention!

    • Michael Bell ,

      Thanks very much for the article DR Alek

      • geoff ,

        Thanks Dr Alek for good information on a topic that really should be noted by all males.

        • Dr Alek Nikolic ,

          Hi Geoff glad you liked it. The shaving advice is great as we do need a warm skin before shaving for best results. I have startaed using some of the Dermaquest products and have found them to be great for my skin. Kind regards Dr Alek Nikolic.

        • Ana-Paula ,

          This is a valuable article. I have often seen men using granular face wash and not realising how damaging it is to ones skin. It would be interesting if you could possibly comment or do a short article on granular face washes.

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