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Men’s Skin More Sensitive to UV Rays than Women’s, SLU Dermatologist Says

Over the past few years, the cosmetic industry has opened its arms to men following a growing interest in maintaining a well-toned body and face. Products that were only available for women are now being manufactured for men too including moisturizers, creams and skin tone products among others.

Men's skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet exposure than women's skin. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from skin damage like skin cancer and brown spots.

"We tend to think of male skin type as tougher, thicker, but actually it's more sensitive," Natalie Semchyshyn, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University said in a press release. "Compared to women, their skin loses moisture faster, is more prone to dryness and doesn't exfoliate as much."


Semchyshyn suggests men look for shaving gel or moisturizer products with antioxidants and therapeutic ingredients to prevent skin damage from UV rays and pollution. Colloidal oatmeal helps to calm sensitive skin and sunscreen keeps skin cancer and aging problems at bay.

"An all-in-one product that combines moisturizer, antioxidants and sunscreen is a good way to go."

Men who are involved in intense workout sessions should be extra-vigilant about their skin as sweating causes clogged pores and irritation to the skin. Sweat is also responsible for acne in men.

"The first step is to wash your skin to get the sweat off," Semchyshyn said. "A gentle cleanser is excellent because it doesn't strip the skin, it just cleans. After washing the face, using a moisturizer can make up for the loss of moisture from washing."

"Sweating clogs pores. So, along with washing, it's important to use products with benzoyl peroxide on the chest, back and shoulders to unclog the pores as well as cleanse the skin."

Semchyshyn also recommends using a cleanser and moisturizer. Exfoliating the skin is another measure.

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