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Is a Man’s Skin Really That Different?

manPOST“Men’s products, women’s products…Is our skin really that different?”

I am asked this question all the time… and for good reason! One of the many reasons why men use their girlfriend’s or wive’s grooming products is simply because it’s easily accessible!

Hey, why go shopping when you can just shop through her products? Besides if it’s good enough for her, it should work for you… right?

Unfortunately, as much as I’d like to agree… I can’t!

Why, because our skin IS truly different. Here are a few important differences besides facial hair!

  • A man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s – the higher levels of testosterone cause a man’s dermis and epidermis skin layers to be thicker and have more elastin and collagen (gives skin firmness and elasticity). The good news: A man’s resistance to aging skin is higher than a woman’s.
  • A man’s pores are almost 2x the size of a woman’s – Because of this fact, men are much more susceptible to acne outbreaks and clogged pores than we may think.
  • Men have oilier skin – Thanks to our thicker skin, the skin’s oil glads naturally produce more oil than the average woman. In many cases this causes the infamous “Shiny Face” effect!

So what does this mean?

Well, because a man’s skin is thicker, oilier, and more susceptible to acne, we should consider products that moisturize and cleanse more appropriately than a woman’s product; all while keeping us from looking too shiny. And where do we find such products…? You see where I’m going!


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