Men’s Skincare Q&A
Men have image hang ups just like the gals, but we don’t complain about them to our golf buddies. Instead we take our concerns to the pros. Here, dermatologist Lisa Kellett, M.D., sheds some light on our darkest skin insecurities.
Q: I’m almost forty and still dealing with acne; I thought I’d outgrow my acne from my teens! I’m really self-conscious about it (it’s keeping me from being myself). What can I do at this point?
A: Men in their 30s continue to get acne for a number of reasons including stress, hormones, genetics and environment. But I always find that the biggest reason men have breakouts is because of what they are using to clean and moisturize their skin. Often times men think they can get by using the most basic methods for washing and moisturizing their skin, (bar soap and thick moisturizer and alcohol-based after shave) and this can result in acne. It can be very beneficial to change your skin-care routine to include gel-based products to clear up the skin. And one of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to exfoliate twice daily. [Ed Note: Exfoliating and washing are not the same! Exfoliating removes dead skin and washing removes surface dirt.]
Use a 2-in-1 cleanser/exfoliator, like this one, in the shower to save time.
Q: Is there anything I can do about my receding hair line? Is a Dermatologist the right type of doctor to seek hair advice from?
A: Yes, it is best to consult with a Dermatologist for an assessment and to rule out a systemic cause. Systemic causes can be thyroid disease, low iron, recent pregnancy, trauma (either physical or mental), lupus erythematous, among many other causes including some medications that can cause hair loss. Depending on the cause a management plan can be implemented.
Q: I’m seeing wrinkles around my eyes and frankly, I don’t like it. What can I do?
A: Botox is ideal for wrinkles around the eyes as it acts to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles and squint lines and crows’ feet. You end up with less noticeable expression lines and no new wrinkles. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes and there is no down time, it is a very popular treatment for men to do on their lunch breaks. At home, use of a topical pharmaceutical-grade retinol (vitamin A) is also helpful for treating fine lines.
Invest in a performance product, such as this bottle of retinol, and dab a drop of it around the wrinkles before bed. Thank us in 3 months.
Q: I’m a black man who only wears sunblock on vacation. Do I really need to wear it year round?
Develop a new morning drill: brush your teeth, cleanse your face, slap on either a moisturizing lotion or a sunblock spray if you’re acne-prone.
Q: I always get razor bumps on my neck after shaving. These never look good when I’m wearing collared shirts for work. How can I prevent this?
A: Most men don’t shave properly. Try my “6 steps to a better shave” tips here.