shutterstock_1446020366.jpeg (shutterstock_1446020366.webp)The month of June may be over, but the lessons of Men’s Health Month are applicable to men all year round. While many men tend to focus on other important elements of their health, proper skin care can often fall to the wayside. 

The truth is, taking care of and understanding your skin is just as important for men as it is for women. At RI Skin Doc, we want men to have all the necessary information to maintain healthy skin. That’s why we’ve put together four tips for you to keep your skin smooth, healthy, and looking great all throughout the year:

1. Learn About Your Skin

While minds are beginning to change, there remains an unnecessary stigma around men performing self-care, including taking care of their skin. Unfortunately, this means that many men don’t know a lot of vital information about their own skin. If you’re unfamiliar, skin comes in a variety of types that can inform the way you take care of it. These types include:

  • Sensitive skin, which can burn or itch after using certain products or coming in contact with certain irritants.
  • Normal skin, which is generally clear and not particularly sensitive to anything.
  • Dry skin, which can become itchy, flaky, or textured when not kept moisturized.
  • Oily skin, which can be greasy and “shiny” without proper care.
  • Combination skin, which could feature both dryness and oiliness in certain areas.

Knowing your skin type is essential to making good choices about products that will help you keep your skin as healthy and fresh-looking as possible. This includes face wash, moisturizing lotion, acne treatments, and more. If you’re unsure about which skin type you have, there’s help out there -- visit a dermatologist! A medical professional will be able to tell you a lot about your skin, and can even help you shop for medically-approved skincare products.

2. Wash After Exercise

Washing your face twice a day with an appropriate cleanser for your skin type is important no matter what, but if you’re a guy who hits the gym pretty frequently, there’s something else you should know about your skincare routine: wash your face after you exercise, every time! When you work up a sweat, that perspiration can enter your pores, bringing dirt and oil with it. This can cause acne, irritation, and other unhealthy, unwanted skin problems that are perfectly preventable. However, it’s important to bring the right type of cleanser along to the locker room -- don’t just throw your regular bar soap in the duffel bag, and be sure to use lukewarm water.

3. Shave Carefully

Whether you’re a guy who meticulously manages his facial hair or you just consider it a quick and dirty part of your morning routine, the way you shave (and the razor you use to shave) can be surprisingly important to maintaining healthy skin on your face and neck. If your skin is sensitive or you shave too closely, you can end up with painful, uncomfortable and unsightly razor bumps and burns. You may even start seeing ingrown hairs! If you’re struggling with this, you can make some adjustments to both your razor and your shaving technique. Single or double-blade razors can be less abrasive than multi-blade razors, and wetting your face and hair is essential to keeping them soft before they meet the blade. It’s also vital to let your skin stay slack as you shave, shave in the direction of your hair growth rather than against it, and be sure to change your razor blade after 5-7 shaves.

4. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

If you’re like a lot of men, many of your daily chores and favorite hobbies involve spending time in the great outdoors. You may be prepared with sunscreen when you spend all day out on the golf green or fishing boat, but if you think you can skip that step when you’re just out mowing the lawn, it’s time to think again. Any form of direct, unprotected exposure to the sun can put you at significant risk for skin cancer, including the potentially-fatal melanoma. At RI Skin Doc, Dr. Frankel recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater any time you leave home. Additionally, we urge you to time your yardwork strategically, and to avoid the sun’s brightest rays between 12pm and 2pm. When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your ears, neck, and scalp, especially if you keep your hair short enough for the sun to reach. You may also consider keeping a wide-brimmed hat around to keep your face in the shade as you work!

If you’re a man, you deserve to feel great, be confident in your appearance, and protect your skin to benefit your overall health. If you don’t currently have a relationship with a licensed dermatologist, now is the time to get started! Dr. Frankel and her team at RI Skin Doc are happy to help men achieve healthy skin all year long. Reach out and schedule your first appointment today!
With ongoing safety precautions in place, both RI Skin Doc and Rejuvaderm MediSpa are OPEN for in-person visits by appointment only. If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response, visit our website.