Top Men's Skin Concerns
Yes, men come to the dermatologist for more than their annual skin check. Here are some of the top skin concerns I hear from men and some of my recommendations:
1. Dry, flaky skin – most of the time this is a seborrheic dermatitis – a common rash that causes dandruff in the scalp, dry skin in the ears and dry, flaky skin around the nose, beard and eyebrows. It is a reaction to common yeast on the skin. Some patients improve with using dandruff shampoo to wash the effected areas. Others improve with prescription treatments like Promiseb or Alocortin A, which treat the overgrowth of yeast and calm irritated skin.
2. Oily skin – men don’t have powders and make up to cover up oily skin. They are looking for treatments to reduce the shine and oil. Many acne treatments reduce oil, so I usually start with those. Benzoyl peroxide (BP) washes and retinoid (aka Retin-A) products reduce oil production. Proactive and Panoxyl are two readily available BP washes. Now there is a topical retinoid available without a prescription – Differin is a gentle form of retinoid available over the counter. I also like the Revision Retinol Complete treatment – it is gentle and effective.
3. Aging skin – fine lines, crow’s feet and brown spots. Sun exposure is primarily responsible for signs of skin aging, so I always remind men to wear sunscreen everyday and wear a hat when outdoors. Revision Intellishade is a great Super Sunscreen – it SPF 45 with antioxidants and peptides to reverse skin aging. Popular treatments with men include Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines, Forever Young BBL laser to even out brown spots and redness, and Kybella to reduce the double chin.
My aim with my treatments and recommendations is to maintain good skin health, keep things simple, and deliver results.