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  • Writer's pictureTamara Kantaria

What is the difference between male and female skin?

More men are paying attention to their skin, want to keep their skin healthy, and becoming more interested in learning about proper skincare routine. There are several structural differences between male and female skin that are determined by hormone testosterone. Male skin differs by its thickness, collagen density, texture, hydration and facial hair. ..... THICKNESS Male skin is approximately 25% thicker than female skin. A man’s skin thins gradually with age, while a woman’s skin thickness remains constant until about mid 40s; female skin becomes significantly thinner after menopause and continues to thin with age.

SEBUM Men generally have larger pores and produce more sebum than women, therefore have oilier skin. Due to higher sebum levels, breakouts last longer in male skin. Unlike women, male skin’s sebum production remains the same throughout their life and does not decrease with age; therefore, men are less prone to dry skin than women.

COLLAGEN Men have a higher collagen density than women. The collagen density difference is the reason for why women appear to age faster than men of the same age, and more likely to show premature signs of aging.

TEXTURE Male skin texture is tougher and rougher because of a thicker stratum corneum. Signs of aging and wrinkles appear later in male skin, but changes occur more quickly once they start due to thicker skin. Once men develop wrinkles they appear deeper and more defined.

FACIAL HAIRS Frequent shaving puts stress on male’s skin, and makes it more sensitive and easily irritated. Shaving can also lead to cuts, folliculitis, ingrown hairs and weaker skin barrier function. Up to 40% of men have shaving-related skin problems. ..... Men should be just as proactive as women to keep their skin at its natural best. Their skin will benefit just as much as women’s from incorporating proper daily skincare routine at early age.

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