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Skin Care: It's Not Just For Ladies

By Andrea Skurr - Jun 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM
Shaving-with-axeGentlemen, it's your month!
 
Of course, Father's day is coming up, and with it comes a slew of meat-on-the-grill themed advertising to re-enforce the modern American take on what it means to be a man. But in truth there are so many attributes that make you who you are that these stereotypes can't begin to suffice.
You are strong, kind, funny, focused, committed... So instead of learning how best to tie a tie, why not get a handle on showing your internal awesomeness through your face?
 

Yes! Understanding and treating your skin isn't a "girl" thing. We're going to look at a few skin care challenges you guys tend to deal with and how best to address them.

Folliculitis
Ever get those bumps after you shave? Folliculitis is the inflammation of the (hair) follicles usually caused by shaving, fabric irritation, or makeup/oils. It appears as small red pimples and sometimes they get infected and look like acne. This can actually be avoided by knowing which direction your hair grows in and shaving accordingly while using the proper products. 

1. First, apply a shave oil to soften the hair follicles.

2. Then use a warm compress to prepare your pores for exfoliation (by way of the razor).

3. Pay attention to the direction the hair grows in as you shave. (Hint: your hair may grow in different directions under your chin or on your neck.)

4. Rinse with warm water then finish with a cool splash to close the pores.

Always complete by moisturizing your face. If folliculitis returns, use a mild cleanser and clean towels. For extreme cases, consider a medicated shampoo/cleanser. 

Wrinkles
Unfortunately you're not immune. For some, wrinkles add to your charm and sexiness which is fabulous. But when your wrinkles are simply a by-product of dehydration, well that's something we need to address.

Think of the Sahara desert. Dry and cracky, right? This results from the lack of moisture. It's very similar with wrinkles. When you boost your skin's hydration, wrinkles appear less and your skin softens. Look for hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in your moisturizer or serum. Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant (hydrator) that holds 1000 times its weight in water. If you're not moisturizing, do so both in the morning and evening.  

Acne
Acne comes by way of congested pores. Congestion usually appears as whiteheads or blackheads. As it worsens, papules and pustules appear and contain propionibacterium which causes the acne. By getting to the bottom of the issue, we can nip it in the bud before it blooms!

city acupuncture nyc community acupuncture ny Here's an easy but effective routine.
  • First, cleanse - especially at night - to remove dirt, oils, and the day's debris. A cleansing gel that foams up with water rinses well leaving your skin squeaky clean. Don't stop there!
  • Exfoliation is key to minimizing congestion. When dead skin cells sit on your skin, they can fall into the follicles, mix with the oil (sebum) and/or bacteria thus causing blackheads, whiteheads, and eventually papules and pustules. So let's just help minimize the buildup of dead surface cells through exfoliation. Check this out to find which exfoliation is best for you.
  • Afterwards, use a serum or product containing salicylic acid to continue to slough out the follicles for clean pores. I like this Burt's Bee's acne treatment for maximum results. For papules/pustules, use benzoyl peroxide to dry, heal and peel on its own. Don't pick! That just spreads the bacteria!
  • Finally, moisturize with a product that hydrates without congesting. Try Dermalogica's Active Moist which is oil-free and contains the natural astringents lemon and ivy. If you're heading out for the day, protect with SPF.
 
Give it a whirl and put your best face forward. Implementing some simple skin care steps will help you reflect your inner greatness and shine into the world!

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