11 May The Difference Between Men’s Skin And Women’s Skin Explained
Though it is about the same thing i.e. ‘The Skin ‘ but still the market is flooded with different products for men’s and women’s skin.
The question to ponder about is:
# Why? When our aim is to take care of the skin, then why separately for men’s and women’s skin?
# Why a different skin care approach for men?
Answer: The skin varies according to gender. Yes! both men and women have different skin not only in appearance but also in characteristics.
The reason if you recollect a little of the basic science studied during our school days, is hormones. The major difference between both the genders is due to the different hormones in male and female.
As soon as you open the internet you will find the same answers regarding the skin thickness, sebum production, larger pores, more collagen production etc. But an important point to consider is that if both the skins have differences, they have similarities too. The secret to having a healthy skin remains the same for all.
But still considering what we are here to discuss, you can very easily tell the difference in a men’s and women’s skin if you know the following basics:
- Facial Hair: I think this is the 1st thing that would cross anybody’s mind if asked to differentiate between a man and woman’s skin. And of course, it is the biggest difference. Though you may say even some women have facial hair, but they are not as coarse and thick as of a man. Shaving removes the layer of protection and thus whatever active ingredient you tend to apply in that area, is penetrated faster. Shaving even tend to make the skin sensitive, red or inflamed. So the products used here should be very mild and gentle along with a sunscreen as men are found to be more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays.
- Hydration : Though there are controversies about the hydration of the skin in both the genders it is observed that a Female skin is more hydrated than male skin. Generally male tend to sweat a lot, but despite of this hydration is essential for both, a hydrating cream with benefit both, no matter the difference or no difference.
- Skin Thickness : The deeper layer of your skin called the dermis is about 20% thicker in a man than a woman’s dermis. It varies from person to person but the general percentage stays the same.
- Fine Lines / Skin Elasticity: Female skin is less distensible but has a higher ability to recover after stretching in comparison with male skin. Men tend to have fewer deeper lines than women because of the higher thickness of the male skin.
- Sebum Production: It is very well known by many and is all over the internet that men produce more sebum than a woman. The reason for a higher Sebum content in men is because sebum is highly influenced by male hormone DHT. To be precise there is approx. 4x higher production of sebum in males as compared to females. Deeper researches have shown that there are higher sebum levels in different parts of the face other than in forehead in males whereas females have higher sebum levels in forehead. The female skin is less oily as compared to male on the face and neckline.
- Pigmentation: More pigmentation is seen in men.
- Ageing of the Skin: Collagen is a protein which our body produces and it maintains and repairs our skin health, it makes our skin firm. Though you find more collagen in men as compared to women, but with age, the collagen production reduces and it reduces earlier at a steady rate in men. Whereas women tend to lose collagen more after hitting menopause ( again hormone related ).
- Skin pH: The pH of the male skin is less as it sweats almost double as compared to a female.
A very important question that arises after understanding the major differences is:
# Then what is the concept of unisex products?
Answer: The additives that would work for a skin or help in maintaining or improving the health of a skin would be the same for both the genders. You cannot change the property of the additive as per what is it being applied on. It can be a little here and there change in the formulation needed as per the skin differences but otherwise even unisex products are very good enough for both the skins as they are formulated considering both, the similarities as well as the differences in mind.
Yes, the hormones, testosterone and estrogen play a very important role in your skin character but the environment, lifestyle, genetics, climate etc also do. So, we need not create a barrier in our minds but we on the other hand should also be aware of the basics. At the end of the day, a good routine and lifestyle matters, a good natural product matters irrespective of the sex.
So regardless of your gender, the skin needs care and attention to be healthy. A good skin care regime benefits both the genders.