Skin Problems in Men – A Guide

While it comes to caring for the skin, men don’t generally pay as much attention to this aspect as required. Fact remains that women do care for their skin way more than men do. Although men’s skin is different from the skin of women, it does require equal care. After all, our skin is subject to a variety of abuse owing to the elements it is exposed to on an ongoing basis. And while minor skin problems can be dealt with easily and effectively, the same cannot be said about conditions like skin cancer.

Consider these statistics about skin cancer. Australia, where skin cancer is amongst the most prevalent in the world, sees more than 400,000 people being treated for this condition every year. Two out of three Australians suffer from this condition by the time they turn 70, and around 80% of all new cancer cases being diagnosed in this country are those of skin cancer. In the U.S, more than a million new cases of skin cancer are detected every year. And of course, the occurrence of conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea is all too common.

 

Skin Types:

The reason we mention skin type is because effective skin care needs to take into account the type of skin. Not all men have the same type of skin, and skin types can be broadly classified into normal, dry, oily, and a even a combination of these. Men with normal skin are quite lucky as they experience the least amount of skin problems. Dry skin is prone to aging more quickly and this can make it vulnerable to wrinkling at a younger age. Oily skin can lead to blackheads and acne. Dealing with a combination skin type can be a challenge because in such a scenario you’d have dry skin in some patches in oily skin in others. 

Common Skin Problems in Men:

Problems like skin rashes, sensitive skin, acne, flaky skin, clogged pores, dark circles, body art infections, etc. are quite common in men, and these are problems that can normally be treated quite easily. However, if you continue to suffer from any of these problems repeatedly, you should definitely see a dermatologist (skin specialist). Some other skin problems you should know of include psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.

Symptoms:

Symptoms for different skin conditions are different. For example, occasional dryness, the presence of silvery scales, or the inflammation and redness of skin in patches could indicate psoriasis. Symptoms of eczema include inflammation and redness, blisters, itching, flaking, drying and thickening of the skin, as well as flaky, crusty skin around the eyebrows, scalp, etc. For rosacea, symptoms include skin on the face turning red, and this reddening can also occur on the arms, legs, or trunk. The occurrence of pustules and/or spots can also accompany this redness.

Causes:

As with the symptoms, the causes for these conditions are also varied. Psoriasis is regarded as an immunological disorder, wherein the skin cells reproduce way quicker than they die, leading to the accumulation of live and dead cells on the skin’s surface. Eczema can be of different types – atopic eczema is believed to be a hereditary problem; contact eczema occurs owing to contact with chemical irritants; and yeast overgrowth is believed to cause seborrhoeic eczema. The exact causes for rosacea still remain unknown.

 Bear in mind that most skin conditions can be treated quite easily, especially if they’re diagnosed early on. So in case you feel you might suffer from a skin condition, consulting a dermatologist is important. Also, make sure you know just what you’re using on your skin, as the use of certain chemicals can actually do more harm than good.


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