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Most men donâ€™t talk about skin care or grooming products with their buddies the way that women do with theirs, but that doesnâ€™t mean men donâ€™t care â€“ they just may not know who to ask.
We asked Washington,DC-based dermatologist Terrence Keaney, M.D., to tell us what he keeps in his shower caddy and to share tips for men who may be grooming-challenged.
â€œBecause men typically produce more oil and sweat, they are very sensitive to tactile sensations produced by skincare products and soaps,â€ he says. â€œAny soap that leaves a residue or makes a menâ€™s skin feel oilier should be avoided.â€
Keaneyâ€™s pick: Choose for-men-only soaps such as Dove Men+Care. â€œThese soaps treat excess oil on male skin without leaving a residue.â€
Facial cleansers should be targeted toward oily skin, but tread lightly, he says. â€œMen have a tendency to scrub their face and body more, which can be irritating,â€ he says. â€œDo not wash the face more than two or three times a day, as over washing can dry out skin and cause irritation.â€
Scented or not?
Anyone with sensitive skin should use unscented products, he says. â€œHowever, if you donâ€™t have sensitive skin, I do recommend skincare products with fragrances because it will serve as an incentive for men to use their skincare products regularly,â€ he explains.Â â€œMen are not used to using skincare products often and those patients who enjoy their productâ€™s scent provides are more apt to make it part of their daily routine, which will help them achieve better-looking skin.â€
Pre-Shave Prep Work
â€œEvery man has a different need when it comes to shaving â€“ some men experience in-grown hairs, while other donâ€™t,â€ he says. â€œWhen it comes to shaving the most important thing is the pre-shave preparation.â€
Keaneyâ€™s pick: â€œPrep the skin by washing the face ideally in the shower prior to shaving so you remove any oil and debris from the skin and soften the hairs for a smoother shave,â€ Keaney says.
More Shaving Savvy
â€œChoose a lubricating cream that will properly lather on the face creating a barrier between the blade and the skin to help reduce friction,â€ he says.
Razor choice also matters. â€œFor men who experience skin irritation often it is most likely happening because you are getting too close of a shave,â€ he says.
Keaneyâ€™s pick: â€œSingle blades or straight razors may be preferred to avoid bumps and any skin irritation.,â€ he says. â€œIf a single blade is still causing irritation, men can try an electric razor.â€
When to shave is a personal preference, he adds. â€œMen can shave either in the shower or five minutes after assuming you washed your face in the shower,â€ Keaney says. â€œIf you have particularly sensitive skin, I would recommend using a hot towel after showers to warm the hairs and face even further.â€
Donâ€™t just grab whatâ€™s in the shower, he says.Â â€œYou really want a product that doesnâ€™t irritate the scalp and skin,â€ he says. â€œAmong my patients, most men are concerned with hair loss.Â Hair loss is easier to prevent rather than correct.â€
Keaney’s pick: â€œI recommend shampoos that help prevent hair loss like the Hair Care For Men Thickening Shampoo,â€ he says.Â â€œItÂ can help make your hair stronger and more resilient â€“ itâ€™s ideal for all men.
â€œMen sweat more than women, so I would recommend all men use an antiperspirant, as it will help reduce the amount of sweat,â€ he says.
Keaneyâ€™s pick: Antiperspirants can be irritating to the skin, so look for one with moisturizing technology â€“ like the Dove Men+Care line, which offers long-lasting odor and wetness protection,â€ he says. â€œI would recommend the stick since it is more effective at delivering the antiperspirant, which will help you sweat less.â€