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6 Ways Your Skin is Different from Your Woman's

Men's skin has its own quirks you've got to keep in mind in order to take care of it.
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Sep 8, 2015
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It’s true what they say: Ang kapal ng mukha mo, p're.

As it turns out, there is indeed a sort of gender inequality with regards to the composition of skin. Men literally have thicker skin and have bigger pores, and that's just naming two of the big differences between you and your woman, epidermis-wise. By knowing the gender-specific traits of your skin, you'll hopefully be able to adjust your grooming routine to account for the little differences here and there.

Here are six of them, along with some added grooming tips. You can thank us later.


1)   IT'S YOUR TESTOSTERONE

Ever wondered why beauty products always target women more with pro-youth creams? It's because their skin are more prone to wrinkles and lines. Thanks to higher levels of testosterone, men literally have thicker skin, which don't collect the wrinkles as quickly as the thin skin on women. The thicker skin, though, can get pretty hard and flaky at times, thanks to its ability to take greater day-to-day punishment. Hot showers are known for making the skin softer, and prevent it from getting too scaly.

 

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2)   MEN ARE OILIER

While your woman's skin produces less oil the older she gets, men continue to produce oil until they hit their late 40s or early 50s. This is because of the continuing presence of androgens: hormones responsible for the development of secondary male sex characteristics, which help regulate the activity of male sex organs. Unfortunately, it also triggers excessive oil production, which might go on even in our later years. This also means you are more prone to breakouts, blackheads and clogged pores. Fear not though. We've collected simple solutions to oily skin here. 


3)   MEN HAVE BIGGER PORES

Because you produce more oil and have higher hair density than women, you also get bigger pores. The bigger the pores, the easier it is for debris to get in. That's why guys need to be just as vigilant as the women in taking care of their skin. After washing your face, one way you can reduce the size of your pores is through the use of ice cubes. Rub it on your face for 15 to 30 seconds after regular face washing to tighten the pores and reduce the amount of irritants coming in.

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4)   MEN'S SKIN IS MORE SENSITIVE (SORTA)

Though men's skin is thicker, it can be more sensitive at certain parts—specifically, that part that you shave regularly. Razors cut away cleanly at the hairy overgrowth on your face, but can also peel away that thin film protecting your skin's first layer. So after shaving, make sure to use gentler facial wash to prevent irritation and dryness.

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5)   MEN HAVE ROUGHER SKIN

While women have more sweat glands, men still sweat more. It's your body's way of keeping you cool. There's a downside, though: all that sweat can regularly wash away that waxy substance on your skin called sebum. The sebum keeps the moisture intact—and without it, the natural moisture escapes and you end up with dry, cracked skin. Luckily, the solution is simple. Just drink enough water that you're able to account for the liquids you're losing when sweating.


6)   MEN HAVE MORE HAIR

An obvious difference. But here's something that not everyone knows: Those extra hair follicles help your skin maintain its structure and prevent wrinkling.

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