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andropauseYes, men experience a period of hormonal fluctuations like women and it is called “andropause”.  Hormonal fluctuations for men can start as early as age 40, but the changes are more gradual (as long as 30 years).  Lines, wrinkles, graying & baldness make men “distinguished-looking”, but they too experience mood swings, decreased bone density, increased fat around the middle, less body hair, reduction of muscle mass and erectile dysfunction.

Men are more apt to not use moisturizers or sunscreen.  As men transition into this phase, these two products should be a part of every man’s skin care regime.  Men are more likely to develop skin cancer than women.  As the skin becomes thin, dry and flaky, wound healing is slower.

Even men who had oily skin can expect the skin to become drier and most likely to experience seborrheic dermatitis due to a slowdown of the sebaceous glands.  Seborrheic dermatitis may occur in the eyebrows, around the nose, mustache and beard.  With this, men are also more prone to having Rosacea with it being more severe than in women

Men do not tend to experience hormonal acne like women because they already have more testosterone.  Taking prescription medications for mental health, tuberculosis, immunosuppressant drugs and steroids can contribute to acne in men.

Skin Care Options

  • Be consistent with a daily at-home skin care regime.
  • Get routine chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and IPL treatment to increase cellular turnover and reduce sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
  • Use a moisturizer and serums with Vitamin C and peptides.
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily (and reapply as needed) to protect the skin.

To read more on this topic:

Zillman, T. (2015). Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, “His and hers aging concerns: The truth behind manopause and menopause”, p.23-30