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Can my lips age or get skin cancer? Sun’s impact on lips

Monday, April 8th, 2013, 5:00 am

Absolutely, yes. Lips, or vermillion in dermatology jargon, age even more than skin because the lips do not have a protective outer layer of dead cells, which reflects light, covering it. This makes it more susceptible to damage by ultraviolet radiation (sunlight). Pre-cancer and full-blown cancer of the lip is [...]

Do growth factors in moisturizers and serums really work?

Monday, April 1st, 2013, 5:00 am

Growth factors, peptides, and other macromolecules have become very popular in the cosmeceutical industry over the last decade (see blog on cosmeceuticals). Most of these cosmeceuticals are targeted toward females, however there are a growing number of over-the-counter products (especially serums) that target men. Growth factors are normal signaling molecules [...]

What is a cosmeceutical? | Cosmeceutical Facts

Monday, March 25th, 2013, 5:00 am

Cosmeceuticals (a portmenteau for “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical”) are over-the-counter skin care products that claim to contain biologically active ingredients with “drug like” properties.   These ingredients, when added to moisturizers, serums and creams, claim to have pharmaceutical grade effects, such as preventing DNA damage, reversing skin aging, or increasing the [...]

What face wash should I use?

Monday, March 18th, 2013, 6:06 am

The answer to this question, like most questions related to the skin, is that “it depends”. Facial cleansing sounds simple, but take one look at the hundreds of products on the shelves and it becomes confusing pretty quickly. Most men prefer facial cleansers to be simple and practical, while at [...]

I have huge pores on my face. Is it possible to shrink them down?

Monday, March 11th, 2013, 6:00 am

Pores are nothing more than the opening of the hair follicle on the skin, causing a slight depression at the point of entry. The reason that pores are noticeable is that they form depressions in the facial skin that would be smooth otherwise. All of the hair follicles on a [...]

Do moisturizers really help with wrinkles?

Monday, March 4th, 2013, 6:13 pm

Venture into a men’s skin care section of a department store or look at ads in GQ or Men’s Health and you will undoubtedly see claims by skin care companies that state that their moisturizers “improve the appearance of wrinkles”. Men’s skin is different than women’s skin. For example, in [...]

Men’s Skin Myths: Men’s skin is the same as women’s skin

Monday, February 25th, 2013, 4:02 pm

Men’s skin is different than women’s skin. It is up to 40% thicker, pumps out five times more oil, and contains more sebaceous glands. Different skin and hair conditions are also much more frequent in men, including rosacea/rhinophyma, acne scarring and male pattern hair loss, to name a few. Men’s [...]

I sweat so much I stain my dress shirts. Any advice for guys?

Monday, February 25th, 2013, 11:00 am

This is a common scenario among professional men who must give, as part of their job function, presentations, speeches and seminars to an audience. This results in a stress response that causes nerves in the body to signal the eccrine glands (sweat glands) to pump out sweat. Men and women [...]

I have more hair loss on the right side of my head than the left. Is this abnormal for men?

Monday, February 18th, 2013, 8:22 am

Most men will have some hair loss during their lifetime. It is not uncommon to see guys with male pattern hair loss who have more hair loss on one side of the scalp compared to the other side. This is an interesting phenomenon and is probably due to more than [...]

Can vitamin C and vitamin E containing products improve aging skin in men?

Monday, February 11th, 2013, 8:13 am

Men are increasingly turning to vitamin C and vitamin E containing anti-aging serums, creams and lotions to fend off the signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and uneven skin tone. Vitamin C (a water soluble vitamin) and vitamin E (a fat soluble vitamin) are [...]

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