Men Men!June 3, 2019
There are many differences between men and women. The skin of a man is significantly different from a woman’s skin. Obvious, the ability to grow a beard is one of them. But also skin thickness, collagen density, loss of collagen while aging, texture and hydration.
Thickness of the skin varies per individual and depends on the location, age and sex. Testosterone causes an increase in skin thickness, this is the reason why the male skin is approximately 25 percent thicker than the female skin. But: thicker is not necessarily tougher! And, their thicker dermal layer is actually more sensitive to environmental conditions than thinner female skin. A thicker dermis means that men have fewer and less pronounced superficial wrinkles compared to women. But men also have more robust skeletal musculature. That larger muscle mass translates into deeper expression lines compared to women. A man’s skin thins gradually with age, while the thickness of a woman’s skin remains constant until about the age of fifty and will thin significantly after menopause.
Collagen density is the ratio of collagen to the thickness of the skin. Men have a higher collagen density than women, regardless of their age. Researchers think this is the reason why women appear to age faster than men of the same age. It has been said that, considering intrinsic genetically programmed aging of the skin, women are about 15 years older than men of the same age (!). Sometimes it is less noticeable due to the exposure to daylight. Male skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation than female skin and the fact that most men use less sunscreens won’t help. Extrinsic aging from UV radiation can negatively benefit of slower intrinsic aging.
Signs of aging such as wrinkles and laxity to the tissue are closely related to the amount of collagen in the skin. Both men and women lose about one percent of their collagen per year after their 30th birthday. Unfortunately for women this escalates significantly in the first five years after menopause and then slows down to a loss of two percent per year.
The skin texture of male skin is very different than that of a woman’s. The Stratum Corneum is thicker, the composition and production of sebum is different. Men produce about four times more sebum than women, have larger pores and often have longer lasting acne. The cells in a man’s sebaceous glands have more positive receptors for androgens. Redness, proliferation of the sebaceous glands and swelling of the skin on the nose is only seen in males.
Men sweat more than twice as much as women and are more prone to sweating. They produce more Lactic Acid, a known natural humectant for the skin. Perhaps this makes the male skin better hydrated than women’s. Fortunate for them: men are less likely to apply a hydrating moisturizer.
Meta Therapy on a man’s skin
The condition of a man’s skin is just as important as that of a woman. The same amount of care must be taken regardless male or female. Always familiarize yourself with the client and never assume a man needs any less gentle care than a woman. Even if the man appears to have tough, resilient skin.
Dermatude Meta Therapy treatments stimulate the skin’s own production of collagen and elastin from within. A Meta Therapy treatment gains back what the skin has lost over time.
- The recovery from wounds and other dermal trauma of man’s skin is slower than woman’s. This is caused by the androgen production and its effect in healing. It will have a role in grooming, skin care routines and is an important factor in recovery from almost any treatment.
- The male skin is treated more effectively if the skin is shaved smoothly before Meta Therapy.
- Never treat – nor massage!- against the direction of hair growth of the beard
- All Dermatude Subjectables are suitable for treatment of male skin.