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Celebrities David Beckham and Brad Pitt have
revolutionized the way society views male
grooming and in fact, have made the concept of
male grooming accepted and even a natural way
of life. Lintesh Jose, Spa Trainer at Body and Soul
Health Club and Spa agrees and reinforces, “Today,
men want to look younger and are concerned about
their skin’s appearance. In fact, recently there has
been a surge of interest in men’s skin care, with
more men today concerned about taking care of
their skin and hair.”
Issues
Some problems that occur in men with increasing
age, says Dr. Nirmala Markandeya, Specialist
Dermatologist at GMC Hospital are wrinkles,
age spots (lentigenes), and sagging skin. “There
are two types of skin aging that occurs, namely
chronological aging and photo aging,” she says.
“Chronological aging differs from person-to-person
with great influence of the genetic makeup of the
individual.” However, photo aging occurs over
time due to exposure to sun light which can cause
early wrinkling and increased incidence of skin
cancers. Another common problem in men is an
increase in androgenetic alopecia (hair loss.) Also
as men have oilier and thicker skin, she explains
that men’s cleansing and moisturizing products will
differ slightly from women’s products. “Men prefer
soap bars to cleansing lotions and this should be
used twice daily to remove sebum, dead skin cells,
bacteria and dirt,” she says with toning as the next
step to remove excess sebum. “Moisturizing is the
third step to minimize the barrier damage induced
by cleansing,” she says.
Shaving
With most men shaving nearly daily, razor burn,
indicates Jose, is a very common problem affecting
the male clientele visiting the Spa. “Approximately
25 percent of all men experience some form of
razor burn,” he says. The treatment, adds Dr.
Markandeya is topical antibiotic and steroid
combination for two to three days depending on the
severity.
When shaving, Jose reminds men to remember
to ‘go with the grain; “Shave in the direction your
hair grows; facial hair grows downward on the
cheeks, straight out on the chin, downward below
the jawbone, and upward along the lower neck
and usually below the Adam’s apple,” he says. “Also
giving the skin a break from the razor periodically
and washing the affected areas with an antibacterial
soap in the meantime, will usually
end the inflammation.” And
at times, shaving more
frequently but with a lighter
touch can help prevent
ingrown hair and this
applies especially to
young men whose
beards are just
coming in.
“Preparing to
shave is also
important—
ensure
your skin is
softened with warm water or towels and is wet from
tap water or the shower,” he says and never apply
foam or soap to a dry surface. “Also ensure your
razor is sharp as a dull razor blade will make the
problem worse or yet, make an effort to use a new
razor blade every time you shave,” he says.
Ingrown hair
These are also called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae;
Dr. Markandeya says are basically when tightly
curled hair curves back into the skin when shaved
and this causes red boils and pus boils. “Prevention
includes using electric razors which are less likely
to irritate than razor blades and/or using a single
or double blade,” she says and avoid a multi blade
razor. She also advises to avoid shaving too closely
it is better to leave a little growth in order to avoid
ingrown hair and to shave in the direction that
the hair grows, not against the grain. “Also use a
moisturizer after shaving,” she says.
Lentigenes
These, says Dr. Markandeya are light brown to
black spots that occur anywhere in the body
including mucus membrane and palmoplantar
skin without any predilection for sun exposed
areas. “In general there is no need to treat benign
appearing lentigo simplex however lesions on areas
of mucus membrane and generalized lesions should
be evaluated to rule out malignancy or systemic
disease,” she says.
Post Inflammatory
Hyper pigmentation
This is indicated as dark areas over the skin,
explains Dr
.
Markandeya and is seen more
commonly in darkly pigmented skin or in
areas where there had been an injury or skin
disorders such as acne, infection or dermatitis.
“The treatment is to stay protected from the sun
and use skin lightening creams,” she says. “Drug
induced hyper pigmentation is blue/black and dark
areas mainly, sun exposed areas mostly caused
after taking Minocycline can be treated with
skin lightening creams and decreasing the risk of
sun exposure.” Also freckles, she adds, are small
pigmented spots found only on sun-exposed skin
of individuals with fair skin caused by sun exposure
and genetic predisposition. “The treatment includes
minimal sun exposure combined with the regular
use of sunscreen,” she says and Q switched NDYAG
laser and cryotherapy are other treatment options.
Hair Transplantation
Hair loss no longer needs to be
a part of any man’s life, tells
specialist plastic surgeon Dr
Sanjay Parashar, with the
help of hair transplantation.
“Hair transplantation is an
outpatient procedure done
under local anesthesia
where the patient goes
home the same day,” he
says. “Ideal candidates are
individuals with male pattern
baldness, hair line recession or
patchy loss of hair.”
WHILE
WOMEN
TYPICALLY
SPEND
MORE TIME
PREENING
IN FRONT
OF THE
MIRROR, MEN
ARE NOW
JUMPING THE
BANDWAGON
AND
ADDRESSING
THE PESKY
SKIN AND
HAIR
PROBLEMS
THEY FACE.
HEALTH
LEARNS
MORE ABOUT
THESE
IRRITATING
PROBLEMS
AND WHAT
CAN BE DONE
TO TREAT
THEM.
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