Why women's creams don't work on men

September 10, 2012 10:32
Why women's creams don't work on men

How many times have you spotted a man buying skincare products from the ladies section? Chances are, many times.

But it's important for men to know that most women skincare products may not work well on their thick skin. And there's good scientific reason behind it.

Beauty is not just a woman's routine anymore. This trend has started to change in the last couple of years and that's due to the awareness about looking good. "In fact, there are wives and girlfriends who want their man to enhance his looks and appearance with help of medical cosmetic assistance," says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Abhijit Desai.

He continues in the same vein, stating that men have started taking keen interest in their appearance and they are turning out to be better patients than their female counterparts. As they are pretty satisfied with the realistic results they achieve and are also keen to go under the knife.

Thickness matters
Men's skin texture is thicker than women's. Non-surgical dermatologist Dr Apratim Goel says that it's almost 25 per cent thicker and that's the basic reason why women's ointments don't work on them. He says, "Shaving exfoliates the top layer of dead skin daily. so, men do have an advantage there. But daily exfoliation can also expose the underlying layer of skin to the outside pollution. Thus, men must stop to shave a day before they undergo any beauty procedure unlike women."

No hormonal changes
Women experience hormonal changes on a daily basis. Their menstrual cycle too, has an impact or effect on their skin texture. Men do not experience such frequent changes. Skin breakouts are more common in girls than in boys. "Since women's ointments are made considering hormonal changes and sensitivity levels, it may not be of much help in men's skincare regime, adds Dr Rashmi Shetty.

Stretch marks
Men and women both suffer from weight gain and loss. Unfortunately, the resulting strechmarks can never be removed permanently. But if they are very recent in origin then they can be made to appear less prominent and lighter with laser treatment and Dermaroller treatment. "Also, you can use a camouflage cream to conceal them very effectively," adds Dr Abhijit.

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