For decades male skin care consisted of little more than keeping clean and having a close shave
Healthy eating, regular exercise and a greater awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking, eating and sun exposure all contribute to better skin. However, modern skincare technology and men-specific skincare products are now becoming popular choices too. Between 2004 and 2006 the number of cosmetic procedures undergone by male patients increased by 30% and it is estimated that men currently comprise one fifth of all patients seeking botox treatments. This is not only for wrinkles, but also to treat excessive sweating.
The most popular, non-surgical treatments for men include:
- A regular, monthly facial such as a deep cleanse will keep skin clear and less congested, decreasing enlarged pores and helping to clear blemishes.
- Sun spots, which cause premature ageing, can be successfully reduced with treatments such as chemical peels, Fraxel laser treatments and freezing with liquid nitrogen. Scaly lesions, known as actinic keratoses, are premalignant lesions that have the potential to develop into skin cancer, so should be treated early.
- All over redness (such as ‘golfer’s nose’) and broken capillaries caused by years of sun exposure can be substantially reduced with laser treatments. Many men are also seeking treatments to remove pigmentation.
- Botox injections can be used to reduce or remove wrinkles and lines, and are often used to decrease the severity of a frown.
- Soft tissue fillers are used to restore volume loss, particularly in deep lines running between the nose and lips, or to reduce the effects of sunken cheeks. They can even be used to correct defects caused by sporting injuries – minor changes to crooked noses can make a huge difference.
- Newer treatments such as the Ulthera skin tightening procedure gives the effect of a mini facelift.
- Many men suffer from a condition called poikiloderma, a mottled redness or mixed red and brown discolouration of the neck caused by sun exposure and worsened by the application of aftershave. Laser treatments such as the V-Beam laser or Fraxel can substantially improve the appearance of poikiloderma.
- Botox injections under the arms are becoming increasingly popular to help control excessive sweating in men. Effects last for 6-8 months.
- Laser hair removal is also becoming increasingly popular amongst men, with beards, ears, chests and backs the most common areas treated. Most men find a substantial reduction in hair within a few treatments and usually require 8-10 treatments at 6-8 weekly intervals.
With so many new tricks available there really is no reason why modern men shouldn’t look as good as they possibly can.