Differences between male and female skin

Differences between male and female skin

You understand skin: how is male and female skin different?

Men want their skin to look and feel healthy. And, just like women, they face issues like skin sensitivity, acne, and aging, but skin varies by gender. Male skin, both on the face and on the body, has some characteristics that differ from female skin, and with regular shaving it is often treated differently as well. Because of this, men benefit from a personalized approach to skin care to help keep their skin at its natural best.

What are the differences?

The hormone testosterone determines the masculine characteristics of the skin and gives a different structure to the feminine skin. While every man’s skin is unique, in general, men’s skin, both on the face and on the body, is thicker, oilier, and ages differently.


  • Male skin is, on average, about 20% thicker than female skin.  It contains more collagen and has a firmer and firmer appearance.
  • The collagen content of male skin is steadily reducing.  Female skin is affected later in life, especially after menopause.  So female skin thins more dramatically and the effects are more pronounced than male skin.


  • Men have more active oil glands and therefore more pores than women.  Both their sebaceous glands and their pores are larger than those of women.
  • Sebum production is twice that of women, so male skin is oilier and brighter than female skin.  As a result, your   pH  is lower than that of female skin and is prone to impurities and  acne
  • Adult males are less prone to  Dry skin  than adult females.


  • Signs of aging appear later on men’s skin , but changes occur more quickly once they begin.
  • Men are most affected by sagging skin combined with puffy eyes and dark circles that make them look tired.
  • Men also have  wrinkles  although they are often less worrisome than for women.  Male wrinkles occur later than female wrinkles but, when they appear, they are completely striated.

Regular shaving stresses male skin more than female skin

  • On average, men who shave submit their skin to an average of 16,000 shaves in their lifetime.
  • The skin becomes more sensitive and reacts faster.
  • Daily shaving stresses the skin and can cause irritation.  It removes the top layer of skin cells, exposing immature skin that is particularly sensitive to external influences.
  • Up to 40% of men have shaving-related skin problems.  Younger, fair-skinned men are particularly prone.
  • A dull razor and / or insufficient lubrication while shaving can lead to nicks and cuts, burns and bumps.

How to take care of men’s skin

Because male skin is different from female skin, it benefits from a dedicated approach to skin care and products that respect its unique biological attributes.

It is important to shave carefully, especially for people with  sensitive skin  or skin conditions such as  acne  and the  atopic dermatitis  :

  • Protects and lubricates the skin with shaving products . These should help the razor glide smoothly over the skin to avoid nicks and cuts. They should also be gentle and soothing to the skin sensitive – Aggressive products can remove natural skin lipids that are already under pressure as the top layer of skin cells is removed. We also recommend shaving products that contain antibacterial properties to protect the skin from irritation from shaving.
  • Use a clean, sharp razor for a closer shave and to avoid burns or razor bumps.
  • Shave in the direction your hair grows, not against it.

Moisturizers  Y  anti aging products for men  they should have a light texture.  Rich and greasy products may not be well tolerated by shaving-sensitized skin.