WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2017 – Many men don't think about skin care, but they should, says a dermatologist.
According to Dr. Anthony Rossi in understanding your skin type.
Sensitive skin may sting or burn after using the product. Normal skin is clear and insensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy, or rough. Oily skin is shiny and oily, combination skin is dry in some places and oily in others, explained Rossi.
"If you know your skin type, you will learn how to take care of your skin and choose the skin care products that are right for you," Rossi said in a press release from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Rossi is an assistant professor of dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York City.
If you are prone to acne, choose cleansing and moisturizing agents that are "oil-free" or "non-comedogenic", which means they won't clog your pores. For sensitive skin, use mild, "fragrance-free" products to prevent irritation and dryness. Beware of products labeled as "odorless" because some contain mask fragrances that can still irritate your skin, Rossi said.
Wash your face daily with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm water, and after training, he advised.
If you get shocks, burns, or ingrown hair while shaving with multi-blade razors, switch to a razor with one or two blades and do not stretch your skin tightly while shaving. Wet your skin and facial hair before shaving to smooth it out. Use a moisturizing shaving foam and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse with a razor after each stroke and change the blade after five to seven shaves.
Moisturize daily and check the skin regularly for new spots or birthmarks that itch, bleed or change color. These are often early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious spots, contact a dermatologist, Rossi said.
Always wear sunscreen when you're outside. Apply to all exposed areas, including the scalp, ears and neck. The best choice for sunscreen is a wide range and waterproof with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Other steps to protect your skin include looking for shade and wearing protective clothing, sunglasses with UV protection, and wide-brimmed hats.
The US National Institute on Aging offers advice on skin care and aging.
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Published: January 2017