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It is quite common to hear of a woman or a young girl having an appointment with a dermatologist due to some skin condition. Women are, in general, very particular about their skin, hair and nails. By their very nature, they do not have any inhibitions or psychological blockades regarding their upcoming visits to the dermatologist. On the other hand, boys and even grown up men have a lot of reservations when it comes to the need to visit a dermatologist.

Psychological constraints that men face regarding visiting a dermatologist

Data clearly indicates that men suffer as much from skin conditions as women do. However, often men choose to remain silent about their dermatological problems as they feel embarrassed while talking about them. They seem to believe that it will not be “manly” to talk about their problems or to seek medical intervention for their dermatology concerns. They prefer to suffer silently.

Just give it a thought, could any skin problem or for that matter, even dandruff, hair fall, aging (wrinkled skin) or rashes ever be even remotely related to the gender of the person to be affected by these? Is healthy looking skin ‘gender specific’? No way! So, why should men have these huge mental blocks?

It’s time men realized that irrespective of their firm ‘belief’ that they can handle their skin complaints on their own, a dermatologist is any day better qualified, trained and experienced to handle the complaints. Instead of suffering silently and trying out different ideas, they should right away seek an appointment with a dermatologist whenever the need arises.

Dermatological concerns for men

While some of dermatology concerns such as skin problems, hair fall, dandruff and problems with nails etc. are common for both men and women, men also face some gender specific problems which need prompt attention of a medical expert or dermatologist. These are briefly discussed below.

Shaving irritation or Razor burn

As per research and studies conducted by renowned dermatological institutes, more than 70% of men who shave have experienced shaving irritation or razor burn. This is definitely the most common skincare concern for men across the world. Depending upon the skin of the individual concerned, the type and degree of discomfort may vary. A razor burn may cause skin rashes, raised bumps, blisters or even acne in certain cases. Contrary to common belief, a razor burn is not necessarily on account of a faulty shaving technique or cheap razor. This may well be due to a sensitive skin.

To prevent shaving irritation or razor burn, you should follow some simple tips. Wash your face with warm water before you shave and use clean, sharp blades with a superior quality shaving gel. Shave in small strokes. After shaving, use an aftershave lotion containing Aloe or vitamin E. These simple tips will go a long way in giving you a smooth shave and soft skin. If you are looking to improve you shaving technique, download our Free Shaving Guide.

Hair Loss

Male baldness is often an inherited tendency which generally begins in the thirties. Professional advice for hair loss treatment is best sought at the earlier stages of hair loss in men. Unfortunately, there is no cure for male pattern baldness but there are several over the counter medications that can help slow down the process. Check out the article over at Men’ to learn what you should know about male hair loss.


Fungus, including fungus in the nail, is a common male problem which needs the attention of a dermatologist. In addition to treating the infection, it is important to also ensure that a fungal infection does not occur in future. Some of the most common fungal infections are athlete’s foot, jock itch and ring worm. Most fungal infections can be treated by keeping the affected area clean and dry and applying antifungal medication.

Skin Cancer

Incidence of skin cancer is higher in cases of males as compared to women. Exposure to the sun is identified as the cause for skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation  states that 70% of men did not know the warning signs of skin cancer. Luckily, a few minor lifestyle changes can certainly reduce skin cancer from occurring.

  • Seek shade between 10am-4pm when the sun is the hottest.
  • Cover up with clothing as most cancers develop on the skin that receives the most exposure.
  • Wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher, applying every two hours.
  • Check your skin once a month and if you suspect any lesions, see your doctor because treating skin cancer at its earliest stages is easier.



            Contrary to common belief, teenagers are not the only ones who are prone to suffer from the problem of acne. Acne occurs in people of all ages. Acne can be due to sweating or stress or it may be related to hormonal imbalances in an individual. Having a good skin care routine can certainly help combat acne. Washing your face twice a day and using a moisturizer to keep your face from drying out will help. In case of severe acne, it is best to consult your dermatologist. He will be in a position to prescribe suitable medication and also discover the underlying causes.


Prevention and being proactive is key. As males we shouldn’t be concerned with the notion of whether we look manly or not especially when it comes to taking care of our skin. Our dermatological needs are different than women, luckily lots of products in the market are tailored specifically for our skin. By taking the necessary steps now we can possibly save ourselves pain and headaches down the road.


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