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It’s a fact! Sensitive skin (or reactive or hyper-reactive skin) is not just a woman’s bane. While 50 to 60 percent of women have problems with sensitive skin, some 30 percent of men are affected by it as well.
Sensitive skin should not be confused with other similar skin conditions. For example, “sensitive” does not necessarily mean “allergy-prone” (reacting to contact with a specific allergen). Nor is it the same as “intolerant skin.” Sensitive skin does not give visible clues, but is characterized rather by a pulling, tingling sensation, without automatically causing redness, while intolerant skin strongly reacts to external elements by peeling and turning red.
Various causes not related to gender per se can explain skin sensitivity:
Men’s skin differs significantly from that of women. It is both oilier and thicker due to the action of testosterone, which regulates the skin’s structure and function. In men, over-reactive skin can be the result of specific factors, such as:
Razor burn presents various signs of skin irritation, such as a tingling, pulling sensation, redness and pimples. It can be caused simply by not properly washing the skin after shaving, using the wrong kind of razor for a given skin type or shaving with a dull blade. But skin type can also be a factor, and sensitive skin is obviously susceptible! Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to prevent sensitive skin from over-reacting to shaving.
All the gentlemen out there will be glad to know that nearly every top dermo-cosmetic company offers lines of skin care products for men specially formulated for sensitive skin. Visit your Uniprix location to find out more. And if you’re not sure, just ask one of our dermo-cosmetic consultants for advice.
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