Do Men and Women Have Different Skin Types?

Difference Between Male and Female Skin
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Q: I don’t understand science behind woman’s skin and a man’s skin? Is there any difference between them? If yes then how and why a man’s skin differs from a woman’s skin? Please explain it to me!
Expert Answer

Yes, the skin of a man is basically different from a woman. Perhaps the most distinct feature is the ability of males to grow facial hair as compared to women. Then, there are differences that are not so obvious to the normal naked eye but not to the scientific judgment of medical experts. Here are the list of skin differences between men and women.

Thickness of The Skin

Factors such as area of the skin, hormones, gender and age affect skin thickness. Males produce* tons of testosterone in their bodies, an androgenic hormone responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics, which cause a significant increase* in skin thickness. This is the reason why the skin of males is generally 25% thicker compared to females. Also, the skin of men slowly thins as they age while the skin thickness of women remains about the same until they reach 50. Only after menopause that the skin of the females will slim down significantly and will continue to do so as they age.

Density of Collagen

Density is measured as the ratio of collagen to the skin thickness. In general, males have greater collagen density than females notwithstanding the age. This leads to medical experts conclude why females seem to age faster than males of the same age group. Research studies say that when it comes to intrinsic aging, or aging according to genes, females are about older than 15 years than males of the same age range. However, men are more prone to extrinsic aging, as a result of the skin damage from UV rays exposure and not using sunscreen as frequently as women. This explains why we never really notice the difference. The benefits of slow intrinsic aging cancel out the disadvantages of rapid extrinsic aging amongst men.

Collagen Loss

The signs of aging such as wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines are a consequence of less* collagen production. Collagen is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. Both males and females lose* about 1% of their collagen every year after they turn thirty. However, the collagen loss of females increase* significantly for the first 5 years after they enter menopausal stage, then halts down to 2% collagen loss year after year.

Skin Texture

If you take a closer inspection on the surface, the skin of a man texture wise is thicker and rougher. The production and composition of sebum (the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) is also considerably different. Because of the increased androgen secretion past puberty, the sebum production of men is more intense than that of women. This is the reason why males are more prone to suffer acne longer than females. The explanation for higher sebum production in men lies in their number of positive receptors for androgens in the cells of their sebaceous glands.

Skin Hydration

Pubescence is the period of everyone’s life when sex glands become functional. This means the arrival of facial hair and hyperactive sweat glands in men. The sweat of men has more lactic acid, which results to a lower pH as compared to their women counterpart. On top of that, males are more prone to sweating, and they generally sweat twice as much as females do. Perhaps this explains why the skin of men appear to be better* hydrated compared to women, which is a good thing because they are less* likely to invest in moisturizing creams and lotions.

There may be a wide array of differences between the skin of men and women. However, the same amount of care should be given to both sexes. Males may look to have tougher than women’s, but they may also be suffering from internal issues that arise to skin problems. Then there are external factors such as pollution, dirt, unwanted microorganisms and sun damage that wear down the resilience of a man’s skin, no matter how hydrated their skin appear to be. Therefore, we must never assume that men do not need skin care as meticulous as compared to women.

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