Cleansing & Moisturising Routine For Men With Sensitive Skin

A guide for men on wha to avoid and the importance of moisturising when you have dry skin.

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Written by Bianca Barbosa
May 13, 2022 

If you are looking to step up your cleanser and moisturiser game, you've come to the right place. Finding the correct products for your skin, especially if you are a man with sensitive skin, can be quite a challenge. Understanding what it means to have sensitive skin and how to deal with it is key for healthy skin.

What Is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin generally affects 2 in every 5 men. It’s not a medical condition but a skin type. It is not usually a cause for concern, and you might not even realise you have sensitive skin until you have a reaction to a soap, makeup or any other skincare product.

It’s important to know that anyone’s skin can become irritated, but it’s the frequency of this irritation that defines whether you have sensitive skin or not. Underlying medical conditions can be the cause of sensitive skin, however simple tweaks to your skincare routine can make all the difference.

Your face is the area that's most prone to sensitive skin, however, this can affect other areas of your body too. Hands and feet may also become irritated easily and lose moisture quickly, especially during the colder months of the year. You will also find that age plays a factor too, because our skin thins as we age, so a good moisturising regime is essential.

Signs Of Sensitive Skin

Identifying the signs of sensitive skin is important to help you find the right products and treat your skin. 

Skin easily flushes

Redness is a common indicator of sensitive skin, and something that sufferers might experience regularly. It can be brought on by a reaction to specific ingredients and may be the result of a genetic predisposition of some sort.

Prone to rashes and bumps

These can often occur if you have sensitive skin. These can be particularly severe for products which remain on the skin like creams or makeup. Rashes can be painful or irritating as well as unpleasant to look at. A rash could also be an indicator of an allergy which is more serious.

Products sting or burn

Stings and burns can range from mild to extreme and may result in flushed skin. If it stings or burns when you apply a product this could also be a sign of an allergy.

Itchy skin

Itchiness is caused by a loss of moisture in the skin. This can be the result of a change in the temperature or the result of some skincare product which can leave the skin dehydrated.

Fragranced products do not go well with your skin

Fragranced products might smell good but are typically not recommended for sensitive skin. They can inflame the area they are applied to and even natural alternatives like essential oils may have a nasty reaction.

Skin reacts to weather changes

If your skin becomes inflamed or irritated when the weather is colder or windy, you could have a genetic type of sensitive skin. Itchiness during hotter or colder periods could mean that your skin is prone to becoming dehydrated.

Prone to breakouts quite often

Sensitive skin can lead to frequent breakouts because the skin produces extra oils, which can then cause pores to clog up. Using a moisturiser and cleanser can help alleviate these breakouts and reduce their frequency.

Sensitive to UV rays

If you turn beet-red at the slightest glimpse of the sun, you might have photosensitivity. This causes a skin rash on your outer arms, face, and chest. 

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Why is Cleansing and Moisturising Important?

Selecting the correct cleanser for your skin can ease the symptoms of sensitive skin and direct your routine toward healthier skin. Sensitive skin left untreated can worsen your symptoms and potentially cause other concerns.

With sensitive skin, gentle products like soap-free cleansers morning and night will keep your face free of dirt and bacteria. Clean, fresh skin will absorb products like moisturisers much better.

Just like cleansing, moisturising is the next key part of a man’s sensitive skincare routine. Now that your face is clean, moisturisers will come into play to help repair and prevent any damage 

Get A Men’s Sensitive Skincare Routine Going

And now, sounds like you need a place for your new sensitive skincare routine, doesn’t it? Keep is simple and gentle, and most importantly, be consistent. But if you need a little more help, we got you covered! A Beginner's Guide to Sensitive Skin for Men has everything and more about men’s sensitive skin.

Please note: if you are really concerned about your skin or feel like you need more than a skincare routine, you should speak to your doctor. 

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