The maturing male grooming market

19-Dec-2013

The male grooming market continues to progress in product type and function. John Woodruff reviews the current industry skin care solutions

Skin care solutions for men are becoming more sophisticated, catering for different skin concerns and benefits. John Woodruff takes a look at the latest skin care offerings

It is accepted that there are differences in human skin between individuals and that changes occur with age. Many still question, however, if there are any differences due to gender.

A review of available literature[1, 2, 3, 4] shows that male and female skins differ in hormone metabolism, hair growth, sweat rate, sebum production, surface pH and fat accumulation. Male skin is approximately 20% thicker than female skin; women have a thicker layer of subcutaneous fat than men but men have more collagen and lose collagen at a slower rate than women when past middle age. Males sweat more, produce more sebum and are more prone to develop alopecia, acne and skin cancers, although the latter may be due to males spending more time outdoors and taking less care about sun exposure.

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