What Men Want in a Skin Care Product

Many of our male patients prefer products that are less moisturizing (read less oily).  Many men don’t like a creamy or heavier feel on the skin and don’t want to look shiny or as if they have a product on.  If you are in that group, then look for products that are gel based or have a light lotion base. Stay away from the creams.


For example, the Hydrating B5 Gel moisturizer from SkinCeuticals is not oily at all. It goes on very light and men like it a lot.  For a suncreen, the EltaMD UV Clear is a high-quality transparent zinc sunscreen that is very light.  The EltaMD UV Daily is a light sunscreen that gives a bit of moisturizing but is not heavy or oily at all.  Many men with normal or drier skin love that sunscreen for daily use.  Many of our males patients also like the powder sunscreens like the Colorescience.


Another route is to look for products that are formulated for people with acne.  Those products tend to be lighter and less creamy as well.  They often say noncomedogenic on them.

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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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