From fighting adult acne to fretting about fine lines, even the burliest of men aren’t exempt from skin care worries. Instead of sneaking your girlfriend or wife’s products and hoping for a fix, get the scoop on five of the top concerns Dr. Doppelt fields from his male patients.
How do I get rid of back acne?
Spending a lot of time at the gym can be great for your body, but bad for your skin. Many men find that the more they perspire, the more they break out on their bodies. Sweat can trap dirt, oil and bacteria in the skin and lead to breakouts on the face, back, buttocks, arms and legs. Some men are prone to body breakouts even without extra sweating. Regardless of the cause, you can keep your skin clear from face to feet by following the tips below:
- Make sure you shower daily (especially after working up a sweat) and consider using a body wash or soap containing a proven acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
- When you know you’ll be working up a sweat, make sure you’re dressed for the occasion. Some workout attire (like compression garments) can trap sweat and hold dirt and oil against the skin. Dressing in lightweight, breathable fabrics can help keep your skin cool and clear.
- Sleep tight and right. Yes, your mom was telling the truth: Changing your sheets frequently can help keep your skin clear. Dead skin cells and oil can accumulate in bedding, and clog pores as you toss and turn. Changing out sheets once or even twice a week can help prevent back and body acne.
Why is my face so flushed?
You might have rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder, often showing up on the face with varying flare-ups and remissions. It is life-disruptive disorder for some men, which usually shows up as redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin that comes and goes. Some men also find rosacea on the neck, chest, ears or scalp. Though it might start with symptoms like frequent blushing, over time rosacea’s redness can become more persistent with visible blood vessels, thickening skin and pimple-like breakouts.
Though the condition affects both men and women, Dr. Doppelt and other dermatologists find that male patients often have more severe cases. Two common rosacea treatments in Knoxville include topical medications and laser therapy.
If you think you have rosacea, your best bet is to see a Knoxville dermatologist. Dr. Doppelt is skilled at diagnosing and treating rosacea, and can keep you from seeing red going forward.
What can I do about these lines?
From smile lines to crow’s feet or brow crease, many men become concerned about wrinkles as they get older. In fact, a recent report in the journal Cosmetic Dermatology indicated that the number of men receiving Botox injections has jumped 258 percent within the past decade. Dr. Doppelt has seen similar numbers in his practice and encourages men who are curious about Botox to schedule a consultation.
If you’re still in your 20s, it’s not too soon to consider adding a retinol product to your daily skincare regime to help fight off future wrinkles. Seeing a dermatologist today is a great first step toward great skin for the rest of your life.
4. How do I get rid of these red bumps I get after shaving?
A good, clean shave can help you start your day off right. It can also come with an unsightly side effect: razor burn. This itchy and irritating skin condition can be caused by a number of factors, including shaving technique, using a dull razor, or bacteria. You can get rid of razor burn by following these tips:
- Make exfoliating part of your skin care routine. Using a gentle facial scrub can slough off dead skin cells and bring any ingrown hairs out of hiding when prepping the skin for a close shave.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth. Even though shaving against the grain can yield smooth results, it can irritate delicate facial skin and lead to razor burn and razor bumps. While you’re at it, shave using short strokes and a light touch. Too much pressure can lead to cuts and irritation.
- Apply an aftershave moisturizer or balm. Applying a soothing lotion after shaving can help your skin recover. Consider avoiding aftershaves; though they can feel tingly and refreshing, many men find they add to skin irritation.
Can I do anything about this double chin?
If hitting the gym and eating clean hasn’t sculpted your double chin as you’d like, there’s still hope. A new treatment can whittle away your wattle and give you the chiseled jaw line you long for. Kybella is an injectable treatment for submental fat. Dr. Doppelt has been specially trained to administer this innovative new treatment and he has found that Kybella is a suitable solution for many of his patients, both men and women.
If you’re looking to get rid of belly fat or slim down other trouble spots, you’re in luck, too: Dr. Doppelt is also a skilled provider of other body contouring treatments including Liposonix and SculpSure.
Let Dr. Doppelt address all of your skin care concerns. Schedule an appointment with Southeastern Dermatology today to help make sure your skin is at its best.