You Need to Properly Understand Skin Characteristics Before Choosing Men’s Cosmetics!


I’m Mople, a male beauty creator.

Many men are paying extra attention to skincare because of the unpredictable weather, right?

The most common concern when choosing men’s cosmetics is whether the product suits your skin.

Since each person’s skin characteristics are different, the effects of a product vary.

Today, before we look into your skin type, let’s briefly explore the characteristics of men’s skin.

I hope this opportunity helps you understand your skin better and choose the right cosmetics for you!

Characteristics of Men’s Skin:

Men’s skin differs somewhat from women’s.

1. Thick Skin

Men’s skin is about 25% thicker than women’s.
This is because men have a thicker collagen layer than women.
Due to this, wrinkles form later, but once they do, they are likely to be deeper.

2. High Sebum Production

Do you often think you have a lot of ‘oily skin’? It’s because men’s sebum production is 4.3 times higher than women’s.
The exact reason isn’t clear, but it is thought to be due to the male hormone (testosterone).

Here are the main components of sebum:
triglycerides, wax esters, squalene, and vitamin E.

These components help retain moisture in the skin and supply vitamin E,
preventing aging and protecting the skin from bacterial and fungal infections.

Sebum plays an important role in protecting the skin but can also cause various skin troubles and acne.

When sebum production is high,
pores can become clogged, trapping sebum and allowing anaerobic bacteria to grow, leading to acne.

This is why acne often occurs during puberty when male hormone production is active.

I also had severe acne in middle and high school.
At that time, I didn’t know my skin type and applied all kinds of lotions and medicines that were said to be good for acne, which made it worse.

3. Large Pores

Due to high sebum production, men’s pores tend to be larger.
This is why men generally have larger pores and are more prone to blackheads than women.
Additionally, shaving, sun exposure, neglecting cleansing and moisturizing, and skin aging can damage collagen and elastin, leading to enlarged pores.

4. Prone to Dryness

Men’s skin is more prone to dryness than you might think.
Frequent shaving removes surface oils and irritates the skin, potentially damaging the skin barrier and causing dryness.

Male hormones also have a property that evaporates moisture, leading to dryness due to seasonal changes or environmental factors.
Dry skin can also be influenced by genetics.

5. Vulnerability to UV

Men’s skin is more susceptible to UV damage than women’s, primarily due to neglect.

Men are generally more active outdoors but often neglect UV protection, leading to more skin damage.

Additionally, the male hormone testosterone makes the skin oilier, preventing proper absorption of sunscreen,
so men need to pay extra attention to its application.

6. Elasticity

While men’s skin has higher collagen levels and elasticity when young,
collagen degrades faster with age,
leading to quicker loss of elasticity compared to women.

Due to thicker skin, wrinkles become deeper and more pronounced as aging begins.

Major factors affecting elasticity include UV exposure, smoking, stress, poor diet, and neglect of cleansing and moisturizing.


What did I feel while writing

We have explored the characteristics of men’s skin together.

There were factors that repeatedly influenced the men’s Skin, right?
It’s collagen and male hormone.

Here’s what I think.
The start of men’s skincare should focus on managing these two factors.

From this, we conclude that more collagen is beneficial.
Collagen determines skin thickness and strength, helps with regeneration and elasticity, and plays a crucial role in retaining moisture.

Conversely, high levels of male hormones (testosterone) increase sebum production,
clogging pores and raising the risk of acne and blackheads.
Additionally, active sebaceous glands enlarge pores, making the skin rough and increasing the likelihood of skin troubles.

If male hormone levels are low, the skin becomes dry, leading to flakiness and roughness.
The skin may thin, making it more sensitive.
However, reduced sebum production can shrink pores, leading to less buildup of impurities and a cleaner appearance.

Men’s skincare should start with controlling male hormone levels and maintaining or increasing collagen.

Of course, healthy lifestyle habits, diet, and regular exercise should also be part of the routine.

But even just using skincare that suits their skin can significantly improve men’s skin condition.

In the next post,
we will explore the four skin types you need to know before purchasing men’s cosmetics to find the right skincare for you.

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If you have any other questions about men’s cosmetics, please leave a comment!
I’ll study and organize the information to post relevant content!

Thank you.

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