Men's Sensitive Skin Care

Murad Correcting Moisturiser SPF15
Murad Correcting Moisturiser SPF15

Medik8 Red Alert
Medik8 Red Alert

If you suffer from itchy, red or easily irritated skin you’re not alone – and in fact mine can be very sensitive sometimes with the wrong products. According to worldwide clinical studies there’s an increasing trend towards sensitive skin, with over 50% of people reporting some kind of sensitivity. And though people with allergies, pale complexions and dry skin are particularly susceptible, any skin type can become sensitized if its protective lipid barrier is disrupted by dehydration, over-exfoliation, environmental pollution or drastic changes in humidity. Stress, poor diets and bad skincare regimes don’t help either so if your skin is sensitive you’ll probably need to address all of these issues.

Sensitive skin is sometimes known as ‘reactive skin’ as it may show signs of allergic reaction when it come into contact with chemicals, fragrance or preservatives in skin care preparations. This reaction can be mild with just a slight dryness or stinging sensation, or severe, which includes inflammation, redness and skin peeling. Luckily reactions like this are rare. It may also suffer from a reaction to certain foods, wine or medication. Some skin types also react to changes in temperature and to touch. This type of complexion is often prone to a red flushed appearance with broken capillaries and may even peel or chap.

We are going to recommend some products today that will help deal with the reactions caused by sensitive skin, and also recommended some products which are known for being very kind and gentle to sensitive skin types. By the end of it hopefully you will try some of these and it will help you cope with the problem in the future.

Sensitive Skin Tips and Techniques
Nickel Bonne Gueule (Anti-Redness Treatment) 75ml
Nickel Bonne Gueule (Anti-Redness Treatment) 75ml

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser for Face and Eyes 250ml
Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser for Face and Eyes 250ml

Biotherm Homme Aqua Sensitive Moisturiser
Biotherm Homme Aqua Sensitive Moisturiser

If your skin’s prone to redness there’s plenty you can do. For starters, always wear a protective sun cream with a SPF of at least 15 in the summer (even on cloudy days) and use in the winter too if you work outside or play any kind of outdoor sport. It’s also worth using a face cream like Nickel Bonne Gueule which is formulated specially for sensitive skin and is designed to help combat redness, encourage strengthening of the capillaries and instantly calm and soothe any sensitivity. As a final precaution, it’s also worth avoiding the most common triggers for redness such as red wine and spicy food so is you like your Chilli or Curry, then it might be time to cut back on both as we know foods like these can make your skin react badly.

1. always shave with the direction of the hair growth and use a shaving medium that gives really good lubrication. If gels and foams don’t work for you, switch to creams instead.

2. exfoliate regularly. Use a facial scrub like Lab Series For Men Invigorating Face Scrub once or twice a week to remove dead cells and free up trapped hairs.

3. use a moisturiser or an aftershave balm daily to keep skin soft and supple and to encourage hairs to grow through without obstruction. Apply after shaving and again at night before hitting the sack.

Try these extra tips for Sensitive Skin:
Wash with warm rather than hot water as the skin on your face isn’t as tolerant of high temperatures as the skin on the rest of your body. A gentle facial wash, like Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Cleanser for Face and Eyes, is the best way to clean sensitive skin without causing irritation.

Steer clear of products containing alcohol (aftershaves and some toners for example), lanolin, mineral oil or added fragrances and colourants – all these can irritate the skin.

Avoid abrasive facial scrubs (which can break down the skin’s natural barrier), and avoid scratching itchy areas. The less friction applied to sensitive skin the better.

Always use moisturisers designed especially for sensitive skin (like Biotherm Aqua Sensitive Moisturiser) as these will the most common allergens removed, lessening your chance of a reaction. Protect skin at night by applying more moisturiser just before you go to bed.

Look for products formulated especially for sensitive skin or ones labelled “hypoallergenic”. Your skin could react to a multitude of different ingredients but products designed for sensitive skin have most known allergens removed so are usually a safe bet.

Keep well-hydrated to prevent the skin drying out and becoming ever more sensitive and protect against sun damage with an high SPF sunscreen.

Always test any new products on the back or your wrist and then on your jaw 24 hours before using them on the whole face. This way an allergic reaction can be spotted in time.

Streamline your grooming routine. Even men with sensitive skin need the basics like facial wash, moisturiser, aftershave balm and eye cream but if your skin is sensitive they may be all you need. Strip your regime to the basics and once you’ve found a brand that works for you stick to it.

If you suffer more dramatic allergic skin reactions like welts, swelling or severe itching see your GP.