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Black Skin Care For Men-Caring For the Skin You're In

Black Skin Care For Men-Caring For the Skin You're In

Black Skin Care For Men-Caring For the Skin You're In

Black Skin Care For Men-Caring For the Skin You're In

Is there a difference in treating the skin of men from treating the skin of women?

In treatment, technically there is no difference. Men and women, cleanse, tone and moisturize their skin. Exfoliation is a part of the regimen when needed.

There are certain qualities that make men's skin distinct. Your skin is usually thicker and tends to be on the oily side.

Like women you typically experience problems with your skin at the onset of puberty. This is when your body is going through tremendous hormonal surges.

Yes, brotha, you've got hormones. You might begin to experience irritations because of the hair that's sprouting on your face.

As men, you're also more active in sports. This brings in another set of problems with sweating, chin straps and other challenges that arrive when gear is worn.

For the most part, after puberty, you don't have an onslaught of problems like women with the fluctuation of monthly hormone changes.

Enter ingrown hairs.

But for black men there is a big challenge that you face that most men don't have and that is pseudofolliculitis barbae. You know it as ingrown hairs.

What happens that causes this?

Your hairs decide to turn back into your skin instead of coming out onto the surface. These are course hairs that cause red irritated bumps that look like a blemish.

How would you go about treating pseudofolliculitis? The first course of treatment for ingrown hairs is exfoliation. When you exfoliate the outer dead skin layer, often the hair finds an easier path to the outside skin.

Some estheticians use non-abrasive peels, gels and creams with jojoba wax beads to exfoliate your skin. If you can possibly not shave so closely, it will alleviate some of the irritation.

If you wear a beard be careful of how you treat your skin around the shaved area and careful of reusing your washcloth when cleaning this area, it holds bacteria. The best way to cleanse your face on a daily basis is to use a clean washcloth everyday.

Here are a few tips when caring for your skin as African American Men.

  • Did you know that deodorant soaps don't allow the sweating process and can cause serious irritation? Soaps can also cause a drying effect on your skin.
  • When you finish shaving use a product that does not contain alcohol. Use a toner or aftershave that contains a soothing property such as rosewater.
Toners help calm and soothe your skin. Putting it in a spray bottle makes it easier to apply to your face and neck.
  • Just as with skin care for black women, your skin needs a moisturizer. Moisturizers protect your skin from the elements and keep it from feeling dry. Make sure that your moisturizer is one used on skin for your face and not for the rest of your body.
  • Exfoliating your skin is important. In essence every time you shave, you are exfoliating your skin.
Since you don't shave your entire face, it's important to exfoliate your entire face so that you can remove the dead skin cells.
  • Sunscreens would fit very well into your skin care regimen. This ingredient is often found in a moisturizer but can be purchased separately. Don't forget to include your bald heads in this step.

More and more of you are getting a professional facial, that's a great thing. Don't feel comfortable walking into a salon and being surrounded by women?

There are salons that cater to men and all of your special needs in skin and body care.

Dedicated To Your Beauty!

Juliette Samuel,

Nyraju Skin Care

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What's your greatest skin care challenge?

As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.

Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.

We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.

The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.

Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.

We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.

Until next time ...

Dedicated To Your Beauty

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