June 16th, 2015

Men’s Health Week has officially started and it’s a chance for the nation to come together to talk about men’s health, but most importantly, encourage men to talk about their own symptoms and concerns. Not only this, but charities like The Men’s Health Forum are working to improve men’s health services, as well as the health of men.


Here at What Skin Needs, we understand the importance of talking about men’s health, especially as in the UK, one man in five dies before he reaches 65. With shocking figures like this, it’s still a huge concern as to why so many men avoid visiting their GP.


A past survey for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign revealed that nearly twice as many men as women had not visited their GP in the last year.  Interestingly, women use male cancer helplines more than men, speaking on behalf of their partners, fathers and sons.    Today men will often avoid going to their dentists, asking a pharmacist for advice or even attending contraception clinics.


Some men find it uncomfortable talking about their health problems, which is why we have listed some common male skin problems and tips on how to address them.


Skin Cancer:

·         According to a 2013 study, one in 35 men will get melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) compared to 1 out of 50 women

·         Why? Male typical occupations such as construction and driving, combined with a typical male aversion to sunscreen, means some men are more exposed to the dangers of the intense sun than women

·         Your move: To decrease your risk of cancer, be sure to wear year-round sun protection, aviator sunglasses and SPF15 lip balm


Hair Loss:

·         As women age, their hair will thin, but 60% of men will actually go bald in their lifetime

·         Why? The male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is found in the adrenal glands and hair follicles which drives hair loss in genetically susceptible men.

·         Your move: The sooner the treatment, the better, so see a dermatologist as soon as possible.  You may be prescribed a medicine called finasteride, which claims to regrow hair in 65% of men


Skin Aging:

·         Surprisingly men lose collagen at an earlier age than women, so they can expect fine lines in their 20’s, wrinkles in their 30’s and 40’s and then deep creases in their 50’s and 60’s

·         Why? Again, sun exposure is the culprit. Just like smoking, the effects of daily rays usually show years down the road. Remember, just 20 minutes per day in a year is over 100 hours of collagen destroying UV radiation

·         Your move: Try applying a zinc oxide sunscreen after shaving in the morning


Flaky Scalp:

·         The most frequent male complaint is dandruff and a red itchy scalp.   This can make men feel embarrassed and uncomfortable, and can also spread to areas of the face

·         Why? Men produce excessive oil which yeast feeds off of, causing redness and flakes

·         Your move: Shampoos like Head & Shoulders Active Sport for Men are always good to try first, but if that doesn’t help, prescription shampoos and creams are the next step


Athletes Foot:

·         An itchy fungal infection of the feet and toe webs which is extremely common in athletic men

·         Why? A combination of sweaty feet and moisture, which creates a breeding ground for fungus

·         Your move: Always keep your feet dry, taking extra care between the toes and use a non-perfumed talcum powder to soak up any excess moisture between toes

16 / 06 / 2015

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