How men can avoid five common skincare pitfalls

Dermatologist offers skincare advice to help save guys from irritation and discomfort

Dermatologist Jeffrey Benabio

Let’s face it, skincare isn’t always a priority for most guys. However, the path to healthy, comfortable skin is not as difficult as one might think. For men with skin issues, relief is only a few simple steps away. San Diego-based dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, a medical advisor and consultant for Unilever, lists five common skincare pitfalls guys face and how each can be easily avoided.

1. Using the wrong stick

Half of men experience some form of underarm discomfort or itching and believe this is the price they have to pay for using a powerful deodorant. Those experiencing underarm irritation should try an antiperspirant or deodorant that is specifically formulated to be non-irritating.

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2. Wearing inappropriate workout clothes

While long workouts are great for your body, they can be tough on your skin if you’re wearing clothes that absorb moisture. Change into clothes that wick sweat away so you can avoid the excess moisture, which allows bacteria to thrive and can cause skin problems.

3. Forgetting about the soap

Guys don’t usually spend a lot of time in drug store aisles and they often get whatever soap they’ve been using for years or go with whatever is cheapest. Little do they know that those soaps are often too harsh and strip their skin of essential oils. Use an all-in-one body and face wash solution instead of regular body soap.

4. Shaving mistakes

Before shaving, try using steam or hot water to help open pores. Also, while there’s nothing wrong with keeping your facial hair under control and maintaining a clean-shaven look, it’s not a bad idea to let your facial hair grow occasionally. This break can help unclog your pores and reduce ingrown hairs.

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5. Forgetting the shades

Next time you run out of the house without your sunglasses, think again. One of the leading causes of wrinkles around eyes, or crow’s feet, at an early age is sun damage. If you want to keep the skin around your eyes looking younger, get used to wearing your shades in all seasons — squinting is not a good look anyway.

While it can simply take a small lifestyle change to solve recurring skin problems, it’s important to see a dermatologist if problems persist. : :

Products you can use

Dr. Jeffrey Benabio is a medical advisor and consultant for Unilever, the company which makes Dove bodycare products. But, he’s a personal fan, too. Though he’s advised Unilever since 2011, he’s been personally using Dove products since he was 11. Here are a couple products he recommends:

• For fighting the sweat, use Dove’s Men+Care Aqua Impact antiperspirant and deodorant. The stick is designed to be sensitive to skin while providing protection against odor and wetness.

• In the shower, use Dove’s Men+Care Clean Defense Body and Face Wash, clinically proven to fight skin dryness with less irritation or tightness than soap.

For more skincare tips and products that can help, visit dovemencare.com and Dr. Benabio’s blog, thedermblog.com.

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