Sagging skin and wrinkles used to be wholly a female concern, but men are increasingly invested in their appearance, and the male grooming market is now in excess of £500 million annually, and it’s estimated that men account for up to 20% of aesthetic procedures performed every year in the UK.
However, there are intrinsic differences between male and female skin and how that affects the ageing process, and any practitioner you choose must be experienced in treating male patients for the optimal aesthetic outcome.
Why male skin differs from the female dermis
The critical difference is determined by the male hormone testosterone, which is why men and women have a different skin structures:
#1 Thicker skin
Collagen is a crucial component in the body and makes up 70% of the skin’s protein, giving our faces definition and youthful bounce. Collagen production starts to deplete in both men and women from their mid- to late-20s and then decreases by about 1% annually. However, this collagen loss accelerates in women during and after menopause.
As a result, male skin is approximately 20% thicker in their 50s and beyond – the amount of tightly cross-linked collagen in the dermis gives male skin a firmer appearance. In contrast, women are more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging.
#2 Oilier skin
Men tend to have larger pores with more active sebaceous glands. Sebum production is double that of women, making men more susceptible to acne when younger, but later in life, they are less prone to dry, sensitive skin.
#3 More hydrated skin
One study focused on the gender difference regarding the extent of transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Hydration is essential for youthful, dewy-looking skin, and researchers found that men showed significantly lower water loss than women.
Men also have increased facial muscle mass, denser capillaries in the face supporting the facial hair follicles, and the facial fat layer is thinner in men, particularly in the cheek area. Choosing an aesthetic practitioner that is experienced in treating male patients is essential to ensure an appropriate aesthetic outcome.