Men Truly Are More Sensitive. Believe Us. It Might Save A Life

Men Truly Are More Sensitive. Believe Us. It Might Save A Life

Like many of you we are startled to learn that men are more sensitive than women to ultraviolet radiation. So what does that mean? It means, “Men are more likely to have higher incidences of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers,” shared Dr. Camacho, a leading Board-Certified Dermatologist with a special interest in the aging skin, cosmetic dermatology and cutaneous laser surgery. And since men have historically paid much less attention to the care and protection of their skin… it becomes a lethal combination. 


Sadly there’s worse news. Not only do men have a higher incidence of skin cancers, they also have a higher mortality rate. If you are a man with melanoma, your risk of mortality is about two times higher than a woman with a similar disease. The reality goes against every idea we have of men’s skin being tougher and more resilient when it is actually more sensitive.” [1] 

What is UV Radiation?

UV Radiation is a principal factor of skin cancer and melanoma. We all know that UV rays come from the sun, but did you know there are two types of these rays that can contribute to skin cancer? “Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength and is associated with skin aging. While

Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with skin burning.” [2] With unprotected exposure, DNA in the skin is weakened and damaged causing mutations that can form into skin cancer. 

The other risk factors

Men tend to spend more time outdoors which also heightens the risk of skin cancer. “About one-third of U.S. adults get sunburned each year. Sunburn is common among white men, young adults, and men who tan indoors. When outside on a sunny day for more than an hour, only about 14% of men use sunscreen on both their face and other exposed skin.”  [3]

Does thick skin make men tough?

Men’s skin is about 25% thicker than women’s. This thickness is caused by testosterone and collagen. By the time he heads into his thirties, he has lost 1-3% of collagen. Men typically have less defined wrinkles overall, but talking and facial expressions can cause more wrinkles along the mouth and jawline.[1]  In general, men have combination skin. Using light and fragrance-free products benefit them greatly. [3] 


Click here form more information on the similarities and differences in gender-oriented skin.

Tips for men

  • Always wear sunscreen and a hat 
  • Start a simple skincare routine. 
  • Drop into our fragrance-free line of skincare. At a minimum choose your cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. Browse the entire Zero Fragrance line



Start taking care of your skin and visit your dermatologist! Do you need a recommendation? Just ask us!

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