Looking after your appearance and skin isn’t something that’s just for women. In fact, more and more men are now considering enhancing their appearance through proper skincare routines and aesthetic treatments.
This article is going to look at common skin concerns that men have, and the treatments that can be utilised to improve them. Discover all you need to know about aesthetic treatments for men right here with City Skin Clinic.
Common skin concerns for men
However, there are treatments out there that can alleviate and eliminate these concerns — allowing you to feel confident in your looks.
Skincare for men
One of the most important things you can do is follow a daily skincare routine to look after your skin and to address specific concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation and aging skin. A basic skincare routine should contain a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen with at least SPF 30. This will keep your skin clean and hydrated and will prevent dark spots and wrinkles (not to mention skin cancer) that are all caused by sun damage.
If you want to address specific problems like hyperpigmentation (these are dark patches on the face that can be genetic or caused by sun damage or acne), scarring or rough texture then you may benefit from adding an exfoliating acid toner and Retinol into your skincare routine. These products can also give smoother and brighter-looking skin over time.
As a general rule, BHA (salicylic acid) toners are best if you have acne or oily skin. AHA (usually glycolic acid) toners are effective in normal or dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, then you may be able to better tolerate gentler exfoliants such as PHA, mandelic and enzyme-based products. Retinol and retinoids are very effective anti-ageing products which also help reduce the appearance of acne, hyperpigmentation, scarring and rough texture. They should be used at night and like acids for best results, you need to slowly build up the frequency of use as your skin tolerates it. There are many over-the-counter retinols and retinoids as well as prescription options. Most people tolerate and get good results with retinol but look for retinaldehyde if you have sensitive skin. Prescription retinoids such as Tretinoin are stronger and aimed to treat specific skin concerns such as acne or extensive hyperpigmentation, scarring and ageing skin.
Aesthetic treatments for men
There are many aesthetic treatments for men that are non-invasive but can still enhance your skin by getting rid of or lessening your concerns. These treatments are also subtle, so you won’t notice a drastic change to your physical appearance — unlike cosmetic surgery which will dramatically change how you look.
Aesthetic treatments can be a great way for men to boost their confidence, while still retaining their masculinity and personal style. The key is to find a reputable clinic and practitioner who can deliver personalized results.
Microneedling and chemical peels
Microneedling and chemical peels are two highly effective aesthetic treatments that can be used to enhance your appearance. They can be done separately or combined for a significant improvement in results.
Microneedling is a simple procedure that involves the skin being treated with lots of small needles. This can be in the shape of a roller or a pen, with the needles being rolled or pressed into the targeted areas. The tiny holes that the needles create in the skin are said to help boost your collagen and elastin production — helping improve your skin’s appearance. RF microneedling combines this with radiofrequency energy to potentiate the results.
Microneedling can help with acne and dark circles, as well as reduce the size of your pores. The procedure should normally take no more than 20 minutes, making it fairly quick and simple. You may have some redness and a small amount of soreness afterwards, but this quickly disappears.
You will need a course of treatments initially the amount will depend on your skin concerns and treatment goals. Typically, sessions will be recommended 4–6 weeks apart. Having multiple sessions can give you better results in the long run, as it allows the skin to maintain the high production of collagen. Following the completion of the initial treatment course, you will need to have a session usually every 6-8 months to maintain the effect. Your aesthetic practitioner will help you work on a treatment plan that will define how many courses you will need and when to have the maintenance sessions.
Chemical peels are a great way to enhance your skin, and they’re one of the best ways to help even out your skin tone and reduce dark circles. The treatment involves medical-grade exfoliating chemicals being applied to the skin, which then leads to the skin naturally exfoliating and peeling off to reveal the newer skin underneath. Like microneedling, a course of peels 4-6 weeks apart is needed to address specific skin problems followed by a regular maintenance session every 6-8 months.
There are different types of chemical peel — superficial, medium and deep. Superficial peels are the least intense and will need topping up more regularly. They are great for quickly boosting the skin if you need a quick pick-me-up to brighten and enhance your skin. Medium peels go a little deeper into the skin and remove cells from the top and middle layers of the face.
They are great for treating major concerns like acne, scarring and hyperpigmentation. Deep peels penetrate the deepest, and shouldn’t need to be repeated as they reach the deepest layers of the skin. These are very rarely done now as they usually require a sedative and are often done in a minor surgical setting.
Many men are interested in chemical peels as an aesthetic treatment, as they can help improve hyperpigmentation, scarring and wrinkles. It’s a quick procedure with little downtime if you’re having a superficial or medium-depth peel.
Botox anti-wrinkle injection
Botox anti-wrinkle injections for men (sometimes called “Brotox”) are an aesthetic treatment that can help prevent and reduce the signs of ageing.
Botox injections aren’t invasive and you should feel minimal discomfort. Botox injections are a brilliant way to personalise aesthetic treatments, as the injections can be done where you feel you need them the most.
Typically, Botox anti-wrinkle injections will last around 3–4 months before needing to be topped up again. This makes the treatment a great option for busy men who want to simply have their wrinkles and fine lines treated and forgotten about until their next round of Botox.
The anti-wrinkle injections we offer at City Skin Clinic focus on providing men with a natural look — not one that looks visibly amended with cosmetic treatments.
Profhilo injections are a good way to moisturise your skin and give it the hydration that it needs. This treatment involves a highly concentrated hyaluronic acid being injected into the skin — acting as a deeply penetrating moisturiser. Typically 2 sessions are needed 4-6 weeks apart.
When the concentrated hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin, it spreads beneath the surface and helps to stimulate your production of collagen and elastin. Both of these are vital for making your skin appear youthful and firm.
The procedure will only last around half an hour, and the results can stay for up to 6–8 months — meaning you’ll have long-lasting results with only one very quick treatment. The injections can also be done where you need them, including on your face and neck, or even your hands.
Profhilo injections can help restore the glow to your skin that you didn’t realise was missing. They’re also great at reducing dark circles and alleviating dry skin, so you can help your skin look its best.
Hyaluronic acid dermal filler
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be used to help rejuvenate the skin by restoring moisture and volume to your face. As you get older, your skin loses firmness and becomes thin in appearance. However, with the help of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, you can combat the signs of ageing in a 45-minute appointment.
The fillers are injected into your areas of concern to help enhance the appearance — and they can give you amazing, natural-looking results. You will need to have them topped up every 6-8 months, as they will dissolve naturally in the skin. There are longer-lasting dermal fillers such as the Juvederm Vycross range for the face and Teosyal Redensity 2 for the under eyes which last longer.
How much filler and the type of filler you have will be tailored to your needs and goals. At City Skin Clinic our experienced aesthetic practitioners will design a treatment plan for you taking all these factors into account so that you can get your desired results.
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There are lots of aesthetic treatments out there that can work wonders for men’s skin — and they won’t impact your appearance in the same way that cosmetic surgery can.
These treatments can be a great way to showcase your natural skin with a little help from an aesthetic practitioner. There’s no reason why men can’t take good care of their skin too, especially with so many new treatments targeted towards common skin concerns.
So, if you’re suffering from skin concerns and would like to access at home prescription skincare or in-clinic aesthetic treatments be sure to book a consultation with our team at City Skin Clinic. We’ll be able to tailor your treatments to your preferences and target any areas of concern with a few simple aesthetic treatments.