7 Most Common Dermatology Concerns Of Men

Written by Lela Lankerani, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist on January 8, 2016 No Comments

male skincare concerns

Razor Burn

Probably the biggest skincare concern males have is razor burn. Depending on the man, razor burn can occur in a spectrum from a mildly uncomfortable rash to blisters and severe bumps and acne.

Shaving technique (or lack thereof) is commonly thought to be the cause of razor burn. However razor burn can still occur even if you shave smart. Here are a couple of great tips for preventing the burn:

  • Always wash with warm water before you shave
  • Make sure to use clean and sharp blades
  • Invest in a high quality shave gel
  • Primarily use short strokes
  • Aftershave lotion with aloe or vitamin E can help minimize post-shave irritation


Pimples affect people of all ages…not just teenagers. Stress, sweating, and hormonal issues can trigger breakouts in men. Even men who practice sound skincare regimens can experience moderate to severe acne issues (and over washing usually makes acne issues even worse).

If you experience moderate to severe acne you should definitely see a good dermatologist, especially if over-the-counter solutions don’t improve your breakouts.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a skin infection in the foot caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can be found on floors and in socks and clothing. The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also susceptible breeding grounds for fungi.

Most of the time athlete’s foot can be easily treated with over-the-counter products like Lamisil or Lotrimin. However, severe cases (typically those that are left untreated for some time) may require a prescription medication.

Jock Itch

The same fungus behind athlete’s foot can also manifest as jock itch, a red and itchy rash occurring in the groan area. Men who sweat a lot are more susceptible to developing jack itch. Here are some great ways to reduce your rash risk:

  • Take a shower daily
  • Keep your groin area dry
  • Wear new underwear daily, and change after physical activity
  • Choose a good underwear that is “breathable”, cotton material is the best choice

Dark Under Eye Circles

When was the last time you paid attention to the skin around your eyes? Do you have issues with dark circles? Genetics, poor eating, and sleep deprivation can be the culprit. Get rid of your dark circles by:

  • Staying properly hydrated
  • Eating a balanced diet high in fruits and veggies
  • Regularly exercising
  • Relaxing
  • Getting 8 hours of sleep daily

Hair Loss

Hair loss resulting in thinning is known as alopecia. When it is related to hormones and genetics it is known as androgenetic alopecia. Male pattern baldness results in a receding hairline with loss usually on the crown and frontal scalp. Male pattern hair loss can have a negative psychological impact. Treatments available to promote hair restoration include:

  • topical minoxidil
  • oral finasteride
  • hair transplantation

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common skin condition that predominantly affects the scalp, but can also affect the face and chest. It causes scaly red patches and stubborn dandruff, which can cause embarrassment when not adequately controlled. Certain over the counter anti-fungal or anti itch creams can be helpful as well as non-prescription dandruff shampoos. If these remedies do not help, then talking with your dermatologist for prescription strength medication will be necessary.


Lela Lankerani, MD

Lela Lankerani D.O. received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Washington University where she graduated cum laude. Dr. Lankerani has published articles in several scientific journals and has presented at national scholarly meetings including the American Academy of Dermatology and American Osteopathic Academy of Dermatology.

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