How Testosterone Affects the Skin of Men

Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on September 15th, 2023
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Research points to the effects of testosterone on men’s skin and how it will impact skincare products' efficacy.

Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, a pioneer in professional skincare, has introduced RAW skincare for men based on research of men’s skin and the male hormone, testosterone.

Efficacy of Cosmetic Procedures for Men is Affected by Testosterone

Minimally invasive skin treatments and fillers among men are up 200% percent from a decade ago as males of all ages increasingly seek out cosmetic procedures to correct certain features and address skin aging.  Men want to look like healthy young adults too. However, recent research into men’s skin reveals the effects testosterone has on the efficacy of cosmetics and corrective procedures.

Understanding how testosterone impacts the skin is essential for effectively delivering results. Since men are results-driven, skincare professionals must understand how to most effectively work with the male hormone and which products specifically target these characteristics.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a strong hormone -- considered the king of all hormones -- for men. It is derived from the cholesterol molecule and is responsible for everything male. Not only does it control a man's fertility, but it also has major impacts on lean muscle mass, fat gain, and libido, to name just a few things. Therefore, it's no wonder it has impacts on a man's skin as well.

“Skin is a hormone-sensitive organ and men’s skin is constantly affected by testosterone,” Allison said. “Understanding male hormones helps explain the differences in their skin. For example, testosterone creates a thicker epidermis, toughens facial hair, and increases skin sensitivities, collagen and sebum production.”

How Testosterone Affects a Man's Skin

Testosterone influences men’s skin in six primary ways:

  • Increases the acidity to a pH of 4.5
  • Increases sebum production, resulting in oilier skin and larger pores
  • Thickens the epidermis
  • Creates more active fibroblast with more collagen
  • Increases sensitivity – skin is more prone to redness and under-eye puffiness
  • Strengthens facial hair – skin becomes prone to irritation from shaving

“Any skin, regardless of sex or race, that produces more testosterone will require active products that support the balance of oils and reduce susceptibility to acne,” Allison said. “Similarly, thicker skin will be able to tolerate more active ingredients like retinol, and lactic and salicylic acid, but a balance is required since men’s skin is often more sensitive.”

How Age Affects a Man's Skin

With men, the visible signs of aging are often more sudden and pronounced. Early signs include thinner skin and loss of moisture and elasticity. As it progresses, they often form deep-set wrinkles and lines, jowls, and sagging skin on the cheeks. Though men and women can use many of the same skincare ingredients, a few that most effectively work with testosterone include:

  • Sake (rice ferment) – a naturally derived antioxidant, it provides hydration, smoothing, and soothing properties, and detoxifies and regenerates skin cells.
  • Hematite extract – an iron-rich extract that stimulates collagen, and restores, tones, and strengthens mature skin.
  • Peptides – particularly dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, a small peptide that mimics the polypeptide found in viper venom. It inhibits the repetitive muscle contractions that form deep lines.
  • Kombucha – a black tea ferment, has a “lipo-filling” active that offers a natural, non-invasive alternative to plump and smooth skin.
  • Salicylic acid – helps keep acne-prone skin clear, supports cell turnover, and provides anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties. It is ideal for sensitive skin.

In addition to testosterone, lifestyle will also influence the quality of men’s skin. All of these factors should be taken into account when determining a treatment plan and skincare regimen.

About RAW

RAW is a scientifically formulated skincare regimen exclusively for men. Using the power of raw organic minerals, plants, and cutting-edge biotech ingredients, RAW delivers an absolute skincare regimen for men. RAW is designed specifically for male skin, which is typically thicker, more sensitive, produces more sebum, and has a lower, more acidic pH level.

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