Top ten male grooming myths

For lots of men skin care isn't a major priority, so many males simply dismiss common skin complaints as a fact of life. There are a range of myths about male grooming - here are some we're happy to dispel.

  1. My acne scars are for life Not necessarily! There are non-surgical treatments such as microdermabrasion which can help you get rid of unsightly acne scars.
  2. Its ok to steal my wife/girlfriend's moisturiser Male and female skin is very different - men's is 16% thicker as well as more acidic and oilier so what works for her isn't necessarily going to work for you.
  3. I have to live with my back/neck hair If you keep your t-shirt on even at the beach, worry no more. Laser hair removal can rid you of unsightly hair - and unlike waxing, it's pain-free and long term.
  4. You don't need to wear sun screen in Britain Completely untrue - the sun's rays can burn and age your skin even through cloud. If you regularly work outside, make sure you cover up or apply cream.
  5. Ingrowing hairs are a fact of life Not true - ingrowing hairs and razor bumps can be reduced using topical treatments or eliminated altogether with laser hair removal.
  6. Washing my face with soap is fine Bar soap can affect the PH balance of your skin and strip away the natural oils. Using a specialist cleanser suitable for your skin type will make your skin look and feel healthier.
  7. Forehead lines are inevitable As we get older our skin loses its elasticity. If you're a smoker this can happen even more quickly. You can reduce the appearance of lines by changing your habits - quitting smoking and using sun screen - or reverse the effects using anti-wrinkle treatments.
  8. Warts are my own problem Not true - there are 60 known wart viruses and they can easily be spread to other people through touch or indirect contact.
  9. I have to live with this embarrassing tattoo You can get tattoos removed easily at your local sk:n clinic. If only other mistakes were so easy to erase.
  10. I don't need to get my mole checked While most are absolutely fine, some moles can signify serious health problems. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

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