Skin irritation can be a real bummer, especially when you’re removing hair. But what causes, skin irritation? As a skin care company, we try to educate new and current members about all aspects of men’s skin. One of the most popular calls we get is from previous users of other products having had bad experiences, who want to make sure that our products are safe. It’s more important to know the aspects of the skin especially during the winter months when your skin can take on a different character and quality. We’ve put together some top causes of men’s skin irritation and provided the recommended treatments for each to make your grooming routine more enjoyable.
1. Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin is one of the leading causes of skin irritation, but what causes the skin to get dehydrated? Lots of factors such as diet, incorrect product use, genetics; it goes on. But here’s where it gets tricky: When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.
Best Solution- Take warm showers daily, apply a moisturizer immediately after your shower to minimize water loss. To treat dehydrated skin throughout the day, first apply a hydrating lotion to put water into the skin. Then top it off with a moisturizer to lock the water in place. For best results apply moisturizer while the skin is still wet to better seal in moisture. Also drink lots of water throughout the day. This is especially important during the winter months if you leave in a colder climate and or higher elevation state or province.
2. Synthetic Colors
You like that blue tint of your body wash right, but what you may not know is that that tint is an artificial color. F- representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, and the European Union has banned their use. They are known skin irritants and can cause long term damage. When using a men’s depilatory cream like SmoothTech Pro, it is recommended not to use a body wash that contains any synthetic dyes to rinse the depilatory cream away. Reason is that a man’s skin is it’s most vulnerable right after the removal of any men’s depilatory cream, so the next product that you introduce to the skin, needs to be free of any known skin irritants.
Best Solution- Stop using food and cosmetic products that contain artificial coloring. Check the labels and use common sense. When rinsing off any men’s depilatory cream, use SCRUB Power Wash, it’s a vitamin rich anti-oxidant body wash free of all skin enemies.
Research has established that fragrances in skincare products are among the most common cause of sensitizing and other negative skin reactions. Although perfumes and scents are not allergens, they can be irritants and they can trigger allergy like symptoms. 30% of men and women have fragrance sensitivity which has two types of allergy symptoms; respiratory, nose and eye symptoms or a skin allergy like contact dermatitis- an itchy, red rash that appears on the skin after contact with a product that contains perfumes or scents.
Best Solution- Removal of any potential causal agents; otherwise, the skin is at increased risk for chronic or recurrent dermatitis. In other words, try to identify the product with a fragrance and or scent and stop using it. There are alternative natural aroma extracts for example that have no effects on the skin. For immediate relieve, you can use a moisturizing lotion to soothe the skin, but make sure that lotion is also free and clear of any fragrance and or synthetic color.
Hot, humid weather can be the enemy for some men. It can cause a rash when your pores are blocked and can’t release sweat, causing your skin to become irritated. Friction on the surface of the skin often leads to heat rash. … Clothing that traps sweat and thick hair that traps bacteria can cause heat rash.
Best Solution- Again, you can take warm to cool showers daily, apply a moisturizer immediately after your shower to minimize water loss, and apply a hydrating lotion to put water into the skin. If you have excessive body hair, you may want to think of removing it either by waxing or with a men’s depilatory cream. Both remove hair below the skin level allowing the pores and the skin to breath.
5. Aging Skin
We now know testosterone and DHT are major factors that can impede the skins ability to heal and properly hydrate. Men may find it harder in their later years to maintain moisture within their skin. This is especially important in facial skin because many men shave on a regular basis, leading to frequent nicks and cuts. This also applies to men that use razors to remove body hair. This lack of ability to properly hydrate in the later years, can lead to skin irritation.
Best Solution- SmoothTech Pro has developed after care solutions; REDUCE ST2, PREVENT and our newest arrival due on the market later in 2018, HYDRATE+ a 3 in 1 hydrating lotion that is sweat proof and loaded with anti-oxidants and anti-aging ingredients. All of these products are designed to assist the skin in its ability to repair itself and protect the integrity of the epidermal barrier. REDUCE ST2 our key after care solution that works on all parts of the body, not only soothes and hydrates the skin, but it also stimulates new collagen (promoting elasticity) It’s designed to bring the skin back to a neutral or natural ph level that equates to healthy skin free of irritation. This is essential for overall skin health especially facial skin in aging men.
What is the difference between Nair for Men and SmoothTech Pro?
Let’s do one better.
Let’s discuss the difference between the 3 leading men’s depilatories:
Nair For Men Veet For Men Nad’s for Men
The obvious difference is in the title, “For Men” which should tell you that this product was not originally intended for Men’s use. We’ll come back to this in a minute.
Let’s discuss the #1 complaint men have with the current depilatories on the market:
They can cause irritation or worse, chemical burns from the ingredients some of these brands use.
You see the active ingredients used in depilatories are meant to raise the ph level in the hair but these same ingredients can also affect the skin if the levels are too high.
Why is this a problem?
Well, the main cause behind troubled skin, whether it be acne, eczema, wrinkled or dry skin is an out of whack ph level.
Why should this mean anything to you?
1 The health of your body—and skin—is directly linked to maintaining the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.
2 The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. If this barrier is compromised you set yourself up for a lot of issues.
3 So when you remove hair, you expose more of your skin, so it’s important to maintain a natural ph level to ensure healthy skin.
We know this at SmoothTech Pro so we address this issue in each step of our end to end system which ensures that the skin is hydrated before, during and after the hair removal process.
Comparing Just The Removal Products
STEP 1 ELIMINATE ST1:
Our lotion helps protect the skin’s barrier with moisturizing and hydrating properties that are specifically formulated for men’s skin. This helps to maintain a natural ph level during the hair removal process.
We use only natural and naturally derived ingredients and retain lower levels of Potassium Thioglycolate and Calcium Hydroxide (the active ingredients) to ensure the skin’s barrier is not compromised. Because of the special mix our removal lotion performs a bit slower but is much safer than the competition.
There are 3 issues we found with today’s men’s depilatories. Let’s go back to the For Men title. You see years ago beauty companies believed that men’s skin was meant to be rough and rugged, therefore they did not need the important skin care ingredients that are found in the women’s products. Most of the competitors still prescribe to this old way of thinking so the;
1st issue is that the formulations for the Men’s products, are stripped of important skin care ingredients.
2nd issue is the active ingredients Potassium Thioglycolate and ph adjuster Calcium Hydroxide, percentage levels are too high for the average man’s skin, because again they were originally formulated for women.
3rd issue is that some of the competitors elect to use synthetic dyes, chemicals and fragrance all of which are known skin irritants.
The combination of these three factors is what causes the irritation and in some cases chemical burns for some men. These product perform faster because they are designed for rapid breakdown of the keratin but the problem is that these products also throw off men’s ph levels which causes the irritation and burns and ultimately prematurely ages the skin.
Comparing The After Care Products
REDUCE ST2 (Step 2 hair regrowth minimizer) VS NAIR AND VEET
1. All Organic
2. After care solution that immediately soothes and hydrates the skin
- 3. Stimulates new collagen
4. Helps slow down new regrowth
5. Helps bring the skin back to a natural hydration level
6 Helps keep skin young and firm with age defying ingredients
- NAIR, VEET AND NADS
- ALL 3 HAVE NO AFTER CARE PRODUCTS (One of the reason why men breakout after using these products)
Remember whether you shave, wax and use a depilatory, your skin is its most vulnerable right after a hair removal session for the next 72 hours. NOT having an after care solution guarantees that your skin (at the very least) will dry out which can play a role in potentially prematurely aging and damaging it. So to really make things clear to really compare Nair Veet and Nads to our system you’d have to buy a few more products. We hope this clarifies the difference. We’re the first and only end to end system SPECIFICALLY formulated for men’s skin. Smoothtech Pro No competition. Try it now.
Here at SmoothTech Pro, we’re all about skin care. Our skin is the largest detoxification organ in our body so everything we digest shows up on our skin. If you eat greasy french fries, you’ll most likely have breakouts within a couple of days. On the other hand, if you eat good-for-you, nourishing foods your skin will thank you by staying clear, radiant and wrinkle-free. Nourishing our bodies from the inside will always show on the outside, therefore the most important thing you can do to get healthy skin now is to start from the inside. Try incorporating these nutrient-dense foods into your diet:
Chock full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados soften and moisturize your skin from the inside out, preventing redness and irritation. Avocados are also rich in vitamin C and E which both have strong antioxidant properties and help to maintain the skin’s structure and firmness.
High in omega-3s, salmon is one of the best sources of the essential fatty acids that combats dryness and inflammation. Inflammation is one of the main causes of acne, so pack your diet with these omega-3s to keep your skin clear.
Blueberries yield countless nutrients to protect and maintain your skin. They contain a significantly higher amount of antioxidants than most foods which repair damaged skin cells, fight free radicals and shield your skin from future damage.
These seeds have some of the highest counts of vitamin E around and vitamin E helps to slow down the aging of skin cells. This powerful antioxidant heals and protects the skin, which will keep you looking younger longer.
Begin incorporating these foods into your meals and think of it as a good skin diet. One bite at a time, your skin will soon be fresh and replenished.