Skin Care: It’s Not Just for Women

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For many men, “skin care products by assuming they’re mere marketing ploys aimed at separating self-absorbed men from their money.

Yet skin care isn’t just for the growing ranks of urban “metrosexuals.” Dermatologists from across the country tell WebMD that growing numbers of older men are seeking advice on how to stay looking younger for longer.

“No matter how well you dress, how nice your haircut is, and how healthy you are, if you have skin that is dull and freckly and blotchy you’re not going to look your best,” says Jeffrey Dover, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine.

And proper skin care isn’t just about looking young; it can also prevent deadly skin cancers. More than 1 million new cases of laser hair removal or restoration). But stay away from the beauty counter at department stores, advises Melamed. Clerks at these counters have no formal training and tend to push expensive and ineffective treatments, he says.