A Guy's Guide to Skin Health
Bill H. Halmi MD, Board Certified Dermatologist
If you’re a man, chances are you pay more attention to your sports’ team than you do to your skin and hair health. That is, until you begin noticing visible signs of aging. So, what do you need to know to look better and feel better about the way your skin and hair look?
First things first
Sun is the #1 factor of aging. Men tend to spend more time outdoors than women and are more likely to work outdoors, but are less likely to wear sunscreen. In addition to the damage the sun does to the appearance of the skin, the sun’s effect is cumulative, and long-term and native residents of sun states like Arizona and Florida have a very high likelihood of developing skin cancer, including non-melanoma basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and melanoma, skin cancer’s deadliest form.
Melanomas are very easy to spot early and when detected early, very curable.
It’s critical that men, whether they spend time in the sun for work, sports or other reasons, schedule an annual Total-Body Skin Cancer Examsm.
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Hair loss and thinning often at the root of why men see a dermatologist
Many men who begin noticing their hair is thinning come to us because of the stigma involved or because they don’t like the way a receding hairline makes them feel. We have a large range of hair loss treatments, from topical medications like retinol to leading-edge treatments such as PRP for hair loss. We also have a proprietary line of hair loss products, including serums, shampoos and conditioners, and daily supplements.
Skin tags, and brown spots and warts, oh my
No one tells you that you might start seeing skin tags and benign keratoses –– brown or warty growths anywhere on the body. No one likes them, but fortunately, most are relatively easy to remove, often with an excellent cosmetic result.
Lose your lines, not your edge
The next biggest reason men come to us is for solutions to their stronger, dynamic lines and wrinkles such as their crow’s feet around their eyes and laugh lines, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
The face of dermatology is changing as more and more men are seeing their dermatologists and dermatology specialists for cosmetic dermatology procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and the wide range of dermal fillers.
Chemical peels, laser and light therapies, HydraFacials® and other skin rejuvenating procedures can make a huge difference in the appearance of their skin. Many of these procedures have little to no downtime.
Nothing to blush about
Men experience the pimples, broken blood vessels and flushing/blushing look of rosacea at a ratio of 10-1 over women. Often, they’ve been treated with just one treatment for all their different symptoms and come to us very disappointed. Clarifying the different aspects of rosacea and then customizing treatments often give us very good results. For example, the CO2 laser is very effective for treating rhinophyma (a skin disorder associated with rosacea that causes the nose to become enlarged, red, bumpy, and bulbous).
We focus on what’s troubling our patients and customize the right treatment plan for each person. Everything from sunscreens, moisturizers, topical anti-aging creams, and retinoids/glycolic acids, to rejuvenating peels, and microdermabrasion. We can help reduce acne scars, brown spots and uneven skin color or restore the skin’s texture.
Seeing spots - treating acne
Many adolescents and men think of acne as a right of passage. They don’t realize you don’t have to suffer with it for years. Many successful treatments can help prevent scars. More men than women tend to have scarring acne.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
We also treat hyperhidrosis – excess sweating. If sweating impacts your physical or emotional wellbeing. there are non-surgical treatments available for excess sweating that can be quite effective.
The bottom line
Men tend to be more cavalier about changes and growths on their body. In many cases, the earlier conditions are treated, the more effective the results are.
The treatment regimen your doctor will recommend may depend on your age, the type and severity of your condition, and what regimen you're willing to commit to.
Book an appointment online or call 866.400.3376 DERM to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatology professionals who will help explore the best acne treatment options for you.
About Dr. Halmi
Dr. Bill Halmi is one of the nation’s leading laser treatment and skin care experts, and practices from locations in Arizona. He has served as President of the Southwest Dermatology Society, Arizona Dermatology Society and Phoenix Dermatology Society. For over 10 years he has been voted a Top Doc in Phoenix. Advanced Dermatology is a physician-led organization which elevates the expertise of more than 300 of the nation's top physicians who are all passionate leaders in various areas of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. We are fortunate to have Dr. Halmi and our other physician leaders caring for our patients from more than 150+ offices.