When we think of skin lightening, it’s not often we consider skin lightening for men but it is more common than we think. Men purchase roughly 1 in 4 skin lightening products that are sold. With men becoming more and more conscious of their looks and no longer being afraid to have a shelf full of cosmetic products as well as high profile men such as Sammy Sosa using skin lightening products, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that the number of men buying such products increases over time.
Although often hidden under beards and moustaches, men suffer from many of the same hyperpigmentation problems that women do. Age spots, acne scars and freckles are the most common pigmentation problems faced by both sexes. Additionally, shaving bumps – especially when it comes to men of colour – can cause further hyperpigmentation.
Dealing with hyperpigmentation in men should be approached in pretty much the same way as for women but men may be less keen on making up a papaya face mask and applying it each night! Skin lightening creams and chemical peels are probably the preferred option for dealing with hyperpigmentation in men.
Although there are specific skin lightening products for men that are less fragranced that their feminine counterparts, the active ingredients are usually the same. Hydroquinone is banned in most parts of the world and there are concerns over its safety so you might want to avoid hydroquinone-based products altogether.
Papaya extract, kojic acid and arbutin are the most popular natural skin lightening ingredients and you will find these in many products.
Within the Asian community, Fair and Handsome is popular for men and Makari Skin Care Products are popular with African Americans. Although Makari is primarily advertised for women, it is suitable for men too. Many other skin lightening products such as Meladerm are suited for all skin tones and skin types whether male or female. It is also very mildly fragranced so should not be out of place on any man’s cosmetic shelf.
Skin lightening for men does not have to be drastically different from women’s skin lightening. Even when the packaging is different, the active ingredients are probably the same.