The Male Skin Difference
Male and female skin differs in several significant ways, differences which are specifically addressed in the formulation of OM4.
- Key Difference 1: Men's skin is oiler than women's skin due to the production of testosterone. As testosterone levels decrease over time, the difference in oil production between men and women lessens, as men naturally transition to drier/mature skin in the late 40's and early 50's.
- Key Difference 2: Despite male skin being oilier, men in fact have smaller sebaceous glands than women. Since absorption occurs primarily through the sebaceous glands, differing rates of permeation must be factored into product formulation and in which medium to precisely suspend each OM4 bionutrient.
- Key Difference 3: Men's skin is 20%-30% thicker than women's skin. Therefore, male skin, in general, tends to be more age-defiant than female skin. A key challenge is to ensure proper skin nutrition due to slower rates of absorption.
- Key Difference 4: Higher oil production gives rise to a series of male skin conditions which also must be addressed in product formulation. Blemishes, acne, large pores and ingrown hair require advanced formulation. Targeted ingredients are incorporated to build "preventive maintenance" for men's skin into each product.
- Key Difference 5: Male skin is more sensitive than female skin for several reasons:
- Historically, men's skin has been more exposed to the damaging effects of the environment.
- Daily shaving weakens the acid mantel, the hydrolipidic film, negatively impacting lubrication and skins natural protective system.
- Shaving can cause, cuts, nicks, razor burn and/or PFB (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae) or razor bumps.
- Key Difference 6: Men.s skin ages differently than women's skin. Male skin becomes gradually thinner with age, about 1% per year as opposed to female skin changing texture and color due to decreasing amounts of estrogen.
- Key Difference 7: Numerous clinical studies triangulate the fact that men experience higher incidences of skin cancer as compared to women. Melanoma of the head, ears, face and neck are only second to melanoma of the upper back in men. Sun Screen is important.