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Men's Grooming: Skin Care for Your Body

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Deodorants for Men

Men sweat more than women, and heavy sweating usually means underarm odor.

Dermatologist Carolyn Jacob, MD, says some men can get by with a standard deodorant. “But if you have trouble with excessive sweating, a condition called hyperhidrosis, you may need to spend the extra money for a clinical-strength deodorant,” she says. Available over-the-counter, clinical-strength deodorants pack a higher percentage of active ingredients.

  • For the best protection, look for products that contain aluminum chloride, which blocks sweat glands. (One drawback: aluminum chloride can stain the underarms of shirts and undershirts yellow.)

If a daytime deodorant doesn’t do the trick, apply the deodorant at night before you go to sleep. “Putting it on at night allows the aluminum chloride to diffuse into the sweat glands so that you get more protection during the day when you need it,” Glaser says. In the morning, be sure to wash it off in the shower since aluminum chloride can cause irritation. Afterward, if needed, apply your usual daytime deodorant for added protection.

The newest approach to serious underarm sweating and odor is Botox injections, which deaden the muscles around sweat glands. Narurkar says that a new topical cream with Botox that can be used at home is in the pipeline. This will let men avoid the need for needle injections in a doctor’s office.

Antifungal Powder or Spray for Men

The same type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot can invade the groin, buttocks, and inner thighs, triggering a red and itchy rash called jock itch.

Sweating increases the risk of getting jock itch, hence the name. But inactive people who are seriously overweight are also prone to jock itch. Use an antifungal powder or spray on both your feet and your groin. Showering and thoroughly drying off after a workout can help prevent jock itch. So will wearing loose-fitting boxers rather than briefs.


Tattoo Care for Men

It’s important to keep the skin around a new tattoo moisturized, especially during the first few weeks.

  • Look for a moisturizing emollient with petrolatum, Narurkar says. "We also tell our patients to avoid using anything with neomycin, which can cause allergic reactions.”

Using a sunscreen regularly will also help prevent the ink from fading. If you decide you’re tired of a tattoo and want to get rid of it, don’t waste your money on tattoo removal creams. There’s no evidence they work, and some may irritate the skin. Talk to a dermatologist about professional tattoo removal.

Reviewed on November 09, 2012
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