"Help me ... help you. Help me, help you."
That famous line from the film Jerry Maguire may be the best advice a
doctor could give his or her patient.
"Some patients have the attitude, 'I'm putting myself in the hands of a
professional,'" says Stephen Permut, MD, chairman of family and community
medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "They want
you to make all their decisions for them."
Permut prefers to have patients get involved in their own care and engage
Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie ($21.95) "A common reason men have dry and itchy skin is that they use soaps that are too harsh. A better solution is to use a body wash with a moisturizer, which won't strip skin of natural oils that offer protection. This all-natural pick has almond and coconut oils."
Aftershave for Men
Dove Men+Care Hydrate Post Shave Balm ($6.59) "Aftershave shouldn't sting or dry your skin out. If it does, consider switching to an aftershave lotion or balm instead. This one is alcohol-free and contains vitamin B5 to help relieve irritation instantly and soothe skin."
Moisturizer for Men
Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion ($8.99) "Reluctant to use heavy cream moisturizers or ointments because they feel too thick and sticky on your skin? Opt for lotions instead -- products that contain dimethicone can provide a good moisture barrier and still feel light on the skin."
Ingrown Hair Help
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment ($12.54) "Nip stubborn
ingrown hairs in the bud by spot-treating them with a salicylic acid cream or serum, which helps soften the skin covering the hair. Then, gently pluck the hair out with clean tweezers."
Tips from Thomas Rohrer, MD, dermatologist, Chestnut Hill, Mass., and associate clinical professor of dermatology, Brown University School of Medicine:
Sunscreen for Men
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion SPF 30 ($9.99) "Other than shaving, men in general are unlikely to do anything to their skin every day. The easiest way to protect your skin on a daily basis is to use sunscreen like this one, which blends into skin quickly and has an SPF of 30. The important thing is to apply a lot of it and reapply frequently."
Smoothing Out Razor Bumps
RoC Multi Correxion Skin Renewing Serum ($27.99) "Razor bumps are a result of trapped hairs burrowing back into skin, leading to inflammation. Slough away dead surface skin cells with a retinol cream or serum like this, which helps prevent the blockage of hairs."