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You Asked! Expert A's to Your Skin Care Q's: Men's Shaving Products

Does your shaving leave you with stubble, bumps, and rough skin? Our experts give their top picks for smoothing out the process.
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In each issue of WebMD the Magazine, our experts answer your questions about skin care, beauty, makeup, hair care, and more. In our July-August 2010 issue, Dan Quirk, 40, a marketing research firm manager in Minneapolis, asked for tips on shaving products. For recommendations, we turned to David Colbert, MD, (founder and head physician, New York Dermatology Group, New York City) and Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD, (a dermatologist in Yardley, Pa., and author of Healing Adult Acne: Your Guide to Clear Skin and Self-Confidence).

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Q: After shaving, I often break out and my skin seems rougher. What can I use? Do I really need a product designed for men's skin?

Dr. Colbert's top picks

A: The short answer is that, yes, men are from Mars and women are from Venus when it comes to their skin. Men tend to have larger pores, more facial hair, and bigger sebaceous glands that produce more oil.

Men's skin does need special handling when it comes to shaving. Doing so every day sloughs away dead skin but also exposes fresh, vulnerable skin that is prone to irritation. I suggest men wash before shaving with a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11.49). This helps prevent irritation while also softening beard stubble, reducing the risk of razor bumps. I also like La Roche-Posay Toleraine Purifying Foaming Cream ($22).

Shaving cream is crucial in how your skin tolerates a razor's blade. I like Kiehl's Close-Shavers Shaving Formula #31-0 ($18). It's very moisturizing with minimal scent.

There is no hard-and-fast rule about moisturizers, but breakout-prone men would be wise to avoid heavier creams. I often suggest Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion ($8.49); it doesn't have a strong scent, and the lightweight lotion absorbs without a greasy feel.

 

Dr. Fried's top picks

A: Men as a rule tend to have thicker and oilier skin -- but that doesn't mean you should be rough with your face. A gentle nonirritating, hydrating cleanser can prepare and somewhat buffer the skin from the irritation and numerous microscopic cuts and abrasions that occur during shaving. Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash ($4.99) combines moisturizing and soothing ingredients with menthol, offering
a cooling sensation that men seem to like.

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