There could be several reasons for the high incidence of skin cancer in men of this age group. The most common reason that come to mind is that most men spend time outdoors being exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, without much protection. Frankly, men just don’t care. They take a shower and they are off to a game of golf, or other outdoor activities without much sun protection.
Most skin cancer deaths are primarily due to melanoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one person dies of melanoma every 62 minutes. The Skin Cancer Foundation also reports that the ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main reason for melanoma.
Are men’s skin more sensitive?
Tests on male and female mouse skin performed by Ohio State University in Columbus by Tatiana Oberyszyn, PhD, reported male skin cells carry fewer antioxidants than female skin cells.
Antioxidants are what protect the skin from damage as a result of free radicals. Free radicals cause cell damage and many forms of cancer are believed to be due to the reactions bhetween DNA and free radicals leading to mutations. Cell mutations lead to malignancy.
How should men prevent skin cancer?
A simple routine may help. Skin has certain needs in order to stay healthy. Maintaining hydration and moisture are important. Once the skin dries and is over exposed to ultraviolet radiation, trouble is brewing close by.
Cleansing the skin thoroughly with a non-drying soap is also very important. Most soap contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which can dry the skin and even cause allergies. Look for lotion cleansers that are milder and without SLS.
An alcohol-free toner will also help neutralize the pH of the skin and again, help prevent cell damage.
Lastly it helps to moisturize with a shea butter and antioxidant moisturizer. Shea butter not only acts as a natural sunscreen, but helps prevent wrinkles.
If you plan on going in the sun, wear a visor or a hat. This way, you are not exposing the sun directly to your face.
Real men wear some make up
Loose mineral powder foundations often contain as much as 25-50 equivalency of SPF. Using a cosmetic brush and lightly dusting on the powder is an excellent non-toxic way for a natural sunscreen and a handsomer real man.
Special thanks to Dr. Flora Stay on this article.