Differences in Men and Women’s Skin


There are some key differences between men and women’s skin which determines the skin care regime. It is the levels of hormones and genetics which determine the characteristics of male and female skin. Understanding these key differences will result in a more fitting skin care regime. The key differences are:


Facial Hair

Although to some degree women also have facial hair, facial hair on men in generally thicker and regular shaving stresses the skin in a variety of ways (irritation, cuts, razor burns). 


Thicker Skin

In addition to having a tougher texture, the male skin is on average 20-25 percentage thicker and contains more collagen the women’s skin that gives it a tighter and firmer appearance. The rate at which collagen diminishes in a man’s skin is also different to a woman’s skin. The collagen in a man’s skin diminishes at an even rate over the years, whilst the collagen in the woman’s skin diminishes more so later in life (in many cases, post menopause). As a result of this more intense reduction in collagen over a shorter time period in women, the effects of collagen reduction on women tends to be more prominent. 




Men have more and larger skin pores and they produce double the amount of oil (sebum) compared to women. Therefore, men’s skin is oilier, shinier and less prone to dry skin than women’s skin. However, this also means men are more prone to acne.   



The combination of higher collagen levels and a constant rate of reduction in collagen levels in men’s skin means it ‘ages’ slower than women’s skin. As a general guide, a woman’s skin is approximately 15 years older than a man’s skin of the same age. Men’s traditional lack of skincare however (in particular sunscreen care) means this inherent 15-year benefit is not distinctly observable due to UV damage.   

Despite these key differences inherent between men and women’s skin, the essentials of a skin care regime for men and women are the same. 

If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin, you should see a qualified/certified dermatologist.