Difference between male and female skin

Male and female skin

Male and female skin

Skin is a thing that we would assume is similar in both men and women, however, this is false. Men and women both have different types of skin and both need to take care of their skin for it to be healthy and nourished at all times. 

A lot of times men think that they can use skincare products that are made for women but this is not healthy, both skin types are different and thus deserve different products. It is very essential to know your skin and its type regardless of any gender norms, everybody’s skin has different issues that need to be dealt with so it becomes easier if you know your skin well enough. 

Male skin is often rough in texture and requires a tailored approach that is only suited to male skin, whereas female skin is rather gentle and sensitive. 

Difference Between Male and Female Skin 

After talking about the basic difference between male and female skin now let us get into all the differences in detail to understand both skin types better. 

Skin Thickness

This comes as no surprise after a lot of studies and research dermatologists have found out that men's skin is approximately 25% thicker than female skin. However, this is a general scale; it does differ from person to person. This is why men get wrinkles much later in life than women, they also have fewer fine lines than women. 

Women also have softer skin than men, men are bound to have a lot of facial hair which also makes their skin harsh.

Another major difference is in the levels of collagen in males and females in men the collagen reduces at a steady rate while the female skin gets affected, especially after menopause.

Sebum Production 

Our skin is made up of pores and they are a crucial part of our skin as they allow the body to release sweat, oil, and toxins through the skin.

Due to active sebaceous glands, men have pores that are larger and more prominent than women which means that they produce almost twice the amount of sebum as women. The sebum production in women decreases with age whereas in men it remains the same.


As we talked earlier, men have bigger pores and have more collagen production whereas women have collagen density which is responsible for women developing the signs of aging way ahead of men.

The signs of aging may appear later among men, but once they do, they increase at a faster rate like sagging skin, puffy eyes, and dark circles, making them look tired.

Sun exposure is a critical factor in skin aging and as much as we could school them about the effects of sun men never listen, they do not pay attention to sunscreen or facial masks to protect their face from the sun. 

Facial Hair

Men and women have a huge difference in facial hair while men get a full beard and have to shave often women have scarce and light hair which do not require any assistance. 

Men also have thicker facial hair than women, after they shave their skin is left unprotected from the heat, sun, and dust which can lead to skin problems like acne.


Men also have a higher amount of lactic acid in their sweat than women. Lactic acid is a natural humectant for the skin, which is known to keep the skin moisturized for a longer period of time.

This is why male skin often appears to be more hydrated than female skin.


Studies have confirmed that women have less skin pigmentation than men. This difference in pigmentation is seen because females primarily require high amounts of calcium during pregnancy and lactation.

Women have a higher level of Vitamin D which makes their skin lighter than men, this is nothing to worry about, it is just a simple difference that is often seen in male and female skin. 

Skin pH

The study has shown that men have a lower pH level than women, the acidic levels are higher in men than women. 

Skin pH is highest on the cheeks for both genders. While the women's foreheads and men's hands have the lowest amount of pH and it is seen that the pH levels in men increase as they get older.

Take Away 

Both men and women have different skin types so we would suggest you refrain from using products that are not made for your gender. We hope you like the information we shared above to get to know your skin and skin type better so you can use products that will work well for your skin’s well-being. 

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