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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Exfoliation Populations
Therapeutic Approach: Although higher levels of testosterone translate to skin that’s thicker and oilier, men’s skin may also be more sensitive, especially if they have shaving bumps or folliculitis, so be moderately aggressive. However, regular shaving may also mean that less exfoliation is needed.
In-Spa Treatment: An enzyme, lactic or salicylic acid, or simple scrub with jojoba beads or other small granules, can dislodge debris, oil and skin cells (which contribute to razor bumps) and help control signs of aging—it depends on the client’s age and skin condition. A beta hydroxyl acid can address ingrown hairs. Microdermabrasion is also often good for men.
Home-care Prescription: Alpha hydroxyl gel at 8% to 10%, followed by a moisture fluid at night; gentle manual scrub two to three times a week.