Skin care for men: The impact of testosterone on the skin

Testosterone not only affects your physical strength and vitality, but it also plays an essential role in the health of your skin. Men, let’s talk about skin care. In this blog we take a closer look at the relationship between testosterone, aging and the importance of a good skin care routine. Find out how Iconic Elements products can help you maintain healthy and youthful skin, even as your testosterone levels decline over the years.

The Impact of Testosterone on the Skin

Testosterone, Aging

Testosterone, the male sex hormone, plays a crucial role in the body of men. It is responsible for muscle building, hair growth and even affects your mood. But did you know that it also affects your skin?

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In men, the natural decline in testosterone typically begins in the mid-to-late 20s and continues gradually as they age. However, the rate and extent of testosterone decline can vary from person to person. In general, there is a steady decline of about 1% per year from the time men reach age 30.

The decline is initially gradual, but becomes faster after the age of 40. At the age of 75, the testosterone level in men is on average 65% of the value in young adult men. This is largely true. Testosterone levels start to decline in men from around age 30 and the decline becomes more rapid after age 40. At the age of 75, the testosterone level in men is on average 65% of the value in young adult men.

It is important to note that this decline in testosterone levels is normal and a natural part of the aging process in men. However, it can have several effects on health and well-being, including skin health. However, there are also other factors that can accelerate the decline, such as obesity, diabetes, chronic diseases and certain medications.

This drop in testosterone can have several effects on men’s skin:

1. Loss of collagen

Collagen is a crucial protein in the skin that is responsible for maintaining its firmness and elasticity. It acts as a kind of “support structure” and keeps the skin tight and supple. Testosterone plays an important role in the regulation of collagen production in the body.

With age, testosterone production decreases. As a result, collagen production also slows down. Less collagen means the skin can lose its firmness, which can manifest itself in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and generally reduced elasticity. This effect is often observed in men as they age.

More on wrinkles and fine lines

To address these challenges and keep the skin in top condition, it is crucial to understand how testosterone affects the skin. Additionally, using appropriate skin care products, such as Iconic Elements Anti-Aging Cream and Firming Booster Serum, can help men maintain healthy skin.

2. From oily to dry skin

Testosterone influences sebum production in the skin. Sebum is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin. It plays an important role in hydrating and protecting the skin. However, when testosterone levels are high, it can lead to increased sebum production.

As men age and their testosterone levels decline, the skin may tend to become drier. However, this does not mean that all men will automatically experience dry skin as they age. Individual factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, also play a role.

Drier skin can lead to various skin problems, including itching and eczema. It is therefore important to pay attention to skin care, especially if testosterone levels start to drop. Using soothing products, such as Iconic Elements Calming cream or Natural Moisturizer Cream, can help keep skin hydrated and reduce uncomfortable symptoms.”

3. Dull complexion and blotchy skin

A dull complexion is a term used to describe what skin generally looks like when it loses its natural luminosity and vibrancy. It is as if the skin has lost its glow and youthful appearance. This can manifest as a lack of brightness, a loss of freshness and a general lackluster appearance of the skin. A dull complexion can make the skin look tired and older than it actually is. This phenomenon can be caused by several factors, including reduced blood flow, a build-up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, and external influences such as exposure to air pollution and harmful UV rays from the sun.

Pigment spots, also known as age spots or hyperpigmentation, are dark, discolored spots on the skin. These spots occur as a result of an overproduction of melanin, the natural pigment responsible for our skin color. Pigment spots can vary in size and intensity and often appear on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, arms and shoulders. They can look uneven and give the skin an irregular texture. Learn more about age spots

Both a dull complexion and pigment spots can lead to visible signs of skin aging. A dull complexion can affect the youthful appearance of the skin, while pigment spots can make the skin look older and uneven. It is important to note that these skin problems are not only caused by natural aging, but can also be affected by external factors such as sun damage and other environmental influences.

It is for these reasons that many people are looking for effective solutions to tackle dull complexion and pigment spots. Skin care products like Iconic Elements’ Spot Reducer, with specific ingredients like niacinamide and ectoine, can help reduce pigment spots and restore a clear, radiant complexion. Using such products can be an essential part of a skin care routine

Andropause and body

Andropause, sometimes called “male menopause,” is a term used to describe the natural decrease in testosterone in older men. It is similar to menopause in women, where estrogen production decreases, but there are also some important differences.

Andropause is a gradual, age-related decline in testosterone levels in men as they age, usually beginning in the mid-to-late 20s. This process continues as men age and can involve various physical and emotional changes. Some of the possible symptoms of andropause include:

  1. Decreased libido: Men may experience a decrease in sexual desire.
  2. Fatigue: Some men may feel more tired than usual.
  3. Less muscle mass: Testosterone is involved in maintaining muscle mass, so a decrease can lead to muscle loss.
  4. Reduced bone density: Lower testosterone levels may increase the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis.
  5. Mood swings: Some men may experience emotional changes, such as irritability or depression.
  6. Weight gain: Testosterone helps regulate metabolism, so a decrease can lead to weight gain.

It is estimated that 10% of 50+ men in the Netherlands have a critically low testosterone level in the blood. It is not known how many men are treated for low testosterone.

A French estimate there are 340,000 men in France with symptoms of testosterone deficiency. Only 70,000 of them receive replacement therapy, which represents only 20% of those affected. This low treatment rate is due to underdiagnosis and reluctance on the part of both doctors and patients.

Although routine screening for low testosterone in the general population is not recommended, some individuals are more at risk. This especially applies to patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart failure and atrial fibrillation) or other chronic conditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and depression) may be related to a low testosterone level in the blood. Some medications (corticosteroids, antipsychotics, chemotherapy, and antiretroviral therapies) can also lead to low testosterone.

Too low a testosterone value can possibly lead to:

Type 2 diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart failure and atrial fibrillation) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and depression

So testing testosterone levels in the blood is useful. The diagnosis of low testosterone should be based on free or bioavailable testosterone values ​​and not on total testosterone values, because this can give a distorted result. Testosterone levels should be tested twice, one month apart, in the morning and on an empty stomach.

This means that doctors need to look at certain forms of testosterone to determine if there is a problem, and they need to do this twice to be sure of the results. It’s like looking twice to make sure you have the right answer!

Testosterone may indirectly affect skin sensitivity to UV radiation by changing skin thickness and oil production. Thicker skin with more sebum may provide somewhat more protection against UV rays, but it is essential to use sunscreen regardless of your testosterone level.

Although no direct link has been established, a change in hormone levels, including testosterone, can affect skin condition and potentially strengthen or weaken the skin’s response to allergens.

Men with low testosterone levels may notice that their skin becomes drier and less elastic. It is important to use moisturizing and nourishing skin care products that can help to firm and hydrate the skin.

As men age, they may need to adjust their skin care routine to compensate for changes in their skin, such as increased dryness or loss of elasticity. This may include using richer moisturizers, serums aimed at firming the skin, and products aimed at reducing wrinkles.

Testosterone can increase sebum production, which can contribute to clogged pores and acne. Men can benefit from skin care products designed to keep pores clear and reduce inflammation, especially if they are acne-prone or have oily skin.

Iconic Elements products for men

Now that you understand how testosterone affects men’s skin as the years pass, let’s see how Iconic Elements products are specifically formulated to address these challenges:

Testosterone Iconic Elements Products Men

1. Calming Cream

The Calming Cream contains ingredients such as Avena Sativa, Marshmallow Root and Ectoine to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. Ideal for men with sensitive skin prone to redness and irritation.

2. Anti-Aging Cream

Our Anti-Aging Cream is designed to tackle the signs of aging. With ingredients that stimulate collagen production, such as Vitamin C, E and Ferulic Acid, this cream helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Firming Booster Serum

The Firming Booster Serum contains powerful ingredients such as Bakuchiol and Cyclopeptide-5, which firm the skin and improve its overall texture. Perfect for men who strive for a tighter, youthful appearance.

4. Spot Reducer

The Spot Reducer is perfect for men battling uneven skin tone, blemishes and spots on the skin. With Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and Ectoin, this cream helps to protect the skin and promote a radiant complexion.

5. Day Cream met UVA-filter

Protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation with our Day Cream with natural UVA filter. This protection with natural algae helps you prevent premature aging and sun damage.

Your skin care routine

Men, it’s time to take care of your skin, regardless of your age. Iconic Elements offers high-quality skin care products designed to meet the challenges of declining testosterone levels and help you maintain healthy, hydrated skin. Choose the products that best suit your needs and integrate them into your daily skin care routine. Your skin will thank you!

Let us know how Iconic Elements products have helped you achieve your skincare goals by leaving reviews. We are curious about your experiences and look forward to your feedback.

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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