Efficacy and Tolerability of a Twice-Daily, Three-Step Men's Skincare Regimen in Improving Overall Skin Quality and Reducing Shave-Related Irritation

Skinmed. 2017 Oct 1;15(5):349-355. eCollection 2017.


More men are beginning to take advantage of opportunities to improve the health and appearance of their skin; however, the effectiveness of men's skincare regimens has not been well studied. The authors investigated the efficacy and tolerance of a twice-daily, three-step men's skincare regimen in improving skin appearance and reducing shave-related issues. Twenty-nine men who used a wet-shaving method completed a specific, three-step, twice-daily facial regimen-a Shave Cleanser, a Post-Shave Treatment, and Day Protection-in place of their usual routine for 4 weeks. This skincare regimen produced significant improvements in tactile smoothness, clarity, radiance, and pore size at weeks 2 and 4 and in fine lines, razor burn, and photodamage at week 4 (P<.05). Significant improvements were seen in the appearance of nicks/cuts and folliculitis of the face and neck after weeks 2 and 4 (P<.05). Mean change in the moisture content of the stratum corneum was significant at week 4 (P<.05). The majority of men provided positive self-assessments and indicated an interest in continuing this regimen.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Face
  • Facial Dermatoses / therapy*
  • Folliculitis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hygiene*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena*