Survey Shows Men Gaining On Women In Caring For Skin

Survey Shows Men Gaining on​ Women in​ Caring for​ Skin
Men are rapidly gaining ground on​ women when it​ comes to​ skin care . ​

More than half of​ the​ men 51 percent in​ a​ recent Harris Interactive survey admitted that they are caring for​ their skin better than ever before . ​

But despite an​ increased attention to​ skin care among men,​ many are still relatively unaware of​ what triggers common skin maladies and​ how best to​ treat them . ​
for​ example,​ the​ survey found more than onethird of​ men 34 percent are not sure what triggers cold sores,​ a​ common skin affliction that affects an​ estimated 50 million people in​ the​ United States . ​

Dermatologists caution that what their male patients dont know about skin care can hurt them . ​
at​ a​ time when men are more image conscious than ever,​ they need to​ be aware of​ common risks,​ such as​ overexposure to​ sunlight,​ which can trigger unsightly cold sores and​ a​ host of​ other skin care issues . ​

Ultraviolet UV light from sunshine and​ other sources is​ one of​ the​ most common cold sore triggers,​ says Dr . ​
Debra Jaliman,​ a​ boardcertified dermatologist in​ New York . ​
Not knowing that sunlight can cause cold sores and​ being unprepared to​ treat them can lead to​ larger,​ longerlasting and​ morepainful outbreaks . ​

For imageconscious males who want to​ make the​ embarrassing blemishes disappear as​ quickly as​ possible,​ Dr . ​
Jaliman recommends being prepared with overthecounter medications such as​ Abreva®,​ as​ opposed to​ lip balms and​ other treatments that can only claim to​ offer temporary,​ symptomatic relief . ​

Abreva is​ the​ only nonprescription cold sore medicine approved by the​ FDA to​ shorten the​ healing time and​ duration of​ symptoms,​ she says . ​
the​ sooner you​ start treatment,​ the​ more effective you​ can be in​ limiting the​ cold sores severity and​ duration . ​

Dr . ​
Jaliman also recommends that those prone to​ cold sore outbreaks
• Limit sun exposure,​ especially between the​ hours of​ 10 a . ​
m . ​
and​ 3 p . ​
m . ​
,​ when the​ sun is​ at​ its strongest . ​

• Avoid tanning beds because the​ UV light they generate is​ just as​ likely as​ sunlight to​ trigger an​ outbreak . ​

• Wear sunscreen and​ lip moisturizer with an​ SPF of​ at​ least 15 and​ reapply throughout the​ day . ​

• Wear a​ hat to​ avoid sun exposure to​ the​ delicate skin of​ the​ face and​ mouth . ​

• Be cautious of​ the​ sunlights reflection from water and​ concrete . ​

• Carry Abreva at​ all times,​ as​ it​ is​ most effective when used at​ the​ first sign of​ a​ cold sore . ​

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