Sandpaper may be great for refinishing a piece of furniture or smoothing out a patch job on a wall, but it’s not something you would want to be compared to your skin. Rough, dry skin is in no way a handy thing to keep around. It can be more than just frustrating with its redness, flaking, tightness, pain or itchiness. It can also be embarrassing, something that makes you tuck your hands in your pockets or hide those body parts more prone to roughness — say, the front of your legs, arms and even your midsection. There are self-care measures you can take to manage this — or perhaps get rid of it completely. Read on to learn the causes of, and five skin care tips for, men’s rough skin.

Causes of Men’s Rough Skin

Dryness is not the only cause of rough skin. Several other medical challenges also comprise the rough skin category, such as:

  • Psoriasis: Known for causing irritated and red skin, this condition is caused by an overactive immune system. Manifestations commonly appear on the feet, palms, back, face, scalp, knees and elbows.
  • Keratosis pilaris: This skin condition causes small bumps and rough spots on the thighs, arms and buttocks. Although not a serious condition or harmful, it does affect the skin’s appearance.
  • Eczema: Eczema is an umbrella term for skin conditions that cause rashes. Atopic dermatitis, which is a rash caused by an allergen, is a common form of eczema. Symptoms include inflammation, redness and itchiness.

#1 Make The Most Of Your Moisture

Men's Rough Skin: Make the most of your moisture

Just as you can’t count on your pull-up bar or running shoes to make you physically fit without putting in the work on your own, you can’t rely on your natural oils to keep roughness at bay. You have to put in the work — moisturizing. And your skin’s natural oils and your moisturizer have to work together.

Your skin has a nice coating of lipids — basically fatty, oily substances — that help keep it moist. When something strips that layer of lipids away, dry skin is the result. However, you can keep your skin’s moisture intact by basically glueing it to yourself with the help of a moisturizer.

Your first step is getting your hands on a moisturizer that works for you. Head to your local drugstore, where you’ll find plenty of economical options. You need a moisturizer that will help your rough skin, so go with a nice thick option without added alcohol or perfumes. Check for rough-skin-friendly ingredients, such as petroleum, glycerin and lanolin.

Your second step is actually using the moisturizer. Don’t be bashful! Slather it on three to four times each day, including right after you shower and when you wash your hands.

#2 Wash (and Shower) Wisely

Men's Rough Skin: Wash wisely

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Do childhood nightmares of being known as the “stinky kid” have you scrubbing your skin off every day? If so, you need to wash more wisely to help your rough skin. Watch your method and frequency.

As enticing as a steaming hot shower might be, stick with a milder water temperature. And keep your time under the water’s spray at less than 15 minutes.

Also, rethink how many times you put soap to skin. Sensitive facial skin needs to be washed just once a day [source: American Academy of Dermatology]. Underarms and genital areas need soaping every day, but most folks can clean the other areas of their body just two to three times each week.

When it comes to your hands, though, the best way to stop the spread of infections, such as influenza, is to wash your hands after you use the restroom — every time. So wash away, but be sure to moisturize your hands after.

#3 Practice Product Prudence

When it comes to your products, what works for your sweetheart might not work for you. Although you don’t have to go fancy if you have different skin types, skin care options may be something you can’t share.

Men's Rough Skin: Practice prudence

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Earlier, you learned what to look for in your moisturizers, but what about cleansers for rough skin? First, when it comes to facial and body cleansers, go with a liquid option over a bar, which can be tough on your skin. Second, shy away from added ingredients not well-suited to men’s rough skin, such as alcohols, antibacterial detergents and deodorants. Instead, look for added fats and oils.

If your face and body are similar in skin type, try going double-duty and use the same product for both. And just as you can go with less-expensive options for your moisturizer, seek an affordable selection.

If you find that your skin care regimen just isn’t taking care of your skin issues, you may want to consider some over-the-counter helpers. For example, creams with urea or cortisone cream for itchiness control can help soothe rough skin

#4 Keep Irritants at Bay

All the moisturizer in the world may not be enough to protect your skin from the products and chemicals you can encounter on a daily basis — either from your own home or on the job. In fact, exposure to household chemicals, especially exposure involving sensitive skin, can lead to a rash, swelling or redness.

Therefore, proceed with caution. Follow these steps to protect your skin when working with different chemical products:

  • Keep your eyes open! Watch for warning labels, such as “danger” or “use in a well-ventilated area.” Always read the labels on products and follow directions.
  • Do not mix products together.
  • Cover up with gloves or a long-sleeve shirt.
  • Wash your skin after using a chemical product.
  • Avoid hazardous chemicals completely, if you can. Why not give good old-fashioned baking soda a try instead?

#5 Stress Less

Men's Rough Skin: Stress less

Credit: Peter Forster

The skin care regimen you follow and the products you use can get you only so far. You also need to consider a holistic approach to keeping your skin smooth. In fact, did you know that when it comes to skin challenges, such as eczema, stress can bring on flare-ups?

So to make sure that you don’t sabotage your other skin care efforts put stress management at the top of your list. This may seem daunting considering just how many stressors we have coming our way daily, but it’s certainly possible.

To curb the stress in your life, the first thing you need to do is put a name to it! Do you feel pressure from family issues, health concerns or your job? By identifying your stress, you can then determine if there are authentic steps you can take to mitigate it.

That said, some things may not be able to be changed. In those instances, add some healthy coping techniques to your life. For example, try meditating, getting physically active, playing or listening to music, practising yoga and connecting with friends and family in social settings. Practising these coping mechanisms will help your inner peace visibly shine through in the form of healthier skin.




Catch up with our previous stories on tips for dealing with other skin types for men!

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Layering Hydration the Right Way

Its the season of joy and Porcelain loves to play Santa! This Christmas, we are proud to launch 2 new products and SPA Mask Series. To reward our regulars for being such great supporters the past year, we have prepared a Christmas Gift Pack for each regular with compliments from Porcelain, The Face Spa.

Here are the details on each of the product you can expect in this Christmas set:


Product Information

Paraben- & Sulfate- free, this ultra-gentle cleanser contains 82% Aloe Vera Gel and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. A new member of the Soothe Range, this product is enriched with 6 natural ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and calm your skin. It also has an infusion of powerful antioxidants and skin conditioning agents to protect and nourish your skin.

Recommended Use

Boost your skin’s natural moisture level by using this cleanser to kick-start your MORNING skincare regime. Exceptionally wonderful for all those who sleep in air-conditioned rooms.

Main Active Ingredients

Aloe Vera Gel, Coltsfoot Extract, Hops Extract, Rosemary Extract, Sage Leaves Extract, Carrot Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate


Product Information

Instead of containing beads to physically scrub away impurities, this advanced formula makes use of natural enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells. While the motion stimulates microcirculation as you massage your skin with this product, it gently lifts dissolved impurities and at the same time, pump nutrients deep into the skin. Fall in love with this amazing skin refiner after one use. We can promise that!

Recommended Use

Melt your troubles away with this non-abrasive exfoliator. Use once or twice a week for best results. For Acneic skin, apply a thin layer on face and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off (do not massage)

Main Active Ingredients

Aloe Extracts, Natto Extracts, Natural Enzymes, Vitamin E

Look out for more information on the SPA Mask Series in our next Blog Post!

As we move through different phases in life, one of the major changes we have to learn to deal with will be our skincare needs. These changes can take place over a week, a month or years. We have to understand that our skin transforms according to hormonal fluctuations, stress, diet, ageing etc. In this entry, we will be focusing on how to deal with skincare by age groups.

Skincare by Age Groups: For the 20s

This is a crucial phase to begin if you have yet to have the habit of developing good skin care routine. Generally in your twenties, gone were the days when you suffered from major breakouts. Now, the main objective is to prevent premature ageing and to treat any scars resulting from acne/pimples previously. For those with adult acne, it would be to focus on reducing sebum production and keeping the breakouts in check.


1) Apply sunscreen. Understand why from this article.

2) Use the right products to retain collagen and moisture. At mid-twenties, your skin will start to lose its ability to retain moisture.

3) Start exfoliating! Skin cell regeneration slows by around 20%, causing your skin to look dull and lifeless.

4) See a professional aesthetician for advice on what products you should be using.

5) Go for regular deep pore cleansing.

6) Avoid rich products, such as cream-based products or those with high anti-ageing ingredients to prevent pores from clogging.

7) Avoid foundation, concealers and other makeup bases that may clog your pores.

8) You may go for regular LED Light Therapy to increase cell regeneration, fight bacteria and boost collagen production.

9) Quit smoking. Start exercising and change to a healthier diet — it is so much easier to do it when you are still young.

Skincare by Age Groups: For the 30s

At this stage, skin cell renewal would have decreased even more significantly. The loosening of collagen fibres and elastin would have caused the skin to lose its natural texture, tone and color. Your skin will develop wrinkles and light age spots a little more easily as its natural resistance has weakened.


Basically, you will have to continue doing all the steps above, and add the steps below.

1) Orally consume anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C, D and E as they will help repair your skin and prevent damage by free radicals.

2) Change your skin care products gradually to those with a higher anti-ageing concentration.

3) If wrinkles and pigmentation have already developed, you may begin to seek treatments such as LHE/IPL Light therapy to boost collagen production and reduce pigment colour.

4) If you have been caring for your skin since your 20s, the occurrence of wrinkles and pigmentation would be greatly reduced.

Skincare by Age Groups: For the 40s and above

The outer layer of your skin is now thicker and dries up even further.  With the loss of collagen and moisture, you will develop even deeper wrinkles. In addition, elastic fibres also start to lose its elasticity and thicken into clumps. Thus, your main aim here will be to minimize the loss of collagen, moisturize, fight dull and uneven complexion, prevent further photodamage.


It will be all the steps above for the 20s and 30s skincare and the following:

1) On top of oral consumption, apply products with anti-oxidants like vitamin A and C. Retinoids(Vitamin A) helps to reverse naturally aged skin and Vitamin C improves collagen synthesis and repair skin damage.

2) Switch to a skin care system to help nourish and moisturize your skin thoroughly.

3) For severe pigmentation problems, you may have to seek peeling, laser or harsher treatments. (Don’t wait till that stage, prevention is better than cure.)

4) For unclogged, but saggy skin, you may like to go for regular Radio Frequency treatments that can help lift and firm up your skin.

The start of good skin care is to protect your skin from damage. Establish your skincare routine according to your skin type starting today, no matter what age you are. Better now than never!

Valerie Yeap