Why is Body Skin Different from Face Skin?

In order to carry out good skin care, you need to obtain detailed knowledge of the skin structure and its various features on the different body parts, especially between the face and the rest of the body.

The skin on the face requires different treatment to the skin on the rest of the body as it varies in thickness and oiliness so it’s important that you carry out the correct skin care routine for your skin type whether it’s dry, normal or oily.

Body Skin versus Facial Skin: The Differences

1. Presence of Hair

Despite hair follicles found on the face appearing to be thin and fine, they are normally of very high density in both males and females. The hair density varies from body part to body part, the hair at the back of the body and the feet have relatively less density of hair as compared to the head region where there is quite a lot. When the hair follicles on the face become blocked, this can contribute to the development of acne. We recommend Aknicare® Cleanser to keep pores unblocked and reduce skin thickening. Aknicare® Cleanser exfoliates and reduces bacterial levels, deeply cleaning the skin, removing debris and surface oil and unblocking pores.

2. Oiliness

The oil glands present in the face help protect it from bacterial infection as they possess anti-bacterial attributes. These oil glands are also responsible for lubricating the face, the presence of these oil glands in the face is what makes the face oilier than the rest of the body. This explains why products and treatments designed for the body are too oily for the face and why it is not advisable to wash your face too often.

3. Thickness

The skin on the body is thicker than the skin on the face, this is mainly because the skin on the body protects many muscles and organs whereas the skin on the face does not. This is why lotions for the face are applied differently to those for other body parts. However, the eyelids are even thinner and therefore require an even different unique eye cream from the rest of the face. On the other hand, the skin found below the feet area is normally thick due to the body weight it carries around.

4. Sunscreens for Face

As we always recommend wearing sunscreen on your face every day, when choosing a sunscreen for the face it’s important you get it right. You need to choose a sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It is also important that your sunscreen is resistant to moisture and sweat to protect your skin however re-application throughout the day is vital. If you have very sensitive skin, we recommend using a sunscreen which utilises organic based sun filters instead of chemical sun filters which are less irritating to the skin. We recommend Rosacure® Intensive which has hydrating ingredients and UVA and UVB SPF 30 control specially formulated so that the SPFs do not irritate sensitive skin as many sunscreens can do.

Despite the differences between the facial skin and the body skin, SkinMed advises taking proper care of both every day, ensuring that you consider the type of ingredients that are in the products are suitable for your skin before you make a purchase. SkinMed offers a range of face and body creams to treat acne, oily skin, rosacea, pigmentation, sensitive skin, scars and stretch marks, dry skin and wrinkles and fine lines. Call 0333 247 2474 to find out more or click here to shop online.

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