Everyone’s skin is different, so not all skin care routines follow the same form. Full stop, end of story. However, men do have some commonalities in terms of skin structure: Generally, men’s skin tends to run on the oily side. As board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., once told mbg, men can have larger, more concentrated oil glands, as well as more testosterone, which can increase oil production.
That said, “[men] may do better with an astringent for oily areas as well as a higher strength of a retinoid or an AHA,” says board-certified dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D., founder of Ava MD Dermatology, the SkinFive and The Box by Dr. Ava.
So while how often you should exfoliate ultimately differs from person to person, men may be able to get away with more exfoliation. (One caveat: Shaving is a form of exfoliation, so layering on another acid may not be necessary on clean-shaven nights.)