Beware the standard bar soap, or as Dr. Zeichner calls it, "true soap." True soaps have an alkaline pH and since skin naturally has a slightly acidic pH that can be damaging to the outer layer of the skin. "Cosmetic chemistry has made significant advances to allow for cleansers that efficiently remove dirt and oil without irritating the skin," Zeichner says. He recommends Dove moisturizing body soap for men with normal skin. Men with oily skin could use products with salicylic acid, and for men who tend to break out, a body wash containing benzoyl peroxide, like products made by Acne Free, which Zeichner regularly consults for. Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient that kills the acne causing bacteria and can prevent the development of pimples.
Similar to the face, if your skin is dry or itchy, use a moisturizer. Just because you have skin doesn't mean you have to be applying moisturizer to it. "Whether it's your face or your body, you have to figure out if you're oily, dry, acne prone, or normal," Zeichner says. Proper skin care starts with selecting the proper skin products for your skin type.
The same rules apply for the rest of your body when it comes to moisturizing and shaving. Use moisturizer as needed to keep skin hydrated and feeling smooth. Shaving in the shower is better for the skin and applying aftershave will reduce irritation and razor burn. "Just tell men to be careful when they’re shaving their scrotum,” Zeichner muses.
If you tend to sweat a lot, he recommends using a clinical strength antiperspirant. No, antiperspirant is not the same as deodorant. Deodorant is a product that masks or prevents odor. An antiperspirant is a product the decreases the amount of sweat that reaches the skin. Often times, the antiperspirants are also deodorants. Since your body naturally has less sweat at night, applying antiperspirant in the evening will form a more effective plug in the sweat gland.