9 Annoying Health and Beauty Problems That Men Just Don't Have To Deal With

Chako S. on 21 May 2014 at 11:46am

Cat Deeley in an SK-II face mask

By: Mehera Bonner

It goes without saying that women are the stronger sex when it comes to style and sass, but we aren't without our imperfections. In fact, women have an alarming number of health and beauty conditions that men don't have to worry about at all –– from skin imperfections to hair care.

Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it's important that everyone feels confident, and let's just say men might have it easier. Want proof? We've rounded up 9 health and beauty issues that guys definitely aren't missing out on!

Even the skinniest women have cellulite, and dimpled fat cells are hardly ever a welcome guest. While the severity of cellulite varies from person to person (and tends to be worse in overweight women), it's an issue that men typically don't have to worry about because it’s rarely seen in men. The are a few theories on why this is: tissue patterns below the skin, circulation, and even skin thickness. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that only 4.7% of nearly 15,000 cellulite treatments (which include minimally invasive procedures like Cellulaze) in 2013 were done on males. Yep, there are a whole lot fewer men massaging anti-cellulite cream on their thighs every night.

Ever wondered why you develop dark spots if you get too much sun? Chances are you have Melasma, a common skin condition that can strike at any moment (or while pregnant) –– and tends to pop up on your face! Women make up a whopping 90% of people with Melasma (sigh, typical), and though there is no known cure for the malady, unwanted dark spots can be faded with hydroquinone, chemical peels, IPL, and/or Fraxel.

Women often have to deal with unwanted body hair.

Unwanted Hair
Hands up if your morning beauty routine would take a lot less time if you didn't have to shave your armpits –– not to mention pluck unwanted hairs from your brows and upper lip. Sure, men look great with a five o'clock shadow, but most women wouldn’t consider their own stubble very sexy. Thank goodness for laser hair removal!

Stretch Marks
Men can get stretch marks, but their battle with these elongated scars pales in comparison to ours. Due to pregnancy and rapidly growing breast tissue, many ladies have prominent stretch marks all over their torso. The upside? They can be minimized with laser surgery like Cellulaze or Precision TX, or even possibly lightened with corrective creams containing alpha hydroxy or retinoic acid.

Thinning Hair
We know, we know –– men go bald more easily than women. But they can also pull it off better! Women do tend to have less obvious hair loss patterns than men –– it’s more evenly distributed over the top of the head. While some women look amazing without their signature locks of love, most of us gasp in horror and reach for the Rogaine as soon as our hair starts to thin. If only bald was the new black!

Adult Acne
Thought you'd enter adulthood and acne would permanently go away? Think again. Women are more likely than men to get acne as adults because of monthly fluctuation of hormones, irritating makeup, or birth control pills. This means we end up throwing down more money for mild cleansers and noncomedogenic makeup –– not to mention any acne scar treatments!

Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are often thought of as an "old lady" affliction, but they could pop up sooner than you might think. According to womenshealth.gov, they affect about half of people 50 years and older! It states the breakdown for the sexes is, “about 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem.” So we’re just slightly more prone, but still! These spidery veins tend to appear with the onset of weight gain (and during pregnancy), but the good news is that there are ways to treat them –– including Endovenous Thermal Ablation (EVLT).

Photo of post-partum pooch on RealSelf.com

Post-Childbirth Pooch
The physical changes that come with pregnancy are natural, but the aftermath? Less than ideal. Many women are left with an unwanted "pooch" of loose skin that they just can't get rid of –– no matter how much they diet! While special abdominal workouts can help tighten up the muscles underneath the pooch, the most permanent solution is often a tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck.

Corns and Callouses
High heels are a must in any fashionista's closet, but they cause a plethora of foot problems. Because we often run around in uncomfortable shoes like heels or pointy flats, women are four times more likely than men to develop corns and callouses! That's a statistic we definitely can't live with… Here’s a shout out to all of the podiatrists of the worldt!

Can you think of even more health and beauty issues that men just don't have to worry about? Let us know in the comments!
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