You may have noticed certain skincare and shaving products boasting about the vitamins present in their products. If you have no idea what these are supposed to do, you’re in for a treat, as this blog post will cover just that.

In the past, we’ve talked about other ingredients such as allantoin, essential oils, and others, so feel free to check those articles out if you have interest in further developing your knowledge of skin care formulation.

Please note that we will be focusing on vitamins that are applied topically, rather than taken as supplements. This is an important distinction as the former will be directly absorbed by the skin, which will derive most of the benefits, will the latter will only marginally release vitamins to the skin.

So without further ado…

What Vitamins are Essential for Men’s Skin?

The short answer is: it depends. But that’s not a very satisfying answer, so before going into skin types considerations, here are 3 vitamins that will almost always improve your complexion and skin health.

The Benefits of Vitamin C for Male Skin

This is perhaps the most popular vitamin in the skincare industry and it’s not hard to understand why. There are countless academic papers detailing its proven benefits to the skin, which include the treatment of photoaging and hyperpigmentation.

For the layman, photoaging means the process of skin ageing due to prolonged UV ray exposure. Hyperpigmentation is the formal name given to black patches of skin.

For us, this is the main active ingredient to look out for in men’s skincare products. This is due to its important role in protecting and reversing sun exposure damage to the skin, which is by far the biggest threat to male skin.

It also contains a bunch of anti-oxidants which can do you no harm.

In short, this component does wonders in the anti-ageing field.

The Benefits of Vitamin E for Male Skin

Vitamin E, on the other hand, is more closely related to protecting and repairing the skin from sun damage, particularly UVB rays.

This is a good vitamin to look for in daily use moisturisers as it will help protect the skin against the elements and also contains moisturising capabilities.


The Benefits of Vitamin A for Men’s Skin

Last but not least, you should be on the lookout for vitamin A.

We’ve left this ingredient for last since it more suited for users with oily and acne skin than dry skin users, though the latter can also enjoy its benefits if dosed correctly.

Its main claim to fame comes from its role in fighting acne and drying out the skin.Less known is its role in reducing wrinkles by building collagen fibres which in turn reduce fine lines.

For these reasons, you should consider this ingredient when looking for an acne-fighting face wash.

The Best Vitamins for Men with Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, vitamin E is a must-have ingredient in your daily cream. It will help your skin stay hydrated and is an essential component for daily moisturisers.

Vitamin C is also can also have a tremendous impact on dry skin.

The Best Vitamins for Men with Oily Skin

As previously mentioned, vitamin A is well known for its application in oily skin users and it should be on the top of your priorities if you’re looking for a cream to fight acne.


And there you have it. We hope that we’ve helped you understand what each vitamins claim to fame is so that you’re better prepared to hit the skincare aisle.

As always, we welcome your comments in the section below.