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Mens Body Hair

Body / September 5, 2020

Back Hair

Most men have hair on their backs, whether it's just a little, or a lot. For men who wish to have a hairless back, there are many options available. For temporary results, waxing, hair removal creams, or shaving can rid you of your back hair. For a more permanent solution, laser hair removal can either thin or remove back hair entirely.

Beer Belly

As men age they tend to gain weight, with much of it settling in the middle. Often referred to as a "beer belly, " a widening waist, especially over 40 inches, can raise the risk of . However, proper diet and exercise can help reduce the waistline, and the risk for related health problems.

Excessive Sweating

Men sweat more than women, but some men sweat more overall. Excessive, or, usually affects the areas we tend to sweat most: the armpits, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Consult your doctor if this is a problem for you; treatments may be available to help you stay dry.


Testosterone, a male hormone, is what causes men to have more body hair than women. This can also cause what is referred to as "unibrow, " or eyebrows so thick they meet in the center and appear to form one brow. Many men opt for electrolysis to ensure a permanent solution and two distinct brows. For a temporary fix, waxing done every four to six weeks can shape the brows.

Razor Bumps

You shave to get smooth skin, but sometimes small red bumps may appear after shaving. Razor bumps, also called pseudofolliculitis barbae, form when hairs curl back into themselves and grow into the skin. You can prevent razor bumps by taking a hot shower before shaving to soften the hairs and open the pores, using thick shaving gel, not stretching the skin when shaving, shaving in the direction the beard grows, and holding a cold wet cloth against your face after shaving.


Rosacea is a skin condition that causes skin redness, bumps, and pimples. It may also cause skin thickening, especially around the nose, which may appear swollen and bulbous. It's diagnosed more often in women, but symptoms tend to be worse in men and people who drink alcohol. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help control or relieve symptoms.

Receding Hairline

Male pattern baldness occurs in many men. Men start to notice their hair thinning and a receding hairline in their 30s, and by their 50s many men may be significantly bald. There are a number of ways to treat, including prescription medications and surgical hair restoration.

Color Blindness

Being colorblind means you do not see colors normally. This condition affects about 1 in 10 men, and most commonly there is an inability to distinguish red and green colors. There is no treatment for color blindness, however, there are special contact lenses and glasses that may help wearers identify colors more easily. It is a lifelong condition and most men learn to adjust without difficulty.


Snoring affects about 44% of men, making it more common in men than in women. It can be affected by the position in which you sleep, medications you take, alcohol you have ingested, or underlying medical conditions. It also can be a sign of a serious called sleep apnea, in which the sufferer stops breathing for short periods during sleep. If snoring disrupts your sleep, consult your doctor to rule out any medical conditions.


Belching, or burping, is a bodily function usually caused by the body expelling excess air swallowed when eating. This is normal. However, if belching is frequent, accompanied by nausea, , or if belching does not relieve the discomfort, it may be a sign of a more serious digestive disorder. Consult your doctor.


Gas, also called flatulence or "farting, " results from passing intestinal gas. While the sound and smell can cause us to be the "butt" of jokes, passing gas is common and harmless. Eating beans, fruits, vegetables, and other foods high in fiber can cause gas, as can drinking carbonated beverages such as beer and soda. If you are lactose intolerant, consuming dairy products may cause you to have more gas. If excessive gas is a concern for you, pay attention to foods that trigger more gas, and consult your doctor if symptoms do not resolve when you eliminate trigger foods.

Body Odor

Body odor comes from bacteria that thrive in a moist, warm environment. When we sweat, our skin becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and we may give off an unpleasant body odor. Stinky foods such as garlic and onions may also be culprits. Usually, a shower, clean clothes, and antiperspirants will rid you of body odor.

Jock Itch

Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a fungal infection with symptoms such as a red, itchy rash in the groin area and inner thighs. It often occurs after excessive sweating such as from hot weather or exercise. It can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams or gels. To prevent recurrence, treat athlete's foot at the same time if you have it, keep the area clean and dry, and wear loose-fitting clothing.