Peter Kopelson

Dr. Kopelson is a Board Certified dermatologist. He has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1993, where he is known for his loyal following of both male and female A-listers.

We’ve been approached by a number of men (somewhat bashfully, in most cases) who want to take better care of their skin and choose natural skincare products, but they don’t know where to start. We asked Dr. Peter Kopelson, a charming and highly-regarded Beverly Hills dermatologist with a loyal male and female following, to help us demystify men’s skincare and outline the basics. Read on to learn how men can take good care of their skin and choose great natural skin are products without cluttering their sink with a 10-step regimen.

And be sure to check out our additional just-for-men interview, Men's Skin is Different, to learn exactly why men’s skin warrants a specific approach.

AYLA: We typically recommend that you choose natural skincare products based on skin type and concern. Can men follow the same advice?

DR. KOPELSON: Yes, that’s true for men, too: Men’s skin runs the gamut of every skin type, just like women. You have to tailor suggestions based on what’s going on with their skin.

AYLA: What daily skincare regimen would you recommend most men follow at home?

DR. KOPELSON: I’d try to make it as simple as possible:

• First, use a very mild, slightly moisturizing cleanser in a bottle that you can leave on the sink. It should be right in front of you, so you remember to cleanse before shaving.

Ayla suggestions: For shaving, try Ursa Major's Stellar Shave Cream.

To cleanse, try Elave Hydrating Cream Cleanser for dry skin and Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash for balanced to oily skin.

• Then, in the morning, use a sunscreen. That’s the most important thing. You can find it in products ranging from a powder to the most oily cream you can possibly think of, so pick one based on your skin type. I usually recommend something lightweight for men.

Ayla suggestions: MD SolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 is the most lightweight formula we've found. Outdoor enthusiasts will love either formula from BanxBlock.

• At night, follow your cleanser with an anti-aging product, like an antioxidant serum. Use a moisturizer only if your skin feels tight and dry. (Men hate greasy-feeling lotion. We won’t use hand lotion, no matter how dry our hands are. We don’t want to feel greasy.)

Ayla suggestions:

Antioxidant serums: Luzern Serum V12 Absolut is a great antioxidant serum for all skin types, and The Organic Pharmacy's Antioxidant Gel is a wonderful antioxidant serum & moisturizer in one that smells like fresh oranges.

Moisturizers: For oilier skins, Luzern Serum ReHydrate Absolut is a good choice for ultra-lightweight moisture. Elave Oil-Free Skin Balancing Moisturiser and Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm are excellent for balanced to oily skin. And Elave Intense Moisture Surge is the best choice for skin that tends to be slightly dry and sensitive. 

See, that’s very simple: two steps, morning and night. Less is more, really.

AYLA: What would you suggest to men who are like my husband—hesitant to invest in better facial skincare products than, say, Lubriderm?

DR. KOPELSON: Well, again, less is more. If you’re talking about moisturizer, there are plenty of cheap moisturizers out there that are perfectly good…but when you start getting older and start thinking about that next birthday, you usually want to protect your skin more than that.

AYLA: Do you have any other top tips for men who are trying to keep their skin in the best shape possible as they age?


1. Don’t put anything on your skin that you would eat, like avocado oil. Sometimes that can cause clogged pores and promote acne, particularly for men.

2. Don’t try to pick out ingrowns: when you do that, it can cause scarring. If you shave, shave in one direction. Don’t pull your skin and shave in all directions—you’ll irritate your skin and cause ingrowns.

3. Finally, see a dermatologist! A lot of men don’t want to see the dermatologist. They either think it’s not a manly thing or their skin is fine, but men should come in if for nothing but checking for skin cancer. Don’t be afraid!

AYLA: Is there anything we haven’t discussed that you feel men should know regarding skincare basics?

DR. KOPELSON: Really, just keep it simple. I see a lot of men who don’t know very much about skincare but start to get nervous about aging, and they’ll go to Neiman Marcus and buy 20 different products and bring them all into my clinic in a bag and show them to me. Please don’t do that. Less is more.

About Dr. Kopelson: Peter is a Board Certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic procedures and laser treatments. He has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1993, where he is known for his loyal following of both male and female Hollywood A-listers. Peter is well-respected by his peers for his extensive training and experience and valued by his patients in the entertainment business for his trust and discretion. Dr. Kopelson has been featured in top print publications including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and W. Learn more about Dr. Kopelson's impressive background here.

Any topic discussed in this article is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.