Gender Affirming Procedures

Unique Skincare Needs within the LGBTQIA+ Community

Skincare has become a popular regime, enhanced by the aesthetic of eye-catching products. However, true skincare is an essential part of self-care, as healthy, beautiful skin can boost confidence and general happiness. Skin is a tricky area to maintain and keep clear for most of us. Skin is a unique organ, exposed to toxins, varying weather, and daily life. 


Maintaining clear skin can be challenging for anyone, but those within the LBGTQIA+ community, have another set of challenges when it comes to skincare. Taking care of your skin is important, and ensuring everyone can find things that work for their unique needs, should be equally essential. Below, we’ve covered the skincare needs within the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as the solutions to each one. 


1. Acne With T-Therapy 

Many physical changes can occur within your body for those beginning T-therapy for FTM transitioning. However, with this surge of new hormones, acne can begin to appear, which can be a frustrating side-effect, especially during the early stages of hormone therapy treatment. However, there are some ways to manage acne and achieve clear, stunning skin through the process. Some of these solutions include: 


  • Use facial serums and ointments with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to clear the acne and prevent future blemishes from popping up. 
  • Talk to your provider about acne medication to help manage the acne breakouts and keep them minimal. 
  • Try to use gentle, fragrance-free facial products to keep your skin from reacting to chemicals or harsher products. 


2. MTF Facial Needs

Oftentimes, a significant part of an MTF transition includes eliminating facial hair and preventing future hair from growing. One main way to achieve this is through laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can be an ideal solution that provides soft, smooth facial skin. Taking care of your skin is vital through this process, as the laser can cause your skin to become more sensitive during treatment periods. Some tips for skin care during laser hair removal include: 


  • Avoid makeup for the first few days or two after treatment. Makeup can irritate the skin, especially during the first day after laser hair removal. 
  • Avoid harshities on the skin, like sun exposure, skin picking, tweezing, or harsh facial products.
  • Use gentle skincare products that have no harsh ingredients or fragrances.

Hair Loss With FTM Transition

Hair loss can occur during a FTM transition when you begin hormone therapy. Testosterone-related hair loss can occur among transgender patients as the surge of hormones can create male-pattern balding. 


However, it’s best to wait until you have completed the hormone therapy before you undergo any hair loss treatments, as the body may simply need to adjust to the new testosterone. You can talk to your provider about hair loss solutions and treatments and when you should begin them. 


Skin Cancer Prevention 

For men in the LGBTQIA+ community, research has shown they are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer during their life. It’s essential to take steps to prevent skin cancer. Avoiding tanning beds, direct sun exposure, and sunscreen are great ways to avoid further risks. You should also find a skincare provider that can help ensure your skin stays safe and healthy. 


Knowing to keep an eye out for raised areas that look off and keeping an SPF of 30 on your face and shoulders can help prevent the risk of skin cancer later on. You can talk to your provider about other steps for skin cancer prevention and signs to look for.


Folliculitis With Testosterone Therapy

With new hair growth, like facial hair, folliculitis can sometimes occur and cause added acne and irritation on the skin. You can treat folliculitis with certain ointments, antibiotics, or laser skin resurfacing. Be sure to speak with your provider about treatment options and how to care for your skin during this process. 



At Feminization Surgeries, Dr. Javad Sajan can help you with all of your skincare needs. Dr. Sajan and the staff understand the unique skincare needs those in the LGBTQIA+ community have and go above and beyond to provide the ideal solutions for every patient. No matter what your skin requires, Feminization Surgeries can help you achieve, smooth, clear skin.