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The Best Face Wash for Men, According to a Top Dermatologist

Closer shaves, and clearer skin, for the win.

You need a go-to facial cleanser as part of your grooming ritual. Washing your face first thing in the morning turns into a lifelong routine that keeps skin clearer and gives you a smoother shave. To that end, the best face wash for men is designed specifically to remove dead skin cells and other nastiness that builds up on your visage. Whether you have oily, dry, or sensitive skin, the right products gently exfoliate your face without leaving it feeling parched. 

“Most people should wash twice daily, because the amount of oil and dirt that builds up over 12 hours warrants a cleaning,” says Dr. Jeremy Fenton of the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “That said, you don’t want a face wash that strips all the oil off the skin, so you need to choose carefully for your skin type, and even pay attention to the season or weather.”

Choose a cleanser based on your skin type: Sensitive, regular, or dry/combination. Non-foaming cleansers with ceramides and hyaluronic acid are best for dry or sensitive skin, says Fenton. A foaming gentle cleanser is ideal for those with regular skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, Fenton suggests a salicylic or glycolic acid cleanser “to help exfoliate the skin and prevent breakouts.”

Our product picks follow his expert guidelines. As with anything related to your skin care, if you want to be extra-cautious, do a patch-test on the inside of your arm, or your wrist, to quickly check how you react to the specific product. 

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A stellar daily facial cleanser, this one is suitable for all skin types. It cleans your skin without drying it out, thanks to its coconut-based cleansing ingredients. It even has caffeine to energize your skin. Plus, you can use it to wash, soften, and tame your beard.

You get a two-for-one special with this workhorse facial cleanser and toner, which removes dirt and oil, without over-drying your skin. This is ideal for those with combination or normal skin.

A solid cleanser for acne-prone, oily, or combination skin, this vegan cleanser has a woodsy scent and also gently exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).

A great face wash for those with normal slash oily skin. You get a foaming face wash heavy on the coconut to get rid of extra oils and leave your complexion the opposite of shiny and greasy.

If oily skin is your cross to bear, use this face wash from the fantastic British brand. It is loaded with extracts of African whitewood to combat excess shine, so you don't look like you just rolled around in butter. The scent is musky and citrusy.

Use this wash before shaving, and it cleanses your skin without drying it out. It's suitable for oily, dry, and normal skin types, and helps condition your skin before you shave. Another point in its favor: It has a barely-there scent.

The brand known for its razors also has a pretty rad face wash. It's meant for guys with normal skin. Coconut water provides toning properties, while tea tree oil leaves you feeling refreshed.

If you work out and get sweaty, this charcoal-based face wash is a one-and-done cleanser that gets rid of all the gunk. It's non-drying and suitable for all skin types, but is particularly great for skin that tends to get oilier.

An ultra-gentle non-foaming cleanser that removes daily pollutants, this one is ideal for very dry, mature, or sensitive skin.

A gel-based cleanser for all skin types, this one is a blend of oak bark, spearmint, and peppermint. So if you're into a bracing face wash that really wakes you up, this is for you.

If you're dealing with oily skin, you need this non-foaming face wash; it is loaded with glycolic acid to gently purify your skin while also exfoliating it. It also softens your stubble before shaving.

This revitalizing face wash is great for guys with skin that's on the oilier side, or those with combination skin. The caffeine in it basically wakes you up, while the menthol is cooling on the face.

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