Everyone needs a go-to face wash, meaning a daily facial cleanser that is part of your grooming ritual. Washing your face first thing in the morning is a lifelong routine that can be exponentially enhanced by using the right product.
During the course of a day, your face, much like your hands, absorbs all sorts of dirt and bacteria around you. So washing it again in the evening is a must, which means you’ll want a product that isn’t drying or irritating. When you wash off all the gunk that lands on your skin, your face winds up looking fresher, and dare we say, younger.
If you’re a guy on the hunt for a new facial cleanser, knowing your skin type is key. For those whose skin tends to be dry, you’ll want to find a product that cleanses without robbing the face of its natural oils. Check out washes with essential oils and glycerin, which should leave your face feeling fresh but not flaky.
If you’re dealing with oily skin, you’ll want to find a formula that reduces oil production but doesn’t leave your face dry and tight. Ones containing charcoal or exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxy acids are a good fit. Men with sensitive skin that has a tendency to turn red or irritated, especially after shaving should find that products containing natural soothers like aloe vera and willow bark are best. If you have sensitive skin, find products that are generally labeled as “gentle” and avoid bar soaps and scrubs that can truly scrape the moisture from your skin.
If you’ve got combination skin, look for a product that offers a balance to remove impurities without drying out your face.
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. We rounded up some of the best men’s facial cleansers on the market to leave you with a fresh face free from pore-clogging debris. Now go get that clean and healthy glow on!
This is a superb daily face wash for guys with normal skin.
Pros: The green tea and aloe vera in this nicely-lathering face wash leave your skin feeling clean and invigorated. It has a light, citrusy, slightly woodsy scent.
Cons: Some people are not into the scent at all.
You get a two-for-one special with this facial cleanser and toner, which removes dirt and oil, without over-drying your skin. This is ideal for those with combination or normal skin.
Pros: Jack Black‘s go-to cleanser gets your skin clean without stripping it and drying it out. Oat and Coconut natural dissolve pore-clogging residue, dirt, and oil. Chamomile soothes and calms your skin. Rosemary helps keep it from getting too shiny.
Cons: It’s suitable for all skin types, but may be too harsh for those with overly sensitive skin.
If you're looking for an exfoliating face wash, this one is a good choice. It uses walnut shells to get your face nice and clean and smooth.
Pros: This face wash for men is non-greasy, and includes natural glycerin, aloe and pro-vitamin B5 to give your visage that extra bit of moisture. It’s made from recyclable packaging and not tested on animals. And this cleanser is free of poly beads, which Mother Nature doesn’t exactly like. Fun fact: the brand was founded by Aussie pro swimmer Michael Klim.
Cons: This cleanser includes peppermint essential oils, which may not be to your liking in terms of scent.
From a leading brand known for its plant-powered skin care, this cleanser is recommended for men with normal, combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types.
Pros: This cleanser is cruelty-, paraben- and fragrance-free as well as vegan. Not only will your face feel clean and refreshed, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing this product contains no petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or color. Instead, it’s made from 36 naturally-derived ingredients including soothing aloe, brightening sugarcane, moisturizing rice seed and cleansing coconut-derived surfactants. Sounds almost like a dessert!
Cons: Some found it too drying.
Combining the best of both worlds, this cleanser combats aging at the same time it battles breakouts, so think of it as the superhero of facial cleansers.
Pros: This multitasker is an energizing face wash that also tones and exfoliates. It’ll make your face feel clean but not dry or tight. It’s best for those with normal, oily, or acne-prone complexions.
Cons: The scent reminded some users of their dad’s Old Spice.
This natural face wash is packed with moisturizing extracts and charcoal, which gently deep-cleans your pores for fresh-feeling and hydrated skin. It's especially suitable for oily skin.
Pros: Made with ingredients like olive oil, jojoba oil, and aloe vera, this Brickell cleanser won’t dry out your face. It’s ideal for those with dryer skin. And while the term “natural” isn’t regulated, this brand is known for using quality ingredients we can actually pronounce.
Cons: This cleanser doesn’t work itself into a lather, which some users initially found confusing.
Charcoal is a buzzy ingredient in skin care these days, and this face wash has activated charcoal as one of its main ingredients. It's suitable for dry, normal, and oily skin.
Pros: This face wash is packed with activated charcoal to drag out impurities, plus organic aloe to keep skin moisturized.
Cons: It seems obvious but is worth noting: Charcoal can stain. A lot.
This popular face wash by Kyoku provides deep cleaning for combination and oily skin.
Pros: Inspired by Japanese herbal remedies, this fresh-smelling product is blended with camellia seed, ginseng and peppermint leaf extract. It promises to clear acne right up when used as directed and give guys clear skin.
Cons: This cleanser will burn your eyes on contact, reviewers say, so keep those peepers closed.
We like this face wash because it's sulfate-free, gentle enough to use every day, and is ideal for prepping skin for shaving.
Pros: Not only is this a solid face wash, but you can use it to soften and wash your facial hair before shaving or trimming. The product is formulated for all skin types.
Cons: It’s not cheap.
If you have absolutely hyper-sensitive skin, this cleanser is for you. It cleans out your pores, without stripping your skin of all its moisture.
Pros: This iS CLINICAL cleanser works on every skin type, but is particularly ideal if you have uber-sensitive skin. White willow bark exfoliates and dissolves pore-clogging oil, and antioxidants derived from chamomile soothe the skin.
Cons: Some are not fans of the gel-like texture of the cleanser.
This is the mildest face wash you can buy, for the most sensitive and driest of skins. It's an ultra-gentle, sulfate-free facial cleanser that helps to purify your skin.
Pros: It’s pricey, but lasts basically forever. You just use a tiny amount day and night. The facial cleanser contains herbal amaranth to promote balanced hydration and prevent moisture loss, plus sandalwood to make your skin feel good.
Cons: It’s not on the cheap side, but as we said, but because you only use tiny amounts you can make it last a long time.
This face wash, formulated for all skin types, cleans pores and eliminates dirt and oil. Think of it as the ultimate deep clean.
Pros: This face wash, which works on all skin types, is packed with borage seed oil and lavender to calm and nourish your face. It’s a power washer for your pores.
Cons: The scent, which the brand calls “refreshing,” can be irritating.
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