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The Best Face Washes 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. 

“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.

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

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.

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 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.

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