Facial Cleanser for Men: Choose the Cleanser for Your Skin Type

Facial Cleanser for Men: Choose the Cleanser for Your Skin Type

Facial cleanser is a skincare staple, but what's the best face wash for men? The answer depends on your skin type and any other skin problems you may have. Once you know your skin type, it's easy to choose the right cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil and sweat without leaving your skin feeling stripped.


There's more to facial cleansing than lathering and rinsing, and an effective facial cleanser for men (or anyone) should meet certain criteria. First of all, it needs to be gentle on the skin. This means skipping the "soap" and opting for gentle cleansing ingredients that don't leave skin stripped. It's also smart to choose a facial cleanser that's formulated to meet the needs of your specific skin type—and a product that contains ceramides can help ensure effective skin cleansing without disrupting the skin barrier.


  • Use a mild cleanser that does not contain alcohol
  • Wet your face with lukewarm water and massage with your fingers for about 30 seconds
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and dry the skin with a soft towel
  • Limit washing to morning, evening and after sweating

When choosing a facial cleanser for men, the first step is to determine your skin type. The best choice may depend on whether your skin is oily, dry, combination, or sensitive (and whether you have acne or ingrown hairs). Once you narrow this down, you're one step closer to healthier looking skin!

Oily Skin

Oily skin can be caused by hormones, genetics, humidity and even stress. In most cases, the best face wash for men with oily skin is a gel or foam formula. Yet many men mistakenly believe that oily skin requires a harsh cleanser that leaves skin feeling tight (and often uses it). In fact, a mild, gentle formula (used morning, night, and post-workout) is actually a better facial cleanser for men because harsh products can actually make the skin produce more oil. A few beneficial ingredients to look for in a face wash for men with oily skin are hyaluronic acid for non-pore-clogging hydration, niacinamide for soothing effects, and salicylic acid for gentle exfoliation.

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