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Best Face Washes for Men (For Every Skin Type)

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So what makes a good face wash? There are 4 factors you should consider when choosing a face wash.

  1. Effectiveness – the face wash should be capable of cleaning your skin of dirt, excess oil and impurities without drying it out.
  2. Non-irritating – if a product reacts badly with your skin, then there is no point in using it. You need a product that works well with your skin on a long term basis.
  3. Affordability – you’re going to be using this product at least 2 times a day so it needs to be affordable.
  4. Availability – a good face wash should be available no matter where you are around the world. Popular brands such as Neutrogena tend to have global availability.

Put simply the best face wash for men (or for you for that matter) is the one which is effective, non-irritating, affordable and easy available. With that out of the way, let’s get into the best face washes for men.

The Best Face Washes for Men

Best Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin

These cleansers and washes are designed to fight acne. Typically, these will have either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient.

Salicylic acid is designed to unclog pores which can lead to acne down the road. So by removing excess oil from your pores, you effectively prevent current and future acne breakouts. Neutrogena makes many varieties of acne washes and cleansers which feature salicylic acid.

This oil free acne cleanser is great for those with normal to oily skin.

If you have dryer skin, then go for the cream based acne cleansers which I personally prefer.

Benzoyl peroxide works a bit differently. This ingredient kills acne causing bacteria. So without the acne causing bacteria, you decrease the likely hood of acne. Benzoyl peroxide can bleach clothes and towels, so be careful when using products that feature this ingredient.

Start out with products that feature lower concentrations of benzoyl peroxide (2-4%) since they are just as effective as higher concentrations.

Best Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

The Neutrogena ultra-gentle cleansers are a great option for those who have sensitive skin yet need an effective face wash that helps to get rid of excess oil, dirt and bacteria. The simple ingredients in this cleanser really do reduce the chance of any skin irritation or reaction. Go for the creamy formula cleanser as opposed to the foaming formula because that one has fragrance and I find it to be slightly drying.

Best Face Wash for Dry Skin

Dealing with dry skin can be a problem because you may find that every time you wash your face, it feels tight and dry. This is because many cleansers can actually disrupt your skin’s natural moisture barrier which then leads to tight and dry skin. This is where the CeraVe hydrating cleanser comes in. With a gentle formula containing ceramides and hyaluronic acid which help to retain moisture in the skin.

Cerave hydrating facial cleanser

Best Face Wash for Oily Skin

Plenty of men suffer from oily skin which is only made worse from pollution and over washing your face. There is a misconception that if you have oily skin then the best thing you can do is to wash your face multiple times a day and skin any sort of face moisturizer. This is the wrong way to tackle oily skin and the reason for this is that when you wash your face again and again and skip on the moisturizer, you skin compensates for this and produces even more oil.

An effective treatment for oily skin is to use a gentle cleanser that helps to remove excess oil. This will help you reduce the oil on your skin yet maintain the skin barrier.

Do you have dry skin? Or oily skin? Or even skin with acne? Don’t worry! We have a cleanser perfect for your skin needs.


I hope you enjoyed this list of the best face washes for men. I included cleansers that work for every skin type so no matter if you have dry, oily, sensitive or even skin with acne, you will find a cleanser that works for you.

Interested in a complete yet easy to follow skin care routine for men? Check out ‘The Best Skin Care Routine for Men’.