mans guide to choosing the best face wash
Dr. Sedat Öz
Written by Dr. Sedat Öz
30 March 2021
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Best Face Washes for Men

Good news for men who are looking for alternatives to soap when it comes to washing their faces. There are more types, fragrances and brands of face wash for men and specialist skin cleansers out there than ever before. Different combinations work for different skin types, such as oily, dry or prone to acne, meaning that your skin can adapt better to more specialist ingredients and look and feel fantastic.

The skin on your face is more delicate than that on other areas of your body and less able to withstand harsher weather or drying soaps. Your face is also the part of you that people look at the most, so it stands to reason that you want it to look glowing, clean and healthy by using the best face wash for men that you can find.

Face Wash or Cleanser?

Face washes and cleansers do not all perform the same job. Some can even make existing problems worse. For example, using a cleanser with a higher volume of oil in it will help nourish a dry face, but make one that’s more prone to grease and spots look and feel a whole lot worse. It is important to work out what type of skin you have before making any purchasing decisions. You can do this by looking in the mirror for signs of dryness (flaking skin or tightness) or oil (spots or a shinier finish). A dermatologist can also help you with this if you prefer.

Next, know the difference between a face wash and a cleanser – the former will feel a little rougher on the skin and be more efficient at cleaning out the pores and clearing away all the dirt on your face. Cleansers tend to be more gentle and contain more ingredients intended to nourish and moisturise the skin. Or, you can look for a combination face wash and cleanser product that performs both sides of the job. Whatever you choose, use cotton wool pads to gently dab the product on your skin, rub it gently into your face and then wipe away or wash off with warm water, depending on the product’s instructions for use. Pat your face dry gently with a clean, fluffy towel.

Face Washes for Men with Oily Skin

While more women than men tend to suffer from oily skin for hormonal reasons, it is certainly not unknown for men’s skin to be prone to excess grease and oil. Skin tends to excrete more oil if the pores are clogged up with dirt or debris, as it tries to cleanse itself. If you have this issue, it is crucial once again to choose the best face wash for men with oily skin that you can find, while keeping your face as clean and free from dirt as possible. Use a thinner face wash that will not leave any residue on the skin. Products containing alcohol or salicylic acid are also great at cutting through the grease to leave your face feeling fresh and looking squeaky clean.

Face Washes for Men with Combination Skin

If you have combination skin, then you are blessed indeed in the grooming stakes, as this is one of the easier skin types to care for. It means that you have a good balance of oil production and soft, supple skin that will not dry out too fast. Nevertheless, it is still important to choose the best face wash for combination skin so that you can make the most of your appearance and maintain clean, well moisturised facial skin. Pretty much any face wash or cleanser will work, but look for those containing glycolic acid for effective exfoliation and always maintain a good skincare routine, morning and night, to keep the pH of your skin balanced, clear your face of any dirt or debris acquired during the day and get rid of any overnight sweat.

Face Washes for Men with Dry Skin

Dry skin is fairly commonly found amongst the male population, especially those who are a little older. This can be due to prolonged exposure to tricky weather conditions, not drinking enough water or skin conditions such as eczema. Using too harsh a face wash or soap can also strip away natural oils and make it harder for your skin to remain properly hydrated. Choose the best facial cleanser or face wash for men with dry skin or wrinkles that you can find that contains hydrating ingredients such as glycolic acid, aloe vera or chamomile to restore some of your skin’s natural oils without overwhelming it. Use the face wash according to its instructions and don’t go hugely over that, or you could find your skin tipping towards becoming excessively oily instead.

Face Washes for Men with Acne

Acne can hit at any age, although younger skin can be more prone as your body adapts and reacts to changes brought about by puberty. Using the best face wash for acne that you can find is crucial here, as it can not only help keep your face cleaner and less oily, it can also clear up any spots or blemishes faster, leaving you with more confidence in your looks. If your acne is more severe, it could be worth your while consulting a doctor or dermatologist to prescribe you a specialist acne face wash. Otherwise, look out for products that have soothing ingredients in, such as witch hazel or aloe vera that will help calm reddened skin. Peppermint oil and menthol also have excellent anti-inflammatory properties that can help.

Face Washes for Men with Sensitive Skin

Many of us live with skin that is more sensitive that others, with rashes, redness and irritation a common occurrence if we are not careful. When it comes to choosing the best face wash for men with sensitive skin, it is always a good idea to scan the list of ingredients carefully to make sure there is nothing that you are allergic to inside the product. Choose a thinner face wash too, as this will wash off your face more easily, and avoid alcohol-based formulae as this can often irritate more sensitive skin.

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