Looking for the Best Face Wash for Men? Here are 5 Great Deep Cleansing Options

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OK, we need you to stay calm. Put down that bar of soap you’ve been using on your face. We can discuss this, so just hear us out. By using a bar of soap on your face, you’re doing it a major disservice. Think about it: Soap is this a hard brick of concentrated cleaning agents. Do you know what holds it together? For most soap, it’s detergents and salts. That’s not cool, man. You don’t need to wash your face with detergent to get it clean. Using a simple, yet complete cleanser is the best way to make sure your face is clean and soft. If you’re thinking acne needs something harsh to take it out, think again. Use a spot treatment, but leave the rest of your face out of it. Men typically have oily skin, and if you strip your skin of it’s natural oils, it will go into over-drive in an attempt to make more. Reconsider what you wash with and start by taking a look at these five that do one hell of a job cleaning, but leave your natural oils intact.

Pilot Mens Grooming & Skincare The Finest Face Cleanser – $15

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This brand hasn’t been around that long, but so far, they’ve made quite an impact. The founder cut his teeth on some of the biggest grooming brands there are, so rest assured, he knows what he’s doing. He’s bringing his knowledge and passion to make better products using natural ingredients and making them right here in the U.S. Charcoal and clay-based, this wash really cleans out the crud that makes its way into your pores. Alone, these purifying ingredients may dry skin, so this sulfate-free cleanser is also packed with hydrating aloe and soothing chamomile. Top it all off with the tingly refreshing scent of peppermint, and you can easily make this a one-and-done in your cleansing routine.

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Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser – $36

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Perfect for sensitive skin, yet capable of tackling particularly dirty jobs too, this cleanser uses plant-derived amino acids — proteins known to soothe and hydrate for thorough cleansing — to balance pH for all skin types, from oily to dry and every combo in-between. Malin + Goetz was founded on the idea that less is more, and you don’t need all the marketing bells and whistles to get a good product. This washes clean away (so no need for a toner) and works perfectly with their SPF 30 moisturizer for day or Vitamin E moisturizer at night. If you’re looking for high quality but low maintenance, you found it here. You’re welcome.

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iS Clinical Warming Honey Cleanser – $42

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All you have to do is Google honey and skincare together and you’ll see how many people endorse it as a skincare addition. It goes as far back as the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese, who all used honey to heal wounds and burns. But, before you go grabbing that classic bear bottle and squeezing it all over your face, we’re talking high quality honey here — expensive honey. Go to the pros and use this game-changing warming honey cleanser from iS Clinical. Honey cleanses, sure, but add to that the antioxidant power of Japanese green tea and papaya enzymes (nature’s exfoliate) and you have a cleanser that leaves skin stripped of the bad stuff while only adding the good. Your face has never felt anything quite like this before.

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Scotch Porter Brand Charcoal & Licorice Restoring Face Wash – $18

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These guys don’t want you to over think it. You wash your face and moisturize, that’s it man, it’s not rocket science. It’s maintenance. These guys even have funny videos on their site to show you exactly what they mean. Their cleanser uses naturally detoxifying charcoal as a base and then adds licorice, which is shown to fight skin discoloration and is loaded with beneficial antioxidants and, because it balances oil without drying, it’s an ideal ingredient for oily skinned dudes. But no worries to the sensitive guys out there, this is free of all the bad stuff like sulfates, petroleum, parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colors, and animal ingredients.

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Perricone MD CBX For Men Super Clean Face Wash – $35

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If you’re one of those guys who is used to getting that squeaky-clean face from harsh soaps, maybe you should start here instead. This face wash from Perricone MD cleanses your face in a way that you can really feel it – as in, it’s really clean – but leaves out all that baggage traditional soaps bring. Powered by Phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant (yes, that cannabis plant) this super effective, yet surprisingly gentle cleanser delivers potent antioxidant benefits to help stressed, oil-prone skin feel soothed, healthy, and refreshed. If you don’t care about any of that, fine. It smells so damn good – natural, woodsy, and clean – it’s worth it for that alone.

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Article originally published by Katie Dickens on April 3, 2017. Last updated by Barret Wertz on March 13, 2018.