Best Face Wash For Men

The best face wash for men will remove excess oil and dirt while leaving your skin’s natural barrier intact. Many facial scrubs over cleanse the skin leaving it feeling clean yet tight, a sign that many consumers associate with effectiveness. This is extremely wrong however, effects such as tightness are actually signs that the product is damaging your skin.

If a face wash is too harsh it can dry out your skin and interfere with its natural moisture barrier which leaves it more open to damage and infection. This means that while it may clean your skin in the short term it will cause you more skin problems over time. You want to invest in a light cleanser that excels at removing dirt and oil but isn’t too harsh on the skin.

Here are our 10 picks:

(In depth reviews further down page)

BrandDescriptionSkin Care RatingPriceOverall Rating
OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser
Brilliant at tackling all the causes of bad skin. One bottle goes a long way. Noticeable effect after just a few days.

5

$$

5

Lab Series For Men Multi-Action Face Wash
Light exfoliator and face wash. Excellent cleanser, gets deep into pores dealing with the source of skin problems Great for sensitive skin.

4.8

$$

4.7

Rugged and Dapper Facial Cleanser
- 3 in 1 face wash, exfoliator and toner. Good as an all in one solution. Works well on sensitive skin.

4.8

$$

4.7

Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face wash
Just a good face wash. Works very well at removing excess oil and dirt. Great at dealing with acne.

4.5

$

4.5

Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Cleanser
Stronger wash than most on this list. Most effective at combating acne and oily skin. Can dry out sensitive skin.

4.5

$$

4.5

Kyoku for Men Daily Facial Cleanser
Very gentle and kind to skin. Cleans while protecting your natural moisture barrier. Perfect for sensitive skin.

4.5

$

4.5

L'Oreal Men Expert Extreme Charcoal Wash
Great for acne and blackheads. Removes shine leaving skin feeling soft. Not the best for sensitive skin

4.3

$

4.4

Baxter of California Daily Face Wash
A very mild cleanser that effectively removes dirt and excess oil. Great for sensitive skin. Not the best for dry skin as it can have a slight drying effect.

4.3

$$

4.3

Shiseido Naturgo Men's Clay Face Wash
Reliable cleanser at a good price point. Contains exfoliating elements as well so functions as both a face wash and exfoliator. Not the best at dealing with acne and blackhead problems.

4.3

$

4.3

ManCave Face Wash
Keeps skin clean and smooth. Attractive price point. Contains ingredients that are more likely to cause redness in sensitive skin. Works well as a daily cleanser on good skin.

4.0

$

4.2

 

Top 10 Best face washes for men:

 

OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser – 5/5

OZ Naturals as the name suggests focus on finding answers to skin problems in the most natural way possible. Their men’s face wash contains a formula based upon rosehip and ocean minerals which is perfect for fighting oily skin. It cleanses the skin lightly leaving natural processes unaffected and comes with the added bonus of anti-ageing ingredients. [buy here]

 

Pros:

Gentle cleanser great for sensitive skin   |   No dry or tight feeling   |   Long lasting. A little goes a long way   |   Leaves skin visibly cleaner after just a few days

Cons:

The only negative is price, but this cleanser is the best face wash for men and as such is great value for money even at a slightly higher cost.

 

Lab Series For Men Multi-Action Face Wash – 4.8/5

Lab Series’ product is one that while not cheap does its job extremely well. Only a very small amount is needed so a tube lasts a long time. It cleans dirt and oil on the surface of the skin as well as deep cleaning the pores. Skin is left feeling clean with no dry or tightness. It contains spherical exfoliators which clean dead skin cells but leave the skin undamaged unlike a lot of other ingredients used for exfoliation. This product sets out to do a job and goes above and beyond in every way which is why it is our favourite. [buy here]

Pros:

2 in 1 face wash and exfoliator   |   One tube lasts a long time   |   Great for sensitive skin   |  Deep cleans the skin leaving it feeling smooth and cleansed with no dryness   |  Unscented so no unnecessary damage to the skin

Cons:

Once again cost is the only thing that could be considered an negative in this face wash. However it works extremely well and is definitely worth the money.

 

Facial Cleanser For Men – Rugged and Dapper – 4.8/5

Rugged and Dapper’s facial scrub works as a 3 in 1 for men. It functions as a face wash, exfoliator to remove dead cells and a toner to reduce enlarged pores. It’s powerful enough to remove all the dirt and excess oil on your face while also leaving the skin undamaged and smooth. This makes it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin. This performs brilliantly as an all in one solution, not forsaking any quality in any of its 3 functions. [buy here]

Pros:

Works as a 3 in 1 meaning it only has to be combined with a good moisturiser for a great skincare routine   |   Good for sensitive skin   |   Contains antibacterial ingredients, tackling bad skin at its source   |   Leaves skin feeling refreshed, clean and smooth

One excellent feature of this product is that Rugged and Dapper offer it with a 30 day money back guarantee if you aren’t happy.

Cons:

Quite hard to get outside of the US  |  Cost is once again prohibitive but this product excels at what it does, one of the best face washes for men we’ve seen.

 

Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash – 4.5/5

Neutrogena’s men’s face wash works fantastically at getting into pores and cleaning them deeply removing dirt and blackheads. It’s gentle enough that it doesn’t damage skin with regular use and is perfect as facial cleanser for a pre shave routine. [buy here]

 

 

Pros:

Great at dealing with acne    |   Removes excess oil and dirt leaving your skin feeling refreshed and clean   |   Good for sensitive skin as it is not too harsh   |   Works while retaining the skin’s natural moisture

Cons:

No focus on natural ingredients

 

Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser – 4.5/5

Jack Black’s men’s facial cleanser is a bit stronger than most on this list. It works to clear dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin while not drying it out. It isn’t harsh on the skin so with proper use you should get a clean feeling with no tightness or roughness afterwards. Using a volcanic ash based formula this men’s face wash contains only organic ingredients that leave your face feeling smoother and softer. [buy here]

 

Pros:

Excellently combats oily skin and acne   |   All organic ingredients   |   No tightness   |   Also works great as a light exfoliator   |   Every ingredient serves a purpose   |   Fragrance free

Cons:

Not the best for super sensitive skin

 

Kyoku for Men Daily Facial Cleanser – 4.5/5

Kyoku products are inspired by Japanese herbal remedies and they utilise these natural ingredients in their range of men’s grooming products. This men’s facial cleanser works against the source of skin problems. It rids your skin of acne causing bacteria helping to reduce breakouts and prevent inflammation. [buy here]

 

Pros:

Not strongly scented   |   Leaves skin clean whilst retaining natural moisture   |   No tightening effect   |   Very gentle and kind to sensitive skin

Cons:

More artificial ingredients than most Kyoku products (though this doesn’t reflect on its effectiveness)

Damaging to skin with excessive scrubbing.

 

L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Extreme Charcoal Wash – 4.4/5

L’Oreal’s entry to men’s face wash market uses a hydrating charcoal based formula that works to eliminate 5 main causes of bad skin. The bottle contains a dark metallic grey liquid gel that foams up and turns white during use, a little goes a long way. [buy here]

 

 

Pros:

One bottle lasts a long time, only a pea sized amount is needed   |   Visibly clearer face   |   Tackles both acne and blackheads   |   Removes shine   |   Leaves skin feeling clean and soft with no tightness

Cons:

Not the best for sensitive skin   |   Scrubbing too hard can damage the skin (true for most cleansers) be careful!

 

Baxter of California Daily Face Wash – 4.3/5

Baxter’s men’s daily face wash is a very mild cleanser perfect for those with sensitive skin. It works well at removing dirt and excess oil. However this comes at a cost as it uses base ingredients that can cause drying and tightness if overused. Baxter’s is a perfect option for those with very sensitive skin that is not prone to drying as its light formula will not cause irritation or redness. [buy here]

 

Pros:

Great for sensitive skin   |   Works very well on excessively oily skin   |   Unscented so no harsh chemicals on the skin

Cons:

Can cause drying and tightness if overused   |   Better face washes can be found for the price

 

Naturgo Men’s Clay Face Wash Refreshing – 4.3/5

Not a very well known brand outside of the US and Japan, Naturgo’s product will work brilliantly at keeping your skin in great shape. Containing light exfoliating properties as well this face wash will remove dead skin cells while cleaning out your pores removing the dirt and unnecessary oil. It functions great as an everyday cleanser for keeping your face free from the sources of bad skin. However, it is  not great at tackling skin with excessive acne or blackhead problems. Whilst certainly not the best face wash for men; Naturgo is the product to go for if you want a reliable cleanser that will keep most of the causes of bad skin away at a good price point. [buy here]

Pros:

Keeps skin clear and smooth   |   Great price   |   Can be used daily   |   Brilliant for oily skin

Cons:

Not great for already dry skin as can cause a slight drying effect   |   Doesn’t combat acne and blackhead problems as effectively as some other brands.

 

ManCave Face Wash, 4.2 oz – 4.2/5

ManCave men’s face wash finds itself on this list not because it’s necessarily the best but because it does a fine job for its price. If you are looking for an everyday face wash to keep bad skin at bay while also not splashing cash this may very well be the one for you. ManCave works excellently at keeping good skin in great shape. However if you are looking to tackle excessively bad acne or oily skin you would be better off going for something slightly more premium. However despite not being the best face wash for men, ManCave excels at what it does for such a good price point. [buy here]

Pros:

Keeps skin clean and smooth   |   Doesn’t cause dryness   |   Great price point

Cons:

Not the best for already bad skin   |   It is fragranced which can be harsh on sensitive skin   |   Cheaper ingredients that work well but once can cause redness on sensitive skin

 

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