Mug Scrubs: The 8 Best Face Washes for Men

Guys tend to neglect their skin. This leads to clogged pores, breakouts, flaking, and a prematurely aged look from using the harsh chemicals found in bar soaps on the relatively delicate skin of your face. Unless you want to prematurely look like Jack Palance and Freddy Krueger had a homely love child, you’ve got to spend the time and money to get a face wash formulated for men. They can moisturize your weathered skin, clear up the detritus from modern life, and give you a more attractive visage.

The harder you work and the more abuse your skin takes, the more important it is to refresh and revitalize it. Sweat, dead cells, dirt, pollution, and the muck of the world all bombard your face, which is largely left naked to the world. Without cleaning that out, you’re gumming up the works and casting a pall over the thing you literally use to face the world. You wouldn’t let sap sit on your car’s paint job, so don’t let sludge accumulate on your skin. Get one of the 8 best face washes for men and keep your countenance clear.

Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash 0

Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash

Pro: Opens pores
Con: Contains sulfates

Most for the Money: With both a daily cleanser and a full-bore acne wash option, guys who need to clean deep every day will get the most out of this face wash. It cuts down on the grime, dust, and oils that hard-working guys deal with on a daily basis. While not really harsh, anyone with moderate or dry skin will find this to be overkill that can cause some pattern drying. It uses a water base but also has some sulfates in it which produces a cleansing foam that you might love or hate. A little menthol in the mixture is a nice way to kick start your day and open your pores right before you bust out the straight razor for an old-school shave. [Purchase: $5]

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Pro: Can be used as a cleansing mask
Con: Dries skin out

Go Deep: Not for the faint of heart, this face wash uses charcoal to pull dirt and oil off of your skin for a clean that digs down to exfoliate and cleanse. Anyone with sensitive or over-dry skin will find this to be brutal, particularly if they slather it on every day. Even average users may only want to keep this around for staggered or occasional use. Can annihilate blackheads and deal with pores that have been stuffed up like a vacuum bag so you might want to use this to kick off a better overall cleansing regimen. Feel free to also put it on as a cleansing mask for a weekly refresher. It is wise to include a facial moisturizer to keep your face from becoming the Mojave. [Purchase: $6]

Kyoku for Men

Kyoku for Men

Pro: Exfoliates, tones, and balances
Con: Mild scrubbing power

The Exfoliator: Face washes clean, but don’t often do the dirty job of exfoliating to clear away all the dead skin that lurks on your lovely mug. Kyoku is absolutely one of our favorites for handling all tasks to give you a brighter, more radiant appearance. Just know that you’ll probably have to hide it from your girlfriend. Volcanic ash is used to remove toxins and unhealthy oils from your face as it washes away dirt even as it removes ingrown hairs that clog pores and cause dermatological issues. Rice bran toner helps to keep wrinkles from showing through and firm your skin for a hint of boyishness. A topical combination of vitamins balances your acidity to reduce long-term damage from sun, wind, and other abuses. [Purchase: $12]

Jack Black Pure Clean

Jack Black Pure Clean

Pro: Includes a mild toner
Con: Slightly drying, not good for cold weather

Toner Too: Jack Black’s products have wormed their way into our hearts with nearly everything they do, from deodorants to lotions. Their face wash is no exception. First off, it has witch hazel that works as an astringent to help cut through facial hair and clean away oils for guys sporting a ‘stache or bushy chin bristles. Then it uses sulfate-free surfactants to remove oil without drying out the skin too heavily. Sage and aloe revitalize and calm more sensitive skin and get your face ready for a shave. A mild facial toner rounds out the collection of ingredients and keeps your skin firm and youthful. [Purchase: $12.50+]

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Pro: Gentle
Con: Mild cleansing

Clean and Simple: You can just toss this in your shower to complete your daily routine. It is a true cleanser in that it doesn’t contain any soap or sulfates which foam up and fry your face. The gentle formula prevents irritation, helps stop redness or dark spots, and includes moisturizing elements that are good for skin irritated from using a harsh shaving cream. Non-comedogenic and beloved by dermatologists, everyone from the most acne-prone 20-something to the sensitive older man will find little to complain about. Just remember, a little goes a long way and this is best if you use it every single day. [Purchase: $16]

John Masters Organics Face Wash Shave Foam

John Masters Organics Face Wash & Shave Foam

Pro: Reduces waste
Con: Not ideal for thick beards

Double Trouble: 2-in-1 products are usually inferior in every way to products that can accomplish a single thing well. Masters has broken the mold. If you have time to shave, you have time to clean your face with this shave and face wash combo. It’s both a light cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy; and a gentle, non-irritating shaving foam that gets your whiskers to stand up firmly for a quick shave. Your skin feels clean and refreshed in a way that is rare even when using two separate items. Included witch hazel also ensures that any nicks are treated so they don’t cause problems later on. [Purchase: $25]

Fig Yarrow Cleansing Nectar

Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar

Pro: All natural
Con: Does not deep clean

Deals with Damage: It’s hard to wash your face if it has already been ravaged by skin problems, heavy breakouts, eczema, rashes, or sunburns. That’s when you want something that is formulated for damaged skin. Rather than using this as a soap, you apply it more like an astringent with a few swipes. The organic ingredients work to clear away bacteria, oils, and dried sweat without any harsh chemicals that can exacerbate existing problems. Willow bark, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar exfoliate. Oils from lavender, sage, aloe, and chamomile soothe. Then Ginko and green tea slide in to destroy free radicals that damage skin. [Purchase: $32]

Earth Tu Face

Earth Tu Face

Pro: Food-grade ingredients
Con: Expensive

Dry Fighter: Extreme dryness causes more problems for guys than intense facial oils, and those who suffer with it know that even the most gentle soaps, cleansers, and face washes can torture them all day long. For sensitive souls that need a way to scour without suffering the Earth Tu Face is a breath of fresh air. Food-grade ingredients avoid any perfumes or unnatural additives that can irritate or parch the skin, reinforcing and balancing the positive oils while eliminating the negative ones. Were it not quite so costly, it would be a perfect storm for the literally thin-skinned. [Purchase: $48]