This guide is approximately a 3-minute read.
In this guide, you’ll learn:
- The difference between face scrubs and face washes
- How to go about choosing a face scrub
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How to Choose: Face Scrubs for Men
Got dead skin on your face? If you're not taking steps to exfoliate regularly, you probably do, pal.
Your body constantly renews your skin by producing new healthy cells - and as a part of that cellular turnover process, the tissue on the outer layer of your skin dies.
While that skin is eventually shed on its own, it can build-up, leading to roughness, flakiness, dullness, and even clogged pores.
Face scrubs are the solution to this problem - they exfoliate or remove the dead skin to promote a softer, smoother, and clearer complexion.
Face Scrubs vs. Face Washes: What's the Difference?
Before getting into how to choose a face scrub for men, it's important to explain the difference between a face scrub and a face wash.
A face wash is a product that removes impurities from your skin.
Face scrubs do that too - but they also eliminate dead skin at the same time.
Most men should use a face wash twice every day, replacing the face wash with a face scrub once or twice per week to support cellular turnover.
How to Choose a Face Scrub for Men
In order to get great results from a face scrub, you need to select one that's right for your skin.
Find your skin type from the list below to learn which type of face scrub is ideal for your complexion.
Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: Dullness, roughness, flakiness, red patches, a tight feeling after you wash your face, small pore size
Face Scrub for Dry Skin: Exfoliation is incredibly beneficial for dry skin because it can remove the rough tissue that often plagues guys with this skin type.
To avoid making your skin drier, choose an exfoliating scrub with moisturizing ingredients that replenish lost moisture.
These products usually have a creamy consistency and may use moisturizing beads made out of jojoba or other natural oils to exfoliate.
An example of a face scrub you may want to try out if you have dry skin is the Renewing Face Scrub from Brickell:
Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: Large, visible pores; shiny complexion, frequent acne blemishes
Face Scrub for Oily Skin: Oily complexions benefit from the pore-cleansing properties of exfoliation, which can reduce the risk of blemishes.
Look for a clarifying or deep pore cleansing facial scrub that can whisk away excess oil while removing dead skin.
Ones that contain salicylic acid will help to refine your pores and address existing acne blemishes.
An example of a face scrub you may want to try out if you have oil skin is the Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub from Triumph & Disaster:
Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: Stinging or burning when you use skin care products, redness, bumps or rashes, itchy skin
Face Scrub for Sensitive Skin: With sensitive skin, you need to be careful to choose a gentle exfoliator that won't irritate your complexion.
Note: if you have sensitive skin (or aren't sure if you do), please don't test out any grooming products before consulting with your dermatologist or doctor first.
Consider choosing products that are labeled as "allergy tested" or "hypoallergenic."
Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: If your skin doesn't fall into any of the three categories, you likely have normal type skin
Face Scrub for Normal Skin: To get the most bang for your buck, exfoliate your normal type complexion with a product that contains more than one exfoliating agent.
This may include different types of abrasives like pumice granules and moisturizing beads or a combination of abrasives and chemical exfoliators like glycolic acid, which dissolve dead skin.
A face scrub for you to check out if you have normal skin is the Scrub from URTH: