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How to Choose: Face Washes for Men

Dapper & Done | Face Wash for Men

This guide is approximately a 3-minute read.

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How to choose a face wash depending on your skin type.

Let’s get into it.


How to Choose: Face Washes for Men

Washing your face twice every day is absolutely essential to having a healthy complexion no matter what your skin type is.

Face wash is the skin care product that's best to use to cleanse your face, as it's made specifically to suit the face tissue - unlike bar body soaps that are often too harsh for the complexion.

Today, there are many face washes formulated for guys available, leaving many guys wondering how to choose a men's face wash for best results.

A good strategy to select a face wash is to first determine what your skin type is and then choose a product that suits it.

Read on to learn how to choose a face wash for men for each common skin type.


Dry Skin

Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: Flakiness, roughness or redness that is often worse in the winter; a tight feeling after you wash your face

If your skin is naturally dry, your body doesn't produce enough sebum or oil to keep it properly lubricated. You don't want to make things worse by using a face wash that will remove the oil that is present on your skin and worsen dryness.

That's why it's best to choose a face wash enriched with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin or olive oil for dry skin.

Look for ones with a creamy base and that do not foam when you lather them for best results.

An example of a face wash that could be a good fit for you is URTH's Face Wash:

 Dapper & Done | URTH Face Wash


Oily Skin

Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: Greasiness and shininess; large, visible pores; frequent acne breakouts

Guys with oily skin produce sebum on overdrive, leading to too much of the natural oil being present on the complexion and in the pores. Face washes that can remove excess oils can help to promote matter skin and ease skin congestion.

Foaming, gel-based face washes with pore refining ingredients like witch hazel can help to cut through that oily sheen.

For acne breakouts, look for a face wash with salicylic acid, which will promote clearer pores and help to break down blemishes.

A face wash for you to check out if you have oily skin is the Clarifying Gel Face Wash from Brickell:

Brickell Clarifying Gel Face Wash


Sensitive Skin

Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: Redness, itching and burning reactions to skin care products

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.

Sensitive complexions can become irritated by ingredients that otherwise are safe for guys' skin, so you need to be cautious when choosing a face wash if you're a sensitive type.

Gentle, non-foaming face washes that are hypoallergenic will be the best option, as they are formulated without ingredients that are known to trigger reactions.

Products with aloe, chamomile, or vitamin E can help to calm inflammation to benefit sensitive skin.

If you’ve got sensitive skin, an example of a face wash that could potentially be a good fit for you is the Purifying Charcoal Face Wash from Brickell:

 Dapper & Done | Purifying Charcoal Face Wash


Normal Skin

Signs That This Is Your Skin Type: You don't fall into any of the other categories

If you're lucky enough to have normal type skin, your body makes the perfect amount of oil, so you don't want to add excess oils or over dry your complexion and disrupt that perfect balance.

During the summer months, try a gel-based or liquid face wash, and use a creamier formula during the winter to help your complexion stay ideally hydrated despite environmental conditions.

An example of a face wash you may want to take a look at if you have normal skin is the Ritual Face Cleanser from Triumph & Disaster:

Dapper & Done | Ritual Face Cleanser from Triumph & Disaster 


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