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Top 10 Men's Cleansers

The 10 Best Facial Cleansers for Men That Work Just As Hard As You Do

The 10 Best Facial Cleansers for Men That Work Just As Hard As You Do

Let's face it: men aren't... the best at skincare. Are you the dude who washes his face with bar soap, or knows someone who washes his face with bar soap? If so, we aren't surprised (although we do have some suggestions on how to upgrade). Men's grooming routines don't have to be complicated, but they do need to be effective. Our number one element to every grooming routine, man or woman, is a really good cleanser. Cleansers do all the dirty work, digging deep into your pores to clear out the dirt and oil. That way, you have the perfect blank canvas for the rest of your grooming. That is why we have rounded up the Top 10 best men's cleansers for every face, so you can start getting your skincare on the right track. Opening image: nordstrom.com

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August 2, 2018

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The Rankings


Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This cleanser is designed to work for every skin type, making this a no-brainer product for any man.

HELPFUL TIP: This product is residue-free, eliminating the need for a toner.


Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: Activated charcoal neutralizes acidity and absorbs impurities from your skin.

USERS SAID: "The product smells good, lathers good, rinses clean easily, and leaves my skin instantly feeling really soft without drying me out at all. And I love that it's free of the junk/chemicals a lot of other products have in them."


Baxter of California Daily Face Wash

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This no fragrance formula leaves your skin refreshed and smooth, and doesn't interfere with your cologne or aftershave

HELPFUL TIP: Since this face wash is super concentrated, you only need a small amount.


Lab Series Skincare for Men Multi-Action Face Wash

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: This foaming cream cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions the skin all at once.

BEST FOR: Normal and dry skin types


Kiehl’s Since 1851 Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Really enjoying using this facewash. It is a refreshing way to start the day, and smells great! I find it to work very well on rough skin after shaving, and even reduces redness from electric shavers. Highly recommend for anyone looking to reenergize their skin."

 BEST FOR: Refreshing the skin and prepping it for shaving


Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash

Our Score

BEST FOR: Oily skin types that need a little extra love

WHAT IT DOES: A non-drying facial wash that's all about cleaning and clearing up your skin to reveal its natural radiance


Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A 2-in-1 cleanser and toner that simplifies your skincare routine

WHAT IT DOES: Removes deep-down dirt and oil for smooth and shave-ready skin.


Brickell Men's Products Purifying Charcoal Face Wash

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This product is light but powerful. Cleans off dirt and grime while leaving my skin feeling fresh and not dried out."

LOVED FOR: A natural charcoal formula that cleans deep in your skin


Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This detoxifying gel gives your skin a deep clean, drawing out dirt and excess oil 

HELPFUL TIP: It will also soften your beard! Double win.


Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cleanser

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This cleanser is basic and boring in the best way. It doesn't really smell and it's just a normal cleanser but it foams up nicely, [and] is pH balanced (very important to the skin barrier)."

LOVED FOR: A foaming cleanser that doesn't dry your skin out and you only need a little of

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