The Best Men’s Face Wash 2024 – Top 10

Cleansing your face is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. It helps to remove dirt, oil, and debris that can clog pores and lead to acne breakouts. It can also help to hydrate your skin, slow the aging process, minimize pore size and keep you looking looking your best.

There are a lot of different face washes on the market, so it can be tough to know which one is right for you. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the benefits of cleansing your face, the importance of choosing the right face wash, and some of the top 10 men’s face washes on the market. As always, if Strive for some reason isn’t for you, we will help you find the right product.

Benefits of Cleansing Your Face

There are many benefits to cleansing your face regularly. Here are just a few:

  • Removes dirt, oil, and debris:  Men tend to have oilier skin. The right face wash helps to cleansing your face helps to remove dirt, oil,and debris that can clog pores and lead to acne breakouts. With the right ingredients it can also help prevent shine and regulate excess sebum production.
  • Hydrates your skin: Many face washes contain hydrating ingredients that can help to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Hydrated skin just flat out looks better and healthier.
  • Improves skin tone and texture: Regular cleansing can help to improve the overall appearance of your skin, giving it a more even tone and texture. Studies have shown that the more smooth and clear your complexion, the more trustworthy you are perceived.
  • Prevents premature aging: Cleansing your face can help to remove free radicals, which can damage your skin and lead to premature aging. The best cleansers will introduce antioxidants to the skin as well to fruther prevent damage.

Importance of Choosing the Right Face Wash

9 in 1 Cleaning Product Bottle
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Not all face washes are created equal. It’s important to choose a face wash that is right for your skin type and for the problems you are lookign to address. If you have oily skin, you’ll need a face wash that will help to control oil production. If you have dry skin, you’ll need a face wash that will help to hydrate your skin.

If you have acne issues, you probably want something geared towards acne.


Common Face Wash Mistakes Guys Make

  • Not cleansing enough or cleansing too much: You shouldn’t need to wash your face more than twice a day and it’s okay to just wash once at the end of the day. This all just depends on your skin. If you have very oily skin, washing in the morning can be a great play.
  • Using harsh cleansers: Harsh cleansers i.e. body wash, 3-1s and bars of soap can irritate your skin resulting in redness, acne and more.
  • Not rinsing your face thoroughly: Make sure to rinse your face thoroughly after cleansing to remove any residue.
  • Not moisturizing your face: Moisturizing your face after cleansing is essential to keeping your skin hydrated and healthy.

Top 10 Men’s Face Washes

  1. Strive Deep Clean Hydrating Face Wash ($30 – Best Overall)
    Deep Hydrating Face Wash on White Background

    Alright so obviously our wash is going to top the list. That’s because the Deep Clean Hydrating Face Wash uses a premium powerful cleansing agent that has been perfectly balanced with ingredients that make it quite gentle on the skin. It is well balanced and suitable for all skin types. This means you get deep cleaning without the dry, tight skin feel and great our restoring ingredients bring moisture to the skin as the product is washed off.

    Additionally, ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, Panthenol, Aloe Vera & Glycerin bring hydration to the skin. Aloe Vera and Centella soothe redness & irritation from shaving or ya know,  doing manly things. Lastly, Niacinamide is included to brighten the skin and reduce the apperance of redness, dark circles & blemishes.

  2. Tatcha The Rice Wash Soft Cream Cleanser ($36 –  Great for Dry Skin)
    TATCHA The Rice Wash Face Wash BottleWhen you have Dry or Very Dry skin,  washing your face can feel horrible because it makes the situation much worse. It is a good idea to look to cleansers that are very light on the skin and provide moisture/hydration to the skin. This is where you may want to consider a cream cleanser instead of your standard gel one. This cream cleanser from Tatcha feels rich, luxurious, and will allow you to get a good clean without drying out your skin.
  3. Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash ($38 – Great Fragrance)
    Kiehls Deep Cleansing WashFor those who want a bit of fragrance in their products and don’t have a sensitivity to them, we love how this product smells. It also foams and lathers quite nicely. If you are the drier side, you may want to look elsewhere as this doesn’t do a whole lot in the way or restoring the skin after washing.
  4. PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash 10% Benzoyl Peroxide ($8.00 – Great for Acne)

    Panoxyl Face Wash

  5. Cerave SA Cleanser ($10 – Great for Blackheads)

    CeraVe SA Cleanser Bottle

    Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant that can easily go deep into pores and clear them out. This makes the product helpful for preventing/treating acne, but this is particularly useful if your acne is more mild and/or you are mostly dealing with blackheads & whiteheads. These cleansers can tend to be quite drying, so becareful not to excessively dry out your skin, as this can make your situaion worse

  6. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($10 – Great Overall Budget Cleanser)

    Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

  7. Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser  ($35 – Great for smoothing skin)

    Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser

    This cleanser uses a chemical exfoliant, Glycolic Acid, so everytime you cleanse it has gentle exfoliating action. This is great for optimizing your complexion by removing more dead skin cells and having more fresh skin on display. The negative of this is that depending on your skin and your routine, it can potentially cause irritation.

  8. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Cream Cleanser ($29 – Great for Dry Skin)

  9. Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk ($50 – Great for Bathroom Aesthetic)

    Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

  10. Vanicream Gentle Facial Clanser  ($12 – Great for Sensitive Skin & Budget)

    Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser


Cleansing your face is an important part of any skincare routine. By choosing the right face wash for your skin type or issue and avoiding common mistakes, you can help to keep your skin looking its best.

If you’re in the market for a new face wash, give Strive a try and if for some reason that’s not for you, there will be something on this list that is for you.

Angel is the Founder and Lead chemist of Strive. He is a graduate of the Institute of Personal Care Science and a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Fan of PB&Js, the gym, video games, piano & UFC.

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