Everyone knows that guy.
The dude whose skin looks like a shriveled scrote.
The same guy who thinks washing his face means scraping the Dorito crust from the corners of his mouth.
Let face it:
That guy wouldn't know a men's face wash from a wet nap at Wendy's.
Now, maybe you're tired of having oily skin and want to get it under control.
Or maybe you’ve heard some of the manly benefits of washing your face – like how it helps grow an epic beard.
Either way, you're ready to crank your skincare up notch.
Sound like you?
Then you're in the right place.
Here's what we'll cover
In this guide, we're going to cover men's face wash from top to bottom.
And by the end of this post, you'll know everything about:
Why you shouldn't use the same soap on your face as you would your body and balls
What to look for in a facial wash
And the simplest, most effective way to wash your money maker
And yes, we're 100% going to talk about the creepy crawly bacteria that live on your face too.
Let's take a Ballsy look at men's face wash.
What is a men's face wash anyway?
A face wash is exactly what you think it is:
A wash for your face (duh).
More specifically, a face wash is a skincare product specially formulated for your face.
You see, facial skin is different from body skin:
Skin cells on your face are smaller
Face skin is thinner
And there are a lot more oil glands on your face compared to the rest of your body
In other words, facial skin is delicate, sensitive, and a heck of a lot more oily than other parts of your body.
And because of this, products made for your face are usually gentler and offer more targeted benefits – like oil control and built-in exfoliating ingredients.
The top 3 reasons to use a men's face wash
1. Bar and body soap wreck your acid mantle
The acid mantle isn't just a sweet name for a death metal band (just saying).
It's actually a thin barrier on the skin's surface that protects it from microscopic baddies like germs and viruses.
You see, bar and body soaps usually have harsher detergents that strip the acid mantle from your face.
And when this happens, it throws your skin's pH balance off, allowing unwanted bacteria and viruses to waltz in uninvited and cause pimples, infections, and other ailments.
So, just because a body wash is suitable for your balls and body, doesn't mean it'll work wonders on your face.
2. Because your germy hands touch your face 23 times an hour
Remember when the pandemic started and every doctor was screaming, Don't touch your face!
There's a reason for that.
Different studies preach how touching your face leads to respiratory infections.
In other words, hand-to-face contact is a transmission pathway for the viruses that cause respiratory sickness.
And if we've learned anything from covid, people touch their faces a lot – like an average 23 times per hour.
Given that, washing your face reduces your chances of getting sick.
Granted, it's not as effective as washing your hands, but it's still an essential step for preventing illness.
3. It's better for your beard
If you want to grow and maintain a sweet beard, you need to show your skin some TLC.
Cleaning and exfoliating the skin underneath your beard with a men's face wash removes the dead skin cells and excess oil. It also hydrates and nourishes the skin, which helps promote beard growth.
The bottom line: washing your face builds a better beard.
Why use a face wash with natural ingredients?
Even if you've never used a face wash before – or you're a seasoned skincare pro – going the natural route is usually the better option.
When you go with an au natural face wash, the ingredients are less likely to cause skin irritation or long-term damage – like dry skin, enlarged pores, or messing with the acid mantle.
Ideally, your men's face wash should cleanse the skin of impurities, balance sebum production – your body's natural moisturizing oil – and not irritate the hell out of your face.
And you'll achieve these benefits a lot easier using a face wash jam-packed with natural ingredients (versus something with a bunch of chemical crap).
Here's a list of must-have and must-avoid ingredients you should look for in a face wash.
Face wash ingredients to have:
Glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid found in plants and fruits)
Face wash ingredients to avoid:
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Simple alcohols (like ethanol and isopropyl alcohol)
What to consider before buying a face wash
Your skin type
One of the most important factors when it comes to picking a face wash is your skin type.
You see, certain face washes are better suited for specific skin types.
If your face is oily, you'll want a face wash built for oil with a gentle exfoliating agent.
Or, if your skin is dry and flakey, you'll want a moisturizing face wash.
Now, there are 5 different skin types:
Combination (a combo of oily and dry)
If you don't know your skin type, don't sweat it.
We'll go over skin types in the next section. But for now, remember that skin type influences the kind of face wash you need.
Face washing is one small part of a skincare regimen.
And if you find a brand that works for you, you'll probably use other products that brand offers.
But sticking with a particular brand isn't only about loyalty.
You see, most skincare brands have multiple products that when used together, deliver better results.
At Ballsy, we have our Face Wash (clever name, we know, we're proud).
And we also have our moisturizing lotion, Face Lotion (we know what we're doing, we swear)
These 2 products work hand-in-hand to give men a better, more complete skincare routine.
It's why we've bundled them together.
Look, your old man probably taught you to be tight with a buck, right?
Now, we're not saying he was a cheap bastard…
But back in his day, skincare meant washing your face with lukewarm water and firing snot rockets into a Kleenex – and anything else was a waste of money!
So, sit your old man down and have a chat with him, because it's time he knew:
Men need quality skincare products, and the crap at the dollar store just won't cut it.
The cheaper stuff (anything under $10) usually has higher concentrations of chemical junk that'll strip your face like paint thinner.
The more expensive stuff ($10+) usually has the right combination of ingredients for washing your face and nourishing your skin.
The bottom line:
You get what you pay for.
That said, most good men's face wash products will run you in the $10 - $25 range.
So don't break the bank when it comes to skin care, but don't be a cheap-arse either.
If your face is F#@^ed
If you have cystic acne and recurring blackheads out the wazoo (but not in the wazoo, that's a different problem), then a typical face wash might not cut it.
You might need the big guns:
A face wash with salicylic acid is specially formulated for acne. It easily dissolves acne-causing oil when it touches your skin, helping to clear up pimples and reduce inflammation.
If this sounds like you, then consult a dermatologist.
They might recommend a prescription drug or a specific type of face wash.
How do I know what type of skin I have?
There are 5 different types of skin:
Combination (a combo of oily and dry)
Genetics determines skin type – so blame your parents if you've got crappy skin problems.
Like we talked about earlier, knowing your skin type helps you find a face wash product and routine that works for you.
In this section, we'll dive a little deeper into skin types.
We'll explain the signs and symptoms of each skin type and a few helpful tips on how to handle your outer epidermal armor.
[insert an inappropriate Texas Chainsaw Massacre joke here]
Let's get some skin!
1. Sensitive skin
Guys with sensitive skin are no strangers to bumps, redness, itching, and burning irritation.
To put it bluntly, their skin is vulnerable to just about everything:
And of course, soaps and scrubs.
Just so you know, having sensitive skin isn't a death sentence.
It just means you have to stay diligent and be aware of what causes your skin irritation.
As a rule of thumb, if you have sensitive skin, it's better to stick with more natural products – else, you'll be all itchy, red, and grumpy.
2. Dry skin
Dry skin sucks – it's all rough and flakey and itchy, like velcro against your nipples.
Now, dry skin is caused by a lack of natural oils (sebum) on your face.
You see, these natural oils help retain moisture.
Less oil = less water retention = dry skin = bummer.
It gets worse…
Guys with dry skin generally age faster than those without.
Along with retaining moisture, sebum also acts as a protective barrier for the skin. And if this barrier goes bye-bye, then skin is more exposed to the outside elements.
So, when guys with dry skin encounter dry air or sunlight, their skin stiffens up and loses its elasticity.
And the net result: a shriveled, pruney, sack-face.
3. Oily skin
Guys with oily skin produce too much sebum.
Normally, sebum production is a good thing. But in this case, it leads to pimples, blackheads, and never-ending acne.
(Plus, your face is all greasy like that wax paper at the bottom of a pizza box).
But unlike a delish slice of pepperoni and cheese, a greasy face is nothing to be happy about.
If you've got oily skin, you probably already know it.
The telltale signs of oily skin are clogged pores and shiny cheeks, forehead, and nose.
But there's a bright side:
Because your skin is rich with sebum, you'll keep your youthful glow much longer.
You'll probably have a buttload of pimples all the time, but hey, fountain of youth, baby!
4. Normal skin
If you've got normal skin, you're in the goldilocks zone of sebum production.
Guys with normal skin don't usually break out.
And their skin is smooth, blemish-free, and dry – but not too dry.
Guys with normal skin will have an easier time caring for it. But that doesn't mean ignoring it altogether.
Crappy, chemical-laden face wash or overexposure to sunlight will still cause the natural oils in normal skin to seep out, leaving it open to damage.
5. Combination skin
If you've got combination skin, then you've got the worst of both worlds.
Combination skin means your skin is a combination of oily and dry.
Certain parts of your face – like your cheeks and chin – will be dry.
And other parts of your face – like your forehead and nose – will be oily.
What does this mean?
You'll have to care for both the oily and the dry parts of your face using a separate routine.
3 Common, ugly-ass strains of bacteria that live on your face
There are all sorts of creepy crawlies that live on your manly mug.
Some harmful, some not.
Either way, washing your face helps maintain the balance between good and bad bacteria on your face.
Let's take a look at the 3 most common bacteria that live on your money maker.
1. Staphylococcus epidermidis
Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a relatively harmless bacteria that likes to hang out in your nostrils and on your skin.
S. epidermidis is one of the good guys because it takes up space that other harmful bacteria would otherwise occupy.
In other words, S. epidermidis takes up valuable real estate on your face, preventing other harmful bacteria from moving in and destroying the neighborhood – AKA your health.
Also, certain strains of S. epidermidis release an enzyme that slows the growth of the Staphylococcus aureus – the bad type of staph.
2. Staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is another common type of bacteria hanging out on your skin.
But this guy sucks.
Because S. aureus is the leading cause of skin infections – and that includes boils, abscesses, and cellulitis.
In most cases, S. aureus is totally benign.
But under the right conditions, these bacterial bastards lead to more severe infections like pneumonia and blood, heart, and bone infections.
Next to S. epidermidis, Corynebacterium is the second most common type of bacteria on your skin
These little critters thrive in oily environments, so you better believe they love to hang out on your face.
There are different kinds of Corynebacterium – some harmful, some not.
But the one you've really got to keep an eye out for Corynebacterium diphtheriae, the strain that causes diphtheria.
Before we scare the hell out of you, remember that you're probably vaccinated against diphtheria – that is, unless you were born before 1923 or you're part of the legion of stupid people.
According to the CDC, diphtheria leads to "difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis, and even death."
… Better go wash your face just in case.
How to use Ballsy's Face Wash
If you want the best results with Face Wash, you'll have to make skin care a ritual.
Yeah yeah, easier said than done, we know.
But if you make a simple routine a priority, you're more likely to stick with it.
So, in keeping with that virtue:
Here's a simple but effective face washing strategy that, when done consistently, will keep your mug looking A-1.
1. Take a shower
Ideally, it's better to take a shower before you wash your face.
It's not 100% necessary, but showering beforehand helps prep skin and unclog pores – a pretty crucial step when it comes to face washing.
2. Wash your hands
The human hand contains about 150 different species of bacteria.
So, using an unwashed hand to clean your face is like wiping before you poo: it defeats the purpose.
By now, you probably know how to wash your hands because, well…Worldwide pandemic, end of days, blah blah blah, you get the spiel.
But if not, here are some helpful tips:
Later up your hands up with soap
Scrub vigorously for 20 minutes – palms, wrists, in-between your fingers, the back of your hands, and under your nails.
Rinse and pat dry
3. Splash your face with warm water
If you haven't showered first, splash some warm water on your face to open your pores.
Some guys might be inclined to use hot water, thinking it'll open up their pore even more.
Your face is the last place you should be playing around with hot water.
Besides, lukewarm water works fine.
But hey, if you burn all the skin of your face with scorching hot lava-water, you don't have to worry about washing it, right?
(Please don't do that).
4. Squeeze out a nickel
Squeeze our nickel-sized amount of Face Wash into the palm of your head.
Any more product than that is a waste.
And any less might not be enough.
If you've got thick facial hair, you might need a little more – use your judgment.
5. Rub, don't scrub
Apply Face Wash to your face, forehead, and underneath your chin.
Rub in circular motions for about 60 seconds.
Scrubbing irritates the skin and causes microtears. Remember, this is your face; you're not sanding down a deck here.
Okay, we know you're thinking about it…
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead cells from your skin.
Have you ever noticed that some bath and body products have a gritty texture?
That's for exfoliation.
Now, exfoliation comes with a ton of benefits for your skin:
It reduces the occurrence of ingrown hairs
Let's you have a smoother shave
Improves your complexion
Prevents saggy skin (by increasing collagen production)
And it helps your skin absorb other skincare products
The bottom line is any pro-league skincare routine includes exfoliation.
Thankfully, many products include exfoliating ingredients so you can wash and exfoliate at the same time – no additional steps are needed.
Face Wash uses a natural exfoliating agent – kaolin clay – that's gentle on skin but cleans like a mother's spit.
7. Rinse and pat dry
Once your skin is all squeaky clean and you've got all that dead skin taking care of (exfoliate, son) then it's time to rinse off.
Splash a few handfuls of lukewarm water over your face – like they do in EVERY skin care commercial – and then pat your face dry with a clean towel.
BONUS ROUND: Moisturize with Face Lotion
A lot of guys skip the moisturizing step.
And let's not lie, it's partly because they think it's effeminate and partly because they're lazy.
Moisturizing helps hydrate and renew the skin by stopping water loss and fighting free radicals (unstable atoms that damage cells, causing illness and aging).
Think of moisturizing as that last coat of varnish that seals everything up and protects the surface of your skin from damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the best type of face wash for men?
There's no single best face wash because every man's skincare needs are slightly different.
But, if you've never used a face wash before, try a product with natural ingredients first.
They're normally gentler on your skin and still clean and nourish your face as good as other products.
2. Is it better to wash your face once or twice a day?
It depends. If you have dry or sensitive skin, washing your face once a day is enough.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you'll want to wash your face twice a day – once in the morning and once at night.
3. Should I wash my face in the morning or at night
According to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, if you can only wash your face once a day, do it at night. Washing at night removes all the gunk and grime that's built up on your face throughout the day.
4. What's the difference between men's and women's skin?
A meta-study of male vs. female skin found that men's skin is thicker, oilier, and has a lower pH than women's skin.
As a result, men's skin is more prone to breakouts. And because of this, men should use face wash formulated for their skin.
Sorry boys, but I guess the Aveeno is reserved for Jennifer Anniston after all.
Beat the bacteria and nourish your moneymaker with Face Wash
If you're a man, it's time to start taking care of your skin.
Because here's the thing:
Washing your skin and face isn't just about keeping your moneymaker looking sharp.
Letting all that oil and bacteria gunk up isn't exactly healthy – remember when we talked about staph infections on your face?
But still, if the idea of a skincare routine feels like a threat to your man-card, then go ahead and keep your dirty face.
But don't blame us when your skin looks like a shriveled sack by the time you're 33.
Look, Ballsy's got your back…
And now we're helping keep that rugged man-mug of yours as clean as a Mother Goose nursery rhyme.
Give Face Wash a whirl and let us know what you think.
And if you're really looking to grab your skincare by the balls, try the Fash Wash bundle.