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The best cleansers for men

It doesn’t feel that long ago that men’s grooming only comprised soap, shaving cream and aftershave lotion. With the global men’s personal care market continuing to grow, our skincare routines have moved on – a lot. Skincare staples alone now extend to cleansers, serums, moisturisers, exfoliators, post-shave sohyaluronic acid,others and more. Matching your routine to your specific skin type is also now possible and the best way to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Starting with cleansers, here’s our pick of the best CeraVe cleansers for men and for your skin type to leave it feeling fresh and clean.

Let’s start with the basics – how to cleanse correctly

  • Use a gentle cleanser that does not strip the skin barrier
  • Wet your face with warm water and massage into your skin
  • Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry with a soft, clean flanel
  • Keep washing to the morning, evening and after sweating

Finding a cleanser for your skin type

Oily skin

Oily skin can result from hormones, genetics, humidity and even stress. Finding the right cleanser and face wash for men with oily or blemish-prone skin can be tricky. Anything that’s too harsh can dry out your skin, leaving it feeling tight, but anything that’s too gentle may not clear your pores effectively.

For comfortable, shine-free skin, look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which hydrates without clogging pores, niacinamide for its calming benefits and salicylic acid to gently exfoliate. Gel-based or foaming formulas are also best suited to oily skin types.

CeraVe’s Foaming Cleanser also features three types of essential ceramides, and helps to gently cleanse the skin without irritating it or disrupting the skin’s barrier to keep it looking and feeling healthy.

Oily skin
Dry or sensitive skin
Oily skin

Although dry skin is more common in the colder months, environmental factors can help cause discomfort and dry skin throughout the year. As you get older, your skin loses its ability to retain water as ceramide levels decrease. Irritants can strip moisture from your skin too, particularly if you have sensitive skin and a compromised skin barrier.

To keep dry and sensitive skin clean and healthy, choose a gentle fragrance-free (all CeraVe products are fragrance-free) cleanser enriched with ceramides to thoroughly cleanse without disrupting the skin’s barrier. The lightweight CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser also features hydrating hyaluronic acid and our patented MVE technology, which releases moisturising ingredients for up to 24-hour hydration, making it ideal for daily use.

Combination skin

As combination skin is neither dry nor oily, but both at the same time, finding the right skincare isn’t always easy. However, if your skin behaves differently in different areas of your face, with your T-zone – your forehead, nose and chin – oilier than other parts of your face, we’ve got the perfect facial cleansers for combination skin and you. Choose one of these balancing cream or foaming cleansers to address concerns such as enlarged pores, blackheads and shine. Ceramide-infused formulas are especially great for removing excess oil from the T-zone without stripping the skin of moisture.

Combination skin

For some of us,blemishes aren’t just reserved for our teenage years. Getting the right cleanser and following a daily anti-blemish regimen is key to keeping your skin calm and clear.

The ideal face wash for men with blemishes needs to strike the right balance and be both gentle and effective to readdress imbalance but not add to it. Our cleansers feature hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides, and when applied in the morning, evening and after working out help dissolve dirt and excess oil while soothing skin and helping it to feel soft and comfortable.

Ingrown hairs

ngrown hairs are an unwanted side effect of shaving. A good pre-shave routine and exfoliating cleanser, like our CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser, can however help to prevent them. This gentle salicylic acid cleanser helps eliminate the uppermost layer of dead surface skin cells that can trap hairs beneath the surface, causing irritation and blemish-like bumps. Look out for ingredients like soothing niacinamide and barrier-replenishing ceramides for smoother skin, too.


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