The skin on your face shouldn’t be treated in the same manner as the skin on the rest of your body. In order to have a skincare routine that is on point, you need to approach the process a bit differently than if you were simply scrubbing your body clean with your favorite bar of soap or body wash.
Here are the best exfoliators for men.
When it comes to high-end men’s grooming products, Jack Black is among the elite.
With their formulas, typically colorant-free, nearly all-natural, along with being dermatologist tested, you simply can’t go wrong picking up one of their many great products.
Jack Black adds to their already impressive lineup of shampoos, conditioners, and shaving creams a face buff that will work to kick out the dead skin cells that are staying way too long in your pores.
But what makes this exfoliator so unique from the rest of the pack is how it fits into your grooming routine.
If you, like many men, shave several times a week, you know just how painful of an experience an ingrown hair can be.
This exfoliator by Jack Black was specifically designed to not only get the dead skin cells out of your pores but also do an effective job at opening the pores as well.
Face Buff Energizing Scrub is meant to be a part of your pre-shave ritual. When using it, you will want to apply this before a pre-shave oil application to prep your skin.
The ‘Energizing’ property of this scrub comes from its inclusion of menthol. Not some synthetic junk like other manufacturers, this scrub contains Mentha arvensis leaf oil that is used as a natural extract in luxury products (source).
When it comes to the actual exfoliation of this product, it’s going to be among the best performers on this list and should leave your pores feeling refreshed throughout the course of the day.
Your manly skin will thank you for using this stuff!
Unlike other exfoliators for men that rely on pumice or walnut powder to lift the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, this facial cleanser by Rugged & Dapper relies on willow bark to do the heavy lifting when cleaning up your face.
But that’s not all…
This product is full of other ingredients that just simply aren’t found in many of the exfoliators we have listed so far.
Case and point would be the inclusion of burdock root. This root (which is all-natural), is a natural astringent that will help to reduce the pore sizes on your face after application.
Therefore, if you have enormous pores it should help out tremendously. In addition to the astringent properties, burdock root will also help to even out the tone and complexion of your face. If all this sounds familiar, it should, these are very similar properties found in witch hazel – a common ingredient in natural aftershave balms.
Packed in a hearty 8oz container, this exfoliator, while having a higher initial price point, is actually a bargain when compared to others on the market at a price per ounce comparison.
Generally speaking, this product is geared for men of all skin types and ages. Overall, a great formulation that you should check out given its 60 days, 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Similar in nature to the Jack Black Face Buff that was discussed earlier, this facial exfoliator by Biotherm is designed to be used a few times a week before you shave.
The light green solution within Biotherm is packed with tiny grains that will work to get dead skin cells free from your pores for a healthier complexion.
Beyond complexion, this exfoliator has been formulated specifically for men to account for our naturally thicker and collagen-filled skin to achieve maximum results.
As recommended by Biotherm, this exfoliator is primarily aimed at your general face and not around the eyes. Therefore, when using this product, don’t expect it to get rid of fine lines or dark circles under your eyes when applying.
This product is great for men who are looking for an exfoliator brand that is crafted from a luxury design house and isn’t afraid of spending a few extra bucks for quality.
Packed with pumice, avocado oil, and jojoba oil this renewing face scrub by Brickell is just what the dermatologist would likely order for a more even keel skin complexion.
Working with men of all skin varieties, this universal face scrub by Brickell is another addition to their impressive lineup of men’s grooming products.
This renewing face scrub is specially formulated for a man’s tough skin relies on 98% natural ingredients and 70% organic.
Many men may wonder if this is a true exfoliator since it’s not mentioned on the label.
However, with the inclusion of pumice, this product’s core purpose is to remove dead skin cells – thus making it classified as an exfoliator.
Coming in either 2 or 4oz varieties, the smaller version is TSA friendly so you can look great while on the road when you have this packed away in your Dopp kit.
Lastly, regarding the harmful stuff that is found in the big box brands (i.e. parabens, colorants, etc.) this scrub is noticeably absent of these potentially hazardous ingredients.
Like many of the other Brickell products we reviewed, this scrub has been made in the USA and therefore meets more stringent quality standards.
TOULON caught our attention for a few reasons. First and foremost, its heavy reliance on walnut as its primary exfoliating agent, secondly, much of the ingredients within this product are completely all-natural.
But what really made this out to be one of the best exfoliators for men is its inclusion of Vitamin E (which works wonders on your skin), B5, aloe vera, and chamomile.
While chamomile may sound like an ingredient packed in most women’s products, men should never overlook its benefits to your skin.
Chamomile is a natural ingredient (from a flower) that is an antioxidant while also containing anti-fungal properties. This means that if you have severe acne, this key ingredient may prove to be incredibly effective at fully washing out your pores to prevent any sort of whiteheads or blackheads from appearing.
Regarding the skin type of this particular exfoliator, it is safe to use on just about any skin type. So, if you have dry to oily skin, it should get you back to the proper pH balance on your face.
Packed in a 4oz container, this exfoliator has a very light scent upon application and shouldn’t feel too off-putting or dominant.
For extra peace of mind, this product is paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and free of synthetic fragrances (which can be extremely hazardous).
Of all the exfoliators for men that we outline in this article, this is the one product with the highest peer review score (4.9). With an incredibly low price point, this is worthy of your consideration.
Purpose and Benefit Of Scrubbing Your Face Regularly With An Exfoliator
Your skin is always in the process of constantly shedding dead skin cells to make way for new fresh ones.
Men’s skin is starkly different from that of a woman’s. To summarize, we naturally have far thicker skin and way more collagen than our female counterparts.
Unfortunately, since we do such a poor job taking care of our skin, we will begin to form wrinkles, get dark spots, and just generally will appear much more tired at a far earlier age than if we invested in a proper skincare routine.
When you exfoliate a few times a week, it acts as a process to rid your tough and thick skin of the dead skin cells remnants.
This release process of the old skin will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and give your skin a much brighter and healthier glow.
But not only will it make you appear much brighter and healthier, there are a few other benefits you will realize when using an exfoliator:
Reduced Appearance Of Large Pores
When it comes to your face, and especially your nose, the build-up of oil and dead skin cells will make your pores appear way larger than what they are (to the point that it almost looks like blackheads). When you exfoliate regularly, you should be able to shake these pores clean and ultimately get a much more even pore size appearance.
Reduce The Occurrence of General Acne
At the base of every one of your hair follicles, you have these tiny little ducts called sebaceous glands. These sebaceous glands excrete a natural oil called sebum oil. If your pore is clogged due to oil or dead skin cells, the sebum oil will back up and form a white head. Exfoliation can help to reduce this occurrence.
Therefore, men with mild to severe acne may notice a drastic reduction with regular exfoliation.
A More Even Appearance To Your Skin
If you notice that in some parts of your face that look slightly more red or irritated than others, regular use of exfoliation may help to even out your skin tone for a more balanced look that will be pleasing to others.
Be sure to use an exfoliator that contains witch hazel or burdock root in order to evenly tone your skin.
How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Skin?
When it comes to exfoliating your face, most expert dermatologists recommend exfoliating anywhere between one and three times a week.
Too little exfoliation and you may not be doing an effective job at clearing out the dead skin cells from your face. Too much exfoliation and you run the risk of completely throwing off the natural balance of oils, skin cell growth, etc. on your face which may lead not only to irritation, but in severe cases severe dryness, redness, and perhaps even more sensitive skin.
Therefore, what we like to recommend men to do, especially when first trying out an exfoliator is to do it only once a week.
Chances are that it shouldn’t be too much for your skin to handle.
After doing it once a week for a couple of weeks, gradually work it up to two and then three times a week – just don’t go beyond this limit.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.