Finding the right skincare products for men is way more difficult than people think. Regardless of what all the memes and red carpet photos of Chris Pratt will tell you, most men aren’t blessed with a flawlessly clear, poreless, glowing complexion. And those who do have it work extremely hard at the skin care game.
Since men have higher levels of testosterone, they face a number of skin issues that female peers often don’t: 25% thicker skin, tougher texture, longer-lasting acne, and oil. So much oil. The majority of men have oily skin that can result in pesky breakouts and a greasy complexion, and while there’s nothing wrong with a little sebum (it can actually make you age better!), we definitely encourage you to start forming the best skin care routine for men with oily skin.
This includes moisturizers, as you 100% still need to moisturize when you’re overly oily, along with cleansers, serums, and other skincare products for men that will prevent the dreaded “shiny” look and bring out your best complexion. Find our favorite skin care routine for men with oily skin below!
The first step of your men’s skin care routine is also the most simple. Cleansers help to wash away all the dirt, oil, and grime that your skin has been exposed to throughout the day - or night, as you should definitely have a morning routine too! Kiehl’s is known for their high-quality skincare products for men, and Ultra Facial Cleanser is our top choice for cleansing the most oily skin. The liquid formula contains Apricot Kernel and Avocado oils, plus squalane, to remove impurities while keeping your skin feeling soft and moisturized. Even when you think you have the oiliest skin ever, the wrong cleanser can strip your skin of its natural oils… making it necessary to find one that’s gentle, calming, and really understands the oily skin struggle. And you can always count on Kiehl’s! Our community says that this cleanser is brightening, pore minimizing, and good for acne, all the things you need when creating a skin care routine for men with oily skin.
Once awarded the honor of “Best Cleanser for Oily Skin” by Allure, you’ve gotta believe in the power of Foaming Clay Cleanser by SkinFix. Clay is one of the top skin care ingredients for detoxing your oily skin - pulling excess sebum to the surface and preventing the clogged pores we all love to hate. And this cleanser has not one, but two types of clay (Canadian glacial and Brazilian kaolin volcanic) to deep clean and calm down your skin. Since men’s skin is thicker and more tough than the average woman, it takes a quality cleanser to remove all the junk that gets trapped within your pores, and Foaming Clay Cleanser does that and then some. It even has aloe vera and sugar beet extracts for hydration and an even skin tone.
Caudalie makes it easy to incorporate that fresh-faced French girl style into your oily skin beauty routine, even if you’re not a girl at all! Everybody likes to feel comfortable in their own skin, and this cleanser goes above and beyond to clear up and calm down your oily skin. Natural salicylic acid is the acne-fighting powerhouse that beats blemishes overnight, while this cleanser also contains grapeseed polyphenols, organic essential oils, redness-reducing grape water, and organic rose water to decrease inflammation and eliminate pimples while giving your skin a refreshing radiance. Despite the luxury vibes you’ll feel from this skincare product, both while applying to your face and as it sits gracefully on your bathroom counter, it’s under $30 and delivers all the same quality of products twice the price. MIRA reviews say that Vinopure feels gentle and hydrating from the moment it touches your face, and has incredible pore-minimizing, brightening, and anti-aging effects for your oily skin.
Exfoliation is a necessary step in any skin care routine for men with oily skin. While we love cleansers as much as the next person, this product isn’t always enough to pull impurities from deep within your pores. You know, all the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that get trapped within the skin and cause epic acne breakouts later. Yikes. But finding the right exfoliant is a game changer in your men’s skin care regime, as removing all the junk that’s clogging your pores will leave you with a smooth, soft, and refined complexion. No acne, no uneven texture, and no more struggling to get a close shave. Yes, all of that junk under the skin can and does affect your shaving technique, believe it or not. Clinique for Men is a line targeted specifically towards the boys of beauty, and this exfoliating tonic will minimize the buildup of oil while deep cleaning your pores for an oil-free, soft, and smooth canvas.
While we’re on the topic of exfoliation, it’s quite possibly an even more important step for men with oily skin than it is for women. You won’t just prevent breakouts with the right exfoliator, like the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, you’ll also refine your skin and add brightness (but not greasiness!) back to your face that was previously weighed down by dirt, oil, and dullness. Pretty cool. This scrub by Mario Badescu features Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seeds to polish and refine your skin while evening out texture, Green Tea Extract to protect against environmental damage, and Aloe Vera to hydrate and calm down the skin during the exfoliation process. And while you’ll be blown away by the skin transformation after using this scrub, just remember that most experts recommend you only exfoliate between 1-3 times each week. Even with calming ingredients like Aloe Vera by your side, exfoliating too often can dry out even the most oily skin and cause irritation. As long as you remember that “less is more” when incorporating exfoliation into your skin care routine for men with oily skin, you’ll always be good to glow.
“I have struggled with hormonal acne for years & can’t remember the last time my skin was clear. I took a before & after photo and started crying to see the drastic results this product gave me. I am sold for life.” It’s not an exaggeration. The Rice Polish really is that good, and a great addition to your skin care routine for men with oily skin. This powder-to-foam formula feels silky and cloud-like, and features a long list of gorgeous ingredients to exfoliate and revive. Japanese Rice Bran is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nourishing moisturizers to promote cell turnover and unveil your most fresh and radiant complexion. Rice and Papaya Enzymes sweep away dead skin cells, and Pearl hydrates the skin with amino acids, collagen, and minerals. Basically, all the skin care hero ingredients you would ever need live within this gorgeous glass case, and your oily skin will be free of impurities and looking luxurious with this polish by Tatcha.
“My husband likes it because it's easy with the 2 in 1 moisturizer plus SPF. He's outdoors a lot and always used SPF only, so this benefits him because it's a moisturizer which he never used as he thought it would cause acne.” One of our favorite MIRA reviews on this Jack Black moisturizer for two reasons. A) You know a product is 100% legit when even your partner is obsessed and starts borrowing it, and B) It's super exciting to see that guys are finally starting to understand the power of moisturizer in their skin care for men routine. Jack Black is a top beauty brand for guys, and Double Duty is one of the best moisturizers to absorb quickly into your skin and reduce excess oil while creating a gorgeous complexion. It contains Blue Algae Extract, a rich source of Vitamin E, to soothe the skin - perfect for when it’s itchy and irritated after shaving. And then there’s Sea Parsley and Phospholipids to help support your natural moisture barrier and improve your skin’s texture. Large pores are a big problem for those with oily skin, and this moisturizer will shrink them while protecting you against harmful sun rays with SPF. 96% of those with oily skin say that Double Duty is one of the best skincare products for men, and we know you will too.
“Definitely leaves me matte compared to other moisturizers that I’ve tried, and moisturizes a lot better compared to them! It absorbs beautifully into the skin and about 2-3 minutes after applying it feels like I never put something on my face, but feels super soft and moisturized!” When you’re a man with oily skin, always try and go matte. This type of finish is the holy grail when trying to reduce excess oil and shine, and leaves your face feeling smooth and soft for a subtle radiance. No sparkle needed. Original Skin Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb will balance your skin tone and reduce the appearance of acne, blemishes, large pores, and all the oily skin struggles, all while providing a boost of hydration.
You already know the secret to finding the best skincare products for men when you have oily skin… matte. Lots of it. And your face will be smooth and (mostly) sebum-free with the Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty. Even the name sounds like an oily skin dream, because it is. The gel texture is lightweight and soothing on your skin, soaking up oil without irritating or clogging your pores. And your skin will quite literally be rescued with a rich blend of ingredients, including Zinc PCA to refresh the skin and absorb excess oil, Lecithin to hydrate and minimize the look of pores, FMLT SeboCure to keep away future blemishes, and Salicomia Herbacea for hydration and antioxidant protection. First Aid Beauty is known for its effective skin care solutions that target certain issues (like oiliness!) and deliver long-lasting results, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in your oily skin once you start using this moisturizer day and night.
Life’s a peach sometimes, are we right? Serum is one of those skincare products that people are either super obsessed with (us, so us,) or don’t even know exists. And if you’re in the second category, we’re excited to tell you about this Peach Sake Pore Serum by Skinfood that transforms your oily skin care routine. Like most serums, it contains active ingredients that absorb into the skin and target specific concerns - large pores and excessive oil production, in this case. Rice sake and peach extracts rich in Vitamins A and C find a sweet spot within your oily skin and work to heal these issues, along with reducing free radical damage for the men who spend extra time outdoors. Just a few drops of this serum makes a big difference, and you’ll always be feeling fresh with this peachy skincare product.
There aren’t enough good things to say about Jack Black, as it’s the top beauty brand (alongside Kiehl’s) you should be checking out when searching for skincare products for men. When you’re not indulging in the brand’s cult favorite face wash or lip balm, try this serum to give your oily skin a boost. Protein Booster Skin Serum is formulated with Peptides, Antioxidants & Organic Omega-3, all the best ingredients to turn back the clock on wrinkles and fine lines while restoring skin’s natural elasticity and glow. But Protein Booster isn’t just an anti-aging must-have, as we’d recommend the serum for everybody from teenage boys to silver foxes. It also has top MIRA ratings for reducing redness and acne while making your skin look brighter than ever before!
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