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Breakouts and greasy skin – most men deal with these two skin problems on the daily. Add to that stress, diet changes, and hormonal issues, and you have skin that’s begging for attention. A good face wash, first and foremost, is a great way to kickstart a reliable skincare routine for men. A must-have in the grooming arsenal, a face wash is a much-needed replacement for soap that tackles the core of the aforementioned problems. And there are plenty of face washes for Indian men to choose from now, something to suit every skin type and texture. 

A face wash works differently from a soap. Not only does soap dry out the skin, a one-stop-shop kinda product hardly takes care of individual issues that pollution and sweat bring. Plus, if you are an outdoorsy person, dirt and sebum can stay lodged inside your pores, leading to breakouts and rough skin (this means anything heavy and creamy on your skin must be avoided). From exfoliating to adding antioxidants into your routine, we’ve put together an edit of the best face washes for all skin types and budgets, which promise to keep your skin squeaky clean and  moisturised. Perfect your grooming ritual then with these popular products.

Where to buy:

For deep pore cleansing: Clinique Charcoal Cleanser

For calming and purifying the skin: Kama Ayurveda Himalayan Deodar Face Cleanser For Men

For refreshing and energising: L’Occitane Cedrat Pure Cleanser

For deep cleansing and hydrating: The Body Shop Guarana And Coffee Energising Cleanser For Men

For acne scars and sticky skin: Phy In The Clear Acne-Fighting Face Wash

For removing pollutants and toxins: Omorfee Gentleman’s Face Wash

For spots and blackhead removal: Natio For Men Daily Face Wash

For removing excess sebum: Thalgo Men Cleansing Gel

For relieving stress: Innisfree Forest For Men Fresh All In One Essence

For removing oiliness without over-drying: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.