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Cleanser for Men?


So my boyfriend enlisted my help looking for a good facial cleaner for his stubborn skin, and I am struggling.

He has pretty oily, acne prone skin, which tends to be kind of sensitive. He's tried Proactiv in the past but it irritated his skin making it inflamed and dry. He has also gone the gentle route and tried Cetaphil and the like but they haven't done much for his skin overall. He absolutely loves St. Ives Apricot Scrub (and I'm sure he'd kill me for advertising that, much less for writing this post at all lol) but you can't use that everyday obviously.

Any suggestions? I know there are Nivea and Dove lines for guys now but don't know anything about them. I want to stay in the drug store range of prices cause I know he won't want to splurge.

Mar 27, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

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Has he tried Burt's Bees?

My husband has fairly sensitive, oily, acne prone skin as well. Through trial and error, the most effective product for him seems to be Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser. It is over 99% natural and features Willow Bark Extract - which to me smells a little like licorice. It can be a little drying, so I'd advise that he either follow up with a good moisturizer or limit usage of this product to 3 or 4 times a week.

BTW~ My husband also loves St. Ives Apricot Scrub : ) Shhh! Don't tell anyone : P
Mar 29, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
Ali de Bold

Agree with Ppolly

That's a great one for acne that won't irritate the skin and he doesn't need to feel embarrassed using it. Dove launched a great new men's line recently that Alex likes and Biotherm has long been his favourite but for acne purposes and for sensitive skin I'd be surprised if Burts didn't do the trick. I'd also get him a facial lotion since it will be a bit drying.
Mar 29, 2010 @ 12:33 pm


It sounds like your husband's skin is just like mine. I've tried Burt's Bees acne products and I don't like them. However, I do like the apricot scrub from St. Ive's.

My favorite cleansers for our skin type are neutrogena oil free cream cleanser. I also dig honey ... plain old honey.
Mar 29, 2010 @ 10:21 pm


Thanks for all the help ladies! I love Burt's Bees Willow Bark cleanser and have been eager to try the acne solutions one myself. I have never been a fan of neutrogena cleansers but I have never tried the cream cleanser. I'll pass on the advice. Thanks so much!!
Apr 03, 2010 @ 10:46 am

I posted this yesterday I believe to another question.......but complete advice!

You've got to try Isomers products at http://www.isomers.ca

They have an extensive line of products, charge only $1.99 for shipping, no matter how small or large your order is, and their products are of excellent quality.

The cleanser of theirs I would recommend for your guy would be the Australian Harvest Tea Tree Cleanser. The stuff is LOADED with tea tree oil, has tiny little non-abrasive scubbing granules (if that makes sense), and will get rid of anybody's acne. The scrubbing granules are non-irritating, completely smooth, and very gentle as compared to apricot scrubs, which have very jagged-edged granules that tear your skin. It's also got glycolic acid in it, which helps clear skin, smooth it out, unplug pores and get all the dead stuff off in a zip. It's non-foaming, so be prepared for that, but it cleans like crazy. I had been using exfoliating pads on my face for years, since I was about 13 years old, due to the fact that I had acne as a teenager. As I got older, I kept using them to keep dead skin and wrinkles at bay and to keep my skin looking brighter. But as soon as I tried this stuff, I didn't need to use those scrubbers ever again. It cleaned every dead skin cell right off my face, didn't leave it feeling stripped or dry, and nicely smelling of tea tree oil. And this stuff is made for everyday use.

Apply about a quarter's worth, massage it in all over your face (his face), even let it sit for 2 minutes to let the glycolic acid and tea tree oil do its work, then rinse off with barely warm water.

To follow, get some pure floral water like lavender, which is excellent for acne and doesn't smell flowery, and have him use that as a toner with a cotton ball. You can get it very cheaply, along with many other products, at http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com
And always use moisturizer. They have one with salicylic acid in it, I think it's in their basics line, which should also help. Non moisturized skin becomes irritated and then breaks out more. It's not very expensive and it gets the job done. And it's also completely unscented.

I believe I posted before about using a home made mask, but I'll post it again. Grind up whole rolled oats in your blender til they are powdered. Put in a bowl, mix with some clay. Green clay would be good for acne. Also available at New Directions Aromatics (address above). Add some pure honey and some milk, or even some of the lavender floral water with the honey, or all three, let sit to soak up the liquids for about 20 minutes and then apply fairly thickly. Let sit til completely dry. Even 20 to 30 minutes isn't too long. It will leave his skin detoxified, smoother, less irritated, his pimples will shrink, and it will begin to heal. This is a very soothing mask and cheap to make and use on a regular basis. If his acne is bad, I'd recommend using it 3 times a week. Yes, it can be put through his moustache/beard hair as well. No problem. And then, of course, moisturize after the mask. Always.

You can make the mask up beforehand. like a month's worth, to make it easier. Just smash about 1-1/2 cups of rolled oats in the blender til they're powdery and mix 1-1/2 cups of clay with that. Store it in a ziplock baggie. Every time he wants to do a mask, take out about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup, or however much he needs, add an appropriate amount of the above liquids, let sit and apply. Just keep the dry ingredients in the ziplock bag tightly closed between uses. As an alternative to fresh milk, he can mix dry powdered milk into that dry preparation. Maybe 1/2 cup to the above measurements.

And lastly, for the inside healing. Dandelion tea. I know for sure I posted this as well somewhere, so I don't want to just keep copying that. Check my other posts about this. You need dandelion root, preferably, not tablets not capsules, a glass or stainless pot with a lid, and make tea out of it and drink it at least once a day. Your guy will notice a massive difference in his skin. It's a bit bitter, so add some honey. But it is super powerful. I've used it many many times and everybody I've recommended it to has great results, as long as they follow directions.

If you need more info or clarification, feel free to message me privately. Sorry my response was so long, but incomplete info winds up being useless advice. And I agree. Neutrogena is some pretty horrible stuff. Yick!

May 08, 2010 @ 10:05 am

FYI, I forgot to tell you, you can get............

pure willow bark extract (beta hydroxy acid) at http://www.lotioncrafters.com. Along with every other raw material you could think of that goes into good skin care products. You can then mix it down CAREFULLY into that lavender floral water I mentioned. It's actually a hydrosol. DO NOT use it full strength, it'll burn the skin, as it's sold full strength to skin care product manufacturers. But cheap cheap CHEAP! And sterile when it gets to you. You can order from very small amounts to very large amounts. They also have fruit acids and glycolic acid, straight. And loads of anti aging raw materials, like resveratrol, syn'ake, etc. Shipping is also very cheap.

Again, I can't stress this enough, BE CAREFUL with this stuff. Do some reading and take the advice on their website regarding which strength to use their products at.

Good luck :-)
May 08, 2010 @ 10:11 am

Tea Tree Oil

I defintely recommend Tea Tree Oil!
It can be bought at any health store, and most grocery stores/drug stores.
Even though it's an oil, it doesn't make your skin oily.
The way I use it is every night before bed, put 3-4 drops on a Q-tip, and ONLY put it on the blemishes/pimples (We all know how men use waayy too much of everything :P).
Do not use it on your whole face as it will dry your skin out like crazy, but since you're only putting a dab on the problem area, it will zap the zit in no time.
Even those really stubborn zits go away in 3-5 days with Tea Tree Oil.
The best part of Tea Tree Oil is that since you're using such a small amount, it will literally last months! I've had my bottle for half a year now!

Goodluck to you and your man, I hope you take my advice :)

May 12, 2010 @ 02:40 pm

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