Have you added a facial exfoliant to your skincare routine yet? If not, you are likely missing out on a plethora of skincare benefits. A healthy skincare routine consists of multiple steps, and one of the most important is a men's facial exfoliant. It’s not just for purging deep-set impurities, a facial exfoliant is key to achieving a healthier, glowing and clear complexion.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it turns over skin cells at a rapid rate. This means there is always a buildup of dead skin cells clinging to the surface of our skin that can clog pores if not diligently removed. This build up of the dead skin cells contribute to enlarged pores, blackheads, acne breakouts, and skin that look dull and lackluster. 

A men's facial exfoliant will physically remove the dead cells to uncover, smoother, younger and healthier looking skin. There are two categories of facial exfoliants: chemical and physical exfoliant (men's face scrub).

Chemical Facial Exfoliants 

exfoliating face scrub for men, urth

Chemical exfoliation uses alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), or enzymes from fruits and vegetables to melt away dead surface cells and impurities to unclog pores. AHA is made up of several types of acids, such as glycolic and lactic acids, which are the two most common ones used in skincare at various percentages and pH levels. BHA or salicylic acid on the other hand, are oil-soluble and can melt away dead surface skin cells as well go deeper into the pores to unclog pores and keep pores clear and clean. Salicylic acid is a hero ingredient for men with thicker and oilier skin and for people who are prone to acne and blemishes and bumps.  Honestly, I wish I had known about this superhero ingredient when I was a teenager with troubled skin. 

Physical Facial Exfoliants 

Physical exfoliation uses towels, brushes, or a men's face scrub to slough away the dead surface cells. Unlike chemical exfoliant, an exfoliating face scrub for men can only works on the surface of the skin and does not penetrate below the skin’s surface into our pores. A face scrub can be formulated from a combination of clays, powders from grains, nuts and seeds that come in various sizes for different levels of exfoliation. urth's best men's Face Scrub is formulated with kaolin clay combined with pulverized walnut shell powder, wheat germ and rice powder for a gritty, but gentle, invigorating and spa like exfoliating treatment at home. It is an exfoliating scrub for men that is effective and gentle enough for all skin types, yes even the sensitive skin folks.

Which Facial Exfoliant is Right for Men?

There’s no right or wrong answer here. At urth, we believe both chemical exfoliants and physical exfoliants should be a part of men’s skincare routine, but it really comes down to preference and your specific skin type. For those with sensitive skin, a gentle chemical exfoliant with acids at lower percentages with slightly higher pH might be the best option. For those with oily or combination, we recommend using both types of facial exfoliants. We suggest using both a face scrub paired with chemical facial exfoliant as part of your weekly men’s skincare routine. We recommend exfoliating 2x weekly minimum to remove the impurities from your skin.

Key Benefits of Facial Exfoliants 

  • Improves skin texture
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Reduce clogged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Reduce blackheads on nose
  • Reduce acne and blemishes
  • Reduce reduce ingrown hairs
  • Helps men's face moisturizers and men's face serums penetrate deeper

Exfoliation is an essential part of men's skincare routine. By removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover, it can help to improve the appearance of your skin, even out skin tone, improve skin texture, reduce breakouts, and make it easier for products to penetrate deeper into your skin. If you’re looking for the best men's face scrub then we recommend trying urth’s Face Scrub for Men. It is formulated with natural ingredients and is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin. It has been a top selling men's face scrub for 10+ years and has won numerous grooming awards.

urth has curated skin care kits for men to simplify men's skincare routine. These plant powered men’s skin care products are formulated with non pore clogging ingredients like chamomile, green tea, ginseng and pure essential oils to cleanse, brighten and nourish skin for a healthy and clear complexion. Improved and better skin after every use. Perfect for all skin types - including men with sensitive, dry, combo, and oily skin.