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How are men's facial cleansers different from women's facial cleansers?

Men's Facial Cleanser Ingredients

Generally speaking, men aren't exactly connoisseurs of facial cleansers. In fact, even skin care products marketed toward men (often with masculine, sporty packaging) are more likely to be bought for them by women [source: Cosmetics Design]. That's not to say that men are unlikely to wash their faces; it's just that they're more prone to clean with whatever's on hand -- either the bar soap they use on their bodies or the cleanser that belongs to their significant other.

Body soaps are not ideal for facial cleansing as they contain harsh detergents that can remove moisture from the skin [source: WebMD]. Fortunately, men have tougher skin that is less sensitive to such ingredients. And because men are not as likely to spend a lot of time on their personal care routine, many manufacturers of men's cleansers have designed washes that are formulated for use on both the body and face, minimizing the time spent on grooming while still protecting the face from harsh chemicals.

Man-centric facial cleansers also have some advantages for men that regular cleansers don't -- ingredients that aid shaving. Some may contain exfoliants, which can help reduce the occurrence of ingrown hairs, and aloe, which can soften the beard.

Beyond features that accommodate beard maintenance and skin toughness, men's facial cleansers contain the same basic ingredients that any general version would, which can include soap compounds, fatty acids and synthetic surfactants, which reduce surface tension when dissolved. Also like standard facial cleansers, products formulated for men usually offer special formulations for dry, oily or sensitive skin.

Keep reading to learn more about women's cleansers.