Washing our face is something most of us do without even thinking about it, as soon as we get up. But there is one thing most men do, which can turn this otherwise healthy routine into a poor one – using common bar soap!
Using a bar soap, even if it were the best bar soap for men in the universe, to wash your face is not something most dermatologists would recommend, and you will find out why if you read the entire article. Meanwhile, if you are serious about cleansing your face and taking good care of your facial skin, I would advise you to read our previous article – Best Face Wash For Men – Our Top 5 Reviews.
On the other hand, we are not against using a bar soap to wash your hands which is why we will give you our “Top 3 List” of the best bar soaps for men at the end of this article.
This Is Why You Shouldn`t Use Bar Soap On Your Face
One of the main reasons men use bar soaps on their face is the fact they are so widespread and, let`s face it, cheap!
Another common cause is simply a lack of proper information. We just assume there is nothing wrong with using soap to wash our face and we just keep on doing it. So, why did I advise you to stop this practice?
Because Of pH Balance
There is no need to go into much detail about pH, we can simply say that most bar soaps have a slightly higher pH than our skin.
Our skin’s pH helps it fight acne-causing bacteria on a daily basis, so using a bar soap will actually make your acne breakouts worse. And, instead of helping your skin, you will be doing bacteria a favor.
Disrupted pH balance of the skin can also make the water contained in the skin evaporate more quickly, leaving your skin dry.
Also, you might have noticed your face becomes super dry and tight after you wash it with bar soap. That`s because the soap will strip the oil off your skin without replacing it. Stripping the skin of its oil will send it into overdrive and cause it to produce even more oil, clogging your pores and leading to acne breakouts.
The Difference Between Male and Female Skin
It may surprise you to know that there is a significant difference between male and female skin, besides the obvious facial hair. Man`s skin is actually 25% thicker (source: Dermalogica UK), due to hormonal stimulation. The skin texture is also tougher.
Men also have more trouble dealing with oil the skin produces. After puberty, oil production is greater in men than women and it may cause acne to last longer.
But don`t worry guys, we have one thing going for us which is collagen. Our skin has a greater collagen density when compared to women. Since collagen is directly related to skin aging, it is said that man`s skin looks 15 years “younger” than a woman of the same age. But then again, men don`t use sunscreen as often as they should so women usually catch up.
As a matter of fact, women use way more skincare products when compared to us, men. Why is this important? – Because, even if a woman uses a bar soap on her face, she will give her facial skin a chance to repair itself via the other skincare products they use on a daily basis…
So Should You Use Bar Soap Or Not?
Obviously, I can`t really force you to stop using bar soap for men. Maybe you think it`s working for you and you want to keep on using it. I am here just to give you the facts and let you make the final decision.
And here are the facts:
- Using a bar soap on your face will disrupt its pH balance and may cause more acne breakouts
- It will strip the oil off the skin and may lead to breakouts
If you are serious about cleaning your face, preventing acne breakouts and keeping your skin healthy, you can check out some of the best face wash products here.
Top 3 Bar Soaps For Men – For Hands
Fortunately, the skin on our hands is a bit more durable so using a common bar soap will not cause as much damage. Nevertheless, you should be on the lookout for the best bar soaps and “reward” those manufacturers who work continually to improve the quality of their products, with your trust.
Here are the top 3 manufacturers (and their products) we trust:
Dove Men +Care
Their “Body and Face Bar” is specially designed to give you an awesome, deep pore cleansing and is made with 1/4 moisturizing cream – clinically proven to fight dry skin.
You can rinse it off easily, without residue or that tightness and dryness regular soap will cause.
This is truly the best bar soap for men currently available on the market. And if you want to give it a go, just click the image below and you will be taken to it`s official Amazon page:
Dead Sea Mineral Mud – Organic Soap
The bulk of this soap comes to us from Israel – it’s the mineral mud directly from the Dead Sea! The soap is chemical free and made from certified, organic ingredients:
- Unrefined shea butter
- Virgin olive oil
- Sunflower Oil and
- Palm oil, among others
The soap is advertised to have a therapeutic effect on the body, reducing acne breakouts and even helping with rosacea and eczema. I haven’t tested it so I can’t say for sure, but if you do decide to order, let us know if it helped you in the comments below.
Mistral Teak Wood
You can view buying this soap as venturing into “luxury soap” section of the market at an affordable price. So, if you are looking to get away from the same old “grocery store” brands, Mistral Teak Wood soap is the soap for you.
It is manufactured in France, but you can buy it on Amazon here: