Everyone’s skin produces natural oils which keep our skin healthy and vibrant-looking. Unfortunately, there can be too much of a good thing.

Excessive oil production can lead to breakouts, blemishes and a greasy appearance. To keep your oily skin under control, you need the right face wash for the job.

Which face wash is best for men with oily skin? Which ingredients should you look for in a men’s face wash?

Here is what you need to know:

  • Men are more likely to struggle with oily skin because they secrete and produce more oil compared to women.
  • Face wash products containing comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients will only make oily skin worse.
  • Ingredients that remove both water-based and oil-based residue are essential to cleansing a man’s skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a key molecule often used in skin care products for its anti-aging and wound-healing abilities. It’s naturally present in the body and nearly half of our total body HA is found in our skin (see claim: “…skin HA accounts for most of 50% of total body HA.”)

HA can reduce moisture loss from the skin and promote healthy cell turnover to speed up the pimple-healing process. It’s an effective ingredient for men’s face washes because it is non-comedogenic and can repair the skin without causing breakouts.

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Willow Bark Extract

Oily skin types are usually no stranger to red, swollen pimples. To reduce inflammation and pain, many skin care companies use willow bark extract in their products.

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, willow bark extract is used in everything from joint pain medicine and weight loss products to facial washes and scrubs. Its main component is salicin, which researchers believe is largely responsible for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects (see claim: “Its effect has been attributed to its main component salicin…”).

Willow bark extract helps eliminate oil while simultaneously reducing redness and inflammation. In fact, this reason alone is why we made sure to include willow bark in our men’s face wash.


Glycerin is a humectant, which simply means that it attracts water and can leave skin feeling hydrated and moisturized. This colorless, odorless skin care ingredient is derived from plants and can be either natural or synthetically made.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: Why would you want to moisturize oily skin? Won’t that make your breakouts and blemishes worse?

Believe it or not, oily skin needs moisture, too. Glycerin is an effective moisturizer because it can smooth and hydrate your skin without clogging your pores.

Salicylic Acid

If there is one skin care ingredient that acne-sufferers should know about, it’s Salicylic Acid. This powerful, beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is oil soluble, which means that it can penetrate deep into pores to attack the pimple.

Salicylic Acid is more effective in an acne cream, which keeps the active ingredient on your skin. However, this acne-fighting superhero can provide benefits in a face wash as well.

This is because salicylic acid can prevent pimples from forming with its amazing exfoliating abilities. It works by removing the top layer of the skin to eliminate the buildup of oil and dead skin cells.

Most importantly, researchers have found that Salicylic Acid is safe for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin (see claim: “In conclusion, neutralized salicylic acid at a 1% concentration is a suitable exfoliant agent for subjects with sensitive skin.”).

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Pimples causing red, blotchy skin? Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3) is an effective ingredient in face washes because it can reduce the appearance of red blotchiness while boosting the skin’s elasticity in the process (see claim: “…additional effects were identified–improved appearance of skin wrinkles and yellowing and improved elasticity.).

Additionally, Niacinamide has been shown to absorb oil, effectively reducing facial shine and acne breakouts (see claim: “Topical 2% niacinamide may be effective in lowering the SER…”). With its anti-aging effects and protective abilities, it’s beneficial in face washes, exfoliating scrubs and bedtime moisturizers as well.

Start and End Your Day with Tiege Hanley

Dealing with oily skin is a challenge for many men. Once you know what skin care ingredients to look for, there is the monumental task of finding the right skin care system that works for you.

That’s why at Tiege Hanley, we’ve taken all the hassle out of shopping for skin care products. Our skin care system is designed for men of all skin types, from sensitive skin to oily skin and even combination skin types.

The secret to creating this amazing formula (besides a superhero chemist, that is) lies in the ingredients. Using only the best skin care ingredients from the latest research in Korea, we’ve created a high-powered skin care system which can penetrate deep into a man’s skin.

So, what are you waiting for? Give Tiege Hanley a try today and tell us what you think!