The 16 Best Face Scrubs for Clearer, Calmer Skin

Listen, man. I’m your friend so I’m going to tell it to you straight: your skin looks like absolute shit. It’s not entirely your fault, either. This time of year (and the mandatory drinking it calls for) can be brutal, and all the festive cheer can take a serious toll on that handsome mug of yours. It’s a tough time to maintain any sort of routine, let alone when it comes to skincare, and the weather outside isn’t helping much. Sadly, though, your face isn’t an easily replaceable layer you can shed at will like you’re some sort of constantly molting reptile, so it might behoove you to take care of it while you can. And that means investing in a solid facial scrub, STAT.

Despite what the smarmiest Upper East Side specialist will tell you, you get one face in this life and one face only. So if you were looking for an emergency skincare remedy heading into the new year, the facial scrub’s it. I’m telling you, man. Add a dollop to your regular grooming regimen a few times a week (unless otherwise specified) and then watch it work wonders. If it sounds easy, it’s because, well, it is. None of this takes a ton of effort upfront. It’s all about putting in the minutes now so you don’t have to put in the hours later. Because not only do the best facial scrubs help rid your skin of unsightly blemishes and dark spots, they’ll also work to reduce the chances of developing any new ones.

So this holiday season, do your face a favor and gift yourself a premium, top-of-the-line facial scrub—and then actually, uh, use it. Don’t let it gather dust tucked away in the corner of that rickety cabinet in the bathroom you avoid at all costs. Father Time waits for no one, and I can see your skin losing its natural luster as you read this. (Well, almost.)

Lather up, boys. Clock’s ticking.

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Deep Clean Plus Face Scrub

Dove Men+Care


When it comes to classic, low-key face scrubs you can always count on, you can’t go wrong with any option from Dove Men+Care. Slather this one on after working up a sweat doing push-ups in your living room to help clear your pores with ease. 

Oil-Free Acne Face Scrub



$6.47 (35% off)

A trusty (and highly affordable) acne wash ready-made to tackle occasional flare-ups and prevent futures ones, from one of the trustiest names in skincare around. 

Face Scrub

Every Man Jack


Every Man Jack’s menthol-infused face scrub won’t just cool you down when you need it most. It’ll also help keep your skin looking hydrated through the worst of winter. 

Almond & Honey Face Scrub

Mario Badescu


Mario Badescu’s top-notch grooming products are great for dudes who swear by super-barebones skincare routines—or flat-out don’t have the time to do much more than lather on one of the brand’s signature scrubs and then splash their face with water.  

Ultra Fine Scrub Face Wash

La Roche-Posay


La Roche-Posay’s exfoliating facial scrub works to even out your skin’s natural texture while providing antioxidant protection for a healthier, smoother complexion.  

Facial Scrub

Baxter of California


Baxter’s carefully formulated exfoliator uses honey extract to brighten and condition your skin, along with hints of chamomile (mmm) and lavender to soothe any inflammation. 

GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser



Origins’ 2-in-1 cleanser comes fortified with radiance-boosting ginseng and hint of caffeine to help wake you up and unclog those pesky pores, leaving your skin looking brighter in the process. 

Exfoliating Face Scrub

Murdock London


Murdock’s specially formulated exfoliating scrub is designed to help prevent ingrown hairs by clearing away dead skin cells. The best part about it? The brand recommends lathering it on a mere once a week, suddenly making your list of excuses not to use it a whole lot shorter. 

Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub



If any face scrub out there can make you feel alive again, it’s probably made by Kiehl’s. The brand’s beloved Facial Fuel formula includes a splash of citrus and—yes— a dash of caffeine to give your face the burst of energy it needs to help you grimace through yet another day in between weekends. 

Invigorating Face Scrub

Lab Series


A highly versatile formula if there ever was one, Lab Series’ face scrub is designed to increase circulation, unclog pores, and remove dead skin cells to help your skin attain that coveted youthful glow it lost right around the second month of lockdown. (FYI: You can also use it as a pre-shave treatment in a pinch.)

Face Buff Energizing Scrub

Jack Black


Jack Black didn’t transform itself into a powerhouse in the world of men’s grooming by churning out an inferior product. The brand’s paraben- and colorant-free scrub doesn’t just clean your skin—its carefully concocted to minimize irritation while you’re shaving and make the chance of razor burn as low as possible. 

Facial Scrub



Some facial scrubs—as with all grooming products, really—can be surprisingly harsh on skin that skews especially oily or dry. Anthony’s uses a blend of aloe vera and chamomile to make it suitable for all skin types, leaving your face completely comfortable post-application, regardless of how it felt before. 

Potent-C Power Scrub

Peter Thomas Roth


A power scrub so good we named it one of the best products of the year in our annual Grooming Awards—and for good reason. In the inimitable words of one of our testers: it feels like a “fancy sand that smells like expensive citrus,” in the best way possible. PTR’s combination of vitamins and ferulic acid will leave your skin feeling smoother and looking brighter, all sans any uncomfortably tight sensations.

Jojoba Face Scrub



A gentle face scrub that doesn’t sacrifice an iota of effectiveness for it, ready-made to hydrate dull or dry skin while removing dirt, oil, and other pore-clogging gunk and without causing any irritation. 

FS1 Anti-Aging Face Scrub



Patricks’ dual-action face scrub comes fortified with—wait for it—volcanic sand (?) and crushed diamond (?!)  along with a whole host of more mundane-sounding multivitamins that’ll nourish your skin and help tackle any premature signs of aging (we all see ’em!) with ease. 

Facial Scrub



Dr. Barb’s (can I call you Barb?) signature face scrub works to remove dry skin using a combination of powerful ingredients that work to stimulate epidermal regeneration (oooh) and cell renewal, reducing the visibility of those lines you stare at for hours on end in the mirror each morning. All of which helps to calm your skin, leaving your face looking healthier than ever. 

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