Men’s Facial Care – The Ultimate Guide

The Skin We’re In

“Mud masks, chemical peels, exfoliating facials? That’s for women!” That’s probably what you’re thinking, right? Although this is true, men also get facials to keep skin bright, clean, and clear.

The skin becomes dull and damaged as we age, even if at-home skincare routines are followed religiously. The stress of managing our daily lives is reason enough to take a trip to the spa. Professionals are trained to revitalize your skin in a soothing environment.

Are you ready to take your skin care to the next level? This guide gives you all you need to know about skin care treatments for men.

A Quickie

Men’s facial treatment is developed to address common skin care problems. From dry, flaky skin, to inflamed ingrown hairs, a skin treatment for men combines deep cleansing, nourishing antioxidants, and gentle massaging techniques to reveal fresher clearer skin.

The Biology

Testosterone is the ultimate culprit when it comes to oily skin. High testosterone levels in men cause the body to produce more oil than women. Oily skin leads to clogged pores, which leads to acne.

Professional estheticians clean out the oil and dirt that is tuck in pores. This is one skin treatment for men that’s best left in the hands of professionals – DIY extraction can severely damage the skin.

Estheticians are trained to understand your specific skin type and customize treatments to particular needs. The best part? Specialized treatments ensure that you are truly getting the care your skin needs.

(Don’t) Let It Burn

Shaving is one of those necessary evils that can have some rough side effects. Repeated shaving over sensitive skin can cause razor burn, inflammation, and irritation. Despite our best efforts to keep our skin clean, pimples and razor rash still manage to break through.

Bring in the extinguisher, because men’s facial treatment provides a deep cleaning that eliminates acne. Facials not only exfoliate but also fill the skin with antioxidants and moisturizers that soothe irritated skin.

Prep School

Besides their expertise, one of the biggest benefits of going to an esthetician is getting better products. This means your facial can be adjusted for your specific needs. The biggest no-no? No shaving directly before your appointment. For the best results (and maximum comfort), shave the day before your appointment. This gives your skin a little time to relax before your treatment.

The Overview

A typical men’s facial treatment goes something like this: clean, exfoliate, steam, mask, tone, moisturize, and soothe.

  • First, the skin is cleansed and exfoliated to remove dirt and oil from the pores.
  • Then, the face is steamed to soften the pores.
  • Next, a mask is applied. There are many different types of masks, but anti-aging masks are common.
  • Your facial ends with toning, moisturizing, and a soothing massage.

Dirt or debris on your skin is removed throughout this process, allowing the antioxidants to seep into the skin. These treatments help reduce damage done to the skin by generating new cells, leaving you with brighter, healthier skin.

Types of Facials

Oxygen Facials

Oxygen facials may be the simplest form of facial treatment and are a great solution for every skin type. These facials nourish the skin and stimulate collagen growth. During this treatment, an esthetician uses a machine to blow concentrated oxygen molecules directly into the outer layer of your skin.

It’s not just oxygen – these facials are often infused with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and extracts to reveal smooth, plump skin. These nutrients help detoxify the skin, eliminating the damage caused by pollution, poor diets, and sun exposure. Oxygen facials also help heal acne by shrinking the pores to prevent dirt and dust to accumulate on the skin.

The cherry on top? Oxygen facials have no recovery time. After other skin procedures and treatments, you have to wait a specified amount of time before you can continue your regular skincare routine. Oxygen facials also have instant results. Skin looks smoother, brighter, and younger immediately after the oxygen facial.

Deep Cleansing Facials

Deep cleansing facials are classic and perfect for restoring moisture in the skin. They target blocked pores in need of a deep clean as well as deposit antioxidants and other nutrients into the skin.

Regular deep cleansing facials eliminate toxins, dirt, dead skin, and toxins from the skin, leaving you with softer, healthier skin. These facials are also known to help delay the aging process and help the skin remain supple. Harsh products may be involved in the deep cleanse process, so it’s important to discuss your skincare needs with an esthetician to ensure a deep cleansing facial is right for you.

Anti-Aging Facials

As we age, our skin begins to lose collagen and elastin – the materials responsible for keeping skin plump and tight. Skin also becomes dull because it takes more time for healthy new cells to reach the surface. Additionally, exposure to compounds in the environment takes a toll on our face.

Anti-aging facials come in a variety of forms, including chemical peels, photo facials, microdermabrasion, collagen masks, and serums containing vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. These facials are sometimes referred to as “deep-cleansing” or “deep-pore cleansing” facials. Anti-aging facials may also be more effective if they are combined with other collagen-boosting treatments, such as LED light.

Acne Facials

Regular acne facials help clear out blackheads and blocked pores. These facials work best when combined with a regular acne treatment plan. These facials reduce redness and inflammation caused by facial acne and can help prevent new breakouts from occurring.

Acne treatments use deep-tissue and deep-pore cleansing to remove oil and stimulate blood flow. Oils, like lavender and tea tree, help prevent new breakouts through their antibacterial properties. Acne facials typically involve a combination of steaming, extraction, and deep cleansing to remove clogged sebum followed by a repairing mask and light moisturizer.

It often takes more than one facial to treat acne. When combined with a daily skincare regimen, acne facials improve the texture and appearance of the skin. The most important thing to remember when getting an acne facial is that they may react with acne medications. It is very important for your esthetician to be aware of all acne medications you take to prevent bad reactions from occurring.

Exfoliating Facials

Exfoliating facials work by removing dead skin cells from the skin and increasing the speed of cell turnover. This restores even skin tones and reveals a healthy glow. Exfoliating facials are known to have numerous benefits, including reducing fine lines, stimulating cell renewal, and increasing blood flow to the skin.

Exfoliating facials are a hallmark in skincare. Dead skin cells and oils plug pores, leading to blackheads, whiteheads, and other acne-related flares. Dead skin also leaves skin looking dull. Exfoliating facials can clear breakouts, improve complexion, and increase blood flow.

There are two kinds of exfoliating facials. Mechanical exfoliation involves manually removing dead skin cells by using abrasive scrubs that slough dead skin cells away. Chemical exfoliation includes treatments that contain alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs). Popular exfoliating facials include sugar scrubs, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.


Microdermabrasion treatments use a slightly abrasive machine to rejuvenate the skin. The process involves “sanding” the skin to remove uneven, thick outer layers of skin. Microdermabrasion treats skin discoloration, light scarring, stretch marks, and sun damage. These facials also help thicken collagen, resulting in a younger, fresher complexion.

The best microdermabrasion effects are seen when treatments are conducted as a series of treatments. Six treatments are given every two weeks. However, an esthetician can customize a program for you to receive treatments on a schedule most compatible with your skin.

These treatments may be uncomfortable but should never be painful.

The Wrap-Up

Facials keep skin clean, clear, and healthy. The days of them solely belonging to women are long gone. Some would consider men’s facial treatment the new standard for manscaping. Whether you’re new to facials or a vet in the game, the healing benefits of facials cannot be ignored. After all, don’t we all want to look young forever?