PC4MEN Face Wash
Based on 23 reviews
Ditch the drying bar soap. This gentle, hard-working gel formula cleanses skin without making it tight or dry.

PC4MEN Face Wash

Based on 23 reviews
Ditch the drying bar soap. This gentle, hard-working gel formula cleanses skin without making it tight or dry.
  • Thorough, but gentle cleansing
  • Quickly washes away dirt and excess oil
  • Refreshing gel texture with a soft lather
  • The first step in your AM/PM routine

Free travel-size PC4MEN Shave with a full-size PC4MEN purchase.

Skin Types:
All Skin Types


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    6 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
PC4MEN Face Wash bucks the trend of over-fragranced, hard-on-skin face washes and offers men a mild, fragrance-free alternative that’s still tough on dirt and excess oil, but skin-softening for a tender touch.

What does it do?
Easily removes dirt and excess oil, and then rinses clean. Whether used before or after shaving, this lathering wash helps soothe sensitive skin, visibly lessening redness and rough skin. All of the good and none of the bad.
How to use
Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well.
Show details
Research Dermatology Clinics, April 2016, issue 2, pages 133-145

Skin Research and Technology, May 2016, issue 2, pages 196-202

Skin Research and Technology, February 2001, issue 1, pages 49–55

Indian Journal of Dermatology, January-February 2011, issue 1, pages 2-6

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2013, issue 4, pages 337-345

International Journal of Toxicology, September-October 2013, supplement 5, pages S22-48

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (cleansing), Lauryl Glucoside (cleansing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Coco-Glucoside (cleansing), Glucose (hydration), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (cleansing), Glyceryl Oleate (texture-enhancing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration/skin-soothing), Carrageenan (texture-enhancing), Sodium Phytate (stabilizer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Ethylhexylglycerin (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Potassium Sorbate (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Nice for combination skin


As a female, I don' t mind the "manly" packaging. I remember a time when I used to purposely purchase "manly" products from cosmetic counters because they used to be cheaper than the "girly" ones :) Was looking to purchase "EARTH SOURCED Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel" with the 20% off sale but it was out of stock. When I compared the formulation, the PC4MEN Face Wash looks like it is exactly the same (now I see that is mentioned in other reviews). So, rather shamelessly, I stocked up on the travel size that is 50% off (e.g. $2/ounce). Love the formula and the feeling on my skin. Appreciate that aloe is an ingredient and hope it helps to calm my skin when I have breakouts. I feel bad that I also purchased a lot of excess packaging but will recycle what I can.


Vancouver, Canada


I hope it will change the bottle


Don't get me wrong, it has amazing formula,everything is good but not the bottle. The cap often cannot complete close up, and the edges are quite sharp, sometimes scratch my hands, which makes me bleeding a little. I know it's the same thing as Earth source series, however, as an guy, we do prefer the packing looks more "MANLY", I have been using PC products for years, really hope u guys would consider to change the packing


Los Angeles, CA


Very good for all skin types


I've been a regular user of Paula's Choice since 2013; and have tried all the cleansers available ever since. Although I am slowly sliding past the age of 55, my skin has started to act like it did when I was 17, i.e. dry one day, oily the next, dehydrated in between and somewhat sensitive. It's almost as if I was going through the male version of menopause (fwiw I find myself extremely heat intolerant this season, constantly breaking out in a sweat at the least bit of exposure to any temp. above 70 degree f.). Because of this bizarre skin condition I have been on the look out for a cleanser that is both gentle *and* tenacious, something that would get rid of the gunk that always seems to be coating my face yet not strip it nor make it any more sensitive than it already is. This is the answer! It lathers up nicely, spreads effortlessly any really cleans without any hint of stripping or irritation. It rinses very well. Paula's Choice really does not make any bad products, cleansers included, and if you are lucky enough to possess truly normal skin then any of her face washes would do. However, if you are like me with skin that is truly wacko, then this cleanser is definitely worth trying.

Scott B in the middle of Ohio

Worthington, Ohio


my husband's favorite


My husband is not a skincare expert like I am, but he does follow a basic routine. He just turned 40, and I have been with him since he was 30. I have noticed he needs to amp up his skincare game if he wants to keep looking so much younger than he is, but he doesn't want more than three steps, so I had better make them count. He already uses the 2%BHA liquid and moisture boost sunscreen and has seen a real difference (his face doesn't feel oily in the morning and it looks more hydrated and his wrinkles and pores are diminished and it doesn't feel like sandpaper anymore), so he wanted to try something else. I had him on the CeraVe foaming cleanser, which he liked, but he LOVES this one, and he doesn't get excited about things like skincare. I've seen such a difference since he has used PC. He wants to age gracefully, but has always looked young and likes that. I can see an increase in radiance and smoothness, he doesn't get random breakouts anymore, and it feels softer. Cleanser seems like such an insignificant thing because you rinse it right off, but it really is so important. I will never get him anything else.

The Introverted Esthetician

Houston, TX


I found my cleanser!


Honestly, it's pretty important to me to use stuff that are packaged with "MEN" on the label. The simple fact is I'm not likely to keep it on the counter, in the shower or anywhere handy for use-- if something looks girly. I definitely wouldn't use it in front of my girlfriend or even my friends for that matter. Smell is also very important to me. I am very paranoid I smell like a girl when using "beauty" or grooming skincare products. I like to use a body wash that has a short lasting "boyfriend just out the shower" smell and hit himself with a few sprays Versace cologue in the AM, done. So, I don't need my face wash or anything else to give off any conflicting aromas. So this smell free cleanser is optimal for me. My basic view towards skincare for myself is: I want the best skin possible in the smallest amount of time. I like products and systems that are "all in one" and easy to use. I don't need to know what makes them work or how to pronounce every ingredient or even care why I need to wear sunblock everyday. I have no problem with Paula telling me what to do, giving me products that are acceptable for this use and going on about my day! GOOD NEWS: THIS WHOLE LINE HAS WHAT PAULA WANTS YOU TO USE TO KEEP SKIN HEALTHY AND MEETS ALL MY NEEDS FOR PERFORMANCE!!! This product and the entire men's line is perfect for me. It's also nice knowing that more information about the ingredients are easily available on the website if I so choose to want to get into more details. I also like the products are not tested on animals and are environmentally friendly. Although, those aren't a deciding selling point for me, it's the icing on the cake to feel guilt-free about using one brand of products consistantly in the long term. I also like the option that if I do ever wish to do more with my skin that there are other products in the brand I could add without changing my core routine! (For example: spot treatment or booster products) From A-Z, I do not have one single complaint!!! Great job @PaulasChoice and keep it up. PS: Some guys might want to improve their skin but might feel kind of hesitant to actually make the effort to shop for grooming products. I think this would make a great gift, HINT HINT! Not just bc the products are good but also gives him "approval" to use grooming products if a girl buys them. I would never buy a girlfriend anything like that bc it could imply unhappiness with her appearance... I don't think the same attitude would be an issue at all for the reverse situation!


New Orleans, Louisiana


Top notch cleanser with a crummy lid


Argghhh.. That lid doesn't close just like the other reviewer commented! And the spout seems too wide in circumference but shallow in the lip. It's a hassle that the product flows out too quickly first and then smears all over the opened surface that requires an extra step to wipe clean. I'll transfer the gel to another bottle that pours well and doesn't leak.The cleanser itself cleans away oil and makeup without leaving residue. Not drying either. Just perfect for summer!

Tamaki S.


Mild and Effective


I wasn't sure about this face wash as I've usually used a more lotion-like cleanser to deal with my sensitive skin but this stuff is great. It's mild but effectively removes sunscreen, sweat, dirt and oil and the packaging is perfect for the gym bag. Leaves my face feeling clean, but not dry or stripped. Has a very slight lather, no fragrance, really like it.

Patrick M


Better Than Expected


I have oily, acne-prone skin. This is my first gel facewash; it doesn't lather as much as other facewashes but it cleans better than anything else I've tried. My skin doesn't feel tight because this product cleans as well as adds some moisture on my skin. If my face is really dirty, like after being at the beach all day, I'll wash twice but the second time just a little to finish it off. Very happy with this.

Justin H.


Not smelly!


This is really a spectacular product, the scent was neutral (I'm super scent driven). It washed off squeaky clean and left my face feeling moisturized and not dry.

David L


Basic Perfection


This deserves five stars for being a great, non-drying cleanser that actually does it's job. I hope this formulation never changes,as hunting for HG products is a terrible process of trial and error. I say don't mess with perfection! Though this is the same as the earth sourced gel...this packaging is more appealing.

Keith C.



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