The ultimate
exfoliating guide
for men

We’ve put together a guy’s guide to exfoliating. You’ll learn what makes
exfoliation a critical step in an effective men’s skincare routine. 

An exfoliator or face scrub is often mistaken for a daily cleanser, but the two serve different purposes. A cleanser removes surface dirt, and oil from the skin, while an exfoliator scrubs deep into your pores. In addition, it is essential to use these two products in the right order. Always cleanse before exfoliating. By cleansing first, you get rid of any surface-level dirt and debris, which makes it easier for the exfoliator to get to your pores. It’s also wise to wash your face twice a day (morning and night). This way your skin is well prepared for your moisturiser. A moisturiser doesn’t absorb properly if there’s a layer of dirt on the skin. Therefore, cleansing is the first half of a solid skincare regime.


There are several kinds of exfoliators, but the easiest to use is a face scrub. Facial scrubs are formulated with slightly abrasive materials, when applied to your face it gently scrapes off dead skin cells and dirt. Incorporating an exfoliator into your skincare routine can address a slew of skin concerns, from dullness to acne.


First of all, you should exfoliate, whether you shave or not. Including a face scrub in your pre-shave grooming routine is a game changer. Not only will it clean and prepare the skin for a shave, it will also unclog the pores. It will remove dead skin build up that can get caught in the razor and prevent ingrown hairs and razor burns.


For Men With Oily Skin:

Men’s skin tends to be oily, which can give it a shiny or greasy appearance, especially after a heavy workout. Excessive oil production can also lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Try an oil-free face scrub, like NIVEA MEN Deep Anti-Blackhead Scrub . This powerful formula with Black Charcoal removes impurities and fights against blackheads.

For Men With Dry Skin:

You can easily manage dull, lacklustre-looking skin with NIVEA MEN's Face Scrub. Formulated with Aloe Vera and Pro Vitamin B5, it sloughs away dead skin, excess oil, and other skin-sabotaging impurities. When used before shaving, this effective formula also softens tough facial hair to enable a closer shave.

For Men With Sensitive Skin:

If you have sensitive skin, the wrong face scrub could leave skin irritated and inflamed. This can make exfoliation challenging. Therefore, we recommend using an ultra-gentle exfoliator with natural skin ingredients and microfine granules.

For Men With Acne-Prone Skin:

Salicylic Acid, also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid, is a popular exfoliant ingredient for men with acne-prone skin. It can reduce pimple breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads. Experts recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week. If you treat your skin gently, exfoliating can be a vital part of your acne-fighting skincare routine.


Unlike a face wash, which should be used daily, limit exfoliation to once or twice a week. Start by squeezing a pea-sized amount onto your fingertips, spreading it between all your fingers. Gently apply it in circular motions to your face. A light scrub is all the exfoliator needs to work. No more than 15 or 20 seconds of scrubbing, then rinse your face thoroughly.

 NIVEA Men Deep Anti
Blackhead Scrub
NIVEA Men Protect
& Care Face Scrub