Can You Bring Face Wash On A Plane? 2024

Face wash is an essential skin care product to keep your skin hydrated and soft, so it is beneficial to take it in your toiletry bag when you are traveling.

But taking liquid types of face wash on planes need to follow some directions from the TSA.

The TSA and most airlines do allow face wash products in both carry-on and checked baggage, but for carry-on baggage face wash falls under the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule , each container needs to be 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less and placed in a single quart sized bag.

Continue reading to know more about traveling with face wash in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Let’s dive right in.

4 oz / 100 ml Face Wash daily facial cleanser / Amazon Courtesy

Take Face Wash Through The Security Checkpoint?

The TSA doesn’t exactly mention face wash on its website, but they mentioned various similar items like shampoo and body wash.

I checked Twitter to find some answers.


The TSA replies were all the same, face wash in liquid form is allowed through the security checkpoint, but it needs to be 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less, and packed in a resealable quart sized bag with other toiletries, you can fit as much as you can inside your toiletry bag but only one bag is allowed per passenger.

You will also need to remove your toiletry bag from your carry-on at the security checkpoint for further inspection.

There are some other ways to bring a full sized face wash on board the airplane even if it exceeds the allowed size, which is to purchase the item after you pass the security checkpoint at the duty free shopping.

One other main exception when you can bring a full sized face wash tube is for medical use, but you need to provide a note from a health care provider or pharmacist.

Is Face Wash Considered A Liquid When Flying?


Face wash is considered a liquid item.

As a general rule the TSA and most airlines will count as a liquid anything that you can pump, squeeze, spread, smear, spray or spill.

This means that liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes have the same restrictions when taking them in carry-on baggage.

So if your face wash is in a cream or gel form it needs to follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule. 

If you don’t have a travel size face wash you can refill a small travel bottle.

Face wash bars are exempted as they are solid, and you don’t need to place them in a quart sized bag either.

The advantage of traveling with solid bars, you can pack as much as you want in addition you don’t risk them leaking inside your bag and messing up your belongings.

Take Face Wash In Checked Baggage 

You can carry large bottles and tubes of face wash in checked baggage and it doesn’t matter if they are more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml.


If you don’t want to bother yourself with the TSA rules, you can just fit your face wash products in your bag and you are good to go.

But you will need to do some serious precautions when packing your face wash in a checked bag to prevent leaks.

If you are traveling with an expensive tube it is better to refill it in travel size containers and take it with you in carry-on.

Valuable items can be missed from checked baggage, like what happened to Candy.

Her face wash and eye cream are gone from a checked bag pocket.

Now she needs to file a claim.


Bring Face Wash On International Flights

You can bring face wash on a plane on any International flight and the same rules are applied as a domestic flight. 

Each container must be 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less in carry baggage, larger bottles need to be transported in checked baggage.

After you have cleared the security you can purchase larger tubes, even though they will be expensive.

You will need to be aware if you are taking a larger amount in checked baggage (not for personal use), the customs have different rules and regulations in each country.

Final Thoughts

Face wash in liquid or cream form falls under the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rules.

If you are bringing larger bottles or tubes, ensure that they are 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less.

You can refill small bottles or place any full size containers inside your checked bag.

You can also buy large tubes of face wash when you pass the security checkpoint.

We hope this helps.

Happy travels 

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