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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6306
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

The facial tissue market size is expected to reach US$ 21.96 Billion by 2030, from US$ 13.41 Billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period. Facial tissues are soft, absorbent disposable papers used for nose blowing, wiping eyes, removing make-up, and other hygiene purposes. Facial tissues provide comfort, improve hygiene, and prevent spread of germs. The convenience and rising health awareness among consumers are driving the demand for facial tissues globally.

The facial tissue market is segmented by product type, technology, distribution channel, application, thickness, and region. By product type, the box facial tissue segment held the largest share of the market in 2023. Box tissues are the most commonly used facial tissue product owing to their ease of use and portability.

Facial Tissue Market Regional Insights:

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for facial tissue during the forecast period, accounting for over 32.8% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to high disposable incomes and established distribution channels.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the second-largest market for facial tissue, accounting for over 22.1% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market is attributed to rising hygiene awareness and increasing demand from developing countries such as China and India.
  • The Latin America market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for facial tissue, with a CAGR of over 11.3% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Latin America is attributed to growing urbanization and improving retail infrastructure in the region.

Figure 1. Global Facial Tissue Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Facial Tissue Market Drivers:

  • Increasing focus on health, hygiene, and wellness: The growing focus on personal health, hygiene, and wellness among consumers globally is a major factor driving the demand for facial tissues. Rising awareness about communicable diseases and infections that spread through touch and airborne particles is leading to increased adoption of facial tissues for nose blowing and cleaning. Growing emphasis on wellness and healthy lifestyles has resulted in consumers becoming more conscious of their hygienic habits and using disposable tissues for facial cleaning. Various government and non-profit campaigns to improve public health and sanitation are also boosting facial tissue usage. The tissue industry has been increasingly positioning its products on the health and hygiene platform to attract consumers.
  • Product innovation and premiumization: Key players in the facial tissue market are focusing on frequent launches of innovative and premium tissue products to cater to evolving consumer preferences. Manufacturers are introducing soft, strong, and absorbent tissues in attractive and convenient designs and packaging, including cute tissue box packs, plastic-free sustainable boxes, portable tissue pouches, and pop-up cube packs. Premium scented tissues infused with soothing lotions, essential oils, and natural extracts are gaining popularity. Consumers are willing to pay more for value-added benefits like antimicrobial protection, added softness, and eco-friendly appeal. Such product innovations are fueling the overall growth of the facial tissue market globally. For instance, as per the World Health Organization  the beauty and personal care industry has maintained growth despite the pandemic as people aim to reduce stress through self-care routines at home. Premium tissues have fit perfectly into this trend by offering skin hydration and distress.
  • Expanding retail infrastructure and distribution channels: The facial tissue market is driven by the expansion of organized retail channels, including hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, discount stores, and pharmacies and drug stores. Brick and mortar retail outlets provide visibility and easy availability for branded tissue products. Market leaders are also increasing their online presence through e-commerce platforms and Direct-to-consumer websites to boost sales. Developing economies are witnessing the rapid development of modern trade channels beyond conventional stores and kirana shops. This is expanding the reach of facial tissue makers into untapped consumer bases, especially in urban areas. The market has high growth potential in developing regions with improved retail infrastructure. For instance, according to data from the World Bank, India's road network expanded by over 35% after 2020, greatly enhancing last-mile connectivity and the reach of retail channels across the country. This has given a major boost to the adoption of facial tissues, even in low-population density areas that were previously unreachable for leading brands.
  • Demand growth from commercial usage: Facial tissues are increasingly being used in commercial and public settings like offices, schools, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and multiple other locations. This includes bathroom tissues, napkins, and wipes. Rising urbanization, expanding the services sector, improving public infrastructure and facilities, and growing tourism activity are resulting in strong commercial demand. Public awareness and regulations mandating the provision of hygiene products in commercial spaces are other key factors. Out-of-home usage accounts for a significant share of facial tissue consumption and provides stable year-round demand unaffected by seasonality in certain consumer segments. For instance, according to data by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), school attendance rates have bounced back in 2021 across OECD countries as institutions focus more on cleanliness and health measures. This has prompted higher usage of disposable napkins and wipes on school and college campuses.

Facial Tissue Market Opportunities:

  • Product customization and personalization: There is rising consumer demand for customized and personalized tissue products tailored to individual preferences. Key players have the opportunity to provide innovative packaging, product formats, designs, fragrances, and functionality based on consumer segments like kids, teens, men, women, the elderly population, etc. For instance, printed tissues and boxes featuring popular animated characters and celebrities can appeal to kids and teens. Premium care-specific tissues for sensitive skin types, light makeup removal, added lotion, etc. allow for customization. Personalized multi-pack tissue gift boxes also present an opportunity for manufacturers. Marketers can effectively target different consumer cohorts with the right customization. For instance, according to data from the American National Standards Institute, 40% of U.S. consumers in 2020 reported being more likely to purchase personalized products versus standardized items. Moreover, over 75% said they wanted companies to offer personalized options across more product categories.
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly positioning: Environment-conscious consumers prefer sustainable products with eco-friendly and natural appeal. Facial tissue brands have immense scope for positioning on sustainability through manufacturing improvements and material sourcing. For example, recycled paper pulp, bamboo fiber, straw cellulose, and other alternative fibers can replace tree pulp. Plastic-free, biodegradable, and compostable packaging using plant-based materials offers differentiation. Natural lotions and fragrances, chlorine-free bleaching, and zero waste production processes also attract consumers. Transparent sustainability practices, including an eco-friendly supply chain, provide an edge over competitors. For instance, as per UNEP reports, countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and India have shown the biggest reduction in plastic waste generation during COVID-19 due to rising environmental consciousness. This indicates the facial tissue companies have a major untapped market to push their sustainable offerings.
  • Emerging e-commerce and digital marketing: As consumer shopping shifts online, e-commerce platforms provide huge potential for tissue brands. Market leaders can tap into new consumer segments through dedicated websites, direct-to-consumer subscriptions, and tie-ups with major online retailers. Digital marketing, including targeted and personalized ads on social media, also helps engage tech-savvy consumers. Marketers can employ data analytics on online platforms to gauge consumer interests and modify product offerings accordingly. Online sales data provides insights into purchasing patterns and demand forecasting to better inform production and inventory.
  • Expanding demand from developing regions: Developing economies in Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa represent untapped potential for facial tissue makers. Rising incomes, urbanization, improving hygiene standards, and retail infrastructure are key drivers in these markets. International brands can expand through exports as well as their local manufacturing presence. Domestic players in these regions, too, have significant room for growth. Marketers need to develop value-added and premium products catering to local consumer preferences. Adapting pricing and packaging to suit target segments provides an advantage over competition. Strategic partnerships with regional distributors and retailers also help gain market share. For instance, as per International Monetary Fund  data, over 30 developing countries experienced Gross Domestic Product growth rates over 5% annually during 2020-2022, despite the pandemic. This steady economic expansion will fuel greater discretionary spending on products, enhancing daily convenience and wellness.

Facial Tissue Market Trends:

  • Shift towards higher value-added products: Consumers are displaying preference for value-added facial tissues compared to basic variants. Key value additions include multiple tissue layers luxury softness, strength, absorbency, embroidered and printed designs, scented tissues, lotion-infused tissues, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and eco-friendly appeal. For instance, 3-ply and 4-ply tissues are gaining share over 1-ply and 2-ply. Branded players are positioning products on key associations like skin-friendly, gentle on sensitive skin, keeping hands clean, leaving no residue, making light work of make-up removal, etc. The shift towards higher value demonstrates a willingness to pay a premium for functional benefits. For instance, according to UN Comtrade data, imports of "tissues and similar products of paper or cellulose, of a kind used for personal or household purposes" containing lotions, vitamins, or medicaments increased by 12% between 2020 and 2021 for the USA. This reflects the growing preference among consumers for functional facial tissues offering dermatological advantages.
  • Innovative packaging and formats: Tissue manufacturers are innovating on packaging and product formats to attract consumer attention and convey quality. Examples include cube box packaging, re-sealable anti-dust flaps on boxes, portable pop-up packs, click-open lids, and attractive prints and colors. Launches in new formats such as towels, wipes, bundles, and jumbo rolls also provide variety to consumers. Sachets and mini travel packs offer convenience and trial ability. Refill packs help reduce plastic waste. Smart pack features like close-up mirrors, built-in hand sanitizers, and anti-slip bases make packaging more functional. Such innovations make the category exciting while showcasing product benefits better. For instance, according to the United Nations Environment Programme report published in 2023, the uptake of paper-based packaging increased by over 25% between 2020 and 2022 across major tissue brands due to  growing preference for eco-friendly options. Brands like Procter & Gamble have replaced plastic wrappers on some tissues with paper-based wraps made from renewable wood fiber. Such packaging innovations focused on hygiene, portability, and sustainability are helping tissue brands attract consumers and drive market growth.
  • Growing demand for organic and natural: Consumers globally are increasingly looking for food and personal care products made from natural, chemical-free ingredients, and materials. The trend extends to facial tissues as well. Demand is rising for tissues made from 100% organic cotton, bamboo, straw pulp, and other natural fibers without toxic dyes and additives like chlorine, parabens and alcohol. Natural fragrances and essential oil infusions also appeal greatly. Consumers value transparency from brands regarding their use of organic raw materials, production practices and supply chain sustainability. To capitalize on this trend, tissue makers are launching new products and improving visibility of their natural credentials. For instance, according to the 2022 Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator, producing tissue from recycled fiber uses 65% less water and 58% less energy compared to virgin wood fiber production. It also cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 45%. Consumers concerned about their environmental footprint help drive the growing market for recycled paper products like natural facial tissues.
  • Rising preference for e-commerce purchase: Across consumer categories, e-commerce is growing as the preferred purchase channel, driven by convenience, discounts, and a wider product range. The trend also applies to facial tissues, which are increasingly being bought online. Subscription-based D2C models provide convenience aysel  savings for regular bulk buyers. Doorstep delivery appeals to time-strapped consumers. E-commerce provides access to consumers in locations where retail availability may be limited. Tissue manufacturers need to invest in brand building and search visibility on online platforms. Customer reviews also influence purchase decisions, underscoring the need to ensure product quality.

Facial Tissue Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 13.41 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 7.3% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 21.96 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Box Facial Tissue, Pocket Facial Tissue, Cube Facial Tissue, Others (e.g. bundle pack, jumbo roll)
  • By Technology: Airlaid Facial Tissue, Conventional Dry Creped Facial Tissue, Wet Creped Facial Tissue, Others (e.g. structured, uncreped)
  • By Distribution Channel: Supermarkets & Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Channels, Others (e.g. pharmacies, department stores)
  • By Application: Personal Use, Commercial Use
  • By Thickness: 1 Ply, 2 Ply, 3 Ply, Others
Companies covered:

Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, Hengan, Vinda, C&S, WEPA, Asia Pulp & Paper, Metsa Tissue, CMPC Tissue, KP Tissue, Cascades, SCA, Sofidel, Clearwater Paper, Georgia Pacific, First Quality, Empresas CMPC, APP, Kruger Products, Unicharm

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing focus on health, hygiene and wellness
  • Product innovation and premiumization
  • Expanding retail infrastructure and distribution channels
  • Demand growth from commercial usage
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Intense competition and pricing pressure
  • Concerns regarding environmental impact
  • Market maturity in developed economies

Facial Tissue Market Restraints:

  • Intense competition and pricing pressure: The global facial tissue market is intensely competitive with the presence of well-established international and regional players. Brand loyalty also remains relatively low. This limits pricing power and puts pressure on profit margins. Private label store brands further intensify competition. Low-cost Asian manufacturers exporting tissues worldwide also present competition on price points. The need to invest in product upgrades, capacity expansion, and marketing to stay ahead also negatively impacts margins. Competitors also routinely launch very similar product and packaging upgrades. Major players need to differentiate meaningfully to reduce price elasticity among consumers. For instance, as per WHO data, worldwide cases of common colds were lower in 2021 and 2022 compared to the pre-pandemic period, possibly due to masking and social distancing improving hygiene practices. This has further contributed to the subdued growth scenario for the facial tissue industry.

Counterbalance- Employ pricing methods that are competitive and provide a range of price points in order to accommodate diverse market segments. In order to keep price-conscious customers around, offer loyalty programs, discounts, or promotions. 

  • Concerns regarding environmental impact: Consumer awareness about sustainability has resulted in greater scrutiny of tissue products perceived as wasteful, polluting, or made from unsustainable resources. The manufacture, packaging, and disposal of tissues have environmental impacts, including deforestation, plastic waste, carbon emissions, and toxicity. NGOs, governments, and environmentalists criticize the industry’s reliance on virgin fiber pulp from trees and the use of plastics. Brands have faced backlash over misleading greenwashing claims. Addressing such concerns through genuine sustainable practices involves considerable investment and supply chain changes. This can have a negative impact on profitability if manufacturers are unwilling to undertake reforms. For instance, in 2021, the European Union introduced new regulations limiting the use of virgin pulp in tissue products. It incentivized the incorporation of recycled fibers, which have a lower carbon footprint. This policy change forced many European tissue brands to reformulate their products. Data from Eurostat shows recycled fiber consumption in tissue manufacturing increased from 15% to 28% between 2020 and 2022 in the EU as companies complied with the new rules.
  • Market maturity in developed economies: Developed regions like North America and Western Europe are relatively mature markets characterized by slowing growth rates for tissue products. Economic uncertainties, market saturation, and an aging population are contributing factors. Per capita consumption levels in these countries are already quite high. Switching between established brands is also quite common. New product development may not easily translate into sustained incremental category growth. Developing economies with rising incomes, urbanization, and low market penetration present better growth opportunities in comparison. For instance, according to the UN Population Division, the population growth rate between 2020 and 2025 is projected to be only 0.3% in Western Europe, compared to over 1% globally. With fewer new customers entering the market every year, companies will find the addressable market expanding at a languid pace.

Analyst View

The facial tissue market is expected to see steady growth in the coming years. North America and Western Europe represent the largest consumer markets currently due to high usage per capita. However, developing regions such as Asia Pacific are poised to see faster expansion as awareness and adoption increase. Consumer demand for premium and luxury tissue variants presents a major opportunity for branding and value-added product development. Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important driver as well, with natural, recycled, and eco-friendly compositions gaining more traction. On the supply side, continued expansion of global tissue giants like Kimberly-Clark and Procetto and private label offerings from retailers ensure widespread availability and competitive pricing. This could act as a restraint on pricing power and margins for all players over time. Volatility in raw material costs, especially pulp and packaging, also poses a challenge given their significant weight in tissue products' cost structures In summary, while mature regions will see stable growth, developing areas like Greater growth is expected in Asia and Latin America, where the middle class is growing.  Innovation to meet the demands of modern health-conscious consumers also holds the key to premiumization opportunities. Maintaining sustainable and responsible practices will be crucial to accessing certain markets and ensuring long-term competitiveness as well.

Recent Developments:

New product launches:

  • In September 2022, Kleenex launched a new luxury facial tissue line made with 100% bamboo fiber. The super soft tissues are plastic-free and sustainable. The Kleenex trademark is owned by Kimberly-Clark, which launched the brand in 1924 as a disposable cleaning tissue for removing cosmetics. The brand launched as a handkerchief substitute in 1930.
  • In January 2021, Puffs launched a new Plus Lotion facial tissue with moisturizing lotion to hydrate skin. The dermatologist-tested tissues provide extra softness. Puffs was founded in 2004 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, by Billy Siounis, servicing Hot and Fresh™ Puffs.  Puffs are always served Hot and Fresh™ and made on order with all natural and scrumptious toppings, such as hazelnut chocolate, honey, and strawberry glazes.
  • In April 2020, Tempo launched colorful fun-print pocket tissues in attractive designs targeting kids and teens. The 3-ply tissues come in convenient pop-up packs. Tempo is a premium tissue brand that was born in Germany in 1929. Although it is not a product of local origin, it has become one of Hong Kong's classic souvenirs.

Acquisition and partnerships:

  • In March 2022, The Sofidel Group acquired a majority stake in Celtex SpA, an Italian tissue manufacturer. The move expands Sofidel's production capacity in the Italian market. Sofidel is an Italian multinational producer of tissue paper for sanitary and domestic use. The Sofidel Group was founded in 1966. It is one of the world leaders in the tissue paper market and the second-largest producer in Europe behind Essity.
  • In January 2021, WEPA Group acquired Midwest Tissue Mills, a major U.S. away-from-home tissue producer. The acquisition strengthens WEPA's market position in North America. The WEPA Group, with its headquarters in Arnsberg-Müschede, is a German family business for sanitary paper. With approx. 4.000 employees and a turnover of approx. 1.6 billion euros, WEPA is the third largest manufacturer of hygiene paper in Europe.
  • In November 2020, Kimberly-Clark partnered with Eastman Chemical Company to launch Kimberly-Clark Professional KIMTECHTM N95 Pouch Respirator with Eastman’s NaiaTM Nylon 6,6 fiber. This partnership combines both companies' expertise. Kimberly-Clark Corporation is an American multinational personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products. The company manufactures sanitary paper products and surgical and medical instruments. Eastman Chemical Company is an American company primarily involved in the chemical industry. Once a subsidiary of Kodak, today it is an independent global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, chemicals and fibers for everyday purposes.

Figure 2. Global Facial Tissue Market Share (%), by Product Type, 2023


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Top companies in Facial Tissue Market:

  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Hengan
  • Vinda
  • C&S
  • WEPA
  • Asia Pulp & Paper
  • Metsa Tissue
  • CMPC Tissue
  • KP Tissue
  • Cascades
  • SCA
  • Sofidel
  • Clearwater Paper
  • Georgia Pacific
  • First Quality
  • Empresas CMPC
  • APP (Sinar Mas Group)
  • Kruger Products
  • Unicharm

Definition: Facial tissue refers to a soft, disposable paper tissue that is used for cleansing the face or as a handkerchief. It is a type of tissue paper that is designed to be gentle on the skin and is commonly sold in boxes or pocket-size packages. Facial tissues are often used to facilitate the expulsion of nasal mucus from the nose (nose-blowing) and are sometimes referred to simply as "tissues". They are made from low basis weight tissue paper, which is often made smoother by light calendering. Facial tissues may contain non-biodegradable additives for strength. The use of facial tissue has been documented for centuries in Japan, where it was known as washi or Japanese tissue. Today, facial tissue is widely used around the world and is available in various brands and types, including those with added lotions or perfumes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Key factors hampering growth include raw material price volatility, maturity in developed markets, intense competition leading to pricing pressure, product substitutes such as wipes, and stringent environmental regulations.

Major growth drivers are increasing hygiene awareness, growing economies and rising incomes, urbanization, innovation in tissue products, demand from commercial sector, and distribution network expansion.

The leading component segment in the market is the Box Facial Tissues Market segment. Box tissues are portable, hygienic, and easy to use for consumers.

Major players are Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, Hengan, Vinda, C&S, WEPA, Asia Pulp & Paper, Metsa Tissue, CMPC Tissue, KP Tissue, Cascades, SCA, Sofidel, Clearwater Paper, Georgia Pacific, First Quality, Empresas CMPC, APP, Kruger Products, Unicharm.

North America  is expected to lead the market in terms of size and growth rate.

The CAGR of the market is projected to be 7.3% from 2023 to 2030.

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