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Your social media feed is likely full of ads promoting new men’s skincare brands and products to help clear up common concerns like baggy eyes and blackheads. That’s because more and more men are adopting skincare routines, making men’s skincare one of the fastest-growing wellness trends.

To help clear up this notoriously confusing subject, we teamed up with the experts at Bottlecode to help you better navigate the landscape of men’s skincare.

Here are five things to know about men’s skincare.


Men’s Skincare vs. Women’s Skincare

What’s the difference? Well, not a whole lot. While it's true men tend to have oilier and more porous skin, skincare products, aside from fragrance and packaging, don’t vary all that much and contain the same active ingredients (those are the ones that actually do the job). The idea is to use skincare products designed for your concerns rather than your gender.

Three-in-ones are a zero

Many skincare brands that are marketing to men will try to sell you “time-saving” products like shampoo/body wash/face wash all in one. Simply put, these products are bad for your skin due to the different areas of the body that require different ingredients. For example, there are common ingredients found in shampoos such as emulsifying sulfates that are over-drying and can destroy your skin’s protective barrier, leading to things like breakouts and blackheads.

Know the “hero ingredients”

Knowing your ingredients is essential when it comes to selecting the right products for your concerns. While there are many great skincare ingredients out there, there are a handful that every guy should know:


This is the best and most well-researched ingredient for reducing wrinkles. It works by increasing the cell turnover process in your skin, helping your skin quickly shed old, dull skin cells to reveal new, more youthful-looking skin.

Vitamin C

Everyone wants glowing, healthy-looking skin and vitamin C is one of the best ingredients to achieve it. Consuming it is one thing, but applying it topically will help to reduce dark spots, brighten, and even out your entire complexion.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is an exfoliating ingredient that clears out your pores at a level deeper than any other ingredient, making it great for skin that’s prone to breakouts and blackheads.

Hyaluronic Acid

This ultra-hydrating ingredient has the power to hold 1000x its weight in water, making it a great ingredient for any skin type, especially those prone to dryness.


Reducing the appearance of pores is a common concern amongst men, and using niacinamide is one of the best ways to do it. It works by increasing the elasticity of your skin and reducing the production of sebum, the oil that stretches your pores, allowing them to return to their natural size.

It doesn’t have to be complicated

Taking proper care of your skin doesn’t mean you need a ten-step skincare routine. Using a proper face wash, daily moisturizer, and night cream will set your skin up for success. For an in-depth guide on how to build a proper skincare routine check out our guide here.

Age matters

Your skin changes as you age and your skincare should change along with it. When you’re in your 20s, you’re likely still dealing with breakouts and blackheads but as the years go on, wrinkles and age spots will become more of a concern. It’s important to understand the needs are your skin and develop a skincare routine that’s equipped to tackle those needs. Check out our guide to skincare at every age for a more comprehensive look at skincare through the life's various stages.


About Bottlecode

Think of us as your friend — your friend who knows a ton about skincare. Bottlecode blends technology with expert guidance to help men build simple, personalized, and effective skincare routines. Use code RHONE25 to enjoy 25% off your first expertly curated skincare routine. Get your personalized routine by booking a free consultation here.

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