4 Reasons Your Skincare Routine Worsened Your Acne

At some point or the other, you might have thought to yourself, ‘Nothing works, skincare is a hoax. I’ve tried everything and I’m still suffering from acne.” We get it, you’re frustrated and so was our founder, Jade Vanich. As Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So, just like you, he thought, ‘Why has every skincare I’ve used not worked?’ Curiosity got the best of him, so he did a deep dive and this is what he found.

Over-the-counter skincare is too harsh

The truth is there are two possible reasons why over-the-counter skincare may worsen your skin conditions - under-dosed formulas and toxic ingredients. Over-the-counter skincare could have the same active ingredients as its counterpart but they just won’t contain nearly asmuch of those effective ingredients to make a difference. 

The next time you’re even thinking of buying over-the-counter skincare don’t forget to pick it up and check the ingredients. Our bet is that you’ll see SLS, SLES, Parabens, Fragrance, and other harsh ingredients on the list. It’s unfortunate, but these chemicals irritate your skin and cause breakouts.

Using more products than your skin needs

More is not necessarily better. We get lost in the noise of ads and we forget what’s most important - to solve the issue at the root cause, not the symptom (aka solving what is CAUSING the acne and NOT trying to solve the covering up of the acne). Your skin doesn’t need every new trending acne treatment that comes out. It’s nice of you to support the beauty industry, but it’s not doing you any good, man. Using too many products at the same time can also be counterproductive - it causes your skin to be irritated and eventually, you’ll suffer from even more breakouts. Just like it’s nice to be dating a couple of the ladies, but it eventually starts to get difficult (not to mention heavy on the pocket) to juggle them all at once. Eventually, you’ll have to keep only the best lady in your life. Now that’s how your skincare routine should be.

Mixing products with active ingredients that don’t play well together

A lot of people with acne believe that every single product in their routine should be geared toward acne-prone skin so they create a routine with concoctions of every possible active ingredient which then has the opposite effect. Acne treatments - especially those that contain active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid — are drying and a bit harsh on your skin. Don’t be that guy who only trains chest & arms *as we look in the mirror in self-denial*. The famous saying rings truer than ever, “Friends don’t let friends skip leg day” - aesthetics, beauty and life are best found in a harmony of balance. Same goes for going hard on only acne treatments - you’re depriving your skin of other essential nutrients it needs for a balanced and acne-free skin.

Using products that aren’t correct for your skin type

We are men, what do we know about skin types? Ask us about workouts, football, crypto, and we’ll talk like there’s no tomorrow. But about skin type, we couldn’t tell you anything, nada. 

Knowing your skin type helps you tailor your skincare according to what your skin needs. For example, if you have dry skin a light gel moisturizer won’t do the trick.  So, if we don’t know heads or tails about skin type, how are we to pick skincare that’s ‘right for our skin’? With Bettr that wouldn’t be a problem. From day one, it was a priority for us to build skincare that was safe for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin.

So what makes Bettr any different?

Bettr Skincare understood the root cause of acne in order to formulate men’s skincare thatclears up stubborn acne for good.

In just four weeks, the ‘Bettr You Set’ undeniably heals acne-prone skin - transforming it bybalancing natural oils, unclogging pores, andprotecting from external aggressors for healthier skin with no breakouts.


The Bettr You set is formulated withaward-winning ingredients that have been hand-picked by an expert team of dermatologists to solve even the most stubbornacne, including whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne, from the root.

Clean Bettr


Agentle, yet powerful charcoal cleanser thateffectively breaks up acne-causing oils, dirt, and dead skinthat plug pores while also directing back moisture so your skin is leftbalanced.

Restore Bettr


Composed ofrich antioxidants that have been proven to tame redness, calm breakouts, and keep pores clear

Moisturize Bettr


This isn’t your average lightweight moisturizer, not only is the non-greasy formula non-comedogenic, it gives you 72 hours of hydration without causing breakouts. 

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