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How to treat blemishes and wrinkles

Frownies can help reduce wrinkles without irritating your skin
Frownies can help reduce wrinkles without irritating your skin
Photo: Maegan Tintari via Flickr

Many people toss out their acne creams long before they have to consider anti-wrinkle products. But for some women, oily skin and acne persist into later years.

This does have certain benefits—oily skin is less prone to wrinkles—but it also means that there is a subgroup of consumers looking to combat both blemishes and fine lines. These two concerns are rarely addressed in the same products, and an attempt to correct both problems can lead to an excessive beauty regimen. But there are a few brands that cater to combination skin, specializing in treating both acne and wrinkles.

The most important product to have is probably a foundation that provides sun protection as well as oil control. There are a few options, but the best is Neutrogena’s Shine Control Liquid Makeup with SPF 20.

Neutrogena also has another cream specifically designed to fight wrinkles and acne at the same time. It’s called Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cream, and it contains Salicylic Acid to treat acne and Retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines. For a more expensive product with similar effects, check out RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.

Because anti-wrinkle creams often contain heavy moisturizers and fillers, they can be particularly problematic for acne-prone skin. So how about a chemical-free solution that softens wrinkles without upsetting your complexion?

Frownies’ Facial Patches will do just that. These patches combat wrinkles in perhaps the most simplistic way—by gently holding your skin flat while you sleep and mechanically smoothing out lines. They keep your muscles from tensing (specifically frowning, hence the name) and prevent furrows from forming in your skin.

So while acne and wrinkles might be a rare combination, there are easy ways to address both concerns without having to invest in an overload of products.