Help for Wrinkles and Acne

Summer weather means skin-baring clothes and perhaps a bit of a tan from more time spent outdoors, with sunscreen of course.  The hot, steamy weather can also lead to skin breakouts, and even mature adults can experience acne along with signs of aging, but there are treatments that can help manage both wrinkles and acne.

Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid have been used for years to treat acne, but the latter may be better at fighting pimples while helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, or uneven skin tone.  Salicylic acid helps keep pores from being clogged with dirt, oil, and skin cells.  It can cause irritation, so begin with a mild formulation and don’t expect to see results for several weeks. Because salicylic acid can be drying and irritating, it is not recommended for sensitive skin.

Dermatologists recommend using a gentle daily cleanser that doesn’t strip skin or leave it dry.  Along with a salicylic acid treatment, it’s also important not to skip moisturizer.  Look for an oil-free formula, preferably one that contains sunscreen.   Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide help the skin hold on to moisture, plumping up wrinkles and giving the skin a firmer, fuller appearance.

Antioxidants may also be beneficial to the skin. Ingredients like Vitamin C, E or A, Resveratrol, and Coenzyme Q10 may help to neutralize free radicals and combat skin aging caused by sun damage.  Green tea extract may also help calm redness and inflammation in sensitive skin. 

Aging skin becomes thinner and more delicate.  Use gentle skincare products, keep well hydrated, stop smoking, and limit alcohol for a smoother, more youthful appearance.  Don’t forget to wash your face before bed and change pillowcases frequently.  A silk or satin pillowcase can be gentler on skin and hair, reducing wrinkling, pulling, and tugging.   

If you are in an area that still requires the wearing of face masks in public spaces, be sure to wash reusable masks often to prevent skin irritation and breakouts.  A soft, natural and breathable fabric like cotton can be less irritating to the skin.  A face mask that fits comfortably and securely will shift less and cause less skin irritation.  Keep hands that can transfer germs and bacteria away from your face.

Talk with your dermatologist to learn more about caring for aging skin with acne.