When you have acne and wrinkles, finding a skin care routine that tackles both can be difficult. Do you use products labeled as anti-acne or labeled as anti-wrinkle? The answers are easier than you think-if you know how to find the right products!

How to Fight Acne And Wrinkles

Acne breakouts or wrinkles are challenging enough when you're dealing just with one or the other. But, when you're struggling with both, treating them can be frustrating and confusing. We've created a step-by-step plan to help you fight acne and wrinkles so you can find your skin looking radiant, clear, and smoother in just a few days!

Step 1: A Gentle Cleanser

Acne does not need drying cleansers – these actually make things worse. “Medicated” cleansers are not helpful because the active ingredient is simply rinsed down the drain. On the other hand, skin that is showing signs of aging does not mean you need a rich cleansing cream which can make breakouts worse. Instead, wash your face twice daily with a gentle water-soluble cleanser formulated with soothing ingredients, and at night use a soft washcloth to get all your makeup off. You'll be amazed at how much better your skin will look and act from this small change!

Step 2: BHA Exfoliant

Exfoliating with a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is the most effective way to fight acne and wrinkles at the same time. BHA exfoliates the skin's surface as well as inside the pores. It also reduces redness and stimulates collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin. In fact, many people see results overnight. For best results, apply at least once daily, after cleansing and toning.

Step 3: Treatment Serum

Most treatment serums are lightweight (which is great for use on breakout-release areas), and the best ones contain the kinds of ingredients all skin types need to look and act youngger and healthy and to help heal red marks blemishes often leave behind. Such ingredients include antioxidants, skin-repairing substances, and cell-communicating ingredients. For best results, apply twice daily, including around the eyes, after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating.

Step 4: Lightweight Moisturizer

The challenge in finding the best moisturizer for acne and wrinkles is that it must hydrate and nourish skin without feeling thick, creamy, or greasy. Typically, this means you want to use either a lotion or a gel loaded with antioxidants and skin identical ingredients. Your skin needs to get beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants to stimulate collagen production, anti-irritants to reduce red marks and help reduce patches of dry, flaky skin, and softening ingredients to diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Apply at night after exfoliating and after applying your treatment serum.

Step 5: Sun Protection

No skin-care routine is complete without daily sun protection. It is essential to use a product rated SPF 25 or higher. By preventing the inflammation sun damage causes, you're strengthening your skin, allowing its immune response to help heal breakouts faster. Make sure sunscreen application is the last step in your morning skin-care routine!

The bottom line: With the right mix of products, you can take control of breakouts and signs of aging-all at the same time, and without spending a fortune.