Many of us got our start down the skin care road when first dealing with acne, which will plague some of us throughout most of our lives. While acne-busting products keep unsightly breakouts and blemishes at bay, they have other skin care benefits, too. Even if acne is no longer a problem for you, some of the products designed to prevent it may be worth giving a second go-around to help you achieve fresher, firmer looking skin.
Many acne skin care products contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinol or tretinoin, which, in addition to battling pimples, help fill in wrinkles and age lines, and give skin a more youthful appearance. How do they do it? Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are both exfoliants, and they help get rid of the outermost layer of dead skin cells. This opens up the pores and gives the face a brighter, healthier appearance. Tretinoin prompts cell regeneration and a higher rate of cell turnover. This helps eliminate pimples, but it also reduces fine wrinkles, dark spots and rough patches of skin. Reversals to sun damage usually take about a month, dark spots diminish in about two months, and wrinkles fade after around three months [source: Ogbru]. With repeated use, retinol creams will stimulate collagen production, which reduce wrinkles by firming up the skin's support system.
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