Secret Sauce | Ingredients That Plump Fine Lines And Fight Zits

Secret Sauce | Ingredients That Plump Fine Lines And Fight Zits

If you’re struggling with adult acne, fine lines and dry congested skin at the same time, you need to get these ingredients into your skincare routine STAT.

Acne and fine lines, the bane of my adult life...Ok, I’m being a little melodramatic, but although they sit together like wine and cheese on my face, they couldn’t be any more different and the products I use to combat them do not live harmoniously together. Usually, products that are designed to fight acne have ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil, which do wonders for pimples, but pretty much nothing for fine lines and thick creams designed to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines can clog the pores causing breakouts. It’s a win-lose situation really. So, I got to thinking, there must be ingredients out there that work together to combat both fine lines and acne and after a little research, I discovered there are - you can have it all! These are the ingredients that you should be incorporating into your daily skincare routine to say goodbye to fine lines and acne and hello to beautiful skin! You’re welcome.

Salicylic Acid 

Salicylic acid works by creating micro-injuries to your skin with its exfoliating properties, it sounds scary but your skin reacts by boosting collagen production and that leaves skin thicker and more resilient. Salicylic acid also works by absorbing into sebum-filled pores helping to banish those pesky blackheads, whiteheads and milia, which are those small white bumps that appear on the surface of the skin. The acid also encourages the shedding of the top layer of skin, which again, sounds scary but it’s actually a good thing because it prevents pores from becoming congested which is one of the main causes of acne. Because this oil-soluble ingredient promotes collagen growth, over time it has been shown to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and that is a win-win in my book!

Product recommendations below :

Cane + Austin Acne Retexture Pad with Salicylic and Glycolic Acids, Available at Smith & Caughey’s
Cerave Sa Cream, Renewing Salicylic Acid Body Cream For Rough And Bumpy Skin, Available at Amazon


Your face is made up of millions of tiny cells, the more the cells turnover, the fresher your skin looks. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, which is a nutrient responsible for boosting cell turnover. Retinol works by encouraging cell turnover on the surface of the skin, essentially exfoliating the skin and helping to fade hyperpigmentation, revealing smoother, brighter looking skin. It also thickens the skin by encouraging collagen building, which tricks the skin into thinking its younger, thus helping to dimish the appearance of fine lines. Another great thing about Retinol is that you can expect fewer breakouts because it is getting rid of the dead skin cells which clog up your pores.

Neutrogena Rapid Repair Retinol Face Cream & Hyaluronic Acid, Available at Farmers
Paula’s Choice Boost 1% Retinol Booster, Available at Paula’s Choice
Vegan — Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, Available at MECCA


This is an ingredient I had never heard of before until I researched for this article. Niacinamide is a water-soluble ingredient which is more popularly known as Vitamin B3. Niacinamide works to improve the appearance of acne, rosacea, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, fine lines and dullness due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. By getting very technical, I learned that Niacinamide can stimulate protein synthesis and ceramide synthesis in the skin, leading to improved structure and hydration levels. Think of this ingredient as a “jack of all trades,” although it does tend to work slower than retinol or acids.

Omorovicza Silver Skin Savior, Available at MECCA

Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, Available at Murad

Glycolic Acid 

Give it up for our final wonder ingredient, the cousin of Salicylic Acid. Similar to its cousin, Glycolic Acid works by stimulating the fibroblasts in the skin to help produce collagen and elastin, thus plumping the skin, making it look brighter and minimising those dreaded lines. It’s also known to help aid the fight against hyperpigmentation and acne. Glycolic Acid works on the surface of the skin, instead of deep into the pores like Salicylic Acid, so it can help to slough away the dead skin cells that are sitting on the skins surface, giving you an instant glowing result.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, Available at Cult Beauty

Pixi Glow Serum, Available at Sephora

Disclaimer | Product recommended are based on some of the best selling/popular products in those categories.
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When Nina isn’t busy writing about the latest and greatest in all things beauty for Sauce, you’ll find her trying to live a #balancedlife by juggling a career as a freelance writer and being a mum.

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