FAQ: Do Frownies Facial Patches Cause Acne Breakouts?

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If you suffer from acne blemishes, introducing any new products into your skincare routine may come with some anxiety. “Will this cause me to break out?” 

While many skincare products make bold claims, you never want to risk your skin's health in the name of beauty.

We know that if you’re someone with sensitive skin or are prone to frequent acne breakouts, you take particular caution when trying new skincare products. 

In this article, we aim to address the commonly asked questions about Frownies Facial Patches, focusing on their relationship with acne breakouts and how to avoid causing irritation to your skin.

FAQ: Do Frownies Facial Patches Cause Acne Breakouts?

One of the most frequently asked questions about Frownies Facial Patches is whether they can cause acne breakouts. 

Rest assured, Frownies Facial Patches are considered noncomedogenic. And very few of our customers report that Frownies Facial Patches cause acne breakouts. 

In fact, these innovative wrinkle patches are designed to target fine lines and expression lines without aggravating existing skin conditions.

Frownies Facial Patches are made of a weighted kraft paper with a water-activated, plant-based adhesive that adheres to the skin to hold the underlying muscle in a smoothed position. 

Frownies Facial Patches are clinically tested and dermatologist-recommended through third-party HRIPT testing to be hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and suitable for sensitive skin. You can learn more about the HRIPT testing process here.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different and individual reactions can vary. Some users with sensitive skin may experience temporary redness or irritation due to the adhesive. 

If you have a known sensitivity to adhesive materials, it's always advisable to perform a patch test on a small area of your skin, such as behind your ear or on the inside of your wrist, before applying the patches on your face.

FAQ: I Think Frownies Facial Patches Are Causing Breakouts — What Should I Do? 

If you've recently started using Frownies Facial Patches and you suspect they may be contributing to your acne breakouts, there are a few steps you can take to address the situation:

  1. Evaluate your skincare routine

Take a closer look at your overall skincare routine to identify any potential culprits that could be triggering breakouts. 

First, always be sure to wash your face prior to applying Frownies Facial Patches. Cleansing your skin of dirt, sweat, and bacteria will limit any potential acne breakouts. We recommend Frownies pH Balancing Face Wash as a gentle and effective facial cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin.

Also, ask yourself, are you using any new products in combination with Frownies Facial Patches? It may be possible that another product, or a fluctuation in your hormones, is causing the breakouts rather than the patches themselves.

  1. Gradually introduce the patches

Sometimes, the skin may go through an adjustment period when starting a new skincare routine. This can manifest as temporary breakouts, known as skin purging. 

Because the Frownies Facial Patches have a lifting effect on the skin, it is hypothesized that they may increase cell turnover and draw out impurities from deeper levels of the skin all at once, which occasionally may present as acne breakouts in a limited number of Frownies users. 

If this is the case, it's advisable to gradually increase your wearing time of the Frownies Facial Patches. 

You may choose to wear your Frownies for just a few hours in the evening, every other day for the first week of use. Luckily, you will still benefit from the skin-smooth effect of our wrinkle patches. Frownies Facial Patches are known to be effective even with as little as three hours of wear.  

As your skin adapts, you can increase the length of time that you wear the patches until you build up a tolerance to wearing Frownies for the recommended eight hours overnight daily. 

  1. Proper removal of Frownies Facial Patches

When removing the patches, it's essential to do so gently and without causing additional irritation to the skin. 

It's important to note that while Frownies Facial Patches themselves do not cause acne breakouts, over-exfoliation can contribute to skin issues, including acne. 

Dry removal of Frownies Facial Patches, while harmless – and even preferred – for some of our customers, can lead to excessive or harsh exfoliation in other users that disrupts the skin's natural balance and leads to increased oil production, irritation, and even breakouts. 

We always recommend being gentle with the skin on your face. To remove Frownies Facial Patches, apply a warm, damp cloth or cotton pad to the patch to loosen the adhesive before carefully peeling it off. 

  1. Frownies 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

At Frownies, we stand behind the quality and effectiveness of our products. And we are proud to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all Frownies Facial Patches. 

If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply reach out to our customer support team within 30 days of your purchase date to initiate the return process.

Please note that the guarantee is valid only for purchases made directly through our official website or authorized retailers. We may require proof of purchase, such as an order number or receipt, to process the return. 

For detailed information on our return policy and the steps to initiate a return, please visit our website or contact our customer support team directly.

FAQ: Can I Use Frownies Facial Patches over an Existing Acne Blemish?

Another common question is if you can use the Frownies Facial Patches over an existing breakout. 

In general, it is safe to use Frownies Facial Patches over an existing blemish. However, we do not recommend applying the facial patches over open skin or an open wound. 

In fact, many of our customers have reported that wearing their Frownies Facial Patches over an existing breakout has helped heal their blemishes faster!

In addition, if you have a healing acne blemish or scar, you can still use Frownies Facial Patches around the affected area. Just ensure that the patch is placed on healthy, intact skin and not directly over the blemish itself.

FAQ: Silicone Wrinkle Patches Cause Me to Breakout. Will Frownies Facial Patches give me acne too?

Frownies Facial Patches are not only effective in targeting fine lines and wrinkles, but they also offer a distinct advantage over silicone wrinkle patches for customers who are prone to acne breakouts. 

Unlike silicone facial patches, which can sometimes trap dirt, sweat, and bacteria against the skin, Frownies Facial Patches are made of breathable paper. This unique material allows the skin to breathe, preventing the buildup of impurities that can contribute to breakouts. 

In addition, Frownies Facial Patches have no active skincare ingredients. This allows you to continue your established skincare routine while benefiting from Frownies Facial Patches to train the muscles of the face. 

By opting for Frownies Facial Patches, you can address your skincare concerns without worrying about exacerbating acne-prone skin. 


Frownies Facial Patches are designed to target fine lines, expression lines, and wrinkles. While they are generally safe for most skin types, individual reactions can vary. 

They are not known to directly cause acne breakouts. 

If you experience any concerns or breakouts while using Frownies Facial Patches, we recommend evaluating your skincare routine, gradually introducing the patches, and properly removing them. And remember, we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee to ensure your satisfaction. 

Take care of your skin and enjoy the benefits of Frownies Facial Patches in your skincare journey!

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The information provided on this website is intended solely for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical or dermatological advice. At Frownies, we recognize that individual skin responses to treatments and skincare products vary. Testimonials shared represent personal experiences and may not reflect the outcomes of all users, as results depend on numerous factors such as consistency, skin type, age, lifestyle, and more.

We strongly recommend consulting with your healthcare provider or dermatologist before incorporating any new skincare regimen, including Frownies products, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions or specific skincare concerns.

Thank you for prioritizing your health and well-being.