Dealing with acne after the tender teenage years have passed is an unpleasant reality for many of us. Plenty of products from high-end cosmeceuticals to drugstore bargains are out there claiming to clear our skin. But how do find the products that will give us the clear complexion we crave without clearing out our wallets?
Great Products for Adult Acne
Dermatologists agree that the key to controlling acne is a complete system. University Medical Acne Free Clear Skin Treatments is a complete skin-care system for half the price ($19.99) of the popular Proactive System ($39.99) and two-thirds the price of Neutrogena’s Advanced Solutions
Complete Acne Therapy System ($29.99). The University Medical system includes a Purifying Cleaner, a Renewing Toner, and Repairing Lotion. It contains benzoyl peroxide, so be careful if you have sensitive skin. Available at Drugstore.com.
Of course, not all of us are looking for a total system. Many of us just want a quick-fix spot treatment, mask, or scrub to keep blemishes at bay!
Rite Aid has a store-brand Acne Spot Treatment for $2.99 that features the same active ingredient (10% benzoyl peroxide ) and the same size (10 ounces) as Oxy Balance Maximum Acne Treatment, which sells for $4.99.
For anyone looking for a more natural approach to acne blemishes, Desert Essence’s Blemish Touch Stick ($7.99) contains Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil, which works as a natural astringent and blemish fighter.
St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub for Oily or Acne Prone skin is an amazing value at $2.99. It clears the dead skin cells that can lead to blackheads and blemishes.
Now that you are you working on your skin morning and night, make your makeup routine do double duty! Almay Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Makeup ($10.49) and Blemish Healing Spot Concealer ($6.29) may be a little pricier, but the salicylic acid enables it to fight acne all day long.
All products are available online from Drugstore.com