Combat Adult Acne with these Great Budget Products

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

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.

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  1. callshot says

    I love using VICHY products. Their acne line is called “NORMADERM” and it really does help. From $14 fom the daily cleansing gel to $17 for the Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care, its budget-friendly, last a long time and works (O:

  2. says

    most drugstore products are too harsh for my skin (read: make me my acne EVEN MORE inflamed and obvious).

    i have had great success with <a href=“”>Aveeno Hydrocortisol Cream</a>. it’s less than $5 for a tube and zaps those zits pretty quick. i noticed they had a generic version at walgreens that was even cheaper.

    Also some people say honey is good for spot treatments. if you buy your honey at a farmers market it’s CHEAP and less processed (read: more effective for fighting acne)than what you’d get at the grocery.

  3. Monica says

    OMG, I’ve breaking out alot lately. I need something to help me fast!I’ve always used acne cleansing products on my face instead of soap, so i have no idea why I’m breaking out big time all of a sudden. I first noticed new break outs after I began using the Clinique daily defense cream. I’ve since stopped using it, but the break outs continue.
    Maybe I need to try new products.

  4. says

    I’ve tried the apricot scrub, but it’s rather rough to use regularly.  I used it for so long that I thought that my cheeks were naturally flushed looking.  Turns out, it was just chronically irritated.  I was clueless!  A lot of people swear by it, though, so maybe they have tougher skin. 

    Currently, I’m taking spironolactone and it has completely cleared up my once awful acne, despite the fact that nothing else helped—not even prescription antibiotics and creams.  And thanks to a low copay on generics, I don’t pay much at all for the pills.  I’m not a doctor, but I do suggest that people with adult acne mention something their to their doctor or go ahead and see a dermatologist.

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