Cheap Acne Treatments

Woman looking at her acne in the mirror

Just when you thought your teenage skin woes were over, a pimple pops up on your face. Trust us, we’ve all been there. And it always seems to happen when we’re under a lot of pressure or stress and hoping to look our best.

There are hundreds of acne treatments that you can buy, ranging from a few bucks up to hundreds of dollars for professional treatment. So which ones are the best? (Hint: it’s not the most expensive treatment.) To answer that question, we scoured the TBF archives and rounded up five of our favorite acne-fighting products, all under $10. All of these products have either been featured on our site before or have received a rating of between four and five stars online.

Cheap Acne Treatments

1. OXY Clinical Clearing Treatment

Oxy Treatment

Why It’s Awesome: It’s rare to find prescription strength acne treatments for under $10, but the OXY Clinical Clearing Treatment is a great acne-clearing product that just happens to be cheap. This product’s claim to fame is that it kills 99 percent of acne-causing bacteria, which leaves you with exceptionally clear skin. You can also use it every day and find it at most drugstores and big chains.

Where to Get It: $7.99 at Target.

Clean and Clear Cleanser

2. Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser

Why It’s Awesome: This is a gentle cleanser that you can use multiple times a day without it drying out your skin. The biggest benefit is that this product is oil-free, because let’s face it, the last thing we need to add to our faces is oil when we suffer from oily skin. Kathryn uses this product on a daily basis.

Where to Get It: $5.99 at

3. Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick

Desert Essence Touch Stick

 Why It’s Awesome: Desert Essence uses the purest botanicals to create their products. So, if you have especially sensitive skin and want to go natural, this is perfect for you. It’s great because it’s very inexpensive and you only need a touch of it for the product to work. It can also help with irritating bug bites.

Where to Get It: $7.19 at Desert Essence.

St Ives Apricot Scrub

4. St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin

Why It’s Awesome: St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub is the least expensive acne treatment on our list. It smells amazing and scrubs away at dead skin cells, leaving you with extra-soft skin and an acne-free face. Kathryn uses this product once per week (any more and it can actually cause breakouts) in the shower.

Where to Get It: $3.00

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control

5. Neutrogena Acne Stress Control, 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, 2-Ounce

Why It’s Awesome: Okay, who isn’t stressed around here? Lucky for us, this product is made just for that. And, the greatest part is that it claims to stop acne before it even starts. So, you’ll have a clear face, preventive treatments in place, and it costs well under $10.

Where to Get It: $6.71 at