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Cheap Acne Treatments Buying Guide

The dominant companies in the acne remedies market -- Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and Clinique -- are well-known producers of other skin care products. Major beauty companies, like Revlon and Maybelline, also make the occasional one-off acne remedy, but these garner very mixed reviews from users.

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You'll also find a number of "natural" acne treatments that spurn chemicals in favor of botanicals or blend the two types of ingredients. Of course, there are home acne remedies you can try for free, like the lemon juice treatment or using toothpaste to dry out an eruption. Lacking any evidence that such tonics do any good, however, a cheap acne treatment is your best line of attack.

The acne treatments lineup ranges from tubes to pads to lotions to multi-part systems. Some products are dedicated acne fighters and some are facial cleansers that assert their blemish-fighting bona fides. Some topical treatments dry out the acne and surrounding skin, an approach that works for many people but can be hard for those with dry or sensitive skin. The multi-part systems include components that each serve a specific purpose, like cleansing, revitalizing, and toning, or cleansing and cover-up. But most packages, such as Proactiv 3-Step System or Clean & Clear Advantage 2-in-1 Acne & Mark Eraser Kit, are well beyond our Cheapism price range.

The products that earned a spot on our list of best cheap acne treatments are Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength 1 (starting at $5), Noxzema Triple Clean Anti-Blemish Pads (starting at $4), Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser (starting at $7), and Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Formula (starting at $6), all of which work for most users most of the time. One cheap acne remedy we'd pass on is Clean & Clear Cleansers Blackhead Eraser Scrub (starting at $5) because too many consumer reviews report less than satisfactory results.

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All the products we researched can be applied to the face, and a few may be useful for breakouts on the back or chest. To give you the widest range of options, our picks for best cheap acne remedies include cleansers, pads, and spot treatments. They all contain one of two key ingredients for fighting acne: benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Several products on our list are billed as oil-free, so users with oily skin shouldn't be deterred. Cheap acne treatments can be applied one to three times a day and require just seconds of your time.

by Maralyn Edid (Google+ Profile)

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