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Cheapest acne treatments that are still effective

Updated on February 19, 2010

When you’ve got a bad case of acne, all you really care about is finding something that works.  And there are a lot of great acne products on the market than can help.  Problem is some of the most effective acne treatments are also the most expensive.  Just look at Proactive, it’s over a hundred dollars for every shipment.  Some people treat their acne by going to a dermatologist and they can get great results but each visit is at least $20 and that’s if you have insurance!  If you don’t have insurance you’re looking at almost $200 per visit plus prescribed medications and before you know you’ve spent over $1000!  These types of acne treatments are great but their expensive.

If you look at the other end of the spectrum at cheap acne treatments, you can find a whole shopping cart full of over the counter acne treatments that are only 4 or 5 bucks.  But the problem is you can use these until they run out and not see any results.  Many of the problems with the cheapest acne treatments is that they don’t treat all of the problems that cause acne.  Acne is actually caused by a natural bacteria that lives on your skin that goes a little out of control and ends up clogging your pores and your body has a natural reaction which is to attack the bacteria to get it out of your pores and that’s why you get these big ass pimples.  The body also naturally secretes oil as way to moisturize and protect your exposed skin from the elements like sun, rain, wind, snow, etc.  However, if you have excess or extra oil that your skin doesn’t need it ends up clogging the pores as well.  Unfortunately this combo of out of control bacteria and extra body oil are most common during the teenage years and teenage acne is one of the biggest problems that kids have to deal with.  So the cheapest acne treatments don’t address these problems and the expensive ones that do treat both problems are just too freakin’ expensive.

Fortunately, there is a middle ground that you can find the cheapest acne treatments that are still effective.  There are some over the counter acne treatments that are both cheap and effective and will do a great job treating your acne.  The best ones are the ones that have benzoyl peroxide as the effective ingredient.  Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful oxidizer that attacks the excess bacteria effectively breaking up their protective membrane rendering them ineffective.  One of the breakdown products of benzoyl peroxide is actually a good solvent for the oil that’s on your skin which mean that it will “absorb” the oil and when the acne treatment is washed from your face the extra oil goes with it.  These cheap but effective acne treatments will be most effective when used multiple times a day; you can start by washing your face twice a day (perhaps once in the morning and once before bed) and if that isn’t as effective as you’d like you can add another wash sometime during the middle of the day.  There are two things that you need to be aware of when using acne treatments that have benzoyl peroxide.  One is that it can dry your face out and because it’s difficult to control how much oil you take off it can expose your skin to harmful UV rays and actually make you more susceptible to sunburn.  The other thing is that while benzoyl peroxide is an effective acne treatment, it is also an effective clothing, towel and bed sheet stainer and will stain these items. 

If you want to find the best, cheapest acne treatment that still works there are a plethora of great products on the web.  Each one will claim to be the best acne treatment so you need to be careful and investigate their claims.  The most important point is to make sure that the acne treatment has benzoyl peroxides as that is the active ingredient that will make it effective. 

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