Acne Treatments for People on a Budget

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders in the world. In the last decade dermatology has made great strides in treating severe cases of acne with therapies like antibiotics, retinoids, and even lasers. The main problem with them is the high cost of office visits that are needed to keep these prescriptions filled. Fortunately there are many OTC acne treatments that are very effective and work well for people on a budget. For severe acne, a doctor is usually the best option, but if your breakouts can be classified as mild to moderate, there are treatments that can help.

Here is a list of the top 5 treatments compiled by Acne Treatment One:


The p. acnes bacteria is blamed for being a main contributor of acne breakouts. Most treatments work by killing this bacteria on the surface of the skin and inside the pore. But, there are several natural ingredients that can get rid of this bacteria, without causing any skin irritation. These treatments are also very low cost compared to any type of acne medication that you would get from a doctors office.

Here are some cheap, easy to find substances, that help kill acne causing bacteria:

Witch hazel extract is a natural astringent made from the bark and leaves of the Hamamelis bush that most commonly grows in North America. This extract can constrict blood vessels and help reduce inflammation from pimples or bug bites. It can also reduce the size of inflamed pores and kill bacteria that leads to breakouts. It is very cheap with a 10 oz bottle usually costing around $3.00. It has been relatively unknown as an acne fighter, but recent studies have shown that it is a very effective treatment. There are usually no side effects associated with its use.

Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant that is usually not associated with acne. This cheap remedy can help rid the skin of bacteria and can actually encourage white blood cells to promote healing on the affected area. It may cause some dryness or peeling as many other acne treatments do. If this occurs, try using a “non comedogenic” moisturizer (Non-Comedogenic means that it does not clog pores). Hydrogen peroxide is sold at most grocery or drug stores for between $2-$5.

Vitamin B5 (or pantothenic acid) is a supplements that may reduce the production of sebum in the pores. Sebum production is one of the main contributors to clogged pores and acne formation. Some prescription treatments work by damaging or shrinking sebum glands, but these medications have have very serious side effects. B5 is known to have relatively few, if any, side effects. It can be found at most health food stores that have a larger selection of supplements or online.

Spot Treatments

Betadine is a very common disinfectant solution that is used during surgery. It has also been found to be great at killing bacteria that causes acne. If applied as an acne treatment, it is recommended for use at bedtime. Betadine does have an unpleasant smell and will cause the skin to turn yellowish for a short time. If used at night, the betadine can be washed off in the morning without any noticeable smell or discoloration.

Another spot treatment for acne that is inflamed is Calamine Lotion. Calamine is a zinc/ferrix oxide solution that can dry acne pustules and also reduce inflammation. The lotion also has anti-bacterial effects that can reduce acne spots very quickly. Calamine lotion can be found at any grocery store for a price of about $3.00.

The treatments above can help reduce mild to moderate acne with very few side effects. It may take 1-2 months to see a reduction in acne. If you have severe acne or any questions about the treatments above, a visit to you dermatologist may be necessary.

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