#Skin Care

The Best Acne Treatments for a Girl on a Budget

by Emily Gregor

The Best Acne Treatments for a Girl on a Budget
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Great skin doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. We scoured the earth (okay, our favorite beauty stores) to find the best acne treatments for a girl on a budget. All of these are $20 or less, and yes, you can thank us later.



1 of 15 Image Credits: Clinique

Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion


Clear up those pesky blemishes with a lotion that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smooth. This formula also exfoliates and unclogs your pores, so it's definitely one of the best acne treatments out there when it comes to multitasking.

2 of 15 Image Credits: Sephora

Out Of Trouble™ 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin


Only to be used in dire situations, pick up a few of these skin-saving one-time-use masks next time you're at Sephora. The full size product might be a little pricier but these little guys will do the trick.

3 of 15 Image Credits: Sephora

Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask


Another mighty mini, this mask is creamy and works double time overnight to repair and treat blackheads and pores while absorbing excess oil. It's the perfect product to add to your skin care routine if you have oily skin.

4 of 15 Image Credits: Origins

Super Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel


Say buh-bye to redness and irritation with this super fast spot treatment. The secret ingredients? Red algae, which relieves redness, and saw palmetto, a small palm tree from the South. These two star ingredients work along with salicylic acid to make your acne disappear for good.

5 of 15 Image Credits: Sephora

Photo Finish More Than Primer – Blemish Control


Eliminate acne even while you're wearing makeup with this blemish treating primer by Smashbox. Formulated to prevent additional breakouts while healing the rest, this primer is lightweight and allows your skin to breathe, making it a perfect base.

6 of 15 Image Credits: Murad

Acne Spot Treatment


Heals blemishes fast while preventing new blemishes from popping up, this spot treatment is a quick way to get rid of acne, plus it has natural ingredients like licorice root and zinc to move the process along.

7 of 15 Image Credits: Ole Henriksen

Roll On Acne Clearing Solution


Tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide get rid of your acne fast with this roll-on spot treatment.

8 of 15 Image Credits: Ulta

Complexion Clearing Blemish Treating Astringent


Apply this astringent up to three times a day to clear up your skin without the hefty price tag.

9 of 15 Image Credits: Olay

Fresh Effects Clear Skin 2 in 1 Acne Spot Treatment


The fine tip application on this spot treatment allows you to place the product precisely where you need it most.

10 of 15 Image Credits: Burt's Bees

Herbal Blemish Stick


A staff favorite, this product is effective without the chemicals. Made with tea tree and juniper oils and willow bark, this treatment is easy to apply and smells fantastic.

11 of 15 Image Credits: Mario Badescu

Drying Lotion


Make your acne disappear overnight with this calming drying lotion by Mario Badescu that's safe for all skin types

12 of 15 Image Credits: Ulta

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion


Another staff fave, this tea tree skin clearing lotion hydrates your skin while fading blemishes and acne scars overnight.

13 of 15 Image Credits: Benefit Cosmetics

Boo Boo Zap! Medicated Acne Treatment


Stop acne in its tracks with this fast-acting spot treatment by Benefit Cosmetics.

14 of 15 Image Credits: Neutrogena

Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel


With results in less than two hours, this spot gel is perfect for when the last thing you want to deal with is acne.

15 of 15 Image Credits: Ulta

No7 Beautiful Skin Rapid Blemish Rescue


Another quick fix for problem skin, this spot treatment heals acne fast with licorice root and other drying ingredients.