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The Best Acne Treatments for a Girl on a Budget

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.


Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion

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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.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion, $16, Clinique

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Out Of Trouble™ 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin

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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.

Origins Out Of Trouble™ 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin, $4, Sephora

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Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask

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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.

Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask, 0.5 oz, $15, Sephora

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Super Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel

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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.

Origins Super Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel, $16, Origins

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Photo Finish More Than Primer - Blemish Control

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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.

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer - Blemish Control, $16, Sephora

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Acne Spot Treatment

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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.

Murad Acne Spot Treatment, $18, Murad

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Roll On Acne Clearing Solution

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

Ole Henriksen Roll On Acne Clearing Solution, $20, Ole Henriksen

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Complexion Clearing Blemish Treating Astringent

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

Biore Complexion Clearing Blemish Treating Astringent, $7.99, Ulta

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Fresh Effects Clear Skin 2 in 1 Acne Spot Treatment

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

Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin 2 in 1 Acne Spot Treatment, $7.99, Olay

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Herbal Blemish Stick

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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.

Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, $8, Burt's Bees

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Drying Lotion

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Make your acne disappear overnight with this calming drying lotion by Mario Badescu that's safe for all skin types.Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17, Mario Badescu

Photo: Mario Badescu

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

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

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion, $15, Ulta

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Boo Boo Zap! Medicated Acne Treatment

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

Benefit Cosmetics Boo Boo Zap! Medicated Acne Treatment, $16, Benefit Cosmetics

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Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel

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

Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel, $8.99, Neutrogena

Photo: Ulta

No7 Beautiful Skin Rapid Blemish Rescue

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

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Rapid Blemish Rescue, $11.99, Ulta

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