Treating acne is expensive. You can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars trying to get your face clear. Here is a simple, yet effective way to save money on acne medications.
All over the counter acne treatments work by using two basic ingredients —
1. An antibiotic to kill acne-causing bacteria and 2. A peeling agent to unclog your pores.
Proactiv® is a widely popular acne kit available by mail; it’s a nice combination of washes, toners, and lotions. If you can afford it, Proactiv is an effective treatment for mild acne. Its active ingredients are 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (the antibiotic) and glycolic acid (the peeling agent).
You can recreate the same acne therapy by buying the ingredients separately. For example, if you used CVS Acne Gel ($3.99) and Aqua Glycolic Toner ($12.28) daily you are using the same active ingredients as Proactiv. The only real difference is the cost:
Proactiv: $40 to $60 (depending on the extras)
Over a year you could save over $250. Remember that any acne therapy only works if you are “proactive;” that is, you must use it faithfully everyday for 2 to 3 months to see results.
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