Skincare

Adult Freaking Acne on a Budget

It’s been almost a year since I previously wrote about my adult freaking acne, but I looked back on the article and thought to myself, “God, Lindsay, you couldn’t suggest more affordable options?” Because if you’re anything like me, you can’t afford to buy the items on that list consistently. Hence, I’ve come up with a much cheaper regimen that still works. 

Okay, so I may still use Make Up For Ever foundation and Tarte concealer, but other than that, my skincare and makeup routine is much more affordable. And I thought I’d share it for those of you who are also dealing with adult freaking acne.

Keep in mind that this routine is for oily skin that breaks out. If you have combination or dry skin, these aren’t the products for you!


Morning Routine

Solimo Daily Acne Cleanser — This is the Amazon brand, but it’s great. It has 10% Benzoyl Peroxide for your acne. You can buy it for $6.10, which is much cheaper than the Murad face wash I recommended in my last post.

Solimo Deep Cleaning Astringent — Another great Amazon brand find! It has 0.5% salicylic acid to help curb your acne. Unfortunately, you can only buy it in a three-pack, but the price is still right at $12.47!

Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner w/ Aloe Vera Formula — If the Solimo astringent dries your skin out, I recommend Thayers Witch Hazel for your toner. It has four-and-a-half stars and nearly 72,000 reviews! You can find it for $9.59.

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen for Acne — Sunscreen is a no-brainer. Not only does it keep your face looking young, but it can help prevent skin cancer! It’s a MUST HAVE! This one is SPF 55. Life Hack: Put it on the top of your left hand when you’re driving in the sun. It will keep your hands looking young! This is $10.97, but worth every penny!

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Facial Moisturizer with 0.5% Salicylic Acid — Too many people, especially those with oily skin, skip moisturizer because they’re afraid it will make their face even more oily. But you can’t ignore this crucial step in your skincare routine! This moisturizer is not only great for oily skin, but will also help your acne in the process. You can get it for only $6.67, and there’s currently a $1.32 coupon!

Rimmel Stay Matte Mattifying Primer — I’ve tried primers in many brands at many price points. I thought nothing could beat Make Up For Ever’s (ridiculously expensive) primer, but I was wrong. This is wonderful for oily skin, and really does keep your face matte. And the price is definitely right at $3.63.

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Setting Spray — I used to swear by Urban Decay’s De-Slick Setting Spray, but NYX’s setting spray is even better! Your makeup will stay on all day long — even when you’re sweating — and your face won’t look oily at all. At $6.73, it’s a steal!

Night Routine

Garnier Micellar Water — Removing makeup can be a pain in the ass, especially if you use waterproof mascara. But this micellar water will take it all off in no time! One (BIG) bottle is $6.40.

Reusable Makeup Remover Cloths — These, along with the micellar water, will take your makeup right off in minutes. You may think these aren’t worth buying, but you’d be dead wrong! You can buy a five-pack for only $7.99.

CeraVe Retinol Serum for Post-Acne Marks — After washing your face and putting on your toner/astringent, this is the item to use! This is one of the more expensive items, but it’s worth it if you have acne scars! Besides, CeraVe is known for being very effective for skincare! I’ve never used a product of theirs that doesn’t work as advertised. It’s a little pricy at $16.97, but worth the money.

Tea Tree Oil Face Cream for Acne-Prone Skin — This is a great nighttime moisturizer that isn’t greasy at all. It fights acne and soothes acne scars as well. With four-and-a-half stars, this product is $14.48.

Neutrogena Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Treatment Gel — This is an excellent spot treatment at a great price. It has 10% Benzoyl Peroxide for acne, and is one of the cheaper (and better) spot gels. It only costs $6.89, but there’s currently a coupon for $1.89 off.

Occasional Mask

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay — This is not only great for acne and acne scars, but brightens your skin! You can use it with water or apple cider vinegar, but I highly recommend apple cider vinegar. To be honest, I need to use this more often because it makes my skin so smooth and beautiful! You can purchase it for $14.95 for one pound or $19.95 for two pounds.


I don’t recommend starting all of these products at once to be used every day. Instead, start by using them 2-3 times a week until your face gets used to them, or they may dry out your skin. And flaky skin isn’t any better than acne-prone skin!

I still have adult freaking acne even though I’m about to turn 36! I know I can’t be the only adult dealing with this horrible curse. Hopefully, this skincare treatment will work for you!

Skincare

Adult Freaking Acne!

I had adult braces in my 20s. When they were gone, I thought all of my troubles were over. My teeth were beautiful, my skin lovely, and I was a wonderful size 2. Ahh, to be young and beautiful!

However, my hormones have proven me wrong about all of my troubles being over. While adult acne is not even nearly as close to as bad as adult braces, it’s still pretty horrible. I haven’t had acne since I was 16 and went on Accutane… and it decides to come back in my 30s? Right as I’m beginning to date?

Sometimes I’m pretty sure the world is playing a cosmic joke on me, only I don’t find it so hilarious.

But I recently read that this actually happens a lot to women my age, and while my first move (and your first move) should be to go to the dermatologist, I actually have some good makeup tips perfected over the years for adult freaking acne (or teenage freaking acne) that are actually really good, so I thought I’d share them for those who happen to be going through the same thing.

First, pick a good skin care routine. Murad is expensive, but it’s worth it. This includes moisturizer. You may think if you have oily skin that you should skip it — I thought this for years — but you should NEVER skip moisturizer. They have some good ones for oily skin, like the one I listed below.

Face Wash — Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser

Moisturizer — Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion — Blemish Prone/Oily Skin

Acne Spot Treatment — Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

Now for the fun stuff… the makeup! I LOVE makeup! I have drawers full of it. I could probably use two big drawers just for eyeshadow palettes alone (though those, unfortunately, aren’t necessary for acne, so I don’t get to talk about them), and I have tried just about every primer, foundation, concealer, powder, and setting spray that exists. There are not many areas in which I’m an expert, but I definitely know what I’m talking about here!

Primer (you may or may not use primer… but you NEED it) — Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel

Foundation (this is good because it has coverage, but isn’t too thick. Blend this and concealer with a beauty blender.) — MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Concealer (this has thick and perfect coverage, but is fine when paired with a medium coverage foundation and minimal coverage powder… if you only get one item, this is IT) — Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Powder (minimal coverage — perfect for that foundation and concealer) — NYX Cosmetics #NOFILTER Finishing Powder

Setting Spray for Oily Skin (just like primer, you NEED a setting spray. They’re gamechangers.) — Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

I am VERY aware that all of this costs a lot if you’re buying it all at once, and I could get into dupes that work close to as well if this were a makeup blog (or if anybody is interested), but these are the cream of the crop, so I figured I’d start with those.

And that’s how we cover up our adult freaking acne the best we can. It won’t be perfect. Nothing will be. We just have to remember that we’ve got hormones running through our bodies that men don’t have — sometimes they’re a blessing, and sometimes they’re a curse. I’d say that we have the upper hand in being girls a lot of the time when it comes to men, even in our thirties… maybe we women deserve to be taken down a peg sometimes by adult freaking acne.