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!