It's difficult to pinpoint when exactly acne will strike. However, if you keep a consistent skincare routine with four important bathroom staples, you can keep pesky acne at bay. I will show you how to maintain an affordable yet acne free skincare routine with four great products that you may not have heard of or even tried. 

1. Cleanse

AcneFree Oil Free Acne Cleanser

If you're already using a salicylic acid cleanser and not getting the desired results, try using a benzoyl peroxide facewash on alternate weeks. AcneFree's cleanser contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide which is gentle enough to use twice a day without experiencing severe skin irritation or peeling. Benzoyl peroxide disinfects the bacteria that causes acne while salicylic acid penetrates deep into your pores and deep cleans everything out. If you feel large acne forming underneath your skin, massage the AcneFree cleanser onto the affected area for 30 seconds, twice a day for about a week. You will start to notice a great reduction in the bump. Since benzoyl peroxide is also a bleaching agent, it will help to bleach or fade pesky acne scars.  Since benzoyl peroxide can dry out your skin, do not forget to thoroughly moisturize. I would not recommend using a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to prevent overdryness. Use a regular moisturizer that is noncomedogenic and contains hyraluronic acid. 

Acnefree Oil Free Acne Cleanser, 8 Ounce
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2. Spot treat

Arcona AM Acne Lotion

Spot treating your acne with a concentrated formula can help speed up the healing process. This particular Arcona AM Acne lotion is a great alternative to benzoyl peroxide because it does not treat acne by drying out your skin or leaving a white mark. In addition to salicylic acid, this product contains plenty of natural ingredients including tea tree oil, witch hazel, jojoba oil, mint and manuka honey extract. Manuka honey actually comes from New Zealand and is touted for its potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The sugar from the honey draws out the moisture bacteria need to thrive. The lotion itself resembles the honey from its sticky texture to its golden color. When applied to affected areas on your face, the treatment will sting due to the antibacterial ingredients and the residue left on the acne will be clear, not yellow. 

3. Exfoliate

Cure Natural Aqua Gel

Using salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide may end up drying out the skin surrounding your acne. This is completely normal and expected. However, the aftermath is likely to include flaky dead skin and minor peeling. Dead skin along with oil can clog pores and trigger acne. While it's not recommended to get rid of the dead skin by peeling it away, exfoliation is a much safer and healthier way to remove unwanted skin cells and oil that's clogging pores. It can also fade blemishes from acne scarring. The best product I have discovered does not contain microbeads, sugar crystals or other popular exfoliants. This exfoliant is actually a gel that contains 90% revitalized hydrogen water, aloe vera, gingko and rosemary. You will not find any preservatives, alcohol, fragrance or artificial coloring. First you gently rub this gel on the dry areas of your face. Your dead skin will immediately start to slough off, attract to the gel and form "balls" of dead skin that you can actually see and cleanse away! Use this product only once a week or whenever you are experiencing dry, flaky skin. As always, remember to use a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliation to promote new skin cell regeneration. 

Cure Natural Aqua Gel 250ml - Best selling exfoliator in Japan!
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4. Apply a facial mask

Lumene Finland Deep Cleansing Peat Mask

Lastly, I highly recommend treating yourself to a facial mask once or twice a week. This face mask hails all the way from Finland and we all secretly envy the flawless faces of our beautiful Scandanavian friends. This mask contains arctic peat, titanium dioxide (major ingredient in sunscreen), rosemary and grapefruit. The arctic peat absorbs oil and tightens pores which will help prevent new acne from forming.