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Save Money on Your Acne Skin Care

3 Money-Saving Skin Care Tips

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Updated June 20, 2012

The cost of living is going up. Unfortunately, your paycheck isn't. But you can still take care of your skin, and clear your acne, while saving money.

Tip #1: Find a Cheaper Alternative

Expensive products don't necessarily work any better than a less expensive brand. You may have your eye on a high end product, but instead of spending a ton of cash you can look for a similar one with a smaller price tag.

But how do you know which products will give you the same results? This is where reading ingredient labels comes in handy. Find a bargain alternative with the same ingredients as the high priced version. For example, Proactiv contains the acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide, but so do many less expensive skin care kits. Remember, generic products work too!

So if you have a moisturizer (or toner, or mask) you love, but it comes with a price tag you don't, start shopping around. Compare ingredients. Those products with the same ingredients will give you similar results.

You don't have to stop at OTC products, either. Many of your prescription medications also come in generic versions (i.e. Retin-A and tretinoin). Again, generic brands aren't less effective, but they can make a big difference in the amount you pay.

Read More: How To Save Money On Your Prescription Acne Medications

Tip #2: Use Your Products Correctly

You may be tempted to slather gobs of acne treatment products on your skin, in the hopes it will clear pimples fast. Over-applying won't clear acne any faster. If the directions say to apply a pea sized amount, that's really all that you need. Using any more, you're wasting your money.

On the flip side, if you constantly forget to use your products, you may find yourself with a nearly full tube that's past it's expiration date. That's just like throwing money down the drain. If you need help remembering your treatments, leave your medication out on the counter in plain sight to jog your memory.

Read More: Top 5 Acne Treatment Mistakes

Tip #3: Avoid Product Overload

Do you have a cabinet full of skin care products you've only used a handful of times? Are you tempted to buy that salicylic acid cleanser on the store shelf even though you already have three others at home?

Jumping from product to product isn't good for your skin, or your wallet. If you stop using a treatment after just a few days, you'll never get the results you want. Remember, it takes at least eight weeks before you'll start to really notice an improvement of your skin. Stick with a product for at least that long before moving on to another product. You'll give the treatment a chance to work, and avoid an overload of half-empty bottles on your bathroom shelf.

If you're not getting results from one OTC acne treatment and you're ready to move on to another, remember to take a look at those ingredients again. There's no use buying yet another cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide if you're not getting results from the benzoyl peroxide cleanser you already have. A new product, if it has the same active ingredient as your old product, isn't going to give you a different result.

And, the biggest money-saving tip -- don't keep buying OTC acne treatments if they aren't working for you. If you've already used an OTC acne treatment product or two (or three or four) with no results, it's time for a prescription medication. Although it seems like more money (and it will be upfront) in the long run you'll save money, because you aren't buying OTC products that just aren't doing anything for your skin. You'll get better results with a prescription medication, and clearer skin too.

Read More: Tips for Organizing Your Skin Care Cabinet

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