Affordable Products for Problem Skin

I used to think that I would never have good skin and good skin care until I was rich. All of the “best” products always seem to be way out of my price range. I eventually got sick of waiting for a million dollars to appear in my bank account and find products that I could afford and that would also actually work on my super sensitive skin.

Of course, there are cheaper alternatives to the products you really want, but they usually not have as good, or even worse they break you out. There have been many times where the exact thing happened to me. I had to figure out a way to have great skin care that I could actually afford and I think I finally have!

For those who are new here, I have very sensitive skin that is combination/oily and I also get post acne scars. This post is based on my own experience with these products so if you have similar skin then these will probably work best for you. Here are some solid skin care products that won’t break you’re skin out or your bank account.


Raw Black African Soap – I think I’ve talked about this soap in almost every skin care post but it because it’s truly one of the best soaps I have ever used. Black African Soap basically detox the skin by pulling dirt and oil out of the pores. I don’t know exactly how but I’ve been using it for years and my skin has been forever changed.

Price: $6 – $8 per pound 

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water Many have raved about this toner but not until a few weeks ago I finally decided to get it. Why didn’t I get it sooner!? I spray this on my face (before and after makeup), shoulders, chest (also occasionally prone to acne), and even my pillow. The tea tree kills bacteria everywhere and is also super refreshing. I just can’t stop using it.

Price: $10.00

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner – The secret to saving money on skin care, DIY whatever you can. ACV Toner is simply half water and half apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is also an all natural bacteria killers meaning it stops pimples before they even start and treats ones that have already occurred. Using this simple toner will save you tons of money in pimple cream and facials later.

Price: $2.99 – $10.99 (depending on size & brand)

Natural Oils – Even if you have oil skin you have to keep in moisturized to keep it healthy. The best, I’ve found, for health not super greasy skin is to use natural light oils as a moisturizer or make up remover. Oils like almond, hemp, coconut, and vitamin e are all very light and soak into the skin rather than just sit on top of it.

Price: $4.99 – $10.99 (depending on size & brand) 

Freeman Beauty Cleansers & Masks – This is another product that I believe I’ve talked about in almost every skincare related blog post I have done. Freeman Beauty has some of the best mask, scrubs, and cleansers I have ever used and I still so surprised how inexpensive they are. They also give me a deep clean and never break me out. My personal favorites are the manuka honey + tea tree oil clay mask/cleanser , apple cider vinegar 4-in-1 foaming clay, and the charcoal + black sugar gel mask/scrub. There’s no excuse on not getting your hands on at least of their many amazing cleaners or masks.

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Price: $3 – $8 (depending on retailer) 

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash – Soap & Glory is one of my all time favorite skincare brands for things like lotions and body washes but when someone recommended their face wash too me I was a little hesitant. The reason I love their products is because how heavy they are in fragrance, but I usually steer clear of harsh fragrances on my skin. To my surprise, even though this face wash is very fragrance heavy, it’s gentle on the skin and no breakouts! I love using this in the morning because the vitamin c beads smell great and awaken my skin.

Price: $10 – $12 (depending on retailer) 

Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator – This product was given to me in a goodie bag, however I’ve used it for more than a year now and will definitely purchase it again. Most blemish or spot treatments are super heavy in salicylic acid, which is a no no for sensitive skin because it just irritates my pimple even more. This is so low in salicylic acid – .5% to be exact- that I used it a nightly moisturizer. But it does indeed work at treating a pimple fast!

Price: $8 – $10 (depending on retailer) 

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer – You protect your hair from heat damage, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your skin? This is another super light moisturizer so it won’t clog the pores or leave you greasy. It also helps even skin tone and texture the more you use it and contains SPF 30 so you can wear it on it’s own or mix it with your primer or foundation for even more protection.

Price: $12 – $15 (depending on retailer)