Dealing with acne is a long, annoying and frustrating process. Sometimes, a bad bout of acne can leave behind unpleasant reminders that can stress you out. You end up trying all sorts of crazy treatments even if it means exhausting your bank account to get clear skin. But here’s what most women don’t know – skincare shouldn’t be expensive, especially when treating something as common as acne and pimples. All you need is to get your skincare basics in place and add a few must-haves to your daily skincare routine.

Here’s how to tackle acne without burning a hole in your pocket.

broke girls guide to dealing with acne and pimples on a budget

Double cleanse

Getting rid of every bit of dirt and grime before going to bed is non-negotiable. Whether you wear makeup or not, the pollution your skin comes in contact with on a daily basis makes it extremely important to double cleanse. However, this does not involve buying two expensive products. Soak a cotton ball in micellar water and wipe off your makeup. Next wash your face with a cleanser formulated to tackle acne such as the Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash. It targets pimples at its roots and prevents them from coming back.

broke girls guide to dealing with acne and pimples on a budget

Spot treatment

A great way to deal with pimples is to stop them beforehand. If you notice a pimple popping, use spot treatments or pimple patches as they shrink them overnight. A simple, budget-friendly alternative is to dilute tea tree essential oil and apply it on the pimple. Its antibacterial properties will fight the bacteria and heal the pimple faster.

broke girls guide to dealing with acne and pimples on a budget

Use an ACV toner

If you’re on a tight budget, replace your regular toner with an ACV toner, which is economical and keeps acne at bay. Mix equal parts of natural ACV with water and apply on cleansed skin. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property of ACV cleans pores, removes excess oil and balances the skin’s pH levels.

De-stress

Is your acne causing stress or is it your stress that’s leading to acne? Break the vicious circle with some deep-breathing exercises, yoga, relaxing music or a walk with your pet. Smile more often and stay positive, you will feel a change in your body as well as skin. 

broke girls guide to dealing with acne and pimples on a budget

Hydrate

If we haven’t stressed this enough, here’s one more time. Your skin produces extra oil when it is dehydrated, thereby clogging pores and leading to breakouts. Drinking at least two to three litres of water each day helps flush out toxins from the body. This will give you clear and glowing skin.