Would you like some skin care with your water?
Q: Name: Kateh S
Subject: I have a limited income, and I was wondering:
Message: What commercial products can you use from everyday stores like Target, Walmart, Sam's Club, Walgreen's, etc. that are good for your skin and can gently clear up acne as needed? I don't use scrubs or anything extra. I just want a good facial wash that can gently cleanse my face for a good price, for under $20.
A: Hi Kateh!
Unfortunately, this is a case of you get what you pay for. Drugstore skin care is extremely watered down and contains tons of fillers, thickeners, low quality ingredients, irritants, comedogenic ingredients, and only miniscule amounts of the "good" ingredients so they can add them to the label and claim to be effective. They thrive on people that are on a budget, and they're a ripoff! They're so watered down that you have to replenish your stock twice as often. There are also a lot of products that are just as harmful as Apricot Scrub and ProActiv.
If you're willing to spend $20 on a cleanser, why not spend a few more dollars and buy professional products? Aveda's Outer Peace Cleanser is $27, Merle Norman's Anti-Redness Cleanser is usually $22.50 depending on the store, my own Bella di Terra cleansers are $28.50. Yes, it's a bigger investment, and it can be really tough to scrape up enough to make that first purchase, as well as trying to justify the purchase to yourself! The professional products will last you at least twice as long, though, making the $40 in the same amount of time for the "cheap stuff" actually more expensive, and most of what you're paying for is water!
I used to use Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. I saw a 10% decrease in blackheads while using it, as well as redness, tightness, flaking, bumps, and heat. For $7 I was making my skin worse by using it. I bought a new bottle about once every 2 months.
When I started school, I finally upgraded to Aveda's Outer Peace cleanser, and I finally understood what I was missing. $27 seemed like a huge purchase for me as a broke student, but after using it I noticed a difference in my skin right away. Diminished redness, far fewer blackheads, fewer pustules, better texture. That first bottle lasted me over nine months.
$27/9 months is $3 a month and works.
$7/2 months is $3.50 a month and doesn't work.
Give it one bottle of professional products and you're become a believer!