Best Bargain Benzoyl Peroxide Face Washes and Cleansers for Acne

Over-the-Counter Skincare Treatment Doesn't Have to Cost a Lot of Money

Benzoyl peroxide is often the first over-the-counter treatment choice for people with acne, especially mild cases that can be treated with drugstore products. Luckily, you don't have to spend a lot for an effective benzoyl peroxide cleanser.

Most acne treatments dry the skin to some extent, so overuse of these products could cause excessive dryness, peeling, and redness. You may wish to start with a single acne treatment product, and slowly add more if needed. This is especially true if your skin tends to be sensitive or easily irritated.

Part of the battle in treating acne is finding products that work for you. You may need to experiment with several treatment products before finding one that improves your acne, so try not to get discouraged, and try to be patient.

After several weeks of treating your acne with over-the-counter products, if you aren't seeing improvement, don't hesitate to contact your doctor. 

Here are some benzoyl peroxide cleansers you may like that won't break the bank.

Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser

Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser
Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser. Photo © Pricegrabber

If you're looking for a basic cleanser, this one by Clean and Clear fits the bill. It contains 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, to help reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria. Use in place of your regular cleanser once or twice per day.

This is a great cleanser to help reduce oily shine. It can dry your skin, though, so make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer every day.

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser / Mask

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser / Mask
Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser / Mask. Photo © Pricegrabber

Neutrogena has long been a skin care staple. This cleanser has a clean smell and leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed. And don't think that because it contains less benzoyl peroxide than other options (3.5%) that it isn't effective.

PanOxyl 10% Acne Cleansing Bar

PanOxyl 10% Acne Cleansing Bar
Photo courtesy PanOxyl

If you'd rather have a cleansing bar, you may like this one from PanOxyl. You can use it on your face, as well as the chest, back, shoulders, and other acne-prone areas.

But make sure to use this bar only on those acne-prone areas: There's no sense in using it to cleanse your feet! Using this bar on areas without acne will only lead to unnecessary drying of the skin.

With 10% benzoyl peroxide, it's the highest strength you can get over the counter, making it an especially good choice for body breakouts.  PanOxyl also offers a 10% Acne Foaming Wash and 4% Acne Creamy Wash that you may prefer for facial cleansers.

Oxy Daily Wash

Oxy Daily Cleanser
Oxy Daily Cleanser. Photo © Pricegrabber

The packaging directions recommend using two to three times per day, but that might leave you feeling really dry and flaky. You might want to start off using this product just once per day, and slowly work up to twice daily if your skin can handle it. You may also want to try Oxy Face Wash Sensitive, with 5 percent benzoyl peroxide.

Neaclear Liquid Oxygen Acne Cleanser

Neaclear Liquid Oxygen Acne Cleanser
Neaclear Liquid Oxygen Acne Cleanser. Photo © Pricegrabber

This cleanser gives you the look and feel of an expensive brand, for a lot less. It does a great job of removing makeup, and it contains vitamins A, D, C, and E along with benzoyl peroxide.

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