I probably shouldn't complain about my acnes as much as I should, but honestly, honestly, they kind of maje me frustrated when the time of the month comes. For me, acnes are like a stubborn boyfriend whom I want to break up with, but keep coming despite how much I hate'em!
So here are the affordable acne products under IDR 100.000 ($10) that was effective to treat my acnes! 3 out of 5 can be bought everywhere around the globe (maybe) except Verile which belongs to our local company!
Verile Facial Wash
Price: IDR 14.000-18.000 / $13-17
One of the very few facial wash that has PH 5.5. It contains Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E, and Triclosan. It doesn't dry nor hydrate your skin after washing, and it calms down angry acnes.The foam is so gentle and only leaves my face moisturized and smooth; unlike other facial wash that tends to leave a tight feeling after wash. The only problem I have with this one is the three kinds of parabens listed there (uh-oh!) But those three are listed the last, so I think it doesn't trigger some allergic reaction.
ZA Blemish Shoot Pore Treatment
Price: around IDR 85.000/$9
I loved this product, it really saved me back when I had very angry, boil-like pimples. You just need to squeeze the clear lotion out onto the tip of the cotton bud, and dab it just right on top of the pimple head. There is a cool, tingling sensation when we apply it to the zits. What I dislike about this product is: 1) now it's discontinued 2) it's a hassle since we have to use a new, clean cottonbud to apply with for every pimple head. Cottonbuds aren't cheap you know! I believe this product has been replaced with Total Hydration Blemish Care from Total Hydration line.
Verile Acne Gel
Price: IDR 21.000 / $2.5
I just used this one to calm my angry pimples. It's a just okay product to alternate with my ZA Blemish Pore Shoot Treatment. It smelled funky and it gives yet another cool, tingling sensation again to my skin. It's like spreading a UHU glue onto my pimples, seriously, lol.
Vitacid (Tretinoin/Retinoic Acid)
Price: around IDR 15.000-30.000/$1.8-3.5
Long story short, this is a magical
unicorn product which forces the skin to produce collagen like whoa; beat pimples out like a pulp, great anti-aging product and so on and so forth--lol--the reason why I don't want to bother writing stuff about Tretinoin/Retinoic Acid is that so many people have reviewed about this already. So I'll just direct you here, here and here. It works as a great anti-aging except for eye-areas and sides of the mouth and the nose. I would love this product more if it doesn't make my skin too sensitive and dry.
Price: around IDR 20.000-30.000/$2-3
Stephanie Nangoi (diaryofaproductjunkie) was the one who introduced me to this product. It works great; it kills the bacteria that cause angry acnes and calms down the almost-explode zits. But it dries the skin on which it's applied (again, it has that cool and tingle-y sensation), so I have to be wise to choose the right moisturizer.
The other two cheap products I've tried throughout these years were: Ph Isohex Facial Foam (around IDR 20.000/$2.5) and Mujizat Sariayu Tolak Jerawat (IDR 17.000/$1.9). Unfortunately, those products are a miss for me, so I don't really recommend them to you guys (especially Ph Isohex blaaarrrrgghh). Though I've read reviews that Indonesians think Mujizat Sariayu Tolak Jerawat is a good product. Try it out, maybe it'll work for you! ETA: oh yeah, since quite a few asked me where I got these products; you can try Guardian, Century, you know, drugstores and even Carrefour and any hypermarkets! (Not Indomaret or Alfamidi).
So, what's your acne cheap thrills? Do share if you've got one!