Acne relief

I think I've been fairly lucky in that I've never really had terrible skin. Every once in awhile I get some zits but nothing too bad. Though those few breakouts do make me read up on how to get rid of acne. Face scrubs, masks, toners...I never really knew how much stuff was out there. It's confusing! How does someone figure out what will work for them without spending tons of money on each product? I guess that's the only way though...trial and error.