Whoops, sorry for the long reply! I've been a little busy with school and work.
Young Scrappy -- Yes to what Brian278 wrote. As long as your face doesn't seem irritated or dry, go ahead and use the cleanser and cream. Make sure to also use a daily SPF to protect your skin from sun damage due to the use of the glycolic acid.
xmx250 -- Men Essentials charges no shipping for their products and the prices are about the same anywhere else online.
There are a variety of brands and prices out there for skin care. You can buy brands that target men specifically (Baxter of California, Zirth, Urth, Men Science, Jack Black), mainstream brands that you can virtually anywhere (Neutrogena Men, L'oreal Men, Nivea) or designer skin care (Shiseido Men, Dior Homme Dermo System, Givenchy Homme, Prada Men, Lancome Homme). If you are on a tight budget, you can always try out the mainstream brands.
Sites to consider:
-- go to the men's skin care section
-- some products are cheaper here than other sites.
-- good selection of products.
As for clay masks, I recommend one that contains kaolin clay and If you suffer from acne and blemishes, DDF Sulfur Acne Mask is an amazing product and is my favorite mask. Sulfur alleviates the size and redness of existing acne and prevents future pimples from forming due to the clay absorbing the oil. However, it is quite expensive (4oz for about $34). You can use it as a spot treatment for pimples or a weekly mask. Olay (Olay Deep Cleansing Clay Mask) has a good mask that sells for about $6. You can also go to stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls and buy general spa clay masks for around $3-7. Look for kaolin clay, bentonite, seaweed, kelp, etc. in the ingredients list of clay masks. These ingredients are needed for an effective weekly mask (tighten pores, rid oil, alleviate skin).
blank -- A word of advice for the benzoyl peroxide (BP). If you don't use bp as a routine, your acne can come back. I would try to do the same thing once I saw results on my face, but weeks later, I would have pimples here and there. An alternative can be tea tree oil (TTO) as TTO has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can clear the skin of acne scars and blemishes. TTO isn't as effective as BP and it takes longer to work, but it is a safer alternative to bp as bp has been shown to age your face quicker due to the release of free radicals. Plus, it's really harsh and drying on your face. I'm using TTO now after using BP for about 2 years and it's been working. Secondly, salicylic acid may be another alternative, though it is still quite harsh on skin.
As for washing your face during the day, make sure to re-moisturize. An alternative to washing your face can be using a toner to refresh your face. Use a cotton pad and wipe your face with it removing the dirt and debris (and you'll see lots of it on the pad afterwards!). You can also use oil removing strips (Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets) and use them on oily areas.
For acne scars, there are a variety of options. Chemical peels are costly ($500+), but are effective on mild acne scars and you would need to go to a professional doctor to do so. This basically removes the upper layer of your skin.
You can also go the natural route, though they are less effective and may take longer to work. However, they are the cheapest route! Some natural alternatives are:
1) Aloe vera--apply topically as a gel or drink aloe vera juice.
2) Lemon juice--bleaches skin: apply topically (1-2x a day) only on acne scars with a cotton pad, let stand for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water. Lemon juice is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. Thus, it can be overdrying and sting skin.
3) Cucumbers -- apply cucumber juice topically over entire face with a cotton pad and leave on skin overnight. Not as harsh as lemon juice and thus can be used over entire face.
Lastly, you can purchase products in creams or gels ($30+). Look for ingredients in products such as kojic acid, licorice extract, vitamin c, vitamin a, retinol, glycolic acid, lactic acid, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, mulberry extracts, etc.
Some products: Murad's Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel, Lancome BRIGHT EXPERT - Intense Brightening Spot Correcting Serum, Dior DiorSnow Pure UV Ultra-Whitening Spot Corrector SPF 30 , PH Advantage Boosters: Pigmentation Fader, Clarins Bright Plus HP On-the-Spot Brightening Corrector, Peter Thomas Roth Potent Skin Lightening Gel Complex (also comes in a gentle formula), DDF-Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Fade Gel 4, Korres Wild Rose Imperfection-Targeting Oil, Shiseido White Lucent Concentrated Brightening Serum.
Finally, for your skin care regimen. Simply adjust accordingly. If you use differin at night, then a night cream isn't needed. Focus on the morning regimen the most and preventing acne and sun damage. For BP, I put on BP and wait about 10 minutes until it sinks into my skin, then put on my sunscreen and/or nightcream.
I hope this helps!
And yes TheRealAshland, facials work miracles! Practicing good skin care regimen along with adding special needs such as facials certainly help your skin look its best.