10 Skin Care Products to Change your Skin

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

Before starting my blog, I told myself that I would NOT be the person who only showed their highlight reel / only the pretty parts of life. I told myself I would be a person people could relate to, so here we are. This is going to be a long bog post but trust me, it's worth the read.


If you are like me, you know that skin care is something you never had to worry about... until adult acne hit you like a freight train. Most of my life, I have been blessed with beautiful skin. Over the last 4 years, things took a turn. I realized that I suffered from hormonal acne, which is so frustrating. Changing my diet only helped so much. It's really difficult to figure out how to better your skin when it's an internal problem causing the acne. My insecurities with my skin started to affect me on an emotional level. I would cry every time I looked in the mirror. I felt so ugly, to the point I didn't even want my husband (whom I have known for 10 years) to see me without makeup. I stressed so much about my skin that it made me break out even more. My skin today is not perfect. I still have breakouts when it's that time of the month, but they aren't as bad anymore. I finally found a routine of products that have helped reduce the severity of my acne / stop most pimpled from coming to the surface!

It has taken some time but I have finally figured out what works for me. I have naturally oily skin + cystic acne (especially when it's that time of the month.)

My skin isn't 100% where I want it to be, but I can finally go out in public without wearing makeup, so I'll take that as a win!


#1 Clinique Take the Day Off

Even though I have super oily skin, this balm warms to an oil that takes off all the makeup! I especially love this product because I don't find myself scrubbing or pulling at my skin like I would with a makeup wipe!


#2 Clinique Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser

I've tried countless cleansers that either didn't do anything or made my face so dry it cracked. Clinique makes amazing formulas that get the job done without stripping your skin of its natural oils! The Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser has just enough kick to it that it dries out the acne without causing peeling!

#3 Thayers Witch Hazel

I figured out through my skincare journey that drying up acne is not always the solution to clear skin. I noticed that using a combination of drying products lead to my skin overproducing oils, which landed me back to square one. I switched out my drying toners for Thayers Witch Hazel. It works like a toner but is not as harsh, leaving the skin toned while still having natural oils.


#4 Pearlessence Coconut Rose Hydrating Face Mist

I just happened upon this product one day while shopping at TJ MAXX, and I'm so glad I did! It is so refreshing on the skin. I spritz this on my face throughout the day, even with a full face of makeup on!

#5 KORRES WILD ROSE Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial

MIRACLES! This jar is filled with miracles!!! When I say one product can change your skin overnight, I mean it. I originally received the Korres night mask in my FabFitFun box and I am so glad I did. It says to use it as a sleeping mask, but to be honest, I use it every day/night! It is so hydrating, smells amazing, and you wake up feeling so hydrated! 10/10 recommend!


#6 Dermalogica Breakout Control

This serum is great for cystic acne. I put a dollop on any area where I feel a breakout coming on and it takes care of the issues before it even makes its way to the surface. This product was a LIFE saver in the months leading up to my wedding! No stress breakouts for this bride!

#7 Revlon® Face Defuzzers

After getting my first hydra facial before my wedding in February, I received a treatment called derma planing. Basically they take a medical grade scalpul and scrape off all of your peach fuzz and dead skin. It really does change the way your makeup applies (baby smooth). I stumbled upon these at Walmart not too long ago and though I'd give them a try! I go over my entire face about once every two weeks to keep my skin fresh! Don't worry, it won't make the hair on your face grow thicker! I firmly believe this has improved the overall look of my skin and has replaced the harsh exfoliators I use to have in my skincare routine!


#8 Dr. Brandt Needle No More | No More Baggage

I have never been one to use an eye cream, however this stuff does the trick! In the mornings, my eyes tend to puff up. I never noticed it at first until I started to use the eye de-puffing gel. It not only calms the puff, but it also lays down a nice base for your concealer. I've noticed my concealer doesn't crease when using this product.

#9 ST. TROPEZ Bronzing Water Face Mist

Um WOW! I am a self-tanning queen and always HATED tanning my face because most products broke me out. I am so happy I finally found a tanning product that finally works for my skin! I have so much more confidence to not wear makeup everyday now that my face is the same color as my body! I love how tanning water gives you an all-over even skin tone!


#10 Clinique Super City Block

Last, but certainly not least, SUNSCREEN. I have been terrible about putting on sunblock everyday. I honestly never thought it would do much, especially if my foundation already had SPF in it. Boy was I wrong. My esthetician could tell I was showing signs of sun damage, hmmmm I'm 23! I try to put on SPF before I leave the house, especially if I know I will be outdoors all day. I sound like an old bitty telling you to use your sunblock, but your skin is the only one you'll get! Protect it!

And just because we are on the topic of skincare + nighttime routines, check out my favorite pjs!


Thanks for stopping by and reading about all of my favorite products that have helped my skin! I am always looking for new products to improve my complexion, what are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments on my latest Instagram post!


Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO Madeline