Best products for blemish prone skin

Weren't we supposed to leave zits behind after high school? It seems like a cruel joke…

While some women are lucky enough to outgrow teen acne (or skip it entirely -- jealous), the rest of us need help dealing with the recurring blemishes in our 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

I wanted to share this list of the best products that will truly make a difference in your skin.

Stress, not enough sleep and unhealthy eating habits can also contribute to those pesky blemishes.

• Get seven to eight hours of sleep at night, which is the time needed for skin to recoup and heal any damage done during the day.

• Cut out dairy. The additional androgen hormones in cow's milk can cause hormonal imbalances in women and result in breakouts.

• Eat antioxidant-rich cranberries, pomegranates and blueberries to help your face (and body) heal faster.

• Change your pillowcase often to remove any bacteria or leftover makeup residue.

Here are some great products I have found to help out with my acne-prone skin.

Neutrogena Blackhead eliminating Cleanser/Mask
This is one of my newest favorites.

It is a 2-in-1 acne fighting product that eliminates blackheads and helps prevent new ones from forming.

It's so effective and leaves you with clear, smooth skin.
It is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser, has exfoliating microbeads that sweep away dead skin cells to help pores stay clear.

It can also be left on the skin for 3 minutes as a deep penetrating mask that gets deep into pores to eliminate even the stubborn blackheads.

I love 2-in-1 products!

Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser 

If you have oily skin like me, Dark Angels is excellent for oily skin!

Lush Cosmetics uses Black sugar and charcoal in this cleanser. It gently exfoliates and absorbs excess oils to leave skin feeling fresh and matte. Avocado oil nourishes skin leaving it soft and smooth.
Mario Badescu Skin Care Botanical Facial Gel 

I was surprised how this non-foaming gel deeply cleanses my oily skin. It removes make-up, dirt, and oil without over drying skin. Skin feels refreshed.
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion 

This lotion moisturizes and helps control oil.
Ingredients like Lemongrass, witch hazel, and goldenseal work together to soothe and calm irritated skin. This will leave your skin clear, smooth and healthy-looking.
Tea Tree Toner 

Spritz directly on the face after cleansing and/or use a cotton pad to remove any excess cleanser.
 To tighten pores, let the toner air dry. This toner helps by hydrating, clarifying, and energizing the skin.

What are your favorite products to combat blemishes?

Jennifer Linklater
"Beauty is more beautiful when it is on the inside"