I am not one of those girls who was blessed with great skin. From the moment I hit puberty, I struggled with my skin, and over the last almost fifteen years since then, I’ve tried everything from drugstore products to medication to doctor prescribed creams, mostly with little success.  It’s beyond frustrating to be an adult woman with children and have the skin of a 15 year old. 

Mostly my breakouts are hormonal these days so I figured that anything new that I used would be useless. But then I discovered some amazing products that have literally transformed my skin over the last six months so today I want to share them with you, and then share an amazing giveaway! 
First up, Murad. I hadn’t heard about this line of skincare products until about eight months ago, but then as soon as I checked it out, I began seeing it everywhere. I did a bunch of research and read a ton of reviews, and everything was positive, so I had to give it a shot. They sent me a box full of products specifically chosen for my needs (after asking me some questions about my problem areas, skin type, etc.), and I kid you not…within two weeks of using these products my skin looked better than it had in probably fifteen years. Like, so good that I didn’t have to wear foundation. I was blown away. 
I’ve definitely still had breakouts in the months since I’ve been using the products, but for the first time ever I feel like my breakouts haven’t spread, and as soon as they’re gone the redness from the acne is so much lighter and milder, and has disappeared much sooner. They’re not paying me to say this…this stuff is just literally magic. My little brother, who has similar skin to me, has also started using it on my recommendation with the exact same success. 
Every morning and night I use their Clarifying Cleanser, followed by Clarifying Toner. Then I alternate depending on the week between the Acne Clearing Solution (when I’m breaking out), and the Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel and the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum (when my skin is clear and I’m trying to get rid of any post breakout redness). I also use the Acne Spot Fast Fix for spot treatment. Then after that treatment, I finish with the Oil Control Mattifier, which I love because it’s a good thick lotion that has helped renew my skin, but has kept my oily skin at bay. This is maybe my favorite product of them all, although it’s definitely hard to choose. 
Next up, eye creams from Bremenn Clinical. I got these products at Alt Summit in a goodie bag and have used them a ton over the last few months. I’d never used eye cream before, but with all the late nights that I pull around here I was starting to see the effects. I use the Upper Eyelid Lifter and Dark Circle Eraser creams every night, and despite staying up past 3am a lot of nights, I have zero (I mean zero) dark circles. And my eyelids were pretty smooth already, but I see the use of this as more of a preventive measure for the future when those lids will get saggy (but I’d rather not think about that…).
And lastly, this Personal Microdermabrasion (PMD) tool is the most recent addition to my skincare routine. Despite having oily skin, my skin also gets dry in certain areas, so I love having an at-home tool that sloughs of all the dry skin and leaves my skin silky smooth and refreshed. There’s definitely a bit of a learning curve on this thing, but once you get the hang of it, it’s an amazing tool!

[note: besides these three things, I also try to drink a lot of water and I take a daily Biotin supplement, which helps skin, hair, and nails]
And this leads us to the giveaway!
I’ve collaborated with a group of fabulous bloggers to give 100 readers the chance to win your own PMD, A Personal Microderm Tool! There will be 100 winners with a total prize pool valued at $20,000! The secret to smooth, clear and gorgeously glowing skin? Microdermabrasion – and instead of paying expensive salon prices, now you can do it yourself at home with this wonderful tool. If you’ve ever struggled with acne, are seeing new fines lines and wrinkles appear, are sick of old scars and want smooth and delicious skin, you’ve gotta try the PMD. We are so excited to be working with such a valued brand and to share with you our secret weapon to gorgeous skin.
Enter using the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win and be sure to visit all the beautiful bloggers involved, it’s always brilliant to discover new blogs! Remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have – and there’s 100 PMD Personal Microderm tools to give away…
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  • Great giveaway opportunity and blog post! Thanks!

  • Great giveaway!

  • This is awesome! I always love hearing what works for others skin and am excited to try some of the products out!

  • I have areas of my skin that need serious exfoliation. And I need to brighten my skin overall.

  • your skin sounds a lot like mine and I've been considering trying murad – maybe I will!

  • CC

    I'm hopeful it will just make my skin tone more even

  • I hope it'll clear away those stubborn blackheads and whiteheads!

  • I'm hoping it will get rid of some old scars!

  • I would love any help with blemishes as well as scaring.

  • These products sound amazing…thanks for sharing! I would love it if the PMD would help reduce the appearance of spots from past acne problems.

  • Great giveaway! Love your blog!

  • I have finally gotten my skin to a good place, I would love to take it to the next level with this!

  • My skin isn't super terrible but sometimes I get those pesky breakouts that spread and lasts of days. This would be so nice to take them. I would love to win this!

  • I would love to win this!

  • This would be a perfect way to clear up my hormonal-30-something-year-old skin before summer starts!

  • I would love to get rid of the dullness of my skin. Would love to win this!

  • Your skin is flawless. I have pretty good skin, but could always use some help to brighten and exfoliate.

  • My skin is always so dry, and I get a lot of under the skin zits! I would love to try this and see if it helps!


  • I have very oily skin, although luckily I do not have a problem with acne, and the oil control mattifier is a must!

  • K

    I have always been curious about Microderm abrasion!

  • I need it for the exfoliation.

  • Acne! I have similar skin issues, and being an adult with big zits is just annoying. Plus, I'm a sucker for microdermabrasion tools:)

  • Great post! Super helpful for those of us who look 15 when we aren't anymore…

  • I would love to win this!

  • I've struggled with my skin for 15 years and would love to win this!

  • Getting rid of acne marks πŸ™ Make me pretty!!

  • I struggle with dry patches on my skin too! I would love to have smooth, even skin for my wedding day in August!

  • As I'm hitting my 30s very soon…so is my skin! And it's not taking the news as well as I am! Thanks for the great opportunity!

  • Thanks for the giveaway! I also love the Murad Acne line, so good.

  • I have dry patches on my skin, too! I'd love to try this out! πŸ™‚

  • Acne scars and pore size!

  • My daughter (almost 16) really struggles with her skin right now. I would love to see if this helps her.

  • My skin needs this!!!

  • I'm 21 and I swear my skin is worse than it was when I was a teenager! I'd love to try this!

  • Hoping this will help give me a more even skin tone and knock out those flaky, dry areas!

  • Acne, scars, and pores.

  • I would love help with under eye circles. Nothing that I have tried works!

  • I have pretty much the same skin as you do, it seems. Though mine is very sensitive to new products, only water doesn't make me react sometimes. I'd love to try something else!
    Karen. Hillukka@gmail.com

  • I'm always looking for new products to help with my skin. Very helpful post!!

  • Under eye circles are my worst enemy!

  • I would love this – I feel like at 31 my skin is already starting to show its age!

  • Great prize! I would love to be able to fade the brown spots on my skin that years on tanning as a kid has given me

  • My skin goes through phases. I would love to be able to take care of the problems so those phases don't last as long!

  • Great post thanks!

  • Amazing giveaway!Thank you!

  • This would be great. I have dry skin and some scars I'd love to work away.

  • Fabulous giveaway! I struggle with the same thing…some days it feels like my skin has gotten worse since I was in my teens. Would love to try this πŸ™‚

  • I'd love to even out my skin's tone and texture.

  • Wow this sounds like a holy grale! And since I still am a teenager, I can totally agree with you!

  • The doctor prescribed creams I've used often leave my skin feeling raw and painful. I'd love to be able to put on my makeup without cringing!

  • I would love to make my skin clearer and smoother!

  • How exciting! Me excema leaves dry patches on my face as well! I'd love to add this tool to my routine!!!

  • Exciting giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  • More even skin tone! I hate having to always wear foundation.

  • Wow, what an amazing giveaway!

  • I would love to have something to even out my skin tone and reduce the size of my pores.

  • Loved reading your review, Merrick! I have a sample of one of the Murad cleansers but was nervous to try it but I think I'll give it a go now πŸ™‚

  • I need this!

  • If it can unclog my pores & eliminate some of these blemishes, I'd be SUPER grateful!

  • LOVE hearing your experience with these different products. These little tips are truly some of my favorite blog posts!

  • Wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

  • I would love to find a product that will fade some of my age spots…

  • Me

    Thanks for these great tips! I have struggled with adult acne all of my adult life! Glad I'm not alone on this!

  • I have been having the same problem! The scarring is the hardest part:( Great giveaway!

  • I would love a PMD to get rid of all the evidence of MY battle with acne.

  • I need to try that murad..I seem to have the exact sin issues!!

  • The PMD would be great to help with my dry skin!

  • I would love the PMD to reduce redness on my face!

  • Thanks for the tips!

  • I remember my mom saying, "Well, I'm starting to look my age." That's where I am right now. I would love something like this to feel like I'm in my 20's again (But hey! I'll take only a few years off the skin.)

  • Interested in trying Murad sounds like it might work for me too!

  • get rid of red splotches!

  • I really want to try Murad now!

  • I've been looking for a good eye cream for dark circles – will have to pick that up! The PMD tool looks neat too, but I'm curious what you mean by learning curve?

  • I've been dying to try this, and my skin could really use it!

  • I would love the PMD to get clearer smoother skin

  • I'm definitely going to have to check out some of your recommendations. Thanks!

  • I love microdermabrasion! This sounds like an amazing tool.

  • Would love to try this!

  • Thanks for the giveaway! I would love yo try this!

  • My skin has been terrible lately, this would be such a great win

  • I would like to have smooth clear skin

  • Great giveaway! Thanks a lot! I'd love PMD to help me with my dark spots and blemishes. Would be great to see my skin flawless.

  • What a great giveaway. As a grown woman who also has 15 year old skin, would love to win this! thanks for the opportunity

  • thanks for the tips! I have super sensitive dry skin that gets irritated randomly. would love to have smoother healthier skin

  • Thanks for the advice!

  • I would love to help my pregnancy/postpartum acne!

  • I have dry patches on my face and I'd love to get rid of that to have smoother looking skin!

  • Even with medication for helping my acne I still rarely if ever have clear skin, it's always nice to hear about new things that might help!

  • I have such dry skin, anything that would make it better sounds awesome!

  • What I great giveaway! I could definitely use this!

  • This sounds like such a great product!

  • Ever since I turned 21 my skin has been horrible! I started getting acne and over the past few years it has been leaving scars. Super annoying. This would be awesome!

  • Kim

    I would love for it to deal with dry patches!!

  • Fine lines starting to appear on my forehead!!! And flaky skin around my brows! This is a fantastic giveaway!! Thank you!

  • would love to give this thing a try!

  • My skin gets very dry and moisturizers break it out and when I put my makeup on I have areas where it's crusty from the dry skin. I'd love to try this tool out on my skin!

  • Acne and laugh lines.

  • I would love to get rid of some of my acne scarring and red spots. I've always wanted to try Microdermabration!

  • I feel like I have tried every acne medication on the market and nothing has ever cleared up my skin – not even the medication I've gotten from the dermatologist. Now, I'm curious to try Murad and the PMDT.

  • Thank you for the tips, I also have a problematic skin and I also tried a lot of things with moderate results, so I'd love to try pmd.

  • Oh, I would love to get rid of some old scars! Thank you!!

  • Oh, I would love to get rid of some old scars! Thank you!!

  • I also struggle with skin problems at 30 years old. SO frustrating!

  • I would love to win this!

  • Wow! You make me wanna try all of these things!

  • I would love to try PMD for past, current and future acne/scarring. It does not go away unless I'm on a birth control! (Which I'm not on currently and am breaking out…) Maybe this could help!? Love your blog, always!

  • I would love this to help get rid of acne scars, dryness, and texture.

  • That is amazing! I would love to win!

  • What an amazing giveaway! I always assumed you just had incredible skin because your pictures are always so pretty…it's nice to know you have to work for it too!

  • Sorry–didn't read the question first. I would like the tool to help get rid of large pores and just provide overall smoothness!

  • I definitely have dry and flakey skin. This would be great!

  • dark, puffy circles. no question, and oily skin

  • I would love the tool to get rid of large pores!

  • For my oily skin and big pores!

  • Smooth skin would be fabulous!

  • My oily dry mix. My forehead will be shiny while my cheeks and brow line are dried out. Crazy skin.

  • I have oily skin and get zits even at age 32. This would be great!

  • I would love to help reduce my pores and help dry skin.

  • I was just talking to a friend. I'm 31 and do nothing for my skin. It's time! πŸ˜‰

  • Thanks! I have terrible acne too πŸ™

  • I would love to try this!

  • My skin is so dull. Would love to brighten it!

  • I've never loved my skin and I am always looking for something to improve it! I would love to win this!

  • Would love to even out my skin tone.

  • I never had acne as a teenage, but at 24 I experienced hormonal acne and it took it's toll on my face. I hope this can help with hyperpigmentation and scars.

  • I would hope it could smooth out some scarring.

  • I would live better skin

  • I would live better skin

  • That's amazing! I'd love to try that out!

  • get rid of dry skin and acne scarring!

  • Great giveaway! Love your blog!

  • I can definitely use some exfoliating and something to even out my skin tone!

  • I NEEEEEEEED a PMD to smooth my wrinkles, reduce the redness, and even my complexion!!!!!! What an awesome giveaway!

  • So for hormonal acne I started doing a daily liver cleanse and I have seen a huge difference. It's one drop lemon and peppermint essential oil, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, mix it all in a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. And since it's all natural it is safe if you're still nursing (we are…).

    • Rachel, I have hormonal acne as well. How much water do you mix with the oils?

  • I have the weirdest combination skin- super oily but flaky at the same time. It's so frustrating! So hopefully the PMD would help with that πŸ™‚

  • I'm prone to the dark circles, too! This is an amazing giveaway – thank you for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  • I have suffered with adult acne for almost ten years, ever since I stopped birth control. In my 30s now, and I'm a little over it! πŸ™‚

  • I could totally use this! Struggling currently with bad skin…ugh!

  • Acne and large pores

  • This giveaway was meant for me! My skin is horrible and i struggle to find a product that actually works on my type of skin. Would love to try/win this!

  • I have dry skin bumps on my nose and cheeks that I'd LOVE to safely get rid of!

  • Thanks so much for sharing!! Pregnancy was really tough on my skin and I would love to try a new product!!

  • I struggle with bad acne since I can remember, but still have really dry skin, which makes it hard to find a product that works for me, because products for acne normally makes your skin even dryer, and I was about to give up, and resign to my skin. But then I read your article and it was like a silver lining, and maybe it could solve all my problems (or at least some of my skin problems)

  • I would love a PMD to help with some old scaring and just overall skin tone.

  • I would love a PMD for previous acne scaring

  • I've been wanting to try a PMD for a while now.

  • despite my best efforts to get smooth skin with all the DIY routines I still have flakes. Flakes and makeup aren't the best look. I also have some pores that don't need to be as noticeable. So I would love a PMD to help.

  • What a great contest! Thanks for hosting, Merrick! I hope I win. πŸ™‚

  • I thought that the whole acne thing would be over in the adult years, yea not so much. I would LOVE a PMD to not only help my battle current acne, but reduce (or eliminate!!!!) the scars of past acne… meh

    Thank you for sharing, it seriously is a struggle!

  • I'd love to lighten up some of the scars on my skin and to take care of current acne. You'd think in my 30s I wouldn't have to deal with it as much, but alas…

  • Fantastic giveaway, Merrick!

  • Amazing giveaway!

  • dry skin

  • My bad skin started after high school and still continues 8 years later! Ug.

  • Oh and I want it to help with my scars!

  • Awesome giveaway!

  • would love to try at home microdermabrasion!

  • Acne! Would love to try this!

  • I struggle with the same thing you described – oily skin and adult acne. I would love to know if you have tried Proactiv, and if so how you think these products compare. I don't know if you can do that here, but feel free to email me at lindsaymortensen at yahoo dot com if you have used it.

  • I have very fair skin that scars very easily and terrible acne. I've just started using the Murad Clarifying Cleanser and I loge it. I'd definitely love to try at home Microdermabrasion though to help with the scars. Please let me win one!

  • I feel like I just wrote that post myself! I would love PMD to help reduce visibility of my scars! Would love to win one!

  • I love your blog! What a fun giveaway. I need a great exfoliater

  • I am always saying how unfair it is that I am a mom of 2 kids with a 12 year old's acne problems! I need this so bad!! I would love to win!

  • Acne for me, too! What I wouldn't give for clear skin. *sigh*

  • I was recently diagnosed with excema..why??????? πŸ™ I would really love something to help with the occcasional flare.
    Thanks for the contest!

  • i love the Murad skin care line!

  • Sounds like some great products. I've been on the hunt for something that works. Thanks for the review.

  • I have some acne and acne scars. I would also love it to lighten my brown spots!

  • I would love it to help out with some of this lovely adult acne and the bit of scaring it's left.

  • Ann

    What a great giveaway! My skin will probably thank me for using something like this.

  • thank you for this exciting contest! I heard a lot about all the products that you mentioned and I've been wanting to try them out specially the PMD. Again thanks for this opportunity πŸ™‚

  • Wow I saw a really good review of that microdermabrasion kit. And I would love that to help with my acne scars! πŸ™‚

  • Great post and great giveaway!!

  • I've wanted a PMD forever! I've been dying to try it. Especially now that I'm 30! I'm definitely seeing fine lines that I don't want to see. I hope I win πŸ™‚

  • Some dry skin & acne scarring

  • I'd love a PMD to help fade spots!

  • Luckily I don't have acne prone skin (although I DID have those days during high school) but I have some scarring and would love to have some soft, suppleness to my face. =]

    (If responding, please email or comment a blog post of mine.)

  • I'm hoping it will help with my dry skin! Smooth skin sounds like a dream!

  • I am a mom with similar skin issues. It can be so frustrating! Thanks for your tips! I'm excited to try them.

  • My skin has come a long way in the last couple years, but when I break out, it's around my mouth. I would love something that could help with that.

  • I would LOVE one of these! I'm 27 and thought my bad skin issues would have been gone years ago but I'm still struggling. I hope i win!!

  • great giveaway!

  • I would love one of these to help with breakouts.

  • I have some light scaring from high school that I would love to get rid of, this would be awesome!

  • I would love to win one!

  • I really struggle with confidence and I have found clear skin is the best boost of confidence for me. Unfortunately that isn't very often. I would love to find a skin care regimen to help me keep confidence radiant skin!

  • Wow very neat! Would love one to help with acne and scars.

  • Sounds great!

  • Love this giveaway

  • Kim

    I would love to win this for scars, pores, and even skin tone. I also want to prevent some aging as I'm in my 30s now. πŸ™‚

  • It will be great if I win! My skin took a big dive after given birth and nothing I've tried make any improvement =(

  • I have SUCH dry skin so I would love to have this to soften it all up!

  • Your skin sounds so similar to mine. I hate being 32 and a mom with bad skin. I'd love to try this device. Hopefully it'll make my complextion brighter!

  • pore size

  • get rid of some spotting and reduce pore size

  • I would love something to help with very large pores.

  • Flaky dry patches–ugh.

  • Exfoliation for dry skin.

  • I love your blog + what a great giveaway!

  • M

    would love to see it even tone!

  • Great advice. I think I'm going to try Murad.

  • I’ve had horrible acne for most of my life. I’ve done every treatment in the books, from 2 rounds of accutane, to proactive, to herbal pills, to prescriptions… You name it, I’ve done it! I’d love to have something like this to fix my battered skin πŸ™‚

  • Did you use Murad products when you were pregnant? I have heard mixed opinions about it. I am struggling to get my skin clear but I am also trying for a baby. Not sure if I should invest in Murad now or not.