Murad Skincare Review – Clarifying Cleanser, Oil-Control Mattifier, and Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

November 15, 2017

It seems as if whenever anyone’s referencing the “skincare greats,” Murad’s name is nearly always on that list. While I’ve always been horrible about following skincare routines {my entire skin care routine consists of this face wash once a day, maybe this moisturizer once or twice a month if I’m feeling it, and a couple drops of this serum every three to four months if I’m feeling like my skin really needs help}, I decided to give Murad a try, and this is how I felt:


Murad Clarifying Cleanser

Allow me to preface this by saying that this cleanser is designed to help people with acne, and I’ve never once suffered from maybe more than two pimples on my face at one given time in my entire life. This may be why this cleanser realllyyyy didn’t work for me. As a matter of fact, I think it gave me more breakouts than I would’ve ever had before using it. It also tried out my face a ton to the point that between this cleanser and the Rapid Relief treatment, my skin was peeling a little, which I’ve never ever had a problem with previously, and which since I stopped using this cleanser has stopped. From other reviews, it seems to work really well for people with acne and oily skin, which is exactly why I have three theories as to why things went so horribly wrong for me:

1. I’m allergic to something in it or my hyper-sensitive skin wasn’t used to some of the stronger chemicals, such as salicylic acid, that aren’t in my normal, more natural based face wash {which, by the way, is my favorite face wash on this earth}

2. Due to the fact that the face wash is really designed for people with acne and oily skin, given that my skin really isn’t overly oily, the face wash stripped my skin down too far to the point that my pores were overly exposed as there wasn’t that barrier of oil between the face wash and my skin

3. I’m just really bad with skincare products

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

This I actually really liked. The mattifier is really thick and creamy and feels so nice on your face. It really only left me with two complaints: due to the thickness of the product you need quite a bit to cover your entire face and because it is so thick, I didn’t love sleeping in it compared to my lighter weight moisturizer. Overall though, as a daytime product I do really like it and it’s so nice that it has SPF in it. The mattifier truly does leave your face matte for hours which is so nice to not have to worry about!

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

You know when you get a pimple on your face the night before a big event so you frantically Google “how to get rid of pimples quickly” and every WikiHow and Seventeen and Refinery29 article tells you to do that home remedy of leaving toothpaste on the blemish? This is like a classier version of that. Sure, at $22 this little bottle is four times the price of that big tube of toothpaste, but honestly? It works a lot better than Colgate or Crest ever will. The formula of the treatment is also a lot thinner and runny than toothpaste, meaning that it really takes barely any product to cover a blemish. While I couldn’t tell how much the treatment reduced the size of the blemish every time I used it {to be clear — there were times in which it definitely did}, it does really bring down the surrounding redness, which is always helpful.

The Bottom Line: Murad has established itself as a household name in the world of luxury skincare, however for me, it really only lived up to the hype about half the time. At $30, the cleanser simply isn’t worth it for me, which is why I’ll keep using this one right here which is just about the same price {it’s $22, it’s also 1.75 ounces less of product}. The Mattifier and Rapid Relief were the two things out of this that I’d be likely to purchase again, although I probably wouldn’t purchase either of them frequently as I’d save the Mattifier for only use during the day and when it’s sunny, and the Rapid Relief require such little product use that I don’t see myself going through an entire bottle of it with my amount of blemishes for a long time. If you frequently have acne issues, I would highly recommend giving both of the above a shot! I’d recommend the cleanser only if you know you like cleansers with salicylic acid, or again, that you truly have difficulty with acne and are trying out a lot of different cleansers to see what works.





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One response to “Murad Skincare Review – Clarifying Cleanser, Oil-Control Mattifier, and Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment”

  1. John B. Nino says:

    hey eva could you possibly have anything that can take care of skin blemish i have been struggling with for a while now i got some help from intimeessay i feel you could offer some help too

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