Looking for the 411 about the latest skin care products? Aren’t we all. Its nearly impossible to discern what will work what won’t without just giving it the old college try. Luckily, there are review sites that do the footwork for you. We review products based on real users experiences and looks at the hard skin care scientific research. Forget the brand name Dr. Murad… does this stuff work or not? Dr. Murad is definitely a big name in skin care, but that doesn’t mean that the products are automatically effective for your specific needs. This cleanser is designed to be a daily use product to keep skin clean and therefore prevent breakouts with some extra strength Salicylic Acid and anti-bacterial ingredients. It also claims to soothe redness with Green Tea Extracts and Menthol. Let’s get to the truth and see what we can dispel as myth…
A gel cleanser that works into a lather. The Murad.com website promises it will help reduce blemishes and breakouts , back acne, and prevent future breakouts. The medication is meant to remain active even after fully rinsing. The product is a time release formula. For best results Murad recommends using the Clarifying Toner and the Skin Perfecting Lotion side by side with the cleanser.
The Big Bad Ingredient List
No sulfates, No Phlthates, No Parabens … looking good so far Dr. Murad those three ingredients are tell-tale red flags in any skincare product. You do NOT want to be putting that stuff on your skin, never mind your face.
Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Silver Citrate, Menthol, PEG-150 Distearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene*, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Fragrance (Parfum)
A lot of these ingredients are natural like the Apricot Kernel Oil, Caster Oil, Root extracts, Leaf extracts, menthol, corn starch, tangerine, green tea extract, citronella oil, lemon peel. Also sounds like it smells divine…and a lot of users agree that they LOVE the smell. Even though Cocamidopropyl Betaine sounds like something you’d use to peel paint, it is actually just derived from coconut oil and has antiseptic properties, but if you have sensitive skin watch out it has been known to be an allergen or irritate despite its earthy origins.
Let’s talk price:
Dr. Murad’s is notoriously pricey, just below Kiehl’s but definitely about Clearsil or Neutragena. This cleanser is a whooping $28 just for 6.7 fl oz. If you want to buy the entire set as recommended by the Dr. himself, it will cost nearly $80. There definitely are discount sites and specials that could allow you to get this product on the low-low as any beauty guru knows. One user recommended getting a sample size to see how your skin reacts before splurging on the real deal. This is great advice.
How to Use the Cleanser:
Just like most cleansers, apply a small amount and some water to the face and scrub a dub dub until it lathers up and then rinse completely. Medication will remain on the face to fight acne after hours.