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On my quest for clear skin I have used a plethora of products that have promised to deliver. Here is a roundup of a bunch of products I have used and what I thought of them. I will continue to add to the list with new things I am incorporating to my skincare routine. Enjoy!



Murad Skincare

February 03, 2018

"Murad's problem-solving products and skin-perfecting supplements work to solve whatever concerns your complexion is facing. Believing that healthy skin can be achieved both internally and externally, renowned dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad created his skinnovative line with years of research, employing his theory on The Science Of Cellular Water (hint: hydration) to help all achieve the ultimate goal of an overall healthy complexion. From acne to hyperpigmentation to wrinkles, Murad has a prescription for pretty skin throughout every stage of your life.”

If you are curious to know how this line will be with your skin, I highly recommend trying the starter kit, you get a good amount of everything to try without having to commit to the full sizes.


Products I have tried from the line:

Clarifying Cleanser

Price: $36 for a big container (last me 3+ months day and night use)


*Salicylic Acid 1.5%: Penetrates pores to clear up acne and prevent new breakouts.
*Menthol: Cools and soothes skin irritation. 
*Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea): Provides both anti-redness and antioxidant  



Review: This product was recommended to me by my sister and it was the first cleanser I used since using Proactive for over 5 years. The cleanser is clear, somewhat thick and lathers really nicely. It does a great job cleansing your face at the end of the day and in the morning. The scent is clean and leaves your pores and skin feeling tingly. I use a Clarisonic like scrubby brush with it sometimes to get a real deep clean. It has helped keep my skin clear without having to exfoliate every day. If you need an everyday mild cleanser for combo skin, I highly recommend it. The size of the bottle has doubled since it first came out, probably due to the popularity. I know the $36 might not be the cheapest, but it will last you over 3-4 months.


Oil Control Mattifier
Price: $49 for a little tube


*Oil-Control Complex®: Helps regulate oil production while preserving moisture to

provide a long-lasting matte finish. 
*Willow Bark Extract: Helps manage breakouts and clears skin of impurities. 
*Argan Extract: Reveals smoother, softer skin. 
*Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 3%, Ensulizole 1%: Sunscreen.


Review: I actually had really high hopes for this primer, seeing as though how much I love the cleanser, I figured the primer in the lineup would be equally as good. The primer is white and is a bit on the watery side. However, it melts into your skin pretty nicely and does a fair job keeping your makeup from looking cakey. A lot of reviews has said that this is the holy grail of primers for oily skin but I actually didn’t find the results to be as mind blowing as promised. It does help blur fine lines and fills your pores and it did keep me a little less shiny..but nothing to ride home about. I was shiny after about 3 hours. Also if not rubbed in properly it tended to leave a whiteish residue on my face,  that was hella awkward to cover up with more makeup. Also the $49 price tag didn’t help either. The container does last a while but the consistency of the liquid and the overall end result just didn’t do it for me.



Time Released Acne cleanser

Price: $40.00


*Encapsulated Salicylic Acid Technology: Provides a sustained release that continues to treat acne for hours even after rinsing. 

*Amino Acids and Hyaluronic Acid: Attract and bind moisture to skin. 
*Antioxidants: Neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance. 
*Sesame Seed and Fruit Extracts: Normalize sebum production and prevent skin irritation. 

Review: This is another cleanser in the Murad Line. I didn’t like it the texture, it was too creamy and made my skin even more oiler than normal. I also started breaking out with it. A lot of the other reviews I have read about this product have stated that they used the clarifying cleanser, tried this Time Release one, and then went back to the clarifying one. I too followed this pattern, seeing as though it didn’t help take care of any breakouts and caused many to form. If you have already oily skin that is prone to pimples I would steer clear of this one.

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