03.30.2015
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Acne Spot Treatment
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0.5 fl. oz. for $18
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments
Last Updated:03.30.2015
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.20
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Acne Spot Treatment lists 3% sulfur as the active ingredient, which makes this spot treatment an irritating, drying experience for skin (though sulfur can kill acne-causing bacteria). This has merit as a pH-correct AHA product, but it isn't worth considering over other AHA products that don't contain additional irritants. By the way, although Murad calls out salicylic acid in the claims, the amount of it in this product likely isn't enough to improve acne.

Claims

Sulfur and Salicylic Acid give Acne Spot Treatment the power to deliver effective, on-the-spot acne control the moment you feel a blemish developing. Convenient size makes it easy to provide extra attention to a stubborn blemish anytime, anywhere. 92% of users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just 3 days.

Ingredients

Active: Sulfur (3%), Other: Water, Glycolic Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Zinc Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Salicylic Acid, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Brand Overview

Murad At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers; a selection of well-formulated AHA products centered on glycolic acid; most of Murad's top-rated products are fragrance-free; the sunscreens go beyond the basics and include several antioxidants for enhanced protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no other dermatologist-designed line has more problem products than Murad; irritating ingredients are peppered throughout the selection of products, keeping several of them from earning a recommendation; the skin-lighteners are not well-formulated.

Dr. Murad was one of the first doctors to appear on an infomercial selling his own line of skin-care products, and quite successfully so, at least the second time around. This was largely because the company paid for independent clinical studies to establish the efficacy of Dr. Murad's products. There's no question that AHA products, when well-formulated, can be a powerful ally to create healthier, radiant skin. But in terms of independent clinical studies, we're skeptical, given that there are countless labs that exist solely to perform such studies in strict accordance with how the company wants the results to turn out. Murad certainly wouldn't mention in an infomercial that the clinical studies for his AHA products weren't as impressive as, say, those for Neutrogena's AHA products, or any other line for that matter. And what about BHA products? Clinical studies and testimonials may have prompted consumers to order, but the results from Murad's AHA products are hardly unique to this line.

Although this is a skin-care line to consider for some good AHA options, the majority of the products are nothing more than a problem for skin. Murad may have been one of the first dermatologist-developed skin-care lines, but by today's standards his line is deplorable. This is largely due to a preponderance of irritating ingredients that show up in product after product. Any dermatologist selling products that include lavender, basil, and various citrus oils plus menthol and other irritants doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. The same goes for Murad's overuse of alcohol and his preference for treating acne with sulfur, both factors that keep some of his otherwise well-formulated, efficacious products from earning a recommendation.

Yet what is most objectionable is the endless parade of products claiming they can stop, get rid of, or reduce wrinkles and aging. Regardless of whether dermatologists know best about lotions and potions, no conscientious doctor would or should be selling products using the ludicrous claims Murad makes. Most of the anti-aging products have the same hype, the same unsubstantiated claims, and the same exaggeration about the beneficial effects of ingredients that are often present only in the tiniest amounts, without even a mention of the standard or potentially irritating ingredients that are also present. Dr. Murad’s skin-care philosophy, stated on his Web site, includes the following statement: "Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skin—including the right products, the proper nutrients (from both food and supplements) and positive lifestyle choices." That's an excellent piece of advice; the problem is that it is contradicted by Murad’s own products, most of which are far from the "right" options for all skin types.

For more information about Murad, call (888) 996-8723 or visit www.murad.com.

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02.03.2015
It works for me

I understand it could be potentially irritating if you use over a large area of skin. In my case it truly work wonders because I only use it specifically on spots and it dries it out overnight. This is my magic spot eraser.

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Eli
01.21.2015
Helped me - confused about sulphur

I have chronic mild acne with occasional cystic spots which just don't go - a small bump lingers and the spot resurfaces if it can. Whilst I would never rely on this type dream for deep spots, it did help when strong topical antibiotics alone couldn't defeat it. My confusion about the negative sulphur comment of Paula is a dermatologist I consulted actually recommended sulphur as an ingredient I should use ...

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01.21.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thanks for the question! Sulfur does act as an antibacterial agent, which is helpful in treating breakouts. However, it does have the potential to irritate and dry out skin, making the time it takes to heal a breakout longer. You can read much more about sulfur here.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
11.16.2014
This works

This product absolutely works. It can make a pimple go away overnight. I don't understand the bad review.

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