Clarifying Body Spray
4.3 fl. oz. for $37
Last Updated:06.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Treating acne in hard-to-reach places such as your back all but demands a helpful spray applicator (or a friend willing to apply the product to these areas for you). Regrettably, Murad’s product is front-loaded with irritating alcohol and also contains smaller amounts of other irritants such as menthol and fragrant oil, which are problematic for all skin types. Some helpful ingredients are included, but they are useless in a formula like this where the unhelpful ingredients get in the way. Even the amount of salicylic acid is too low for it to be of much help. As for the alcohol, it is not only irritating but also makes skin more inflamed and red, and also can stimulate oil production at the base of your pores, which in turn can worsen body acne. An irritant-free way to clear acne on the body is to use Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid with a sprayer; there also are products from other lines to consider as well by checking out the Best Anti-Acne Product lists on this web site.


Clarifying Body Spray fights body blemishes with antibacterial Triclosan and pore-clearing Retinol and Salicylic Acid. These powerful antibacterial agents purify skin from head-to-toe for an acne-fighting advantage wherever you need it.


Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denatured Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Sodium Salicylate, Lecithin, Tocophersolan, Retinol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Triclosan, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Oleth-20, Menthol, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil

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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I love this

I have no idea why this product has a "poor" rating because it completely cleared up my moderate/severe back acne that I had within a few weeks. I had no irritations, nothing. This was a miracle product for me, when I stopped using it my acne never came back either, and I don't even have red marks or any sign that I had ever had acne on my back...no one would ever think I had bad back acne! This is literally the best product ever created for bacne, in my humble opinion.

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Best for back acne

This is the best product I have ever used. I use it with the acne body wash and it is the ONLY thing that keeps my back clear! I have tried the Paula products but with no results. This dries quickly, is so easy to apply - has an amazing sprayer you can use upside down. You can feel where it is (the menthol?). I have super sensitive skin and it is not irritating. Did anyone try this before giving it a bad rating? I guess not! It is a good investment and lasts a long time

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