03.17.2015
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Clarifying Cleanser
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6.75 fl. oz. for $26
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Clarifying Cleanser contains essential oils that have antibacterial properties, but they’re also very irritating. In addition to the lemon, orange, and lime oils, this irritation-waiting-to-happen cleanser contains menthol.

Claims

Scientifically proven to reduce 99.9% of irritating surface bacteria in less than one minute, this deep cleansing gel with triclosan and salicylic acid helps to gently but effectively reduce acne blemishes to keep skin clear.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (1.5%), Other: Water, 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

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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04.22.2015
Worked for me!

I can't believe the rating for this product is so low! I have tried a lot of different products and this is the first cleanser that actually started to clear up my acne. My skin did feel a little dry for the first few days, but it was fine after that. I only gave it 3 stars because I did start using the Acne Clearing Solution along with this and that REALLY cleared up my acne, so I don't think this product alone is enough - but so far, I have had nothing but good experiences with Murad!

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Ashley K.
09.24.2014
Bad

I had high hopes for this line, my face broke out like crazy (cystic acne) but the oil in this line made the skin inbetween my acne so smooth XD I called Murad customer service to send it back, they advised I try it a little while longer, saying my skin was purging. I gave it more time, I wanted to like it but no improvement. I used this along with their toner and lotion...never again...NEVER AGAIN!

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Nicole
09.18.2014
Worst Ever

the worst ever!!! my skin broke out like craaazy after 3-4 days, using it twice daily... i got numerous whiteheads on both sides of my chin... I'm freaking out!!!!!!!!!

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Mahsa M
07.08.2014
This should be a BEST product!

I was shocked to see this have a poor rating! It leaves my skin soft, clean and refreshed. It's actually the best cleanser I have ever used. In the summer it is a must. It washes away sweat, makeup and dirt and I love the tingly feeling. It does not dry skin out but leaves it clean and calm. I think this deserves another look by Paula as I am so happy with it and the results and think other women would love it too.

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Jodie K
05.02.2014
This shouldn't be labeled POOR

I cannot believe this product is labeled poor. I have struggled with adult acne for several years now, nothing too severe, but very frustrating. I have tried EVERYTHING. I have even tried Paula's Choice because I heard such good things about it. Paula's Choice did absolutely nothing to my skin. I tried this cleanser as a sample, and fell in love. I love the cooling/minty feeling it leaves on your skin. I feel that it real cleans my skin. It has been clearing my skin! I label this cleanser: BEST.

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