06.27.2013
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Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel
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3.4 fl. oz. for $54
Last Updated:06.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel features 1% salicylic acid as the active ingredient, but it's in a base that’s mostly water and alcohol. The hydrogen peroxide this contains will help kill acne-causing bacteria, but it’s such an unstable ingredient that it also triggers intense free-radical damage, yet another reason to run, not walk, away from this anti-acne product. The anti-irritants in this gel can’t compete with the problematic ingredients, and the price? It’s nothing short of an insult to anyone struggling with acne and thinking a doctor-designed skin-care line has their best interests at heart. If that was the case, Dr. Murad would not offer such offensive products that only make matters worse.

Claims

Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel's patented Hydrogen Peroxide delivery system enables Retinol, Glycolic and Salicylic Acids to penetrate deeply for maximum effectiveness. Cell turnover is stimulated, breakouts are controlled, pore-clogging impurities are eliminated and clarity is restored. 92% of users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just 3 days.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-10, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogen Peroxide, Rice Amino Acids, Zinc Aspartate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Zinc Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA

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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06.23.2015
only thing that has worked

This product is the only thing keeping my skin clear and now it's gone. I was able to hoard away two bottles but once that's gone....my face will erupt into many volcanic craters.

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02.06.2015
The best Ive ever found

The best acne treatment out there. I have been using it for 5+ years and have incredibly clear skin. I stopped using it for a few months and I started getting spots again. It works wonders on me (20s with dry skin), my fiancé with oily skin, and my 50 year old mom who is prone to adult acne. Soon sad it was discontinued!!

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Heather
05.22.2014
i dont care what the review says, i love this stuff

i know that the review says this stuff is awful, but it's the only thing that keeps my oily skin clear and lovely and now it had been discontinued. I'm so darn upset.

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