06.27.2013
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Crazy for Clear Spot Treatment
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0.5 fl. oz. for $11
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments
Last Updated:06.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This anti-acne product contains a potentially helpful amount of glycolic and salicylic acids formulated at a pH that allows them to work as exfoliants. We were ready to give this product a Good rating, but couldn’t overlook the fact that it contains a high amount of sulfur. Although sulfur is a potent disinfectant, it is also needlessly irritating and drying, which won’t make acne-prone skin look better and can hurt skin’s healing process. Several anti-irritants are included, too, but their energy will be partially spent defending your skin from the sulfur rather than reducing redness. The small amount of orange peel oil is less cause for concern than the sulfur; it likely was included to offset the rotten egg odor of the sulfur!

Claims

Banish breakouts two ways: help existing spots to fade faster and prevent new blemishes from fully developing. This hard-working formula helps you get clear, faster.

Ingredients

Water, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sulfur, Sclerotium Gum, Salicylic Acid, Myrica Rubra Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel 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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