Murad

Murad At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good water-soluble 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.

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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Poor Acne & Wrinkle Reducer Murad BHA  $58.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Body Wash Murad Body Soaps/Washes  $39.50 8.50 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Clearing Solution Murad BHA  $39.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Acne Spot Fast Fix Murad Benzoyl Peroxide  $16.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Acne Spot Treatment Murad Blemish/Acne Treatments  $18.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Acne Treatment Concealer Murad Stick Concealer  $21.00
Poor Activating Cleansing Emulsion (Discontinued) Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $65.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Poor Active Radiance Serum Murad Serums  $89.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Age-Balancing Night Cream Murad Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $75.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Age-Diffusing Firming Mask Murad Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $68.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Age-Diffusing Serum Murad Serums  $74.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Murad Scrubs  $36.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Good Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 | PA++ for Blemish-Prone Skin Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $47.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Body Firming Cream Murad Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $45.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Poor Clarifying Body Spray Murad BHA  $37.00 4.30 fl. oz.
Poor Clarifying Cleanser Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $26.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Poor Clarifying Mask Murad Oil-Absorbent Masks  $37.00 2.65 fl. oz.
Poor Clarifying Toner Murad Toners  $22.00 6.00 fl. oz.
Average Cleansing Shave Murad Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels  $28.00 6.75 fl. oz.
Poor Complete Reform Murad AHAs  $69.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15 Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $39.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Crazy for Clear Spot Treatment Murad Blemish/Acne Treatments  $11.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Daily Moisture Charge SPF 30 (Discontinued) Murad Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $100.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser (Discontinued) Murad Cleansers/Soaps  $26.00 5.10 fl. oz.
Poor Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector SPF 15 (Discontinued) Murad Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $17.00 0.50 fl. oz.
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