Is Murad Clarifying Cleanser Effective?

by Michael Griffin
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Everyone needs a daily cleanser in their beauty product arsenal, Murad Clarifying Cleanser is an all purpose facial cleaner that clears up breakouts and acne. It is best used for washing off daily build up, dirt, and grime. It works to keep pores unclogged and has acne medication in the formula that will prevent acne for hours after each wash. Murad has been a household name for 20 years now, does this product stand up to their reputation of reliability in the skin care world?

Is it really all-natural?

Murad Clarifying Cleanser, like many other products claims to be safe, all-natural, and highly effective. As consumers, we know that this isn’t always the truth. A company says one thing and their ingredient list says an entirely different thing. The item has no Parabens, Phthalates, or Sulfates which is a good sign, but let’s take a further look before definitively categorizing a product as “all-natural” before sorting through the rest of the ingredient list. One thing we can say for sure is that Murad does NOT test their products on lab animals. Kudos Murad! All their products have been tested on people, which means that it was tested on human skin types for more accurate results.

Here is the full ingredient list:Ingredients of Murad Clarifying Cleanser

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, Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Tangerine Leaf Oil, Citronella Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Lime Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fragrance.

The main Active Ingredients and what they do to help clear up your skin….

Salicylic Acid…. Penetrates pores to clear up acne and prevent new breakouts, this is an old standby that is in every acne product, this product has 1.5% Salicylic Acid which is a pretty standard amount, effective, but nothing extreme, so it won’t dry out your skin with daily use. Menthol… Gives a pepperminty after glow and scent for a nice clean tingly feeling that leaves users fresh faced. Silver Citrate…Functions as an anti-bacterial agent to kill acne causing germs that lay embedded in the pores. Green Tea Extract… An A+ all-natural anti-inflammatory that works to reduce redness and soothes skin. Price: $26.00 (6.75 oz)

Conclusion about Murad Clarifying Cleanser…Skin care cleanser

While it is definitely safe and filled with pretty typical ingredients, my only thinking is that users should find a similar standard cleanser created by a drug store brand for the same results. Murad has been a reliable name for decades now and I totally trust their products to be effective. If money is no object to you and you are willing to pay for upwards of 20 bills for a daily facial cleanser this may be the product for you. It will effectively clean your pores and eliminate blackheads with daily use. It is the perfect all-in one acne fighting cleanser that is not super medicinal or harsh on sensitive skin, but it still puts up a serious fight against breakouts. The packaging is also modern looking and nice to have out on the counter top. A generic will get you the same results, but there may be certain tweaks on this standard formula that may be a bit harsher on skin since they are most likely lower quality, but here what consumers are mostly paying for is the name.

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