I hope that I have been able to share some useful information with you about the popular and well known skin care products I have been reviewing. The entire reason for this series of articles has been to look at these products claims, effectiveness, and most importantly their ingredients.
After having worked with and helped thousands of clients over the years deal with just about every skin issue from a natural and holistic health approach, I have come across just about every product there is available.
My goal here is simply to share this information and make my own recommendation based on my (and that of my clients) experiences. A lot of money gets spent on a lot of products every year and I can honestly say that skin allergies and issues increase every year.
More people have allergies and skin issues today than ever before. So it is not my goal to "take down" a product or its creator, just to help show what IS really IN a product and give you alternatives.
Dr. Howard Murad is a dermatologist who has been around the block with his skin care products. He has, quite expertly, built an empire from his TV infomercials and different product lines.
I'm going to only focus on 2 of those lines, the acne fighting system they call Acne Complex and the other for anti-aging called Resurgence. Today we will talk about Acne Complex, and I will provide the review of Resurgence in Part 2 tomorrow.
The Premise Of Murad For Acne
According to the website this 3-step system is simple. In their own words:
"Clear Skin is as easy as 1,2,3--and it only takes 4 weeks! Acne Complex® is luxuriously gentle enough to use as everyday skincare, yet powerful enough to fight even the most persistent acne breakouts."
Sounds ready simple until you go to find out how it's different from other 3-step acne programs available and then there is even less said. I do give them credit though for making it easy to find the ingredient list unlike some other products.
As you will see the product line for acne contains both familiar acne fighting chemicals like salicylic acid with the addition of the age old ingredient sulfur.
What's In The Stuff
I took these ingredients right off their website:
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (1.5%).
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Triclosan, Menthol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Citrus Medica Imonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben.
Far from naturally-based, the main active ingredient is good old Salicylic Acid (1.5%). Nothing new here but I do applaud the incorporation of castor oil and the other essential oils in the wash.
However, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate is a big No-No for me as it is an ingredient that causes dryness and irritation in many of the clients who come to me for help.
Skin Perfecting Lotion
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Maleate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Phytonadione, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Honey Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Squalane, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Talc, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Glycolipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Algae Extract, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin Sclerotium Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA.
Active ingredient - Retinol.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and used to be prescription only (there's a good reason for that). In scientific studies it has been shown to reverse some sun damage and speed up exfoliation.
You might recall the BIG sun screen lotion scare from last summer where the FDA asked several name brands to pull their sun screens because it was found that retinol in the products became carcinogenic when exposed to sunlight.
I ask my clients to steer clear of this ingredient because of its irritating nature and unknown risk factors.
Murad Acne Spot Treatment
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Zinc Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Salicylic Acid, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Active Ingredients: Sulfur (3.0%).
Sulfur has been used as a skin treatment for many years. It has some antibacterial properties and is easily absorbed into the skin. It can cause irritation and the following as well:
- Redness and peeling
Beyond that, sulfur can be helpful in drying out existing blemishes.
Exfoliating Treatment Gel
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Methyl Gluceth-10, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Triclosan, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Zinc Sulfate, Linoleic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide.
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (1.0%).
Again Salicylic Acid is old hat as far as treating acne is concerned. It is very irritating to the skin and plays a large part in the over dryness that is the main complaint in all of these popular 3-step acne treatments.
I must admit that I am surprised that this product line contains Butylene Glycol, as there are known risks to it as a chemical ingredient. The Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Safety Database lists it as a human irritant, having negative impact on the reproductive organs, and neuro-toxicity.
What Do My Clients Who Have Used Murad Acne Products Report
I get the same feedback from my clients who use the Acne Complex system as I do other 3-step programs. The main complaint is dryness and irritation.
A resurgence (no pun intended here to the anti-aging product of the same name) of and/or worsening of acne symptoms 2 to 4 weeks after first use. This is due to the salicylic acid and retinols in the products.
Obviously Murad works for some people as does any product that kills bacteria that causes acne. Typically though, my clients find the cost and minimal results a negative.
Those looking for a naturally-based product recognize the many unnecessary additives and repetitious nature of simply applying the very same active ingredients from multiple bottles in the line.
There are a few things that set Murad apart from its competitors (ProActiv, Skin ID, and MaxClarity). The fact they do not use Benzoyl Peroxide and have added Sulfur makes this a different formulation than those.
Is it more effective? You will have to be the judge. In my mind, based on the numerous new clients who come to me after having tried this product, it isn't more effective.
If you want an effective acne fighting routine you must know what is at the root of the condition and what the contributing factors are. Having a healthy diet, a good skin care routine that is non-soap based, and a light to deep exfoliation routine, can certainly eliminate acne without any chemical products what so ever.
I know, I did it for myself and thousands of people do the same every year. This is what I recommend. The idea is to end acne for good and get on with it, not spend your life fighting it.
Tomorrow I will give you Part 2 of the Murad Skin Care products review where we will take a look at Resurgence, the anti-aging products they offer.
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