PRODUCTinProfile: Murad Clarifying Cleanser


Testing out Murad’s ever-popular cleanser in the war against breakouts.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser – A review


Murad is one of my favourite skin care lines, and has been for a long time. I have managed to use almost all of their cleansers at some point in the past few years. Their Refreshing Cleanser smells amazing, the Essential-C cleanser does not foam, their Pomegranate Daily Cleansing Foam is silly over-priced, and the Renewing Cleansing Cream leaves skin glowy but tastes like vomit if you get it anywhere near your mouth. As you can see, I am well versed in the brand’s face washes.

I was expecting a lot from their Clarifying Cleanser. Hawked as one of their trademark products, and with glowing reviews on MUAlley, I splurged on it. Then it came and I used it. First use was a horror story – I washed it off and my skin literally cracked, I was left with dry and severely flakey skin for several days. I was a little surprised as though I knew the formula was strong, I didn’t expect the irritation. I then left it to languish in a cupboard for several months. A few weeks ago I dared to try it again, this time, no irritation, just a very clean feeling. I attribute the original reaction to when I was using A LOT of Glycolic and Salicylic acid products simultaneously, thus making my skin very fragile. Now having gotten my skin back to normal – no irritation!

A very clean feeling with Murad Clarifying Cleanser

The cleanser leaves you with a very, very clean feeling, and certainly smoothes the skin. I follow it up with a light moisturiser like La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid, and my combination skin is left feeling smooth and shiny. Top marks for that, though in the blemish preventing stakes – the key measure for this product – I sadly can’t recommend it. Since introducing it to my regime I have been breaking out in the way I haven’t for YEARS – red, painful, lumpy under-the-surface acne.

I think this cleanser would be great if you have slightly to oily skin and want a powerful cleanser to give you a very clean feeling. On the acne stakes, I sadly can’t say it helped me.

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