Murad - Advanced Acne and Wrinkly Reducer

Murad Advanced Acne and Wrinkly Reducer

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • retinyl palmitate
  • retinol
  • ascorbic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • urea
  • algae extract
  • betaine
  • caffeine
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl alcohol
  • chitosan
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glucosamine hcl
  • glycerin
  • hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • inositol
  • lens esculenta fruit extract
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • saccharomyces/xylinum/black tea ferment
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • sulfur
  • trehalose
  • yeast extract
  • zinc gluconate
  • +26 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Advanced Acne and Wrinkly Reducer"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol, salicylic acid. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

In addition, this product contains chitosan, sulfur. It can help in reducing blemishes, even though it is less effective.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: glycolic acid, retinyl palmitate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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"Dual focus formula works to clear and prevent blemishes while visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, glycolic acid.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: retinyl palmitate.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

In addition, this product contains glycolic acid, salicylic acid. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: glucosamine hcl, retinyl palmitate.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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"Retinol and Glycolic Acid accelerate skin cell turnover to smooth texture."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid, retinol, salicylic acid.

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This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: algae extract, betaine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, algae extract.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: urea

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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - chitosan also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.5%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
4.4% - 5.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.8% - 4.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
3% - 3.7%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
2.4% - 2.9%
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
1.8% - 2.2%
1.5% - 1.9%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
1.3% - 1.6%
1.1% - 1.3%
Could be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin, evening out the skin tone and neutralizing free radicals, but more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness
0.8% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.75% - 1.1%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
0.7% - 1.05%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.7% - 1.05%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.6% - 0.95%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.6% - 0.85%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.6% - 0.85%
0.55% - 0.8%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.5% - 0.75%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.55% - 0.8%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.45% - 0.65%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.45% - 0.65%
Inhibits acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. Can help to reduce inflammation caused by bacteria. Helps neutralize free radicals in skin. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
0.45% - 0.65%
Might be able to stimulate production of skin's natural moisturizing compounds such as hyaluronic acid. Could be helpful for evening the skin tone.
0.45% - 0.65%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and skin lightening properties. It can help calm down inflammation in skin
0.45% - 0.65%
A fermented sweet black tea. There is no studies on particular benefits of this ingredient in skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin, and might have some anti-oxidant effect. It is used in skincare for mostly marketing purposes because of the popularity of kombucha drinks
0.4% - 0.65%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.45% - 0.7%
A plant extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin, but it is not well studied. It can be irritating
0.4% - 0.65%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and dissolve other ingredients in a product
0.4% - 0.65%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
A plant extract that can contain an antioxidant compound
0.4% - 0.65%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.4% - 0.65%
A plant extract containing sugars that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is claimed by the manufacturer to help reduce pore size but evidence is lacking
0.4% - 0.65%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.45% - 0.65%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
0.45% - 0.65%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing. Due to the zinc content, might help calm down inflammation in skin
0.4% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.65%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Avoid if sensitive to gluten
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps evenly disperse other ingredients in a formulation and create an even layer on the surface of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
0.4% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.4% - 0.6%
A type of silicone that create a smooth product finish and can create an optical soft-focus effect on the skin. Helps to thicken the product consistency
0.45% - 0.7%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
0.45% - 0.7%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can work as a cleansing agent. Can be irritating
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps improve the product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to create a uniform product consistency
0.4% - 0.65%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.7%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.6%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.1% - 0.15%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.15%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.15%

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