Murad - InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask

Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask

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WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • panthenol
  • urea
  • betaine
  • glycerin
  • hydrolyzed jojoba esters
  • inositol
  • jojoba esters
  • punica granatum extract
  • synthetic beeswax
  • trehalose
  • +8 more
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What does the product description say?
"5% Salicyclic Acid, which penetrates deep into the epidermis and is clinically proven to help reduce systemic causes of acne."
WIMJ summary

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

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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: salicylic acid.

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"Grapefruit Extract works to minimise the appearance of pores, whilst Jojoba Esters function as a soothing and hydrating emollient."
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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: betaine, glycerin.

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: jojoba esters, olea europaea fruit extract.

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

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This product contains antioxidants (punica granatum extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

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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
23% - 34%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent
8.2% - 12.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.6% - 5.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
3% - 4.5%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
2.5% - 3.7%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
2% - 3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
1.7% - 2.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.4% - 2%
Used to create a nice product finish
1.1% - 1.6%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and even out the skin tone, but is typically used in products in a concentration that is too low to be effective
0.85% - 1.25%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 1.25%
Plain old water
0.5% - 1.15%
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
0.45% - 1%
0.4% - 0.9%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
0.15% - 0.65%
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
0.1% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.45%

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