Murad - Serums & Treatments Blemish Control: Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment

Murad Serums & Treatments Blemish Control: Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • urea
  • 10-hydroxydecanoic acid
  • allantoin
  • betaine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja seed extract
  • honey extract
  • inositol
  • oligopeptide-10
  • trehalose
  • zinc gluconate
  • +13 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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.

In addition, this product contains niacinamide. 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

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: oligopeptide-10.

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: glycolic acid, niacinamide, salicylic acid

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: glycine soja seed extract.

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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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, 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: allantoin, 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, cetyl alcohol.

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

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IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.3% - 5.3%
A type of silicone that helps add a "soft focus" effect on the surface of the skin and create a nice product texture
4.1% - 5%
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
3.1% - 3.8%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
2.3% - 2.8%
1.9% - 2.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.6% - 2%
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)
1% - 1.2%
Used to thicken the product consistency
1.1% - 1.4%
0.95% - 1.15%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.7% - 1.05%
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% - 0.9%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Might be somewhat helpful in evening the skin tone.
0.55% - 0.85%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and slow down the water loss from its surface
0.35% - 0.65%
0.35% - 0.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.65%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.6%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.25%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.2%
A colorant (dye)
0.1% - 0.15%
A yellow dye
0.05% - 0.15%

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