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What’s the concept behind Murad?
Founded in LA in 1989 by dermatologist and trained pharmacist Dr Howard Murad, the brand was the beauty world’s very first skincare range developed by a doctor. His innovative and award-winning products are aimed at making beautiful skin accessible to everyone. With 19 unique patents and a 30-year legacy of clinical testing, Murad’s products are often unrivalled when it comes to proven results.
What’s in the Blemish Control range?
Spanning cleansers, masks, exfoliators, toners and moisturisers, the range has oily, blemish-prone skin completely covered. Recent additions to the collection include the game-changing Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment, a soothing gel serum featuring Murad's innovative Penta-Acid Technology – a blend of five powerful acne-fighting acids (salicylic acid, lysophosphatidic acid, hydroxydecanoic acid, sebacic acid, and glycolic acid) to help clear skin and prevent future breakouts; expect to see a difference in just seven days.
We also rate the Pure Skin Food Supplement, a new-gen vitamin blend brimming with vitamin A to support healthy skin, vitamin C and zinc to prevent oxidative stress and yellow dock and burdock to stop blemishes in their tracks.
Is it suitable for all skin types?
As certain items in the Blemish Control range contain active ingredients designed to fight blemishes, it's recommended for those with oily and blemish-prone skin. Unlike many other lines for spot-prone skin, Murad's caters to those with adult acne looking to reduce the visible signs of ageing too: simply look for products labelled part of its Anti-Ageing Blemish Control range.
But if oiliness and blemishes aren't your skincare concern, there's no need to feel left out: Murad has 12 other targeted ranges – spanning Redness Therapy (designed to calm and cool inflamed skin) to Resurgence (which sculpts and firms for a more youthful-looking complexion). The brand's entire line-up is also made without gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and animal-derived ingredients too, so rest-assured there are no nasties in these products.
Does it really work?
You bet. The Rapid Relief Spot Treatment has been proven to reduce blemish size and redness in just four hours (it can be layered under concealer without peeling or flaking); the Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment has been proven to reduce pimples, blackheads and whiteheads in one week; and when used in conjunction with other products in the collection, the results speak for themselves – take a look at the hundreds of five-star reviews online.
Where to start?
If you've got very oily skin and active blemishes, and feel like you've already tried everything under the sun, look to the Blemish Control 30 Day Kit, a powerful three-step regime proven to fight bacteria, control shine and rapidly reduce breakouts. Or if your skin is generally clear but you’re prone to the odd hormonal spot, consider using the Instamatte Oil-Control Mask at certain times of the month – the three-minute deep-cleansing treatment packed with pore-penetrating salicylic acid and refining grapefruit extract leaves skin matte, healthy and clear.
Meanwhile, if you’re prone to getting spots on your back and chest, the Clarifying Body Spray is a godsend – packed with willow tree bark-derived salicylic acid, it's naturally antibacterial, helps remove those pore-clogging dead skin cells and has an ingenious 360 degree nozzle that works upside down to fight breakouts in hard-to-reach areas.
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