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May 16, 2015

Murad Blemish Clearing Solution and Spot Treatment Review

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If you're anything like me then from time to time - especially during that particular time of the month - you'll struggle with the occasional breakout. Although, blemishes aren't the end of the world it's always nice to have a tried and tested game-plan that helps get your skin back to normal as soon as humanly possible. I've spent the last six weeks trying out two of Murad's Blemish Control range - the Blemish Clearing Solution and Blemish Spot Treatment - and today I'm going to share my thoughts on the pair.

Murad Blemish Clearing Solution* | rrp £34.00

The only product I've tried that I feel as though Murad's Clearing Solution compares to is La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo. The Clearing Solution is a non-comedogenic serum that significantly reduces the redness associated with blemishes whilst simultaneously working to calm inflammation and heal the skin. It contains salicylic acid and Queen of Meadow extract which help to clear pores from excess sebum (one cause of blemishes) as well as blemish-causing bacteria. The Clearing Solution also contains tea tree to help prevent future breakouts and a blend of vitamins to help soothe and nourish stressed skin. Unlike many other "acne" or "anti-blemish" products that I've tried in the past, I found Murad's Bemish Clearing Serum incredibly gentle on my skin and I had no issues with irritation. It was particularly helpful with those pesky - and painful - under-the-skin spots, as well as helping to gently clear up the sort of skin congestion that results in bumpy, uneven skin. I didn't find that it made a massive or instant improvement to the appearance of angrier individual blemishes, but it did help my overall complexion and over time it did improve the look and feel of my congested areas of skin. I think I prefer this Blemish Clearing Solution to any drugstore option that I've ever tried, and it definitely feels more gentle on my skin than La Roche Posay's Duo - but I'm not entirely convinced that it's worth the price. But I think I would opt for Murad's Blemish Clearing Solution over other products if I had serious and on-going issues with congestion and under-the-skin spots and wanted a gentle but reliable product to use daily.

Murad Blemish Spot Treatment* | rrp £19.00

My thoughts on Murad's Blemish Spot Treatment are very similar to those about the Blemish Clearing Solution. This Spot Treatment is much more gentle on my skin that I had expected and it didn't irritate my skin or dry it out like many other spot treatments have done in the past. It doesn't leave your skin with a dry patch and it's going to be suitable for many people with sensitive skin. Murad's Blemish Spot Treatment contains sulphur, which is supposed help if applied to the skin as soon as you feel a spot coming on. It also contains antioxidants from the inclusion of Vitamins C and E, and these help protect and restore skin's health, and it also contains Liquorice which helps calms redness and irritation. I didn't find that the Spot Treatment irradicated blemishes immediately but it does have some very good uses. It's good for preventing spots from forming, as soon as you feel a blemish forming you can apply the treatment and it really helps reduce the changes of a spot forming. It's also very good at fading the redness of a blemish, which significantly improves the appearance of your skin. Overall, I don't think that this will be everyone's dream treatment but I'm really glad to have it to hand and it's something that I'd probably keep in my handbag to use as and when I needed it.

I'm a really big fan of Murad's skincare and although the Blemish range isn't my favourite I do really think that these products both have great strengths. If you have any more questions about my experience of using them then please do ask them in comments - and leave me your email address or twitter handle so I can reply! Have you tried any Murad skincare yet?



  1. I'm always on the lookout for anything that treats spots or prevents them forming, so I'm tempted to try the spot treatment!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

  2. I haven't tried any of Murad's blemish range before. To be honest I think I'd prefer to stick with the affordable Effaclar Duo! xx

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  3. I never really heard of Murad until I came across the Oil Control Mattifier, which I now have been using for months, it is amazing for oily skin!Two weeks ago i had a facial with Murad, they recommended the right skincare regime for my skin. I have been using this Blemish Clearing Solution for the past 3 days as I have felt some breakouts trying to form, and with this gel it really has stopped them from getting much worse, no they have not disappeared but this product has definitely helped reduce the swelling and even reduce them completely reaching the surface! I ordered the spot treatment last week so I am excited to use that when it arrives too! X


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