Murad Acne Complex Kit Review

The Murad Acne Complex Kit gets fairly good consumer reviews. I gave it it try on my adult acne with mixed results. I really like the acne spot treatment and the overall exfoliating acne treatment gel, both of which have some of my favorite acne treatment ingredients. But I could take or leave the cleanser and lotion in the kit.


The kit contains the following:

Acne Spot Treatment: The Murad acne spot treatment contains 10% sulfur. Sulfur is one of my favorite sport treatment ingredients-it is a good antibacterial agent that doesn’t overly dry out the skin. Ten percent is also a good amount of the active ingredient. Many over the counter sulfur products stop at 5%. Any sulfur product will have a sulfuric odor, so be prepared for that. I liked Murad’s spot treatment quite a bit, especially for daytime use. However, at night, I tend to prefer to use a sulfur mask as spot treatment. For that, DDF makes a nice one  you can read my previous review of that here on Beauty and Fashion Tech DDF Sulfur Mask Review.

Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel: Murad’s treatment gel is meant for daily wear over larger areas and contains Retinol, Glycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid, which is a rather nice ingredient mix. I found the gel to be light, no-drying, and non-irritating. It is a nice product that I would consider buying separately for continues use.

Clarifying Cleanser: the Murad cleanser is a basic cleanser with Salicylic Acid for exfoliation. My experience was that it was slightly drying, but generally I was happy with it However, I have other cleansers that prefer, so while I’ll happily use up the tube that came with the kit, I likely wouldn’t repurchase it.

Skin Perfecting Lotion: the skin perfecting lotion is a daily moisturizer that contains Retinol. with Retinol already present in the treatment With that said, I also don’t think the concentration is particularly high, so those who like a good does of Retinol might appreciate the doubling up among the products. For some, especially those with adult acne, Retinol can work rather well.

Overall, i was happy with the kit and recommend it.  For those wishing to purchase only treatment items, I definitely recommend the treatment gel and acne spot treatment.

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Murad Soothing Skin, Lip, and Cuticle Care Review

Murad has a neat new double (triple even) duty treatment product, the Soothing Skin, Lip, and Cuticle Care stick. This pen-shaped tube contains a super moisturizing oil with Vitamin E and lanolin that you click up to apply. I absolutely love it on my lips and I gave it try on my cuticles and liked it for that as well. Got dry skin? You could also put it on itchy dry patches. The thin tube is easy to carry and easy to use.


Murad Soothing Skin, Lip, and Cuticle Care reminds me in many ways of the Aquafina lip oil, which is next to impossible to find now, but without the strong peppermint aroma and flavor that the Aquafina product had. Murad’s oil is generally odorless and unflavored. I saw one Murad review that mentioned a good flavor, but I don’t recall noticing anything in particular.

The oil also contains salicylic acid, which is great for gentle exfoliation. So this is a nice double duty product that can moisturize and lightly exfoliate dead skin at the same time.

I seriously love this one and consumer Murad reviews on the Murad site have been quite good as well. You can view those by hitting the product link above. If you like using oils, check it out!


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Disclosure: This post is based on a product provided by a representative of the company.

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Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector, It Just Might Be The Best Gloss Ever!

Warning: This is what happens when I write about a product that will easily make my year’s best products list immediately after trying it. Actually, make that my best products ever list!

Important, wonderful, product link: Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector Spf 15

Important Commentary: Wow! Wow, wow, wow! Looooooove it! If you buy only one flavored gloss this year, make it this one! BEST GLOSS EVER! Yummy, pretty, glossy, SPF protection!

Whew! OK, I got the main points out of my system, now let’s discuss this product. Murad has managed to create everything I want in a lip gloss. EVERYTHING! OK, so I’m still raving a bit…..

The Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector is a tube gloss with a delicate light pink tint. It gives a perfect glossy shine, with absolutely no stickiness; it tastes and smells incredible; it moisturizes as well as any other conditioning gloss or balm that I have tried, and; most importantly, it includes SPF 15.

In case you missed it, concerns were recently raised that lip gloss use increases your skin cancer risk, because a gloss sheen might intensify the sun’s effects. Thus, SPF in or under your gloss becomes even more important. I would still rave about this wonderful gloss even if didn’t have SPF, but that addition puts it over the top into my category of best ever products.
From the product literature:

As seen in InStyle April 2008.Revitalize and protect dry, dehydrated lips, improving texture, restoring suppleness and fighting free radicals. Pomegranate extract and UVA/UVB sunscreens provide powerful antioxidant protection. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates to reveal supple lips. Shea butter and jojoba esters condition and intensely hydrate.

So this one, conditions, exfoliates (I love the addition of salicylic acid), protects, and manages to look and taste great all in one. It is genius. The only downside is the cost. This one is a bit pricey, although not horribly high based on comparable higher end products.

I originally bought my Murad gloss at an ULTA Beauty store and it can be found at other locations, including the first link that I gave above (that one goes to Beauty Bridge ).

Seriously: The best gloss of the year, or maybe the decade. Possibly even all time.

Update, this now comes in various flavors. See the link to Beauty Bridge.  They carry most or all of them!

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