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AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by murad

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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i love this cleanser, i use it every day for brighter smoother skin - this is the best cleanser for all skin types and all ages, try this cleanser you will feel and see results immedately

- Murad User

this is a great product to brighten and smooth skin for both men and women

- Ulta User


good for acne

this has been keeping my acne to a minimum and has been doing wonders to my skin

- Sephora User

i use it once a day, and it has helped to clear up my skin and is really helping my acne scars go away

- Sephora User



i love this cleanser--it makes my skin soft and smooth

- Sephora User

this cleanser is the holy grail of exfoliators, i use it 3x a week it always leave my skin soft, smooth & supple after following with its partnered toner

- Murad User



this is an anti-aging beauty must

- Sephora User

it has helped eliminate breakouts *and* wrinkles, what more could i want

- Murad User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

this product is a game changer for me, so if your having trouble with your pores, acne or scarring i think you should definitely give this a try

- Sephora User

i have felt uncomfortable with how this has made my skin look, and the size of my pores has made it difficult to clear out deep blackheads

- Sephora User



it makes my skin smooth, no drying effect, no reaction after

- Sephora User

if your skin is dull, has dry patches or your makeup doesn't go evenly, give this a go

- Sephora User

uneven skintone

evens out skin

it cleans, tones, refreshes, heals, rejuvenates, and exfoliates your skin, giving you an even toned, healthy complexion

- Murad User

my closed comedones haven't gone away yet, but this cleanser extremely helps even out my skin tone and smooths out any bumps i may have

- Sephora User


redness relief

wow, my blackheads are visibly reduced first time

- Sephora User

this review will be for both me and my boyfriend:bf: he loves it, and he has dry combination/slight acne prone skin, thick beard and redhair/fair skin

- Sephora User



this has been great for my skin gentle but effective

- Murad User

remove all traces of makeup/greace/grime from the day with makeup remover or a simple gentle cleanser, whilst doing this, run the shower or bath to make the bathroom steamy, to open your pores, i apply the product neat, like a mask, spread thinly and evenly over my face (not eyes) and just wait a few moments before moistening the tips of my fingers with warm water and gentley start to massage in circular upward movements from under my chin, up over my cheeks, temples and forehead

- Murad User


good quality

the quality is great and my face feels awesome after i use it

- Ebay User

all the murad products are high quality but this is tremendous

- Mankind User



the consistency is very creamy and smooth

- Beauty User

texture is a light creamy feel with very fine beds for exfoliating

- Sephora User
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sephora userMay 12, 2017


I give this product 5 stars because NOTHING else has worked for me and I've had a hormonal breakout since Feb; i'm posting this in May! I was becoming helpless and really do not want to dish out the money for prescriptions from the dermatologist. I did a couple of research and learned that it is INDEED possible to banish hormonal acne with OTC products! I read that it is important to use products with salicylic acid AND OR benzoyl peroxide. Also, these two products work best together, however, over use of the two products can cause dryness which in turn causes the overproduction of excess oil and then you have more breakouts..., which consequently happened to me! You need to use a clarifying cleanser alcohol free toner treatment lock in that treatment with a light moisturizer and finish with sunscreen when exposing skin to UV.... I LOVE THIS CLEANSER because it gently exfoliates, sloughing dead skin and dullness, leaving skin feeling brand new and feeling baby soft. It also gives you that deep clean feel, especially if you suffer from oiliness with your acne. After use your skin will feel and smell refreshed. This cleanser has AHAs (glycolic acid and lactic acid) which help with cell turnover and exfoliating.... The Salicylic acid will help treat your acne. This product is safe to use daily and I have been using for 3 days and already noticed a tremendous difference! You have to create a regimen for yourself however. I have been using this cleanser ROSE DEEP HYDRATING TONER SUNDAY RILEY UFO PETER THOMAS ROTH SULFAR MASK AS A SPOT TREATMENT AT NIGHT AND THE RESULTS ARE PHENOMENAL!!!! Good luck

- sephora
mira userJanuary 31, 2020

I read that BHA and AHA is good for dry skin so I gave it a try. I struggle with Kp and right after i used it i realized a huge difference. I really like this brand the moisturizer I got in Ipsy bag was great too! 

- mira
Sephora userOctober 12, 2011

I think it was way too strong on my dry sensitive to the extent it that it didn't just irritate me but to give me a red patch on my right cheek that's burning. I'm actually using and ointment to heal it and the other little patches on my face since yesterday. It got better but I hope it completely goes away. BTW I only used to exfoliate twice a week because my i have dry sensitive skin. Once with this product and the other time with my Dermadoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1. I am not sure if this lead to this burning after the Dermadoctor or is it only the Dermadoctor. Because I used to use the Dermadoctor daily alone and it didn't cause me anything. But then when I started exfoliating only twice, once with this and the other time with that, I only then got the burning red patches on my face. I also thought because of the strong chemicals it has it would diminish the acne scars and fine lines, but unfortunately it didn't work for me. It think it should be working fine for non-sensitive skin! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- Sephora
ulta.com userNovember 27, 2014


FINALLY! That is what I have to say! I have been for years (since I was 13)trying to find a face wash that is just right for my skin type. (VERY oily, dries out easily, large pores, weird small acne bumps, redness) I would go from product to product to product and I would never find one that really made a difference. I even tried Murad's acne cleanser (blue bottle) and I did notice a slight improvement. But after about 8 months of use I said eh its not enough and went on the hunt again. I searched the Ulta website to see what were the best sellers and this came up. I scoped it out. I have read so many good things about the ingredients included in this product and along with the great reviews (on here and other sites I check them all)I said I MUST try this. I am so glad I did. In just a few washes I could see my pores become smaller, my skin felt smooth and soft but in no way dry or stripped. My redness is almost nothing and my weird little bumps have gone away. I have used this product for a good month now and I am in love with it. So much so that I'm going to be purchasing a pairing product from this line from Murad to use with it. (some soft of moisturizer) I am glad to say that I am done looking for a face wash product. This is it. Side note, I did not notice a huge improvement on the oiliness of my skin. It still remained about that same. However, I am fully aware that is just my skin type and not a whole lot can really change that. But for those of you looking for that info there ya go. :) <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- ulta.com
murad.co.uk userMarch 15, 2016

MUCH more than a Cleanser

This was the first Murad product I tried, I saw the media hype about it, read into it and it appealed to me as I know that the trio of acid's in the ingredients are the best for my skin, but here, they are all present in one product. I bought it in the "3 piece set" option as it was very good value. I am a redhead male with very pale combination skin, I luckily escaped acne scarring but I have always suffered with blackheads all over my nose, cheeks and above my eyebrows. THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN THE TURNING POINT FOR MY SKIN. I had high expectations of it due to the ingredients and the media hype, my expectations were exceeded, my skin has undergone a "renovation". Although my skin is fair and pale, its not sensitive, if you are, Id recommend patch testing before using allover you face. SUNSCREEN IS ESSENTIAL TO USE WITH THIS PRODUCT. I started to use this cleanser as a quick morning time wash, but over a few weeks of seeing improvement in blackheads, less redness in my skin, more unified skin tone and BRIGHTNESS, I decided it can be used as much more than a simple cleanser. Now I use it as a twice weekly treat or before a special event. My ritual is.... Remove all traces of makeup/greace/grime from the day with makeup remover or a simple gentle cleanser, whilst doing this, run the shower or bath to make the bathroom steamy, to open your pores, I apply the product neat, like a mask, spread thinly and evenly over my face (not eyes) and just wait a few moments before moistening the tips of my fingers with warm water and gentley start to massage in circular upward movements from under my chin, up over my cheeks, temples and forehead. the nose it tend to do separately in vertical gentle rubbing movements. I repeat this massage three times slowly, also pinching softly along my jawline, I keep adding warm water to my fingertips to ensure the cleanser keeps it's slip on the skin. Then I do some "raindrop-style" finger tapping allover my face, starting from the bottom to the top, this is when I really starts to feel a slight tingle on my skin, the product is being absorbed and is working in the upper layers of my skin. The combination of three acid exfoliators and Jojoba beads really maximises the efficacy of this cleanser. I only wait 2-3 minutes in my steamy bathroom before thoroughly rinsing with warm water several times, no cloth necessary, the result is as if I'd had a great facial. My skin feels smooth as silk, bright, skin tone much more even and not dry at all, I guess due to the glycolic acid. I finish with the Murad Vitamin C toner just to close the pores, which are clean and minimised due to the salycilic acid - the only acid effective on blackheads- and my skin feel perfect and ready to absorb the next step of my night time ritual, usually Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion. I have purchased this cleanser again due to the positive effects it has had on my skin, I have had no breakouts due to the potency of the product and I am now blackhead free! I think you need to experiment with this cleanser to se how your skin reacts, but for me I will keep using this as my twice weekly night time/special event treat. Five star product/treatment for my that has renovated my skin to a place I thought I'd never achieve without coverup makeup etc... Thank you MURAD! « less

- murad.co.uk


Overall safe Ingredients

Lactic Acidhazard
Glycolic Acidhazard
Sodium Hydroxidehazard
Butylene Glycolacne
Sodium Laureth Sulfateacneirritanthazard
Salicylic Acidhazard
Cocamidopropyl Betainehazard

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