Murad Skincare Review

Murad Acne Products

I shared my acne story a couple of months ago and had a lot of great feedback on it! I hate hearing that other people are also struggling with acne and skin problems but I love how we are able to have open and honest conversations together. It’s hard to share something so personal with the internet but I would be happy to help just one other person with their acne journey.

Today I thought I’d share a super honest review on Murad. I first heard of Murad from our Danish exchange student when I was in high school. She came to Michigan with a tube of the acne spot treatment and let me borrow it to help with my acne and it worked really well!

A few years later when I was in college I was really struggling with my acne and saw that same spot treatment at Ulta. I noticed that they had the Clear Control 30-Day Acne Kit ($38) and immediately purchased it. Even though it was about 5 years ago I can remember my exact thought after trying the clarifying cleanser for the first time. I remember this moment because I still think the same thing every time I was my face with the Murad Clarifying Cleanser. I think “this feels and smells like a spa treatment”!

I first purchased these Murad products when I was in college with a really tight budget. I honestly feel like all of the Murad products are really reasonably priced for how well they work! I don’t mind investing in my skincare because I know what it’s like to have bad acne and I don’t want to go down that path again. One of the things I love most about Murad is that I know the products work for me so it never feels like a waste of money. I can’t even tell you how many times I have repurchased all of these products at this point!

My Tried and True Favorite Murad Products

  • Clarifying Cleanser ($30): What more can I say about this product? I love it so much and I have tried a ton of other cleansers! I feel like I am a cleanser expert by now. This makes my skin feel refreshed and clean but not dried out. I can feel it working but it’s not painful. I look forward to washing my face because it feels luxurious and spa-like. If you are going to buy just one Murad product I would recommend the Clarifying Cleanser!
  • Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment ($22): This was my first Murad product and what made me want to try more. For the most part, I don’t have a ton of new breakouts that form. But I always have a tube of this spot treatment on hand for any unexpected breakouts that form. This is easy to throw on and walk away because I know that it will get the job done!
  • Skin Perfecting Lotion ($40): I fell in love with this Skin Perfecting Lotion pretty quickly after buying my first Murad starter kit. I’d put it on after washing my face and could feel it start working right away. I contribute a lot of my clear skin to this product right here. One bottle easily lasts me 3-4 months and I use it every single day!
  • Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15++ PA ($40): Moisturizer is the most important part of my skincare routine. I always look for something that has SPF in it to wear during the daytime. This is my go to moisturizer for the summer because it’s a bit heavier than normal moisturizer. It makes my skin feel hydrated but not greasy. Best of all, it protects my skin from the sun while doing my normal day to day activities.

I have tried a few other Murad products and really loved them too but these are just my everyday favorites that I use to keep my skin healthy and clear. I still have breakouts every once in a while but it’s nowhere near my cystic acne that I had a few years ago.

I feel much more confident in my skin now and realize how important it is to invest in my skincare routine. I don’t change up my skincare products a ton because I have a good thing going. I do have a few other favorite skincare products that are not from Murad that I can share at a later date.

If you are struggling with acne, just keep trying products until you find what works best for you! I tried SO many other products before I found Murad. What works for me may not work for you. It’s frustrating and expensive but you are worth it! Skincare is something that I am passionate about because it’s been an uphill battle to get where I’m at now with my skin.

What are your favorite skincare products? Have you found any life changing acne products?



6 thoughts on “Murad Skincare Review

  1. Courtney says:

    Thank you for this review!! I may have to give them a shot. I feel like I have tried SO many products and nothing seems to work. Have you used ProActiv? I was thinking about trying their products next.


    • Life of Hayley says:

      You’re welcome! I actually thought of you when I was writing this because I know we have talked about skin related issues in the past.

      I tried ProActiv like 8 or 9 years ago now. At the time I had really bad hormonal acne and I did find it helpful but not life changing. In my opinion, it’s worth trying anything! 🙂 What works for me may not work for you.

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      • Courtney says:

        Aw well thank you so much for writing the review because I am still in desperate need of something that works!! I am definitely keeping the Murad products in mind. I just got Proactiv, so we will see how it works for me. I did hear it doesn’t help with hormonal acne, and I’m not sure if hormones are making my acne worse. It’s worth a try though, since it’s a step up from drugstore brands, but still a little less expensive than other brands.
        I’ve heard a lot of people notice their acne clearing up by cutting out lactose, but I don’t know if I could even try that, I like dairy too much!
        Anyway thanks again for sharing!!


      • Life of Hayley says:

        I really hope Proactiv works for you! The best thing is finally finding a skincare product that works and makes you feel your best! Please keep me posted!

        I agree that cutting out dairy products can help your skin. I gave up dairy for a year and it worked wonders! I eat dairy now though and I’m still fine. I think my acne has a lot to do with hormones though so it’s hard to tell what causes it sometimes.

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      • Courtney says:

        Thank you! Me too! I really hope to get some results because I am just so over all this acne. I will definitely let you know how it goes! 🙂
        I know if I don’t get very great results with Proactiv or other more expensive products, I will likely try cutting out dairy. It just makes me sad to think about and sounds so difficult, lol. I love that you were able to reincorporate it without bad reactions, though! That gives me hope!


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