i think it's about time i give my honest review on the Murad Acne Complex Kit given that I've been using it since the beginning of September... that's five whole months giving this product a chance...sticking to the routine... and finally admitting that this is a horrible product for acne skin.
when i started using this product my acne was mild at the time...(if you consider that the past three months i was swimming in the beach everyday...and sea water always clears my skin...as opposed to pool water which breaks me out)....but i wanted a new skin routine for autumn to help control any new breakouts i might get...
i researched on line and found out that products with glycolic acid are great for acne prone skin..i was already using salicylic acid so i thought i would give G.A. a try...i discovered the Murad kit had both G.A. and S.A. in it's ingredients..Plus i liked the fact that this was supposed to be a 30 day product.. i figured I'll use this for a month...my skin will get even better..and then i can focus on a few scars i had on my right cheek...i was mistaken..
I knew there would be a "purging" period but i didn't know it would never end...
it claims to get all the bad things out of your skin for the first 2 weeks and the last 2 weeks your acne will disappear.. well I've been using it for five months and my skin keeps getting worse..
The Clarifying Cleanser and the Skin Perfecting Lotion are GOOD products.
The cleanser is only 2.0 fl. oz. I've been using it twice a day for 5 months and i still have some left..
it's a good cleanser, makes your skin feel very clean and tight.
The Skin Perfecting Lotion is an oil free moisturizer..i think it will work great on people who have acne AND dry skin..but not for me since i am oily..
now for the bad products...
The Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel and the Blemish Spot Treatment.
The Spot Treatment didn't do anything for me..it doesn't get absorbed by the skin..in the morning the treatment was dried around the pimple ...but the pimple was not at all dried.. even after a couple of days on the same spot..nothing...this was the only product i used up in 30 days.
The Treatment Gel was supposed to clear clogged pores of bacteria, to control acne and restore clarity. All it did is give me huge cysts...i really wanted this product to work..i tried using a little bit, i tried using a lot, i tried it as a spot treatment...i couldn't use it during the day because it contains Hydrogen Peroxide which is an oxidizer used as a bleach apparently..not a good idea for a warm and sunny climate... plus it's difficult to apply make up over it. But the worst side effect is that it severely scared my skin...and i think it made me look a bit harsh..like it takes away your youthful glow...
I know for a fact that it's the treatment gel irritating my skin because i wanted to stop using it for a while before this review....well for a week now i only use the oil free moisturizer and The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on my problem areas...<it's one of the products i bought a while ago and never used>
My skin is a lot less irritated and i hardly had any new spots.. But a full review will come on that in at least a month!
A final thought: I'm not bashing Murad this is my honest opinion.. i do like Murad as a brand. I use their Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 everyday for the past year now and it works great... i also really want to try their Vitamin C Infusion Home Facial Kit....but something went wrong with this Acne Complex Kit....
Have you tried the Acne Complex Kit? did it work for you? what about Tea Tree Oil?