Review: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Murad have been a brand that we both have heard lots about.

We regularly tweet with them and love reading their quotes from Dr Murad about ‘treating yourself like royalty’ and in particular their snippets of info about different foods and plants that are great for your skin.

We were recently contacted by them about trying their AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser*.

The website says:

What does it do for you?

Polish away surface oil and locked-in impurities to improve brightness and clarity. Reveal a youthful you!

The Science behind the Results

Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids – This trio of acids provides clarity, brightness and improves cell-turnover by dissolving dead skin cell build up and revealing a radiant complexion.

Jojoba Beads – Gently polishes, exfoliates and smoothes skin while boosting hydration.

You are supposed to use this cleanser 2/3 times a week as well as your normal cleanser for the acids and exfoliating beads to work and the reviews on their website give it a 4.9/5.


I’ve been using this constantly for the past 4/5 weeks. I cleanse my skin with my usual cleanser and then use this afterwards 2/3 times a week.
It’s so easy to use and the jelly like feel of the cleanser glides onto your skin really easily without irritating it. The beads in the cleanser can only be described as feeling like powder more than an exfoliator, they’re so gentle on your skin that you can barely feel any kind of exfoliation or scrubbing like you would have imagined.

I usually apply this to a wet face and then gently massage it in circles. I’ve found that this is the best way to get the optimum results from the beads and also the acids, which really do seem to dissolve the skin cells without any negative effects to the skin.

I’ve seen a difference in my skin from using this, and I absolutely love it! This is so gentle but gives me glowing fresh looking skin without any side effects whatsoever.
It has evened out my skin tone, helped to combat some of the scarring on my face from some acne I had before Christmas and helped to keep more blemishes at bay.
When I noticed this and had a fresh load of spots appear, I did use the cleanser on my face for 3/4 days in a row to help and it greatly helped to clear my skin though I wouldn’t recommend doing this for long term.

The 200ml tube comes in at a costly £34 which initially I was wary of, but having used it consistently for over a month and knowing there is no difference compared to the picture above, I think this is worth every penny.
I’m massively impressed with the results from this product and would 100% recommend it to anyone looking to improve their skin tone and get a glow.

L xxx


I’ve tried Murad a few times as I had a few samples of it. I’ve loved the cleansers I’d previously tried so was excited to try this. I’m a big fan of exfoliators, having naturally oily skin I find exfoliators really help to improve my skin.

This really didn’t disappoint. It’s not like a facial exfoliator I’ve tried before. It’s almost got a slight jelly texture to it. It buffs into the skin really softly and isn’t a rough. The beads in it are small but still feel like your skin is getting a good deep clean. I also love that a little of it goes a long way. It is quite pricey but I’ve been using it 3 times a week for a month now and there isn’t much more gone than the photo shows so you are really going to get your money’s worth from this as it’ll last a long time.

After use my skin feels smoother and so soft. My spots have improved (except for the odd hormone one) and they seem to heal quicker if I use this when I sense a breakout coming. Having acid based ingredients in it, it really helps improve skin tone. I’ve noticed an improvement in the skin condition. My cheeks certainly look a lot better. I can’t wait to use it more and get even better results.

Once I’ve worked my way through my stash of cleansers I’ll definitely be ordering some more Murad skin care!

Love M


1 Comment

  1. Melissa B
    April 4, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    I love every Murad product I've tried. I think I've tried all of the acne clarifying products. I love them all- especially the toner. I've actually been really looking into this cleanser- so I was so happy that you reviewed it! I might just get this- after the spending ban, of course! ❤❤❤❤

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