Saturday, April 20, 2013

REVIEW -- Murad's Acne Clarifying Mask

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Murad's Clarifying Mask for acne. I received my full-size sample from Beauty Stop Online in exchange for my honest review. If you've followed MandysSecrets for a while, you know that I have previously reviewed (and love!) the Murad Acne/Acne & Anti-Aging line, and it is always what I go back to as my "tried and true" skin care regimen when I'm not testing out new products for the blog! However, the Clarifying Mask was a product that I had yet to try. 

Keep reading to see my thoughts on how it performed!

Beauty Stop Online carries a WIDE selection of health and beauty products, ranging from skin care to hair and nail products, a selection of organic offerings, men's items, and fragrance (among others!). My shipping was very fast, and my Murad Clarifying Mask came securely packaged.. which is not always the case when you receive PR samples/items. I was very pleased with my experience, and would definitely feel comfortable ordering from them in the future!

The Murad Acne Clarifying Mask comes in a 2.65 fl oz tube, and retails for $38.99. Beauty Stop Online sells it for $36.99, so you're already saving $2 with no promo codes or hassles!

It is a thick, white, deep penetrating, opaque mask that absorbs acne-causing impurities from your skin. You use it after cleansing your face, and I like to leave my face just a smidge damp so that the mask glides on that much easier, but it does apply relatively smoothly on its own. It takes about 10-15 minutes for it to dry, and then you rinse it off, leaving behind clearer, more refreshed skin.

The mask is best used for oily and/or blemish prone skin, as it also helps regulate the skin's production of oil. It contains the rare earth clays kaolin and bentonite, sulfur to reduce the severity of acne, and zinc oxide and licorice root to soothe and calm the skin.

It is free of peroxide, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, and GMOs.. and it is made in the USA.

I was so excited to try my mask that I used it the very first night I received it! I used it after washing my face with Murad's Acne Clarifying Cleanser (which I purchased myself, since it is the line that I use regularly). I let my Clarifying Mask dry while I soaked in a bubble bath before bed, so it did take a bit longer than the average 10-15 minutes, since I was sitting in a hot and humid room.

Once it dried, I had no problems rinsing it off with a warm, wet washcloth, and I was left with refreshed looking skin. The next morning, my face seemed less oily, but I did have several new small active breakouts. I attributed this to the mask actually doing its job of pulling impurities out of my skin.

I've continued to use my mask at least twice a week for a month (sometimes 3 times per week if I'm feeling really motivated), and I can say that I have seen an overall decrease in the oiliness of my skin, even though I live in Georgia and our weather is starting to be steadily warm again.

Also, the more I've used the mask, the less new active breakouts I have after each use. Yes, I'll admit, the first week or so was a little rough. The mask did a great job of penetrating my skin to remove impurities, and I know that the only way to get them out is.. through blemishes. I expected it, so it wasn't that big of a deal to me. And mine seriously weren't that bad. No one but me knew they were there, so please don't think that I was walking around with third eyes on my head.. It was nothing like that. I promise!

But once those impurities were removed and I kept using the mask to keep my skin clear, I've had a decrease in the number of new severe active breakouts, which is always a huge plus! Even with my crazy pregnancy hormones!

Overall, I really like the Murad Acne Clarifying Mask. It's easy to use, and gives great results due to the high sulfur content in it (4.0%), which makes it great for teens or anyone who is trying to clear up cystic acne quickly. It's non-drying and non-irritating, and safe to use multiple times per week.

My only complaint is the sulfur smell, and I know it's simply because I'm pregnant. I've used other sulfur-based products from the Murad Acne line and not had a problem with them, but the high content of this one combined with my super-sniffer pregnancy nose makes it a bit hard for me to use at times. Still, if my only complaint is that I have to smell sulfur for a few minutes a week to end up with great skin, I'll gladly count that as a fair trade off!

I'm pleased to give the Murad Clarifying Cleanser 4.0 out of 5 stars!

RATING 4.0 out of 5 STARS