Monday, December 6, 2010

Fab Find for Acne {Murad}

Today's Fab Find is for a skin concern.   I have chosen 3 lines that I have used to fix beginning stages of acne, moderate acne, and post acne scarring.  It's a long post because acne is complicated.

Words to know
cystic acne: a large and painful acne bump under the skin that never makes it to the surface.
sulfur: ingredient used to treat surface acne as well as cystic acne.
salicylic acid: ingredient used to treat mild to moderate surface acne.
benzoyl peroxide: ingredient used to treat mild to moderate surface acne.  Tip: use white towels and pillow cases, it will bleach  anything you put you face on. 
retinol: nighttime treatment used to help wrinkles, scarring, and skin texture.  Do not use if you are preg, nursing, or trying to get preg.

Dr. Murad is a well known name for acne.  Over the last 3 years of working for Sephora, I have watched his line of acne products clear up hundreds of faces.

Dr. Murad {Acne Complex Starter Kit} $33

For $33, I recommend the 1 month starter kit.  It contains a cleanser, toner, acne gel, sulfur treatment, and skin perfecting lotion.  What you need to know: Murad uses a combo of benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and salicylic acid to extract dirt, clean the pore, and medicate the existing acne.  Stick with it at least 3
 weeks before making your decision (it takes at least 2 weeks for your skin to adjust to new treatments).  

Peter Thomas Roth {Sulfur Cooling Masque} $40

This is easily a must-have for me.  Sulfur is showing up in most acne lines because it's natural and it clears up acne quick.  Sulfur will dry out the blemish almost immediately and pull out the imperfections/bacteria to help it heal.  Put a little of this thick mask on the blemished area for 5 minutes 1-2 times a day and even the most serious cystic acne will be cleared up in under 2 days.  Always follow with a great moisturizer (Dr Murad perhaps).  Don't be afraid to mix and match treatments and lines.

Philosophy {Help Me} $10-$45

Scarring?  Dark Spots?  Wrinkles?  Rough skin texture?  This little product does wonders for it all.  I love it personally for my acne scars and even when I have acne flareups.  Use this at night and make sure to use plenty of sunscreen during the day.   You won't regret this product.  You will see some immediate results, but I recommend using this for 1-2 months to see the perfect results. 

Sephora inside JC Penneys is great at FREE SAMPLES.   So try it before you buy it.   If you have a concern or something you are interested in, leave me a comment, and I will post a fab find for you.




  1. I must have these things. Seriously. I just spent $200 for my 14 year old to get prescription products and I doubt I can continue use of them after she runs out...

    Thanks Jamie!

  2. Aarg. I need to get a facial routine down. All of these sound like great solutions. Maybe I'll just have to have a cleansing/moisturizing Christmas.

  3. Thanks so much for posting this! I love that you added the scar treatment because I have a lot of that going on as well. Seriously I thought by now I would be done with acne but I seem to have more than ever! I will may try the starter kit just to see if it works for me. Thanks again!!

  4. I love doing this! Its by far the best line because it reasonably priced and it works. Let me know if you have any other questions!