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Clarifying Cleanser


6.75 FL. OZ.


This powerful, daily gel cleanser combats acne and skin breakouts. The medicated formula washes away pore-clogging grime, oil and irritants as it helps treat and prevent acne breakouts. Our face cleanser for acne has a special recipe with time-released medication that remains active for hours, even after rinsing.

The Murad Clarifying Cleanser is suggested for people looking to:
• Help reduce blemishes and breakouts
• Help prevent future breakouts

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The Benefits

This Murad gel cleanser for acne combats blemishes and skin breakouts. Encapsulated Salicylic Acid continually releases acne treatment for hours, even after rinsing. Green Tea Extract acts as a powerful antioxidant, promoting healthier-looking skin.

How to Use

Massage a small amount of the acne face wash over dampened face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

ingredient spotlight

Green Tea

Because Green Tea consumption has been linked to better health and enhanced longevity, scientists have been searching for the source of Green Tea’s seemingly magical effects. Current thinking is that the antioxidant polyphenols present in Green Tea act as free-radical scavengers that protect cells against environmental damage and help prevent premature aging. Another class of compounds, xanthines, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which may help reduce the severity of a wide range of diseases and conditions. By adding Green Tea extract to skincare formulas, Dr. Murad has discovered that he has been able to enhance their power to calm and soothe red, inflamed and irritated skin.

Principal Ingredients

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:Salicylic Acid 1.5%

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Silver Citrate, Menthol, PEG-150 Distearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene*, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Fragrance (Parfum)
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For Best Results

Combine Clarifying Cleanser with these products to achieve the best results.

Reviews & Questions


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Ratings Summary

4.8 out of 5 average rating



99% of reviewers recommend this product
From: Denver, CO, USA
This is the one! 
I love this cleanser! I first tried it in the Acne Starter kit and enjoyed it so much, I bought the full sized bottle! It cleared up my acne in a few short days and continues to stay clear. When using this, my skin looks FLAWLESS. It's completely clear. The best part is, this product isn't drying on the skin. It's helped so much, I'll never buy another acne cleanser other than this. I highly recommend it to anyone dealing with acne prone skin, dry or oily!
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Good Cleanser! 
Very good product, it helps to make my skin clean all day!
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Heaven Sent Product! 
I have had severe acne the majority of my life. I've gone to several different prestige dermatologists and have never seen improvements. I have also almost tried every acne face wash on the market and have only gotten worse skin. This product has been the only thing to clear my skin and reduce my inflammation tremendously. I highly recommend you give this cleanser a try.
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From: Hanover, PA 17331, USA
Okay so I saw a commercial for Murad on the TV a few months ago and it seemed to be an awesome product, I've always used Proactive but thought it would be nice to just have a one step product. So I went into my local Spehora and asked if the customers generally liked it.. She said for the most part.. Which i took as there is a complainer in every bunch, so sure some people probably don't like it..

I started using the product the day after Christmas.. My skin looks worse then it EVER has in my life!!! FIRST OFF I'm breaking out WORSE then I ever have in my life I have little acne, just on my chin.. After using this my chin is breaking out so badly it looks horrible.. SECONDLY my skin is SOOO dry it is literally peeling. I have NEVER had a product make my skin look so badly before.. I am totally NOT pleased with the outcome. I actually ordered more Proactiv today..

Please be advised before you buy this, and I know everyone has different skin, but, my face is so dry it literally hurts and it also made my lips chapped horribly. I guess from rinsing the product off my face it ran down over my lips and they are so dry I've been putting Aquafer on them every night for 5 days and they still aren't healed.. My skin looks so bad its almost embarrassing to go out..

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From: Saint Paul, MN, USA
The best! 
I've struggled with breakouts, combination, and sensitive skin for years; this cleanser is a savior. I noticed an increase in breakouts after moving into an area with different water chemistry and a bit of research suggested that a cleanser with silver may help prevent clogged pores from hard water build up. Since this cleanser contains silver citrate, I thought I would give it a try. It's worked wonders! I have fewer breakouts and smoother skin. I find that it's better for summer use as it dries my skin out a bit too much for regular winter use. Highly recommend this.
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Q: Methyl in Clarifying Cleanser
Asked : Feb 08, 2015
By : newgirl55
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A: Methyl Gluceth-20 is a water soluble emollient and humectant produced from Glucose and Methyl Alcohol and originally derived from corn sugar and corn starch. It is a versatile, gentle, effective humectant, emollient, and foaming agent that imparts a smooth feel to the skin. Methyl Gluceth-20 is considered extremely gentle and safe for use. It is not listed as an irritant, but no studies or research was found to document its safety by the FDA, CIR, etc. The redness may be coming from something else. Please contact Customer Care and speak with a Certified Skincare Specialist so we can provide a thorough skincare analysis.
Answered : Feb 09, 2015
By : MelissawithMurad, Murad
Q: Is this cleanser drying?
Asked : Dec 16, 2014
By : MoMoFlowers, Culver City, CA, USA
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A: The Clarifying Cleanser is not drying and is appropriate for oily, acne prone skin. All Murad products contain hydrators to keep your skin as healthy as possible.
Answered : Dec 18, 2014
By : MelissawithMurad, Murad
Q: Is is safe for a pregnant woman to use this product?
Asked : Sep 30, 2014
By : Esther, Ohio, USA
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A: Please be advised that while Murad undergoes all possible safety testing for the quality and efficacy of our products, we have not conducted specific testing for pregnant or lactating women. Dr. Murad recommends that women who are pregnant or lactating consult their physician before using any Murad products.
Answered : Sep 30, 2014
By : MelissawithMurad, Murad
Q: Should i stop using the Clarifying Cleanser?
Asked : Aug 27, 2014
By : Riah
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A: There are a few reasons that this can be happening. Please email and we can discuss your full regimen and make needed adjustments.
Answered : Aug 27, 2014
By : MelissawithMurad, Murad
Q: How many times a day can this be used?
Asked : Aug 07, 2014
By : mayi82, TX
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A: Great question! You can use the Clarifying Cleanser once in the morning and once in the evening. Then follow with your treatment and moisturizer. Splash your face with water and then put a dime size of the cleanser in your hand and rub together to lather. Wash your face with your hands and do so for about one minute. Rinse clean and pat dry.
Answered : Aug 08, 2014
By : MelissawithMurad, Murad