If your dark spots are acne related - and you are under 35 - then I think that either of these will work for you with time. It may take much longer than you anticipate 6-9mos and, like all products, one may work better for your skin than the other. I also say under 35 because your skin still has a lot of cell turnover that we lose (so sad!) as we age. So, to recommend one over the other is difficult. It would be interesting for Sephora to let people indicate (if they wanted to!) their race/ethnicity because I bet that some products worked particularly well for us light skinned wasp women and others wok better for a darker, swarthier latin complexion and still others for a black woman's skin.
My personal experience and opinion has been that, once you get past 35, you may need a more severe way to treat dark spots - particularly if they are age or sun related or any type of skin discoloration that is not acne related. By this I mean some sort of laser treatment or physician prescribed skin lightener like azelex cream or a retinol variety. These creams are, of course, much more expensive than an over-the-counter product and frequently cause skin irritation (that's part of they way they work) but may be covered by your insurance (check first before you fill it!). Laser treatments are not covered by insurance, are very expensive, and you need to have the correct one performed for your problem and skin type - which is actually harder than you think.
Not much of an answer, really, but that's part of the problem with these products. They work for some of us ... and sometimes there's a lot of hit-and-miss before we find one that actually works well for our skin - even if we're using products within a line that has worked for us in the past.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
I've tried both. I would recommend you clinique. first it works much better than murad in deed. I didn't see any difference till using whole bottle of murad. second, it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all whereas murad does. lastly, you can use this under your makeup. but you're supposed to use murad only for night. I've been using this 3 bottles. it still works! : )
answered 3 years, 3 months ago