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Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

What it is:A highly active cleanser with a trio of exfoliating acids and jojoba skin-polishing beads to revitalize skin. What it is formulated to do:AHA/BHA Cleanser revitalizes skin by gently exfoliating and polishing away dullness. Three exfoliating agents-salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid-reveal younger-looking skin by loosening dulling buildup on skin’s surface. Jojoba beads polish away debris, dryness, and roughness while moisturizing agent sodium PCA attracts water to the skin to help it retain plumpness and elasticity needed to function as a strong, healthy barrier. AHA/BHA Cleanser is recommended for use several times a week as the step one cleanser in any Murad Age® Reform regimen. It is formulated to reveal youthful skin as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Phthalates What else you need to know:This product is scientifically proven, dermatologist developed, and tested on people, not animals.
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Questions & Answers for Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Question
Is this exfoliator to harsh to use everyday?
I want an exfoliator that I can use everyday.
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
pigglett
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It states right on the tube that it is not for daily use. No product that exfoliates is for daily use...it will damage the skin no matter if it sensitive or not plus it is not necessary to exfoliate every day, any way. Also any cleanser with any kind of "acid" will always cause some sort if redness and irritation and using it every day will make this worse! If used sparingly and less than once or twice a week the redness and irritation will eventually go away! Some are just not willing to follow directions or to be patient with a new product on their skin. Also you might want to try a Laura Mercier product that exfoliates, it us a little gentler on the skin but still is only to be use once a week! It is just not wise or necessary to exfoliate daily!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
vtpj
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
answer 2
Not at all! This is the most gentle exfoliator I have ever used. I use it every single day as my routine face wash, paired with my Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisturizer. It's definitely gentle enough to use each day but also effective.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
LoveSephora1221
answer 3
This is an enzyme exfoliator, can definitely be used daily
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
hanankh
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
For me, asian combination skin and 35 y/o, this cleanser is perfect to get the dry flaky skin off in the am. I use just a dime-size amount, emulsify w/water (shower) and gently scrub in circular motion on my face, rinse off and finish up the shower. I don't think you need to scrub too hard, it has AHA's/BHA's in it so just gentle rubbing is probably enough.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
kgiovannini32
(Northern Illinois)
answer 5
I use this everyday and I have very sensitive skin. It is fine to use daily.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
cashmerehoodie
(New York, NY)
answer 6
It was really gentle for me, I sometimes used it twice a day. It does not foam up and I love that in a cleanser to feel like it works. The only the way to know for sure is to try it.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
mavabo
(Cali)
answer 7
The more that you rub it in you can feel that it gets kinda scratchy. I would be comfortable using it every day, I just wouldn't rub it in for as long.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
vamp1030
(Hammond, IN)
answer 8
yes, it would be too harsh and drying for every day use not due to the beeds in it but the combination of all the acids in the ingredients - your skin can become overly sensitive as a result. the instructions say use 2-3 times/week.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
elkas
(California)
Question
Gentleness
Is this product gentle enough to use every day?
asked 6 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Mason City, IA)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I highly recommend this product because I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin using this product once a day with my Clarisonic brush!!! I have sensitive skin and this product is a little too much for me to use twice a day.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rachelle28
answer 2
Depends- sometimes when my skin is less oily, it can feel a little tight and dry afterwards but as long as I moisturize I'm fine. During the summer (when I'm sweating and an oil slick- I live in Texas, a swamp..) I can use this twice a day and I'm fine.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
uberpwnzorg
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
Personally, I don't think any exfoliant should be used every day. I recommend every other day for most people, and once or twice a week for people with more sensitive skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dgIndy
(Fishers, IN)
answer 4
I have used it every morning for over a year and do not have any problems with dryness. I have t-zone oily, aging, acne prone skin and find it to be a great exfoliater.
answered 6 years ago
kmssnj
(Central NJ)
answer 5
yes - gentle enough for everyday. I have used it everyday for years and just can't find anything better.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
kristisb
(San Jose, CA)
answer 6
Yes, I wash my face with it every night after I remove my makeup.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
nemesys
(Columbia, MD)
answer 7
Absolutely. I use it every night and use the Murad regular (non-exfoliating) cleanser in the morning. My skin is sensitive but I have had no problems with every day use.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
kitty5555
Question
is this suitable for daily use?
asked 6 years, 5 months ago
rhcplola
(The OC)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
I highly recommend this product because I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin using this once a day with my Clarisonic brush!!! I have sensitive skin so it's a little too much for me to use twice a day.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rachelle28
answer 2
Absolutely, you can use this product everyday. It's strengths are the AHA and BHA so the exfoliating granules are not harsh. This will not dry or scratch your skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Cloud9
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
i would not suggest this product for every day use, although i suppose it depends on what type of skin you have. if i use this product too many days in a row i start to see some dry patches. using every other day seems to be totally fine for me, but even that is probably too much for some people depending on their skin type.
answered 6 years ago
annieca
(chicago, IL)
answer 4
Yes - suitable for daily use. i use it once a day, occasially twice if I have worn a lot of makeup that day. Might be too much for you if you also use an exfoliating/chemical serum.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
kristisb
(San Jose, CA)
answer 5
I use the exfoliating every other day. It works out fine.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
mamadukes101
(Newark DE)
answer 6
Yes it is. I use it every night after I remove my makeup and I have oily/sensitive skin.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
nemesys
(Columbia, MD)
answer 7
I use it everyday.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
kateminola
(San Francisco)
Question
Pairing?
Does anyone suggest using this product with the Murad Clarifying Cleanser?? And is this product gritty or foamy??
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
girlfusion
(Dallas, TX)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
This is gritty but works great as a cleanser so I don't use a separate cleanser after I use it. I highly recommend this product because I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin using this product once a day with my Clarisonic brush!!!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rachelle28
answer 2
i pair this product with the clarifying cleanser in the summer- but by that i mean i will use this cleanser about once every other day and the clarifying cleanser (or another similar cleanser) in between that. in the summer this works great for me because i am normal/slightly oily but in the winter i definitely cannot use both the AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser and the clarifying cleanser in one day because it causes wayyy too much drying.

as long as you arent particularly dry, which im assuming you arent if you use clarifying cleanser, using both of the cleansers should be fine. i wouldnt suggest using one immediately following the other though.
answered 6 years ago
annieca
(chicago, IL)
answer 3
This is definitely foamy and not grainy at all. It rinses clean and needs only a nickle sized amount to cleanse entire face and neck. I don't use the other cleanser but make sure whatever else you use is not intense.
answered 6 years ago
gexs
(Tucson, Az)
answer 4
I haven't tried the clarifying cleanser, but I do occasionally use this in combination with a creamy cleanser and don't have any problems. It is a bit gritty, but not so much that it will feel like you are scratching your face. I have used for more than a year and really love it. I love to try new products and switch many of my skincare and makeup products every few months, but not this cleanser. I will continue to use because it has been very effective for me.
answered 6 years ago
kmssnj
(Central NJ)
answer 5
I use this product with the Murad Clarifying cleanser, I haven't had any additional breakouts when using it. It's foamy but not too crazy, I'd say it foams very little more than the Murad Clarifying cleanser.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
Stephaniecantoo
answer 6
product is gritty but not overly so. It does lather up, but I wouldn't call it foamy at all.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
kristisb
(San Jose, CA)
answer 7
Yes, in fact I do just that. I use this at night after removing my makeup with Purity by Philosophy. Then in the a.m. I use the Clarifying Cleanser. I wouldn't say it's "gritty", but you can feel something in there. I think it's a great combo and it's mild enough for my oily/sensitive skin.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
nemesys
(Columbia, MD)
Question
remove eye makeup?
I liked the refreshing cleanser but it left my skin too oily. I wanted to know if you can use this exfoliating cleanser everyday in place of your regular cleanser. Also, does it remove eye makeup?
asked 7 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Cincinnati, OH)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
No one should ever use this or any exfoliating product on their eyes...it's dangerous and will extremely damage the sensitive skin around and on your eye lids!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
vtpj
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
answer 2
Yes, it does. It is an exfoliator but it's so gentle that you can use it on your eyes. I use it each day as my routine face wash and never have a problem removing mascara/eyeliner/shadow. It cleanses with ease.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
LoveSephora1221
answer 3
I replaced my regular cleanser with this and have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. I would not recommend using this to remove eye make-up, though. If any of the exfoliating grains or cleanser got in your eyes, I bet it would really sting.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rachelle28
answer 4
this is definitely going to get your skin cleaner than the refreshing cleanser, and I wouldn't use it on your eyes only because it is grainy and exfoliating...I worry that it might get in my eyes so I don't use it there myself.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
kristisb
(San Jose, CA)
answer 5
This is great for everyday cleansing, but for makeup removal I use Purity by Philosophy. It's creamy but very lightweight. Doesn't leave a greasy feeling on my oily/sensitive skin.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
nemesys
(Columbia, MD)
answer 6
No, I would not use this to remove eye makeup since it is granular. I also would not use it in place of a daily cleanser. The recommended use is 2-3 times per week. I use this every other day, and I love it. I was without it for a week or two, and I couldn't wait to get more. I never want to go without it again. I have sensitive skin that gets red easily, and this exfoliator is gentle enough for my skin, but it also cleans well. I highly recommend it!
answered 7 years, 5 months ago
Chile
(Dallas, TX)
Question
Clarisonic
Should I use this with my clarisonic? Would it be too harsh for my skin? By the way, I have oily/combo skin. Thanks in advance! :)
asked 6 years, 7 months ago
Jacy2
(NY)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
I think it depends on your skin. Personally, I would NOT use this WITH a Clarisonic, as that plus the beads and chemical exfoliants in this cleanser might make a combination that is too harsh. But I have dry, sensitive and acne prone skin, so I have to be careful with how much I exfoliate. So I might alternate a different cleanser with the Clarisonic, and then this cleanser the other days. But if you have more normal, resilient or less sensitive skin, you might be able to use this with the Clarisonic. I always tend to skew on the side of LESS exfoliating, however.
answered 10 months ago
elci
(New York, NY)
answer 2
to harsh. with clearasonic use a gentle cleanser
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
kkardas
(philadelphia, pa)
answer 3
I have been using this Murad cleanser for over a year and use it three times a week for its extraordinary exfoliating benefits. I'm 49 years old and have had a slight, under skin break out on my forehead and chin. This has reduced it greatly, but hasn't gotten rid of it entirely.
I purchased a Clairsonic MIA last week and I started using PTR anti aging cleanser with the sensitive head Clairsonic, twice daily. The Clairsonic doesn't "feel" as exfoiliating as this Murad AHA/BHA cleanser. Plus, I can only use the Clairsonic on my face. I use this Murad cleanser in the shower and give my ears, throat, neck, chest and hairline around my face and back of neck a good scrubbing with it. This Murad product is really the best on the market for exfoliating and at a reasonable price.
I don't think using it with a Clairsonic is really a good idea. It might wear down your brush much faster. Clairsonic instructions say to avoid using cleansers with any grains or beads in it and this cleanser does have tiny grains in it. For warranty reasons, I'm not going to use this with my Clairsonic. I'm still going to use it three times a week for the reasons I listed.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ginger46
(Washington)
answer 4
I have combo skin and acne. I use this once a day with my Clarisonic and have had fantastic results. I used to go to a dermatologist for chemical peels and this actually works better and has longer lasting results!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rachelle28
answer 5
I'm uncertain about what Clarisonic is, but I use this nightly on my oily/sensitive skin. I have no problems with it.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
nemesys
(Columbia, MD)
answer 6
I do not know what the clarisonic is, so I can not answer. I do know that now that I have used Murad for so many years, I do not find it harsh at all.
answered 6 years, 7 months ago
venicebab
(los angeles, ca.)
Question
Is it bad if I use this everyday?
I've been using this everyday in the shower. It's helped me SO much! I was originally using this exfoliator a few times a week and then Murad's regular cleanser the rest of the week, but I have found that by using this exfoliator every single day I never break out anymore. It hasn't caused redness or any negative effects on my skin, I have very acne prone skin, that gets easily clogged and I get a lot of blackheads... so should I continue to use this everyday, once a day? I'm afraid if I don't I will start getting clogged pores again that turn into huge red breakouts.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
Jaimeroo
(Draper, UT)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
6 answers
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answer 1
I think you can use it every day since you use it like you do in the shower, I use it 3-4 times a week in the shower too ( and I'm almost 60) and it's fine, because it only doesn't stay on that long on your face and you clean it off right away, so I would keep using it and not worry about it.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
accb
(Pittsford NY)
answer 2
I have been using this product each day for over a month. It's the most effective and gentle exfoliating face wash out there. No irritation, itch or redness. I say go for it!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
LoveSephora1221
answer 3
Keep using it everyday! I use it twice a day myself, but be wary since over-exfoliation can damage the pores as well. Don't scrub too hard and use a good non-comodogenic moisturizer after washing your face, preferably one with vitamin C to help cellular turnover, repair, and many other benefits. Murad has their Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA. I used to think an oily, acne riddled face didn't need a moisturizer or it caused more breakouts, turns out I just hadn't found the right one!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
americancutie
(Huntington beach, ca)
answer 4
I'm not an expert but from personal experience, if it's working great for you so far keep with it. I was also worried whether using it daily would backfire on me, but I've been using it every morning for over a year and have had nothing but great results. In fact, when I stopped using it (when my tube was empty, before I purchased a new one) my skin started to break out again. I love this stuff and will continue to use it every day. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years ago
veeetz
(Toronto, ON)
answer 5
As long as you're not experiencing any redness or other signs of irritation, I don't see a problem with using this everyday. I have found that this is a very gentle exfoliating formula compared with others that I've tried. I just use it about 2-3 times/week because this is what seems to work for my skin.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sephorarocks20
(Indiana)
answer 6
You are more than welcome to continue using this every day if you have not noticed any negative side effects.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
I have very sensitive skin, is this product okay for me to use?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
mac946
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes! Just don't rub it in too hard or use it daily.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
sg22
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
I would say yes but only if you follow the directions. This should not be used on a daily basis, rather as a part of your upkeep regimen. If your skin is extremely sensitive then I would recommend you consult an esthetician because you may be allergic to strong chemicals and this does contain both salicylic AND glycolic acid.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
ateezy
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I believe that you should use this product maybe once or twice a week in addition to your current regimen, this product is very grainy and a great exfoliator.
answered 5 years ago
thought71
(Huntington Park,Ca)
answer 4
I have sensitive skin and use this product. It is gentle and non-irritating. I use it all year long but not everyday (personal choice as i'm told you could use it daily) Ask for a sample at sephora.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
Jasper
(Boston, MA)
answer 5
Maybe not good for everyday use if you have sensitive skin
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
mavabo
(Cali)
answer 6
I also have very sensitive skin and this works well for me, not harsh at all.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
jcwl
(wv)
Question
How is this for older skin?
I am almost 60 yrs. & have oily skin, large pours. Can any one tell me why this "would not" be good for me to use only once a week? I was talked out of it @ the Sephora store. I have used other facial scrubs/cleansers similar & have not been really thrilled with them with the exception of the one by Laura Mercier. I just feel I needed something a little more & wanted to try this one in particular. Any comments... Pros or Cons on this product...from older ladies! Thank you all!,,
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I had larger pores and I can attest that this product does help with some of that. However, it would be more beneficial to use as a daily regimen if your goals is to minimize your pores and maybe a more plump youthful feel to your skin.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
zenrunes
(Oklahoma City, Ok)
answer 2
I really like this product and its pretty good for a range of skin-types. It last a long time too, I use it twice a day on my sensitive skin. I have noticed an improvement on my pores. Caudelie is also really great.
answered 4 months ago
NataliaLA
(santa monica, CA)
answer 3
I LOVE this product and I am almost 60 also, I have always had oily/normal skin and I use this 3 - 4 times a week. It's not as harsh as other exfoliating cleansers I have tried, and I use it in the shower in the morning, so it doesn't stay on my skin very long, but it feels so great - it's the best - and it has a slight fresh fragrance - this product is one of my favorites, I would definitely go give it a try.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
accb
(Pittsford NY)
answer 4
This is a wonderful product for older skin. It makes mine look younger and it feels so much smoother.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
Sexymomma964
(Viborg SD)
answer 5
I'm in my early 40s and actually use this daily to help "repair" my skin from sebaceous hyperplasia. It makes my skin feel incredibly smooth. I would highly recommend. You can always try it and if it's not working for you even at once a week you can return it to the store.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
MelissaT71
(Huntsville, AL)
answer 6
This Cleanser is O.K. It's not the Best Cleanser out there. I used it for about a month, but didn't see or feel any Difference.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
sweetipy
(Pittsburgh,PA)
Question
A chemical exfoliator that you wash off? Seems paradoxical
I have a lot of non-inflamed acne--the kind that show up as small, pebbly bumps under the skin and give your face a grainy texture. I'm guessing that to get rid of it, I'd need a chemical exfoliator, like glycolic acid. I like all the rave reviews this product gets, but it seems counter-instinctual to have a chemical exfoliator you only leave on for half a minute. Isn't the point of BHA and especially AHA to penetrate into your skin while you leave it on? How does this compare to the PTR BHA/AHA gel?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
on AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
You will likely need more than one product like me, but this one highlights that it exfoliates. So since its getting rid of the dirt and debris that gets stuck to reduce those bumps you're talking about, it at the same time preps the skin for another product (or some of that AHA etc in it already) to put onto the clean skin.
answered 4 months ago
NataliaLA
(santa monica, CA)
answer 2
Since the AHA/BHA doesn't sit on your skin for more than a minute, it isn't effective. Most people who see results from this are probably benefiting from the jojoba bead exfoliation.
answered 6 months ago
jessicamcook
answer 3
I have the same concerns, bc other review resources have cited the same issue - that bc you wash this off, its effectiveness as a BHA/AHA exfoliant will be limited, and the main exfoliation benefit will come for the gentle jojoba beads. This is why I still also use a BHA liquid with 2% salicylic acid - I like the cleansing and AHA benefits of the Murad cleanser, but I fear it's not as effective exfoliating as it could be. I alternate the days I use these products, however, bc I don't want to overdo it and cause my skin to rebel!
answered 10 months ago
elci
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I have the same type of acne on my forehead and chin. This has really helped clear it up. I've gone to the dermatologist and had chemical peels. Honestly, this used in conjunction with my Clarisonic brush works much better!!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
rachelle28
answer 5
To ensure all of your concerns are addressed, we recommend calling us at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) for a skincare consultation by phone. Thanks!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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