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Murad Essential-C Cleanser

What it is:A patented antioxidant-rich cleanser that rehydrates environmentally damaged skin. What it is formulated to do:Essential-C Cleanser’s patented antioxidant-rich formula removes environmental impurities, rehydrates, and awakens the senses with a burst of citrus. Phospholipids and sodium PCA attract and bind moisture to dry skin, while a combination of vitamins A, C, and E defend skin from free radical damage. Allantoin and panthenol work to soothe environmentally stressed skin. Essential-C Cleanser is recommended as a step one cleanser in any Murad Environmental Shield&reg regimen. It is formulated to cleanse and rehydrate skin as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health&reg system of care. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- 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 Essential-C Cleanser

Question
Break-outs ???
Does the cleanser control break out by any chance? I only get occasional zits here nad there so I don't need a strong acne cleanser but was wondering if this is deep cleansing and preventing against break outs.
Thank you
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
evatop77
(Winnetka, CA)
on Essential-C Cleanser
8 answers
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answer 1
I also get the occassional pimples and use Murad's acne spot cream.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
missmaplebee
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 2
I don't think that it control it. but the cleanser remove the bacteria so you have less chance that have breakouts after : )
answered 3 years ago
skincarefan1
(Montreal)
answer 3
This is perfect for you! IT really does prevent breakouts, because it cleanses and dries out those areas that are acne prone, at least, I find it to do that for my t-zone area, give it a try!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
drln
(Venice, CA)
answer 4
I get occasional mild acne, and when I used this regularly in conjunction with the other Murad vitamin C products I had almost no breakouts, and my skin was a lot brighter. I tend to have problems with my skin being dull because of breakouts with dry skin, but this solved both problems.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
ericaqlee
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I wouldn't say it controls break outs, at least not for me. I don't have any sort of big break outs, but I do get the occasional pimple here and there and haven't noticed that this helps in that regard.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
telstar
(Olympia, WA)
answer 6
My skin is very prone to acne but this has not made it break out. I think it actually has helped to dry out and zits that come along. I have a lot of sun spots on my face that it has faded.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
whatsthis
(Waukesha, WI)
answer 7
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
isabella206
(seattle, washington)
answer 8
Not sure if this would help for break out's I think it's great
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dragonfly3840
(Milwaukee, WI)
Question
Is this cleanser for overall brightening/lightening of sun damage and freckles?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
wink1
(St Augustine, FL)
on Essential-C Cleanser
7 answers
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answer 1
yes, that was my problem sun damage and freckles i star using this products 2 months ago and people asking what i'm doing that my face looks radiant. I used other producst for face but see results as using this products
answered 3 years ago
andreapalma
(San Diego CA)
answer 2
I have a problem with scars from ingrown hairs under my chin. Since using this product, I see a marked improvement in the unsightly scars.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
nikkibm
(Annapolis, MD)
answer 3
yes, it really does brighten your skin and fade out the freckles giving you a more even skin tone. After the first use you will notice a difference.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
whatsthis
(Waukesha, WI)
answer 4
i got this product because thats exactly what i wanted it to do for me but i saw no results after using it for over a month.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
amberamber
(Santa Barbara, CA)
answer 5
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
isabella206
(seattle, washington)
answer 6
Yes, it is to help lighten sundamage & brighten skin.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
hollybear
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 7
I am 53 and have been using high-end skin care products for 30 years. I have found that the only cleansers that really do anything are those meant to serve a very specific treatment purpose and those meant for very oily or very dry skin. All the others meant for "all skin types" don't really do anything special.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
grammargirl
(San Pedro, CA)
Question
Good cleasner for brightening and lightening sun spots and "ruddy" skin?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
wink1
(St Augustine, FL)
on Essential-C Cleanser
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This cleanser made my skin appear smoother and less blotchy. I also used the Murad kit for sun damage which includes not only the cleanser, but a skin lightener, a serum, and sun block, prior to using just the cleanser. I thought all the products worked well. My sun spots are barely visable and the blotchy areas alot lighter. The serum worked, but is expensive! And I have enough of the sun screen left to use this summer-we don't get much sunshine in the winter!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
septmorn
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 2
Not sue about lightening skin, but my skin since using this is got a very nice glow about it...worth a try!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
girliegirl31
(Fitchburg, MA)
answer 3
yes! I would start out only using it once a day in case it should irrate your skin. I have really picky skin and this has been just wonderful if I only use it once a day. I use Oil of Olay for sensitive skin at night. works out great!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
whatsthis
(Waukesha, WI)
answer 4
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
isabella206
(seattle, washington)
answer 5
that's what this is made for I damaged my skin from tanning all the time it change the way my skin feels and looks try it
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dragonfly3840
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 6
My skin has some minor sun damage and also considerable ruddiness. This cleanser is fine but doesn't work any miracles. It is very mild and slighly hydrating and very, very slightly exfoliating, but that's about it. I think for our skin issues, we need something more aggressive.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
grammargirl
(San Pedro, CA)
Question
parabens
Does this cleanser contain parabens?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
aljomach
(philadelphia,pa)
on Essential-C Cleanser
4 answers
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answer 1
No
answered 3 years ago
andreapalma
(San Diego CA)
answer 2
no
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
nikkibm
(Annapolis, MD)
answer 3
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
steph51027
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 4
no
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
isabella206
(seattle, washington)
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Aging Skin
Anyone with over 50 skin use this and how do you like it? I currently use the Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream but wonder if I can use the Essential-C in tandem with the Renewing to get the benefit of both. (like, one in a.m. and one in p.m.)
Thanks!
asked 2 years ago
kenwah
(Indiana)
on Essential-C Cleanser
4 answers
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answer 1
I'm 48 and I love it. My skin is dry and I have concerns with wrinkles and fine lines. I use this one because I don't like creamy or milky cleansers. I prefer a foaming gel cleanser and this one is perfect.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
cmanzen48
(Bloomington, IN)
answer 2
I am mid-50's, have been using this product for a couple of years, and love it. My skin is not dry, but I do have sun damage and am sensitive to dyes and perfumes in many facial care products. I use it twice a day and it cleanses without being too harsh. I think it would be a good night time product because it removes makeup well.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
septmorn
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 3
I'm over 50, and I like this product better than the one you are using. It feels less heavy and cleaner, at least to me. My mother who is nearing 80 also likes this. Of course, one consideration is that neither my mother nor I have dry skin, so that may have a lot to do with how we like the product.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
brownieberry
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 4
I am 55 and use it day and night. I love that my skin never feels dry. It also helps to lighten the dark spots of sun damage or blotchy skin.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Nanafly
(Hesperia, CA)
Question
Compared to Ole's vitamin c cleaner?
I think it is called on the go. Is this better or about the same? I also had a question about the scent. Does it go bad quickly? I had one that i had started using, but i put it away to use another one. When I went back to use it, it smelled funky. It was only about a month of not using it.
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
on Essential-C Cleanser
3 answers
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answer 1
This face wash smells great..very fresh. I have not noticed a change in scent.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
steph51027
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 2
I've used both, and I like Murad's SO much better. I always feel like I can't get Ole's off my face all the way, but this feels light and clean. And this does a much better job brightening than Ole. I prefer the Murad Vitamin C toner over Ole's as well. I think it's just a better product and the smell stays great the whole time :)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
ericaqlee
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I have not tried Olay - this had no scent and does last a long time.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
northcambridge
(arlington, ma)
Question
clarisonic
can i use it with the clarisonic? has anyone else? do they work together nicely?
asked 3 years ago
tetrafin
(california)
on Essential-C Cleanser
2 answers
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answer 1
I did - it worked really well with my clarisonic!
answered 2 years ago
lys08
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
Sure you can use it a is amazing match <3
answered 3 years ago
skincarefan1
(Montreal)
Question
how does this compare to the Clarifying Cleanser?
Which one cleanses better overall?
Which cleanser makes a better foam between the two?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Toronto, Canada)
on Essential-C Cleanser
2 answers
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answer 1
This doesn't make a foam. Not sure how it compares to the other. But it makes like a silkyish layer while it cleanses well and feels very refreshing on the face. Doesn't feel rough or leave you red like other exfoliants.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
eyc78
(Fairfax, VA)
answer 2
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answered 2 years, 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Does this cleanser treat dry skin?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
lasko
(Tennesse)
on Essential-C Cleanser
2 answers
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answer 1
My skin can definitely be dry at times...I live in a dry climate. This cleanser does not dry out my skin, but I am not sure I would use it in hopes of moisturizing. It would probably depend on how dry your skin is...but it is definitely a product I would recommend.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
kellifb
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
answer 2
I do not know about treating it but it certainly does not make it dry in any way. I use it twice a day along with day moister and night time all this same line. My skin has never looked better.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Nanafly
(Hesperia, CA)
Question
This product is listed as being paraben-free, yet one of the ingredients is methylparaben. Why is this listed incorrectly?
asked 1 year ago
Kimberly412
(Chicago, IL)
on Essential-C Cleanser
1 answer
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answer 1
I would like to know the answer to this question also.
answered 10 months ago
ncooper
(Anaheim, CA)
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