Murad – Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

At the end of June I was at my local BeautyBrands looking for a good primer that would help cover up old acne scars on my cheeks that are left from my teenage years. In the process the consultant recommended products that were geared toward fading existing acne scars and age spots. She gave me a sample of the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum by Murad. I liked this product but there wasn’t enough of it in the sample to try it long enough to see an improvement. I checked out the Murad website and saw that they also sold the Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel:

Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel quickly clears skin of post-acne pigment spots with a triple-action formula. Hydroquinone, the strongest skin-lightening agent available without a prescription, fades unwanted pigmentation. AHAs exfoliate to improve hydroquinone’s penetration while encouraging cell turnover to accelerate the migration of dark spots to the skin’s surface, where they can be polished away. Plant-derived blemish fighters help keep skin clear

I decided that this better fit my skin concern (acne scars vs. age spots) and purchased it.

Murad - Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

The Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel comes in a nice pump bottle that dispenses about a pea size amount. I need about three pumps for my whole face, one for each cheek and one for my forehead. The gel applies well and sinks into my skin fairly quickly. The pump dispenser makes the application mess-free but I’m curious to see how well it dispenses once the bottle is close to empty. It is also worthwhile to note that the bottle is made of glass, not plastic, which makes it kind of heavy and I’m always afraid to drop it and break it on the tile floor or dent my wooden dresser but so far that hasn’t happened.

In the beginning I applied the gel every evening and morning after cleansing with Murad Clarifying Cleanser and before putting on moisturizer. In addition I was using DDF Acne Control Treatment from my July Birchbox as a spot treatment on my breakouts and the Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer – Blemish Control as my primer before applying foundation. That’s three products containing salicylic acid, the cleanser, the acne control treatment, and the primer. Not too surprisingly my skin went haywire – it was actually getting worse. In contrast to many people struggling with acne, my skin is on the dry side and by using so many acne products it was only getting dryer and I had more breakouts. In addition, the Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel is also fairly drying. If your skin is already on the dry side I would definitely not pair this gel with any cleansers or skin treatments that are drying as well. I now changed my skin care routine to a cleanser without salicylic acid. I only use an acne spot treatment in the evening and I use the Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel in the morning. Since then my skin really turned around and has started to look much better. The Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel can finally start to do its job. I’m still in the process of refining my skin care routine and trying out different products but I plan on posting about that as soon as I find a plan that works for me.

I’ve now been using the Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel for the past month and a half and I’m slowly starting to see improvements. My recent breakouts are starting to fade nicely and my old acne scars are slowly turning lighter. I will need to use it longer to be able to judge if it can totally eliminate my old scars but so far so good. After a month and a half I only used about one quarter of the bottle so this gel will last me about half a year. Considering the price of $60 for 1 fl oz I’m glad to see that this is not a product I will need to buy every month. I also want to mention that since I bought the product on the Murad website I can return it within 60 days for a refund if I don’t like it. I know that Sephora and BeautyBrands who also carry this skin care line have similar return policies. For me that is definitely something to take into account when purchasing such an expensive product for the first time.

Are you using any products to fade your acne scars? What are your recommendations?

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