Review: Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment
For the most part, I’m really lucky with my skin. Although spotty as a teen, I never suffered from proper acne, but keeping my spot-prone chin clear feels like a full-time job. I have a few products that have made a dramatic difference in my skin and help me to keep spots to a minimum, but jeez, when one of those pesky things set’s up camp on my chin it feels like the *only* thing I can see on my face. When I get that red and painful bump, and I can see, and definitely feel, a biggie brewing this is the product I reach for. It’s not something I have a need for every day, but the Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment is by far the most effective targeted spot treatment I’ve ever used.
What Makes It Special:
The Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment formula contains 2% Salicylic Acid which works to exfoliate and clear clogged pores and dehydrates inflamed spots, which means it works incredibly fast to reduce painful and deep blemishes. Being a clear gel, it can be discreetly applied to spots during the day as well as used overnight, and it contains Horse Chestnut and Oat Extract to soothe sore skin and reduce redness.
Why I Like It:
As someone who has fairly clear skin generally, but suffers from serious chin spots, this is so handy to have on my bathroom shelf. I use the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster (such a mouthful!) as a preventative measure on my chin every day or two and that does a really good job at keeping the area happy, but on the occasion (after eating too much sugar/oily foods, that time of the month, high-stress times, bad sleep, the list of triggers goes on…) those pesky chin spots come through strong and fast anyway, and so this is what I reach for. This is perfect for those really painful, deep blemishes because it dries them out quickly and either forces it to a head so you can deal with it (gross, but it’s true) or it disappears completely.
What I Don’t Like About It:
Not a complaint, but I definitely want to stress that the Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment is really drying, so only apply it to active spots or else you’ll be left with dry patches on your face, at least my combo-dehydrated skin was. If you’re more on the oily side you might not have to worry as much, and if you’re on the dry side this may not be for you.
Apply a very small amount directly to active spots. Don’t apply to the general ‘area’ because it will dry out the healthy skin, just focus it on the actual spot, and this is definitely the kind of product where you probably need less than you think. This doesn’t soak in, it subtly sits on top of your spot so I find it’s best to apply this at the end of your skincare routine (after moisturiser) so that subsequent steps don’t move it about.
Clear and treat breakouts fast – agree
Provides discreet treatment of breakouts and soothes on contact – agree
Reduces blemish size and redness within 4 hours – agree
Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Thymol, Terpineol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Shea Butter, Ethyl Esters, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide
15ml – $35