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Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, Step 1 Cleanse/Tone, 6.75 fl oz

Balances oily and dry zones to improve texture and reveal healthy-looking skin. Cleanses and Refines Skin By: Polishing away dullness and dehydration. Improving texture and tone. Intensive, exfoliating cleanser revitalizes skin or a healthy glow. Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids dissolve dull, dry surface cells. Jojoba Beads and Sodium PCA leave skin smooth and hydrated. Dermatologist developed and tested. Murad does not test on animals. Made in the USA.

Key features

  • Balances oily and dry zones to improve texture
  • Polishes away dullness and dehydration
  • Improves texture and tone
  • Intensive, exfoliating cleanser revitalizes skin for a healthy glow
  • Jojoba Beads and Sodium PCA leave skin smooth and hydrated

Honest reviews


instant results

To start: I am 23 and have sensitive but oily, congested skin and already have some fine lines on my forehead, I also have some freckles/sun damage. I was drawn to this product because of my rough, clogged skin, fine lines and sun damage.Just from reading the information on the tube I can tell this is a great exfoliating product: it packs a threefold punch with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid and exfoliating texture beads.The Alpha Hydroxy Acids in this product are Lactic Acid, a gentler chemical exfoliator, and Glycolic Acid, a slightly more aggressive chemical exfoliator. Both of these being AHA’s, they are hydrophilic and exfoliate the skin from the surface, which is ideal in anti-aging and texture-improving applications.The Beta Hydroxy Acid is salicylic acid, which penetrates the oil in pores and exfoliates them from inside: because of this mode of action BHA is commonly found in acne-treating products but can also help improve texture in congested or oily skin.The last method of exfoliation in this product is the very tiny scrubbing beads… some estheticians say that exfoliating textures in products are a no-no as they can irritate the skin and be too “sharp” and cause microscopic damage to the skin (ie. when crushed walnut shells are used in scrubs). However, the texture in this product is provided by jojoba esters, basically tiny little beads of the wax-oil jojoba (dont’t worry, it’s not in its oil form). These are smoother than some other texture ingredients in scrubs and also these exfoliating beads are so small you barely notice them, but hypothetically they help open up the skin to be more receptive to the chemical exfoliator (AHA and BHA).I have only been using this product for 3 days but I noticed results the very first time I used it. I use it with a soft face cleansing brush, wet my skin and the brush, apply the cleanser to the brush and massage it into my skin in small circles. I especially focus on the areas with big, clogged pores (cheeks, nose, chin). I massage it in for about 5 minutes then rinse off and pat dry. When I am done my skin is a little pink for a bit probably from the brush, and slightly more sensitive to products but only if I use products that normally irritate my skin a little anyway (again, I will mention that my skin is pretty sensitive). When I am finished cleansing with this product my skin is incredibly soft and smooth and has a visibly more even texture, my pores are much smaller and my skin looks “tighter”. One benefit of using such an exfoliating cleanser is that your skin will more readily absorb treatments; I follow with a salicylic toner and then an oxygenating serum. It’s also important when you’re using such an exfoliating product to moisturize afterwards! Aside from the tightening of the pores, the light creases in my forehead are less noticeable, and effect which I hope will increase over time by using this product regularly. I am also hoping the exfoliation will help diminish my freckles and sun damage along with my daily application of spf 50 sunscreen.Overall I love this product and believe it helps with improving texture, fine lines, sun damage (as long as a strict sunscreen regimine is followed while using this product), clogged pores and probably minor scarring as well. This should be the goal of any solid exfoliating product. In my experience it’s surprisingly safe for sensitive skin. However I would avoid exfoliation (especially chemical exfoliation as in this product) if your skin is extremely sensitive and/or irritated by other products or treatments.

Phoebe Grand Rivers, KY

Good Exfoilator

I’ve been using Murad products for years. This is a great Exfoilator. Nice pleasant smell and not rough on your skin. I use it every few days and always like how my skin looks and feels. I like that its a flip top, squeeze bottle. A little goes a long way.

Heidi Howard City, MI


It irritated my skin and I’m pretty tough. My favorite Murad cleanser is still the Vitamin C one.

Ashley Bremen, OH

Like it

This makes my skin look and feel great. I am not personally able to use it everyday though. I use it twice a week and use something a little more gentle the other days.

Susana Bayonne, NJ

I love Murad

Murad has been so great-I love the wash products, and the price is great for a bigger bottle! I do not have anything negative to say about this product-it’s a great wash.

Della Peterman, AL

Easily the best exfoliator I’ve ever used

Easily the best exfoliator I’ve ever used! I’ve tried a number of exfoliators from different lines and none of them can compare to this!I’ve been using this for about two months, every other night, and my face is just glowing! The product eliminates any little dry flakes, dirt, oils, and overall leaves my face incredibly clean and fresh. There is ZERO stinging and actually feels somewhat soothing when applied. My face does feel slightly tight after product use, but I always follow up with a moisturizer (including the nights I don’t use the Exfoliator). Has definitely reduced my acne, brighten my complexion, and causes zero irritation of any kind.

Marla Retsof, NY

Glycolic acid?

Don’t think it contains all that much aha/bha. Not as harsh as other products I’ve tried. I am still not acne free but this does well controlling oil. I can’t comment on the conjunction of different murad products. But cleanser itself is great too.

Bobby Knox, IN



Louella Lead, SD


My skin really doesn’t like alpha hydroxides, the BHA part of this is salicyliac acid, which clears up my skin wonderfully, leaving my pores smaller, no black/whiteheads and a rejuvenated glow. I can’t use this everyday, which, of course, I tried to do, isn’t too exfoliating, and with leave it irritated if I use too often. So I use it maybe once a week, when I remember. On the bright side, it lasts along time, 8 months n counting, when I’m not using it everyday.

Isabella Wisner, NE

I like this product very very much!

I have read so not to go remarks about Murad Exfoliating Cleanser. But, I am here to stand strong for thisproduct. I really see a change in the dark age spot that was building on my face. Now I am starting to seethe light come through. I will be using this product for a long time. Once you start to use it on a regular basesyou can’t help but see a different to your face. I did and it only took two week.I am starting to have a glow. And, I like that a lot.

Johnnie Inlet, NY

Works well

I like the size and the containerIt is not too much grit so my face does not feel raw after using it

Judith Walnut Shade, MO

Great product

It really does polish your face and make it glow. Use no more than twice a week because you don’t want to over dry your skin.Anyone who wants a glowing complexion, give this a try!!

Maryellen Island City, KY

love it

very mild cleanser – I like it a lot . I think it is one of the best cleansers around

Penelope Lynnwood, WA

Highly recommend it!

I live in Seattle wa, during winter time my skin gets very dry. This product works amazing if you exfoliate 3 times a week and on the other days you use a quality face soap ( I use a loccitane soap)…. The beads are small but perfect enough to exfoliate without scratching my face. I will definitely continue using this product.

Aline Rockvale, TN

Murad is a sold product line

Despite what some say, the product line is consistently good and delivers on it’s promise. I wish I could use this exfoliator everyday because each time I use it, my skin glows.

Jeanine Whiting, KS