#itsallclear :: My Acne Story + Murad Giveaway!

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Once an acne-ridden duckling. I have suffered from acne for as long as I can remember. And yes, it did affect my self-esteem when I was a teenager. The night before our senior high pictorial, I was looking at the mirror and cried in silence “why me? why do I have all these zits?” I’ve always felt alienated because my friends were blessed with beautiful and flawless skin.

Was it a face with acne or acne with a face? So Ms. Whitehead and Mr. Blackhead inaugurated Zitville, and around it they scattered oil and drilled craters. Humor became my outlet in dealing with this curse, after all what would self-pity do? With my wallet drained, no thanks to uneventful treatments, I accepted the fact that even in my adult duck years, acne is etched in my destiny.

The infomercial that changed le duck’s outlook. I was in my early 30s when I initially saw Murad’s infomercial.  Intrigued, I immediately placed my very first order for the entire anti-acne line. My skin dramatically improved after few months of religious use. Looking back, I realized that my first ever blog post back in November 2010 was about skincare must-haves mentioning Murad products

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Now a Brand Ambassador for Murad. When I was approached to be one of the brand ambassadors, my heart skipped a beat. For one, I am very selective when it comes to affiliation and whatnot. Murad, as most of you know is a world-renowned skincare brand developed by Dr. Howard Murad, a leading visionary in the field of dermatology. Second, I had great experience with Murad pre-blogging days so that alone is reason enough to embrace this opportunity! Okay, I know what you’re thinking, will this affect the way I review products? Of course not. Honesty is one of the reasons you’re here, I speak my mind and always give you the highs and lows. When it comes to skincare, what works for me may not for you and vice-versa. In short, I am here to present you the facts and my experience, the rest is up to you. Also, my skincare needs have changed now. While I still experience breakouts, my main concerns at this point are maturing skin and pore size.

Do you have acne or know of someone who needs help? Murad may have the answer for you. I have tried the Acne Clearing Solution and Clarifying Mask before and was pleased with the result. The Acne Clearing Solution ($39, 1.7 fl oz) is a spot treatment containing 0.5% salicylic acid, tea tree oil, among others. Apply it on the affected area sparingly because it can cause dryness especially if it’s your first time to use salicylic acid-based products. I know “acid” sounds scary but so you know, salicylic acid is safe and is used widely in skincare products, particularly to treat mild to moderate acne. I used this last night because I have two small zits on my forehead, and as of this writing, they are almost flat and dry. The Clarifying Mask ($37, 2.65 fl oz) as the name suggests, is a mask you can use once or twice a week to compliment your anti-acne regimen. It has 4% sulfur which reduces acne, zinc oxide and licorice root extract to soothe troubled skin, Kaolin clay to reduce shine, among others. The Skin Smoothing Polish and Transforming Powder are new to me so I am going to try them first and post my review on another occasion. Okay, I don’t mean to sound like a nagging granny but when it comes to skincare, we may have varying expectations and outcomes. Finding the holy grail is a challenge but once you decoded the right combination, clear skin can be yours!

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Ready to experience Murad? We’re giving away Acne Clearing Solution and Clarifying Mask to one lucky zilla! Before entering this giveaway, please read the complete rules here. Open international. At least 18 y/o. Runs from 9/17 to 9/24/14. Wait for Rafflecopter widget to load. Good luck!

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  1. September 17, 2014 / 8:58 am

    I used to like hanging out with my peeps shopping or movie-ing. Now I'm older, work comes first and hanging out comes later.

  2. September 17, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    I was a musical theatre kid so I spent a lot of time in play rehearsals, voice lessons and dance classes. My best friends did too so I really, really had a great time doing it.

  3. September 17, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Yay, I'm a new ambassador for Murad too. I absolutely love some of the anti aging products!

  4. September 17, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    I remember doing volunteer work for my school when I was a teenager. It was a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. September 17, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    my favorite past time as a teen was hanging out with friends and watching movies!

    btw, my instagram is mojojojoguo

  6. September 17, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Fortunately, I have never had acne but these sound fabulous for those who do. I have heard such great things about Murad, I must try their anti-aging products

    • September 18, 2014 / 5:31 am

      I'm currently trying out the anti-aging, that line is more directed to my needs now

  7. September 17, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    I used to use Murad but have gotten away from their products in recent years. These sound fabulous though!

  8. September 17, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    Listening to music/dancing.

    Rafflecopter: Rosie Areola

  9. September 17, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    ig trillinapalemi

    i have acne and i use mask and scrub

  10. September 17, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    I've had wonderful experiences with Murad.

  11. September 17, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    As a teenager I spent a lot of time playing with my dogs.

    My IG is blkvelveteen20 (I followed you on IG)

  12. September 17, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I've never tried Murad but of heard great things!

  13. September 17, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    It's crazy that I haven't tried Dr Murad products yet. I've heard so many good things.

  14. September 17, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    My favorite past time as a teen ager was riding around listening to music with my friends and going to the lake. Those were the oh so fun days. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity. My IG handle is: reidsrd.

  15. September 17, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    That is awesome! I have heard great things about the Murad line!

  16. September 17, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Iยดve never tried any Murad products, but I have heard nothing but good about them.

  17. September 17, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    I love Murad and actually didnt know the brand had acne products. When I was in my teens I had acne, ugly, and so bad I had to be on Accutane. I totally understand the struggle and so glad you are free of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Rachel A.
    September 17, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! I am a teen and need something to get rid of those unsightly blemishes! this sounds great!

  19. September 18, 2014 / 12:03 am

    I used to hang out with my friends and my sister.)
    I have never tried Murad products, but I would love to!)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. September 18, 2014 / 12:07 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I need that masque! My fave pastime as a teen.. mm.. that was a long time ago, but I loved to go to the arcade!

  21. September 18, 2014 / 12:09 am

    I had a Murad sample from Sephora and it worked amazing! Would love to win this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

    As a teenager, I loved just being with my friends… at the mall, the movies, the pool hall, the beach, etc…

  22. September 18, 2014 / 12:34 am

    Murad is the best! I use the Clarifying Cleanser twice a day and I love the clarifying wipes on days I don't wear makeup or want to cleanse my face quickly before applying my makeup. The cleanser works perfectly with the Clarisonic too! Congratulations on being an ambassador!

  23. September 18, 2014 / 12:46 am

    I am sufferig from acne, and I'm 26.. It sucks!

  24. September 18, 2014 / 3:09 am

    My favorite part of being a teen was NO RESPONSIBILITIES!!! Being sick just meant getting better, no worry about jobs or bills or anything!

  25. September 18, 2014 / 3:23 am

    This is a great giveaway Kath. I loved reading your story and I am a lover of Murad products. My sister used another large Acne treatment brand and it worked for her… but it never did anything but dry my skin out. I'm a huge lover of the products Murad produces because they are gentle on my skin. Congrats on being an Ambassador.

    • September 18, 2014 / 5:35 am

      Oh I'm glad to know you like Murad as well!!!! Thanks much Honey..xo

  26. September 18, 2014 / 7:13 am

    My fave past time as a teenager was hanging out at the library and reading….yeah I was the totally not cool youth. lol!

  27. September 18, 2014 / 7:18 am

    Favorite past time as a teenager was being with friends/ boyfriend, riding four wheelers, swimming, fishing, shopping, and dancing.

  28. September 18, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    I had a major zit situation in high school and it was awful! Great giveaway of great products!

  29. September 18, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    I have adult acne and my favorite past time as a teenager was swimming and riding my bicycle.

  30. September 18, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    I was a lucky teenager and never had acne, but for a few years in my early 20s I got a big dose of it and it was awful! Wish I'd have had this stuff then! Great giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. September 18, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    I've heard great things about Murad, and while I never had bad acne, I still want to control the random zits that pop up

  32. September 18, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I listening Britney Spears ๐Ÿ˜€
    I have never tried Murad products!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. September 18, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    You skin looks fab now, I can't even tell you suffered from acne. I always hear great things about Murad. Definitely on my list to recommend to clients.

    • September 26, 2014 / 7:52 am

      I did and twas horrible! Good thing they're controlled now…somewhat!

  34. September 19, 2014 / 2:51 am

    I follow you on Ig but there's no where to put my username- budgetbeautysite_cstone412cs

    my favorite past time when I was a teenager was hanging out with my friends at the lake i lived on or driving around and doing bad things most likely lol. I also liked working at Pier one! it was the best job ever!

  35. September 19, 2014 / 2:52 am

    and i've been really wanting to try these products because i am 30 and still struggle with acne on my chin alot. and i ran out of my stuff recently and now my whole face is broken out. i had worked so hard to get it good for the most part and now it's all messed up again! little bumps and big bumps everywhere!

    • September 26, 2014 / 7:54 am

      out of curiosity, what other products have you tried? must be hormonal-related?

  36. September 19, 2014 / 5:37 am

    My favorite time as a teenager would be when all my friends and I went to a school dance! So much fun

  37. September 19, 2014 / 5:50 am

    My favorite past time was sleepovers with my girlfriends and talking and laughing all night long!

  38. Gaby
    September 20, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    My favorite part of being a teen was going out ALL the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Em Mahr
    September 20, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    When I was a teenager, my favorite past times were talking on the phone and hanging out with my friends.

  40. September 20, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    My favorite past time when I was a teenager was hanging out with my friends.

  41. Emily C
    September 23, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    My favourite teen past time was just hanging out with friends

  42. September 23, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    When I was a teenager, my favorite pastime was reading magazines.

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