Treating facial acne is quite straight forward provided you find the right product. What if it is also on several other hard-to-reach parts of the body? This Murad acne body wash vs. Neutrogena review examines two products to help you decide which one is best for you.
I have been dealing with acne on my face since my teen years. Now at 25, when it should have cleared out completely, it is getting worse. I have acne on my chest and on my back. The acne on my back is the worst. I work out a lot and I am told that it is made worse by sweat on the upper back. I even get occasional breakouts on my thighs. This means I cannot wear low-necked tops or those cute little miniskirts I like. I need to find an acne control product which I can use in my entire body and not just my face.
What are the differences between Murad Acne Body Wash and Neutrogena? How do they compare?
Murad Acne Body Wash
Neutrogena Hydro boost Gel Cream
Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, date seed powder, green tea root extract, licorice root extract
Relieve intense dryness
Tube with attached lid
Jar with detachable lid
250 ml (8.5 oz)
50 ml (1.7 oz)
On whole body / as soap when taking a shower
On face / as part of skincare routine
Murad Acne Body Wash vs. Neutrogena. What are the differences?
The main ingredient in Murad’s acne body wash is Salicylic acid. This is a beta-hydroxy acid which is derived from willow bark. It is considered the gold standard in acne treatment because it is more oil soluble than other beta hydroxy acids which makes it easily penetrate through the skin to dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together. This body wash also contains glycolic acid, date seed powder, green tea root extract and licorice root extract.
Neutrogena’s hydro boost gel cream contains hyaluronic acid. This acid occurs naturally in your body, it is produced in your joints, eyes and skin. Where skin is concerned it serves to hydrate the skin and retain moisture. It can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water keeping your skin looking plump and supple for many hours. It is like the skin’s sponge.
The primary function of Murad’s acne body wash is to control acne. It does this by exfoliating skin to get rid of dead cells, dirt and sebum which clogs pores to cause acne. It treats existing acne and prevents future breakouts. This product also helps to sooth irritated skin.
Neutrogena’s hydro boost gel cream mainly serves to relieve intense dryness in exceptionally dry skin.
The Murad body wash is packed in a large tube containing 250 ml (8.5 Fl.Oz) of the product. Each tube has an attached lid which is convenient because it eliminates the chances of the lid suddenly going missing. The tube is designed to be placed in an upside position and the product is squeezed out from the furthest end towards the mouth of the tube.
Neutrogena hydro boost gel cream is in a jar containing 50 ml (1.7 Oz) of the cream. It has a detachable lid which is removed when the product is in use and replaced after use.
Murad’s body wash is made for use on the entire body. Use it by rubbing the product on your wash cloth and rubbing it on your entire body as you would do with regular soap when you take a shower. It can be used once or twice a day. The Neutrogena hydro boost gel cream is a facial treatment. It is should be used once or twice a day as part of your facial skincare routine.
This is a triple-action body wash which deals with acne in all parts of the body including hard-to-reach back acne which can be extremely frustrating. It works by exfoliating oil, dirt and dead skin which clog pores to cause acne, soothing irritated skin and clearing blemishes caused by old acne. Like many skin products in the market today, this wash is paraben free. Parabens are preservatives which are used in some cosmetics to increase shelf life of the product. They have been known to cause abnormal hormone production which is linked to cancer. Olive extract in this product has a unique ability to heal wounds and scars by stimulating connective cell tissues.
- Large tube
- Paraben Free
- Gentle enough for sensitive skin
- No drying effect
- Slower results
This is a water gel cream made for people with very dry skin. People with this kind of skin tend to suffer from flaky, bumpy and itchy skin. This hydrating gel cream quenches the thirst of extra dry skin from the top down to the underlying layers. It also helps it to retain moisture for longer by strengthening the skin’s barriers. It is free of artificial fragrances which sometimes cause allergic reactions. It is also free of dyes which have been known to irritate sensitive skin.
- Can be used alone or under make up
- Light and non-sticky
- Quick absorption
- Long lasting moisturizing power
- Packaging is not environmentally friendly – a thick, solid unrecyclable plastic jar
- Jar doesn’t allow for hygienic use – have to dip fingers into product every time (unlike tubes)
Acne is most common on the face but it can appear on any part of the body. This Murad acne body wash vs. Neutrogena review compares the body wash and Neutrogena’s hydro boost gel cream. The former appears to be the much needed solution for body acne which cannot be treated using regular anti-acne products which are made for use on the face. It would take too much time to treat each individual section and require a lot of product. It is much easier to use an anti-acne product in place of soap when you take a shower. This way you can reach all the affected areas quickly and easily.
Is it safe to use multiple anti-acne treatments at the same time?
Using multiple products to serve the same purpose may seem like a good way to get fast results. It is not advisable because you run the risk of over-drying your skin which comes with its own consequences.
I used the Murad body wash and developed a nasty rash. What should I do?
If you develop a rash when you start using a product, discontinue use immediately. Consult your dermatologist for advice.
Why does frequent working out make back acne worse?
When you work up a sweat at the gym and fail to shower immediately after that, this creates the perfect environment for bacteria growth which promotes breakouts on your body. Sweat tends to settle on the back of your shirt, that’s why back acne is common when you start working out regularly.
Why is hyaluronic acid important?
Hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells. It can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water and helps reduce moisture loss.
Murad body wash contains date seed powder. How does this help?
Date seed powder is incorporated into cosmetics for its exfoliating ability.