Ask Your Burning Skincare Questions!

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Dr Murad

Last week I met the amazing Dr Murad (of Murad skincare products) at his offices in El Segundo, California. He was truly inspirational in his approach to skincare, talking to me about how eating habits and stress play the most important part when it comes to our skin. For a man with a large (and very popular) range of skincare products to his name, he barely spoke about topical treatments – we talked at length about environmental stresses, about the way that adults rarely have time for proper relaxation these days and about the importance of a good diet. The Doctor spoke sense!

Anyway, predictably, I was fashionably late. Bloody L.A. traffic! So I didn’t get to ask Dr Murad all of the questions that I wanted to. Kindly though (and he rarely does this, so I feel honoured!) he has agreed to answer ten reader questions about skin and skincare. Perhaps you have a skin complaint that you can’t seem to shift, or you’re struggling to know which products are right for your skin. Maybe you’re skin has suddenly gone haywire and you don’t know what to do – or it could be that you’re undergoing some kind of hormonal change and you’re at a loss to know how to handle your skin. If you have a question then now is the time to ask it! You have a world-class skin doctor at your disposal, so ask away!

Obviously I can only choose ten questions, so what I’m going to do is pick the most frequently asked and those that will be helpful to the biggest number of people. I think that this is the fairest way of deciding! I’ll try and word the questions so that Dr Murad’s answers are relevant to lots of you rather than just one person, so please don’t be offended if I choose your question but jumble the words a little – this is an incredible opportunity and I want to make the most of it!

I’m sending Dr Murad the questions next week, so please leave a comment below with your question as soon as you can and I’ll get sorting. I’ll be posting the questions and answers one-by-one over the course of the next few weeks as I have a feeling that the posts will be pretty lengthy! I also have an excellent video of Dr Murad talking about the effects of stress and diet on the skin – it’s really, really interesting so I’ll get that published for you too.

This weekend I’m getting started on Dr Murad’s book, The Water Secret. I’ll let you know how it is! It’s here on Amazon- The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger

Start asking your burning questions now!

150 Responses to "Ask Your Burning Skincare Questions!"
  1. raghav says:

    well my skin is very sensitive and oily too, m using glycolic acid 12% cream from last few months , my skin is quite good now scars are less visible m also using sunscreen to protect my face from sun but m facing a serious problem ,when i go somewhere in exposure to sun ,m facing acne problem and redness on my face …plz tell me the solution….

  2. shorna says:

    i’m 28years old girl.live in bangladesh.my skin is combination type bt its very very dull and nt even .i used loreal product.bt i felt it makes my skin blackish color. can i use olay total effect product??plz help me which product i should use for my skin care??dont wanna use expensive products.thank you

  3. Nish says:

    Hi,I have scars that looks like craters on my face, is there anything I can do?

  4. Debs says:

    My son gets large headless boils on his arms and legs, usually one at a time they leave big round scars, they have no heads and are red round the edges he says they aren’t really sore but sometimes itch,he has been to the doctors several times but they still come back, mainly in warmer weather, do you know what they are and if they can be prevented

  5. sonia says:

    the areas around the mouth chin and cheeks have become dark please suggest some remedy to even the colour of the skin i am 42

  6. sahla says:

    hey ruth..
    i’d like to get dr. murad sir’s suggestion -im from an asian humid country..my skin is very oily,i cant try any moisturizer or foundation or sunscreen, without making my pores opened wider or without sweating like a pig !! (even the oil free ones of many high end brands)..also crows feet have begun to appear around my eyes..n im only 22 .plz help me out with a skin care routine..

  7. Elle says:

    What do you do with serious combination skin that is also super sensitive?? My face will be dry and flaky at the same time that it is oily and shiny. If I use a moisturizing product that actually adds moisture and makes the skin texture feel better, the tiniest bit of oil in the product makes me break out (oil-free moisturizers are never moisturizing enough), and most other products irritate my skin. I hate being the shiniest and flakiest face in every picture!

  8. Kelly says:

    When there is acne covering the face (small acne like little red bumps), what should be done in the meantime while they are in the process of disappearing? Masks, special cleansers, exfoliators, other special treatments? I’ve always wondered whether I should just let nature do its own work or do other stuff. (feel free to phrase this better… :) my thoughts are a bit all over the place) Thank you for doing this!!!!
    Excited to see his response :)

  9. Julianna says:

    Hi Ruth,
    Big fan of AMR, love your advice!

    My question for Dr. Murad would be what’s his best advice for “PRE-MATURE AGING!”?
    I’m 23 (normal/combination skin) and have wrinkles on my forehead!(Still slight but noticeable close-up).
    I have to add, I have noticed the anti-aging products I have tried make my T-zone more oily and prone to breakouts, Is there any type of anti-aging treatments that wont make my combination skin go haywire!

    I also noticed people asking about treatments for “little bumps”.
    I have also get closed comedones mostly on the forehead/T-zone area and would love Dr. Murad’s advice on how to prevent them.

    Can’t wait to see the 10 Q&A!
    best of luck!
    J

  10. Rachel says:

    My question for Dr. Murad is about my acne. I’m 18 and have had pretty bad acne since I was 13. At the moment I am taking a birth control for acne using a clarisonic and using Murad’s acne line but in the recent months my acne has flared up again severely. I’m really not sure what to do with it anymore!

  11. Pipa says:

    Hey Ruth,

    I would like to ask what’s the minimum type of product the skin actually need in order for it to be healthy?

    Is it ever possible to get rid of scars or is it for life?

    Thank you

  12. Samantha says:

    Thanks for this great opportunity, Ruth! I’m 41 and I use Retin-A regularly, and I cleanse with a Clarisonic. I have a very thorough cleansing routine. Yet, I still have problems of small clogged pores just under my bottom lip area and around my nostrils. They are definitely oil clogs. Sounds gross, I know. What else can I do to prevent them? They never go away no matter if I exfoliate with a beta hydroxy acid or a physical exfoliating scrub. Would love Dr. Murad’s recommendation.

  13. Safiya says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I have recently developed red spots on my face, mainly on the sides of my cheeks. They are not raised and so I do not think they are pimples. They seem as though they are below my skin. I thought they might be acne scars but I do not have acne, except for the occasional break out, and they are not dark as most acne scars are. I am not sure what they are or how they developed but would love to learn how to get rid of them! I hope this is enough of a description. Thanks for the great opportunity! :)

  14. Julie says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I have a question about adult acne. I used to have flawless cheeks. When i was 17, i started using makeup (maybelline mineral foundation). i broke out in 2 days and ever since i have acne on my cheeks. i saw a dermatologist and it only made it worse (she gave me some harsh cleanser and topical treatment)
    So i started using expensive brand to cleanse my clogged pores: clarins, l’occitane, bioderma, clinique. And expensive makeup: Makeup4ever foundation, Clinique foundation, Coverfx foundation. But nothing works
    I stopped using makeup a year ago but my acne didn’t clear up. How can cheap makeup caused long-term acne? I’m 20.

    My acne are not genetic but i already have acne since i was 14. i have combination skin and only have acne on my forehead because of my t-zone (but i found out it’s because of my bangs… i’m growing them out!)

    Thanks for the opportunity and i hope Dr. Murad could answer all our acne-related question XD

  15. eve says:

    Hello
    Mr Murad
    Lasers versus chemical peels? The lasers cleared my skin for maybe a year but now everything is back. Will a medical grade, high ercentage acid or high street acid treatment finally clear my skin? I feel like it all needs to be burnt off and start again. I do drink several times a week and have sun damage but I have always eaten well.

  16. Jana says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I’d like to ask how to improve your diet to help your skin when you suffer from food allergies – I’m literally allergic to nearly anything (any nuts, tomatos, apples, citruses etc.) and tend to get eczema and red patches if I eat any of those.
    I’m a teenager suffering from acne, black heads and acne scaring and I’d really appreciate any help. Thank you so much for such an amazing opportunity. Hope you had a great time! :) Thanks again.

  17. Michelle says:

    Hi Ruth! I would love to know what I can do to help my sensitive skin! It’s always red and irritated and everything I use on my face irritates it even more! I’m currently using oatmeal to wash my face. I also have acne. I would love any advice or tips, thanks!

  18. Lindsay L. says:

    Ruth,

    I’d like to know Dr. Murad’s opinion on cystic acne and the benefits of eliminating gluten and dairy from the diet. I’ve been doing research for some time now and have noticed that several people on forums have mentioned that eliminating one or both has lead to a reduction in cycstic outbreaks. I have found the same to be true for me, but was wondering if there was any medical information to back it up (as cystic acne is one of those “unknown causes”).

    Thanks.

  19. olina says:

    hi, i’d like to ask about eczema. i have it more or less since i was born (32 years ago). usually is better during the summer months. i had a baby 5 months ago, am breast feeding, and seems it got worst (but could be also allergies, since it’s the season). i cut out dairy and processed foods. does he have any other suggestions – apart the cortison creams?
    also ruth, u wrote recently about the Heal Gel, i bought it, but doesn’t seem to make much difference (i suppose it’s individual for eczema sufferers)
    thank u so much, hope my question will make the cut ;-)

  20. Love in a mist says:

    I would love to know more about blemishes on different areas of the face/neck, and what causes them and how to treat them.
    For example blemishes on the chin area can be related to the digestive system not working efficiently or hormonal, so are blemishes on other areas of face and neck related to our internal systems.
    Plus can he advise on a good basic skincare regime for the different skin types, oily, combination, dry etc.
    Thankyou xxx

  21. Margaret Mchenskay says:

    Hi Ruth!you are fab

    Ask doctor Murad aboute how to create a good brend if you are not a doctor and not in beauty industry,but want your own brend very much

    hahaha X

  22. Lisa says:

    hi Ruth, can you ask the doctor how to get rid of the red marks left by spots? I hardly ever got spots until I hit 30 and then I kept getting 1 or 2 every few weeks which I could get over if it wasn’t for the fact that I now have red marks all over the right side of my face :-( why did this start to happen? Have tried a few different products incl. Liquid Gold but no joy. Thanks! X

  23. Evelynn says:

    I would love to know what will help my hereditary purple-blue-black circles. My under-eye area also suffers from uneven texture (like little bumps, but not white like milia, just my skin itself) I’m desperate :(

  24. Rachel says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I’d like to ask Dr Murad about broken capillaries, I have a few round my nose and top lip and hate them because they make my pale skin go red in those areas, I’d love to hear any advice he could give concerning this.

    Thank you :)

  25. Joey says:

    Hi Ruth!

    So my #1 question is that I have sensitive and dry skin with ance/blemish problems. When it blushes, it stays on forever (ok not, but hours you know what I mean). Hence when I exfoliate , it gets irritated. Any alternative ingredients or means for my blemish prone dry and sensitive skin to get clearer? Thanks Ruth xx

  26. Paige says:

    DARK CIRCLES, DARK CIRCLES!!! Surely there are a billion of us burning to know what ingredients in an eye product would be best suited to diminish them or make them less noticeable. What we should look for in products, what is effective, etc. Xo

  27. Jasmin says:

    Hey ruth!! really amazing that you met him!!:)I’d really like toknowwhat icould do about keratosis pilaris? i have it on my arms etc. and even on my face!! And what he would do about clogged pores? :)

    Thank you!!

  28. gem says:

    If you get hormonal acne despite looking after your skin very well, what can you do to prevent that, is detoxing the liver an option and how so?

  29. Sheila says:

    yes, I agree with this one. And some advice on how best to to rid your skin of the purple-ish pigmentation a spot leaves behind would also be wonderful – these can often be more problematic to cover successfully than an actual blemish, and while alpha-h has done wonders in fading them, if there is something even better out there i would love to know.
    x

  30. Han says:

    I have had quite severe acne on my cheeks for years, and tried countless products to get rid of it, none of which have worked. My skin is dry, not oily, and all acne products I’ve tried seem to be designed for oily skin…

  31. Ida says:

    I shouldn’t complain, not at all, because I have pretty good skin. But I do have some blackheads and some minor pores on the side of my nose and the adjoining part of my cheeks. I don’t do manual exfoliation as I believe keeping the skin intact is so very important, and I do use AHAs (glycolic acid). BHAs make me peel like crazy. Should I up the concentration of the AHAs or try something else?

    I have noticed that the bits where I have blackheads are also the oiliest bits on my face, the rest is normal to dry. I don’t get breakouts. I use a cleansing milk from Caudalie, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre and every night a very mild sulfate-free foaming face wash (you’d love that one Ruth, but it’s a Danish supermarket brand of all things).

  32. Becky says:

    What is the best way to get rid of milia?

  33. Rachel says:

    Does Dr Murad recommend any specific supplements or foods to improve skin’s health and appearance? Which ones deliver the most visible results? I am in my late 30s, maintain a fairly healthy meat-free diet and, like everyone else, want youthful,healthy skin that looks and feels good.

    Conversely, does Dr Murad recommend avoiding or limiting any particular foods or supplements?

    Thank you!

  34. Butterpuff says:

    Hello!
    There are a few questions I have and they’ve all been covered! Stubborn blackheads on the nose, large pores, SPF recommendations and pigmentation. What a great opportunity! Thank you Ruth xxx

  35. Pippi says:

    My question: What is the best thing a young person (think 18-25-ish) can do to even out their skin tone? I no longer get serious acne, only a few minor pimples, but my skin is left looking uneven and dull. As I’m still young, I don’t want to overload my skin with products intended for older skin but want to give it that extra boost after clearing it of active acne. Thanks Ruth! x

  36. Donna Moynihan says:

    Despite cleansing well, I still have some blocked pores and whiteheads (particularly on my cheeks). Am I not exfoliating enough? I worry about using granular exfoliators and if I use a bha too often, my skin becomes itchy and red and sore.

    I also have a problem with some redness, but this comes and goes. It is not rosacea though.

  37. evie says:

    Hi,

    May I ask how do we cure acne that keep recurring on the same spots.and they are usually “headless” red bumps and after slathering it with bp it would heal but would always come back!thank you would love to know how to banish spots from my skin..have been trying every method but these spots keep coming back

  38. Trupti says:

    Hi Ruth,

    What a fantastic opportunity! And how very nice of you to think of your fans!

    I did a Ctrl-F (search) on this page for ‘acne’ and there were 26 occurrences! And that’s what my question is about too. I have had acne during my teenage, and then until about 2 years ago, they had mostly cleared, give or take the odd 1-2 pimples during special time of the month. But since then, I have been getting them so regularly! I have tried so many treatments – natural ones like rubbing lemon oil, eating fish oil tablets (for healthy skin), almonds to doctor recommended ones like using topical gels, creams etc. But nothing seems to work :( These are adult acne – so can Dr. Murad advise something for them? Please? I, and many others, would be ever so thankful to you if this is one of the chosen questions!

    Thanks Ruth!

  39. Christy says:

    Hi Ruth!

    This is something that’s always bothered me – cystic acne. They pop out of no where for seemingly no reason at all. I know other acne is due to stress or hormonal, or not cleansing properly, but I’ve heard some sources say that cystic acne is genetic, others that say it’s because you’ve consumed too much dairy products. They’re painful, difficult to conceal, so I would rather not get them – ever. So what exactly causes cystic acne, and if there really is no way to prevent them (i.e. genetics), then what is the best method to treat them to make them go away faster?

  40. Gwen says:

    I’d love to know how to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, I’ve tried Liquid Gold but it doesn’t work for me unfortunately.

    Another problem I have is blackheads on my nose, I hardly get blemishes on the rest of my face but the blackheads are always there. I’d really appreciate it if you could ask Dr Murad how to remove and prevent blackheads.

    Thank you!

  41. Marina says:

    My question is… What are the best tips or products to use if you have acne prone skin but is dry and sensitive (even before using products), not the usual oily type… but how can it not be oily if there’s acne… I’m confused!

  42. Courtney says:

    I’ll throw another question into the mix:
    I find that use of some [heavier] hair care products results in breakouts on the chest and upper back as well as spots and milia on the forehead especially along the hairline, but some Sulfate-free products can be drying and still result in irritation. Is this problem a result of sulfates and are there certain other ingredients to avoid in a good hydrating shampoo and conditioner in order to prevent adverse skin reactions?

  43. monica says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I watch your videos and I noticed that for the last few months your skin has become AMAZING. You had beautiful skin before too but now it’s flawless. I especially noticed how ferm your skin is. :)
    Can you tell me the top 3 products that a 30 year old woman should use? (I am 30 as well) because I can’t afford too many expensive products. I am looking for products for my general skin care. Please please help, I am worried I am losing my battle with age.

    Thank you Ruth !! xoxo

  44. Bbdg33 says:

    I have terrible acne on my back but also tight itchy skin in the same places! Can you recommend a body wash and lotion, everything I use seems to make the acne worse. I react badly to salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide. Thank you

  45. Karolina says:

    how to remove or prevent the blackheads for good…. ? please?

    thank you

  46. Jenny says:

    Thanks for the post Ruth! I always thought that Murad was probably some science center where they developed dermatological products, but I feel better knowing it’s a single person who actually works as a dermatologist instead of a bunch of scientists making conjectures.
    If I may, I would like to propose a question for Dr. Murad. I’ve been using a lot of his products, and they seem to work very well at clearing my facial and body acne. I’ve also seen a lot of people who ask for help with acne scars, which is also a concern of mine. I have a broader question on this subject though. I have several scars on my body, many on the face chest and back from acne, but I have several more over the rest of my body from a very accident-prone childhood and adolescence. Since I make keloids and several of them are quite deep, I wanted to know if there was any way I could remove them. Since they are raised instead of making crevices into the skin, I thought I might have a better chance. I’d like to be able to go swimming one day without reminding people of Jasper Cullen (hope you get the reference!), but I haven’t touched the water for near a decade. If I can get any help (especially since my dermatologist won’t talk about it with me) I would really appreciate it.

  47. Holly says:

    I would love to know more about the most effective blackhead treatments. They really knock my confidence.

  48. Rona says:

    I have oily/combination skin, Im really interested in skincare and try to be kind to my skin, but I am still having issues. My main issue is with blackheads-or more specifically large pores. The pores arent “black” they are just a little bunged up and I dont know why, I cleanse with Liz Earle cleanse and polish, exfoliate with liquid gold weekly and I moisturise either with a darphin facial oil or with a hydrating moisturiser. Hope you can help!

  49. Leslie says:

    I would love to know what really helps to eliminate dark under eye circles. I’ve had dark, bruise-like circles since I was a child, and they keep getting worse, despite the fact that I get enough sleep, manage my stress, don’t smoke, have only the odd glass of wine, eat tons of veg, and always use a rich eye cream. My undereyes are not very puffy, more hollow. What to do?

  50. Grace says:

    I have stress related break outs and I am about to enter exam season with my end of year 11 prom coming up 2 days after my final exam, I never seem to be able to combat stress spots have you got any ideas of how I can keep my skin from breaking out despite the unavoidable stress?

  51. Southy says:

    Ruth, idlove to know how to beat blackheads, and also redness! There are lots of products out the for “redness” however I’m sure there would be holistic things I can do to remedy? Xxxx

  52. Connie says:

    I have got severely oily skin and nothing will matify it and also I struggle with pretty bad acne all over my face. Its very red and angry and despite numerous trips to the doctors no treatments or medication have helped. Any ideas? x

  53. Ruby Blue says:

    My question is pretty broad: I’ve heard that there are different “kinds” of spots/break outs, with different causes, e.g. spots on the chin are hormonal and are more difficult to treat than spots on the forehead. I was wondering if this is true and if Dr. Murad could tell us more about the way how to treat spots, in accordance with what causes them? Also: what to do about blackheads?

  54. Mel says:

    This question is quite specific to me, but perhaps other readers have same/similar issues. My skin is normal to dry except when it comes to bottom of my cheeks/above my jawline. I have tiny red bumps, that feel very rough, not oily at all. I am 23 and have never been able to shift them. What would help improve their appearance and texture?xx thank you

  55. India Morgan says:

    I think a question about solving redness would be good ! and also a question about under eye problems, because that is a notorious fact, that hardly any eye creams work !

    • Rachel says:

      I would also like to know about under eye darkness and puffiness: how to prevent both from getting worse and how to diminish, if possible. Serums? Creams? Do vitamin supplements help?

      Thanks!

  56. Liezel says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Thanks for all your tips and advice. Find is very informative.
    The problem now days seems to be that alot of products are very expensive and one never knows how much of an active ingredient(the best actives out there) is included. They do mention on the ingredients list that the active is included but have realized alot of products just put enough actives(minimum amounts) in to have it included under the ingredients list. I am 40 and interested in anti-aging products. I just want to know if Murad puts the right amout of actives in the products to get maximum results. What actives are included in there anti-aging range that are most beneficial for anti-aging???
    Thanks so much for this opportunity to ask questions.CheersX

  57. eloise says:

    Hi,
    I have combination skin. By that I mean it is all over the place. oily nose and chin, normal to dry forehead and oily but very dehydrated cheeks. I find it hard to find a skincare routine that works. I am specifically looking for a morning moisturiser (with or without spf) that will hydrate me skin but not make my skin oily after a couple of hours? Any ideas? For you Ruth, Dr. Murad or ANYONE else? Thanks xx

  58. sophia says:

    I would like to ask dr Murad what foods should people with acne problems avoid. Is chocolate dangerous even in moderation?

  59. Jo says:

    I’d love to hear what he has to say about sun/age spots. Can they really be lightened or even erradicated with topical serums and creams or can we only hope for the prevention of any new spots by using sunscreen? And, speaking of, I’d love to hear his advice on sunscreen. :)

    Thanks for this great opportunity, Ruth. You rock!!

    • Rachel says:

      I’d like to know about this too. I have sensitive skin that is easily sunburnt and prone to hyperpigmentation: freckles, sun spots and age spots. When I was recently pregnant, the small “sun” spots grew much larger quite quickly.

      Thank you!

  60. sophia says:

    I would like to ask dr Murad what foods should people with acne problems avoid? Is chocolate dangerous even in moderation?

  61. Rach says:

    I have used his products for at least a year and a half for my skin that is repeatly breaking out. I had the external and internal products that he provided. The
    Pure Skin® Clarifying Dietary Supplement I managed to go through 2 tubs of these and changed my diet, aswell, but there was much effect. I would like to know if you have skin proned to breakouts and have tryed diets, supplemts and laser treatments, without any real effect am I just stuck with bad skin forever or will it eventually ease up by itself? I have truly tried everything to get good skin.

  62. Jen says:

    Hi, I’d like to ask how to pretty much control acne and it’s post blemish marks/scars. Since it’s either impossible or too expensive to really get rid of them is there another way to control them? Especially the post acne marks, they sometimes get more irritating than the acne itself! Especially controlling acne prone/oily/sensitive skin in constant hot weather(like Malaysia :P) Would appreciate the pick!
    xoxo

  63. Saara says:

    Hi Ruth!
    What a great opportunity! I’d love to ask the best way to treat an uneven skintone and hyperpigmentation without lightening products?
    Also, Cystic acne is an annoying problem for me- what is the best way to deal with the cause and treat the problem in the long term?

    I hope i’m not being greedy by asking 2 questions- these are just concerns I had that I thought would also affect other people!

    Thanks!

    • Neha says:

      I second the question on uneven skintone and hyperpigmentation.Is there a better/natural way to deal with these issues? – through diet, special foods, supplements? This is a very big problem with Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi kind of skintone, and would be great if you could help get an answer from Dr. Murad. Thanks Ruth!

  64. Pauline says:

    Hi, I have a very short and simple question, which I think will be of interest to many! How to combat those stubborn blackheads on the nose?

  65. Claire says:

    Hi Ruth
    I dont know what to eat or what proportions! Is it an individual thing (what’s good for one person might be bad for another) or are there some foods that make everyone age eg I read that some so called healthy foods cause inflamation which the body then has to fight?

  66. jen says:

    wow ruth this is such an amazing opportunity!!

    i would like to ask what is the best/fastest way to fade red/pink flat acne scars?

    thanks :)

  67. Marie says:

    I looove Murad products and can’t believe you’re giving us the chance to ask him questions directly (thanks Ruth!) I get cystic acne on my chin and cheeks regularly but a lot of people above has asked about them and hormonal acne in general so my question is this: how do you incorporate all the products out there? e.g. i get loads of scars from the old cysts so need vitamin C (and hoping to try niacin) but also need to have exfoliants like BHAs and AHAs to keep pore clear. and to make it worse i need some hydrating gels when skin gets too dry… if you add spf to all that i find myself with a cupboard full of products and sometimes wonder if i’m overloading my skin with active ingredients. any thoughts on what’s absolutely necessary and how to integrate them on skin care routine? thanks!x

  68. Wiebke says:

    I would also be very interested to hear more about sunprotection. Should i allways use it? I dont get sunburned quickly and in all the cold month i dobnt see why i should use it? I heard that the ones with chemical protection can even cause cancer??? So which sunscreen is safe to use and will benefit my skin? Thank you soo much, i am very excited to see which questions will be answered!

  69. Antonia Drake says:

    Hi Ruth, Despite amazing advice from blogs like yours I’m still overwhelmed by the sheer number of brands and skin products to choose from. I’d like to know more about the key ingredients consumers should look for when buying products. Whether it’s for moisturising or cleansing the skin, regardless of specific skin types or problems what magic ingredients should we be using…

  70. Harry15 says:

    Hi,
    I feel this comment has been asked many of times before but i still know alot of people who suffer this little dilemma. DARK CIRCLES! What is truely the most efficent way of tackling dark circles? I wonder as no matter how much sleep, diet or topical creams i apply, I still have panda eye circles. Thankyou :D

  71. Hi Ruth & Dr Murad,
    A few months ago I started getting spots on my cheeks. The kind that just dont come to the surface, look purple and eventually turn in to little ”dents” on the skin. My doctor said it’s hormonal acne and that there is nothing that can be done about it. Thanks fully I’ve not had any new spots lately. The old ones that have left scars will hpefully face over time. Is there anything I can do to get the texture of my skin back to normal? I hate the little pit scars that have been left behind!! PLEASE HELP!!! xx

    Thanks so much!! xx

  72. Jessica says:

    Hi Ruth,
    Im 22 and have chronically dry skin but have been suffering with quite severe acne, especially on my cheeks. I’m not sure how to tackle this because despite the pesky, painful, ugly bumps my skin still does not feel greasy or oily, it feels dry as a bone and is still prone to flaking. I’m not using anything harsh on my skin (like acne medications, benzoal peroxide etc) so it’s not being dried out from those, that’s just how it is! I’m scared to go in too strong on my skin in case it makes it dryer/more painful. Please help!

  73. Nurdan says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I would really like to know if there is anything to do about open pores. I have very annoying large pores on my nose and on my cheeks, and nothing seems to make them get smaller, I use Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser which does a wonderful job to clean my large clogged pores but I don’t know what prodct to use next. I would be the happiest person if i could learn Dr. Murad’s recommendations about this.

    Thank You!

  74. lisabeth says:

    My question is about sunscreen and dairy products.
    Are zinc or titanium oxide the only way to protect skin from the sun? The ghost white appearance is one that does not flatter tan and darker skin tones.
    Is the ingestion of diary really an important factor in skin’s appearance.

  75. Lucie Kerley says:

    Hi Ruth, here’s my #QuestionforDrMurad – When should I start worrying about skin ageing and getting wrinkles? I’m 26… Is this too young? I’ve moisturised daily since I was about 12 or 14 after my Nan told me that it was very very important to do so… However, I’m now 26 years old and will be 27 in September. Now that I’m Twenty-old… Should I be using anti-ageing products and eye creams to fight those deep lines, crows feet and sagging jowls..

    Thank you!

    Lucie x

  76. yasmine choudhry says:

    hi ruth & dr murad,
    forgot to ask a question about my eyes, i have always used premium eye creams, decleor, elemis, gatineau etc but still noticed creases around the corner of my eyes, any tips on creams which will help me, i always used creams earlier am now 36 but think this may be due to my health as i always sleep for 8 hours
    i have just began to notice i have milia underneath my eyes, just started using another eye cream and this has happened, can i remove this, as it does not look nice
    thank you

  77. Filipa says:

    Hi Ruth,
    It’s a really interesting post as all of yours are. Just bouth the book through amazon as it very interesting.
    x

  78. Helen Crisostomo says:

    Hi Ruth,

    My query is how to treat/get rid of the red scars left by old spots? Are they considered to be “dark spots” as in pigmentation? Or are they different and therefore need different products? I’m very pale, and have hormonal cysts occasionally. I know how to deal with the blemish (thanks to Carolinre Hirons’ great advice- nothing too drying, lots of massage and keep ‘em hydrated etc…) but still get left with scars. My skin is otherwise great- no blackheads or whiteheads ever, so I’d love to be able to just wear tinted moisturiser….but can’t because of the old scars. Help!!

  79. Melanie says:

    I would like to know what makes enlarged pores smaller. I’ve got lots on my nose, front and next to the nose up to the cheeks. Nothing seems to help and I don’t want to have to wear heavy make-up all the time.

  80. Nicola says:

    Hi Ruth! Your website is amazing!
    The question I have is about blemishes and oily skin. I am 23 now but when I was 19 I started having a plethora of acne and blackheads. Most of them begin below the skin surface and take about a month to resurface during which they are red. Even after the pus clears, they leave behind little red ‘scars’ (its like red paint on my skin) that take ages to disappear. I have tried lots of products over the past 4 years but most even the best ones I’ve tried dont eliminate the eruption or the red scars altogether, they just keep things at bay and slow down the eruption of more zits. I exercise regularly, try to keep a balanced diet and take good care of my skin (cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise etc). For the past 3 months I have been using the Murad skincare targeting acne and although my skin has become clearer, it hasnt stopped the eruption of under-surface zits or erased my red ‘scars’. Is there anything else I should try? I have also done hormonal tests but the doctor said that hormones were unrelated to my late acne-burst.

    I just want something that will stop zits from erupting and erase the red ‘scars’ they leave behind.

    Thank you xxx

  81. Stiine says:

    Hi Ruth!

    I don’t have a specific question for Dr. Murad, but I’d like to know your opinion how his products compare to the Omorovicza ones. I’ve started using the latter on your recommendation and I’m totally baffled about how quickly and fantastically my skin has improved. So I think I’ll concentrate on Omorovicza products for my skincare, but nevertheless I’d be interested if the Murad line is equally good.

    Also, in general I’d love more reviews on Omorovicza products,since there’s so much to choose from. I just bought one of those sets they’re offering just to find out what I might like besides that amazing Thermal Cleansing Balm and the Deep Cleansing Mask. But reviews would be helpful as well, of course.

    But anyway, thanks for your work here, your advice is absolutely priceless.

    • Ruth says:

      They are very different, Stiine! It’s quite difficult to compare when brands are so far removed from one another, but if you just want a thumbs-up for effectiveness then they both definitely get that! Murad has many ranges suited to different skin types, whereas Omorovicza has a very small range of luxury products. Murad has ranges formulated for different skin concerns whereas Om products kind of “suit all” so long as you don’t want to treat a certain problem. Does that make sense? Love both! xxx

      • Stiine says:

        Thanks a lot for the quick answer! I’ll take a closer look at Murad then as well and try some products. I’m one of those girls who can’t stop trying new and exciting cosmetics products, which drives my local beautician crazy. She tried unsuccessfully to make me use Shiseido products only. As much as I like their products, I wasn’t convinced that it’s the best that I can do for my skin. I just don’t buy into that “use just one skincare line exclusively” philosophy.

  82. yasmine choudhry says:

    Hi Ruth,
    How lucky you were to meet him
    My question is i am 36 have combination skin, and now get breakouts all the time i use a good brand cleanser, decleor elemis, alpha h but skin just gets worse, any help on what i can do, am at my wits end now
    i never got spots in my teens and have always had a good skincare regime, cleanse, tone moisturise, drink water, exfoliate , mask
    am not sure if this is down to the huge medication i have to take for my back spasms, painkillers,or epilepsy drugs
    would be great if dr murad could help me
    thank you

  83. Vero says:

    Oh yeah and also I agree with Laetitia, that would be great to ask Dr Murad if he knew some way to reduce the appearance of acne scars :)

  84. Vero says:

    Hi Ruth!
    I also have got a question ^^
    I saw on several blogs that a famous dermatologist from Paris was giving the advice not to wash the face with tap water, ie stop using water on the face and that it had worked for many ppl. Since I stopped, my skin has never been so beautiful, it really did wonders on my oily skin!
    BUT idk, now obviously I don’t have anymore this feeling of “property” I had before, and it bothers me that this method could clog my pores and be really bad on the long term? Because sometimes I just feel like my skin is not “clean” (as I put lots of foundation on..)
    Thank for this opportunity!! Xxx

  85. Evi says:

    Wow what an amazing opportunity! My #1 skincare question would have to be about sunscreen; the Murad skincare line has some interesting sunscreens that no other brand has (one for acne, one for anti-ageing, the vit c for anti-pollution), so I’m guessing that Murad rates sunscreen highly for a healthy and young-looking skin. Should we really apply sunscreen even if it’s cloudy outside? Is an spf 15 adequate for daily wear around the city? Chemical or natural sunblock ingredients? What about the “white cast” that most sunscreens have, is it possible to have an spf cream without it or is it sth we can’t do without because of the specific ingredients of each spf cream? And a last question: should we invest in a good (and expensive) spf cream or the more affordable ones offer the same level of protection?

  86. Natalie says:

    What can I do against blackheads? Nothing helps permanently!

  87. Laetitia says:

    Hi Ruth !
    I have a question about acne scars. I’d like to know if Dr.Murad (or you) knows if there is an effective cream or anything that can make them disappear!
    Thanks !

    • lucia says:

      same problem here, i have suffered with acne twice, once when i was 19 years old and again at 21 because of the pcos.i was left with scars on my cheeks and i would like to know if there is anything that could help other than laser treatments.
      and.. any permanent method to get rid of blackheads ?

  88. Alexandra says:

    Hi Ruth,

    First of all thank you for this amazing opportunity. Well, my question would actually be related to pores. I don’t care if you put my question on as long as we get some info on how to deal with enlarged pores. I have combination skin, slightly oily on the t-zone especially the nose, and dry on the rest of my face. The pores on my nose are quite big and I have been trying to do something about them but I am not happy to just use a primer when applying make-up, I want it to look nice without make up. If there is no possibility of shrinking them, then how to maintain them very clean all the time as blackheads are a big headache.

    Thank you once again and have an amazing day as the weather in London is very gloomy today:)

    • Kirsten Ringelmann says:

      I would love help with this too! Since I was a teenager ive had enlarged/ open pores either sides of my nose and my cheeks, I’m so careful with my skin now to prevent the problem from getting worse, but they keep appearing!

      What is the main cause of this and how can I prevent this from happening in the future? I’m desperate!

  89. mikupigu says:

    Hi Ruth, I read your blog and your youtube everyday! You’re amazing!
    The question I have is about SPF. I’ve heard so many rumours that you have to apply sun scream so much and frequently to get the sun protection which packages claim! So for a day moisturiser that contains SPF 15, how much (volume) do I have to put and how long of protection would that give? Also how can I be sure that all sun cream is all removed when I cleanse if off?

    P.S. I want more Mr Bear updates! His twitter is amazing! :)

    xx

  90. Courtney says:

    Hi, Ruth,
    This probably won’t be popular enough to ask Dr. Murad and I’ve already submitted a question, so perhaps you can provide your well-informed advice re: exfoliating acids (here or in another forum). How do I decide whether to use Mandelic, Malic, or Glycolic acid? Can I use them all on different days, or should I stick with one for a period of time and then alternate?
    Thank you!
    Courtney
    Skin type: Sensitive

    • Ruth says:

      Ask away Courtney! I’ll consider all questions, and try and put a few together so that more people’s questions can be answered at once! From personal experience, I haven’t seen very many products containing Malic – I think it’s a fruit acid? I’m not sure it’s as predictable and effective as Glycolic. Let’s see what Dr Murad says! x

  91. Lisa Fusco says:

    Hi Ruth,
    My question is on behalf of my 17 year old daughter in the hopes that I can show her the answer “straight from the horse’s mouth”. Her skin is not great – frequent break-outs around her chin and even on her cheeks. I know at 17 she is likely to still be suffering from bad skin but in my opinion her diet is NOT helping and she will not accept this to be the case. She is studying beauty therapy at Henley in Arden College (you might know that college and in fact I’ve discovered that you went to the same school as Chloe!!) and so she is very into her skin, looks etc but won’t accept that diet contributes towards the health of her skin. She has heard/read that it’s a myth and all skin problems are hormonal/genetic. She has even shown me literature ( we have on-going arguements about this subject) to shut me up. Her diet is appalling – seriously bad – I’m talking chips, crisps, bread, chocolate, anything potatoey, biscuits. NO veg, very very limited fruit in-take. It’s awful! I would love to be able to show her Dr Murad’s reply/advice. I’m sure she’d sit up and listen and take action then!!!

    Thank-you

    Lisa F

  92. keisha says:

    What is a good skincare brand which is affordable for moisturisers, eye cream etc….

  93. Natalie says:

    Amazing, Ruth! What a fantastic opportunity. My question would be:

    I have a hormonal imbalance which means I have had acne since I was 12 (and I’m now 21), I’ve been on and off antibiotics for years but I know they’re not good – and they’re not working any more. How do I combat having such congested skin that gets oily when it’s so sensitive and dehydrated? As most ‘spot’ treatments just strip my skin of everything and make it seriously dry!

    xx

    • Venus says:

      Same question here! And I believe all the antibiotics has made my skin horribly dry, so dehydrated that it gets uncontrollably oily.

      • Natalie says:

        Here here! Antibiotics may clear acne, but they’re not GOOD for skin. BeautyMouth (Caroline) says that antibiotics make skin dull, and like you said, I also have found my skin to be unbelievably dehydrated. Going round in circles!

  94. Emma says:

    Sorry I’ve been commenting all the time on this lately- but I’d love to know the best way to approach daily sun care!

    Thank you, amazing that you got to meet this gentleman!

    Xx

  95. Akilina says:

    My question has to do with blemishes and hormonal acne. Us people who suffer from it, hear lots of advice and tried many approaches. Some suggest using harsh products that dry your skin out, others diet, exfoliation and the list goes on. So far nothing has worked for me and whenever I visited a dermatologist they just want to prescribe antibiotics and get me out the door. So I would like to ask Dr.Murad what would his approach be when it comes to hormonal acne (caused by getting off the pill). I would like general advice (diet etc) as well as suggestions about how my skincare routine should be. I ask for too much, I know but it’s not like I will ever have the chance to ask Dr.Murad about my problems!

    • Katie says:

      I am so really curious about this. I’d like to add in addition, is there any supplements/vitamins he recommends taking.

      • Jamie says:

        i’d also be interested learning about this. my skin is generally clear, but hormonal chin breakouts are so frustrating! especially because they’re under the surface of the skin & can take weeks to go away. most on-the-spot-type treatments are useless & my skin dries out easily as it is…

        • Amy says:

          I would love to know the answer to this.

          • Ellen says:

            Me too. The hormonal spots are almost always on my chin, get really inflamed and sore and then last as a red marks for months and months. So depressing as you know when you get one you’ll be concealing the mark for months and then you get another….

  96. Courtney says:

    Thanks for including reader questions in this great opportunity, Ruth! I am prone to milia caused by rich eye creams (even the more gentle Pai eye cream) and some other eye care products, so my question for Dr. Murad is:
    What is the best way to prevent milia and still care for the delicate, sensitive skin under the eye?

  97. maxine cassidy says:

    WOW! that’s so great! i’d love to know what he recommends for sensitive skin that is constantly broken out, things with salycilic acids etc are too harsh for my skin and just dry it out!

    • trixie says:

      saame!! i believe products nowadays have so much harsh ingredients and unnecessary stuff that only cause skin to be worse! id also like to know what to do with sensitive skin that brakes out :) any nice natural products?

  98. Julia Koscielski says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I’m 25 years old and almost 3 months ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy William.
    I decided to breast feed him since it is so good for him. The problem is that ever since I started breast-feeding him my skin is acting crazy and I have inflamed patches of severe breakouts that itch and hurt and other parts of my face are super dry and flakey.
    My question is: What can I use on my skin to help with the breakout and especially the pain and itchiness that won’t hurt my baby?
    I would appreciate an answer because I barely go outside without hiding my face under tons of makeup or a scarf.

  99. Phil says:

    Amazing news Ruth! Can’t believe you got to meet one of the big players.
    I’ll be curious to see what questions make the final list, hopefully nothing silly we’ve had asked all over the internet a thousand times.

    • jane says:

      As the Doctor stressed good diet could you ask him what he suggests we should eat for beautiful skin? Lots of these excellent questions here are about treatment. I am interested in maintenance.

  100. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for the murad post
    My question is how do you avoid and reduce blemish marks on black skin. If he can help answer this he will have helped ease the concerns of millions of black and women of colour worldwide as this is one of our major skincare concerns.

  101. Rosie Eden says:

    Hi, Recently i have had the worst breakout of pimples around my chin and mouth that just won’t go away. I am currently studying in my final year at school so i know stress is a factor of the break out. I eat really well but still I seem to be covered in Pimples. Is there anything you can recommend? (bearing in mind I am a student so I don’t have much money.) Thanks

  102. kirsty forsberg says:

    It’s all about sunshine…

    I would like to ask Dr Murad if it’s true that a short (approx 15 mins) unprotected spell in the sun each day is beneficial to reap the health & vitamin D effects from those warming rays OR is he of the opinion that it’s vital to wear sunscreen all day, every day? And if so can he recommend a fairly priced chemical/ paraben free and importantly nano particle free brand – as there now are so many things to worry about when choosing a healthy sunscreen, it’s so confusing!!

    Many thanks for your time

    Kirsty

  103. Liz says:

    I have excessively oily skin. Nothing will mattify it for long.
    I had terrible ance which has finally calmed down after years of failed treatment but I am left with small blackheads over my cheeks. What can treat those and the oiliness?

  104. Burcu says:

    I believe I thoroughly cleanse my skin, however I still manage to get spots growing underneath my skin/ have clogged pores. When i extract them they appear to be white pust like dirt or whiteheads. Especially on my forehead, between my eyebrows is the worse, and around my nose. Would appreciate your advice. Thanks

    • michelle says:

      I have this problem too. However sometimes the dirt that comes our look like grains of dried oil. I did a quick search on the net and I think these bumps are called microcomedones and they appear due to lack of exfoliation

    • michelle says:

      I have this provlem too. However sometimes the dirt the comes out are grains of dried oil. Did a quick search on the net a while ago and i think the bumps are called microcomedones and appear due to lack of exfoliation…

  105. Julia Koscielskij says:

    Hi!
    I am 25 years old and almost 3 months ago I gave birth to my little baby boy William. I decided to breast feed since it is so good for him and convinient.
    Now, my skin is acting crazy. I have patches of severe breakouts, some of them are swollen bymps that hurt or itch. I never had them before so I am blaming the hormones.
    My question is: What can I use that is also safe for the baby?
    I really need help. I don’t feel confident enough to go out of the house :(

  106. Cecilia says:

    I’ve had these small bumps on my forehead for as long as I can remember. No matter what products I use (I’ve tried being gentle, doing AHA’s, exfoliating, etc) they don’t seem to disappear. If you could explain to me what they are and how to get rid of them (products, or maybe there’s something in my diet causing this?). I just want a smooth forehead!

    • Caitlin says:

      I also have this problem and would love to know how to fix it.:)

      • Yabeauty says:

        Me too, they’re kind of whiteish but not spots, mine spread down my temples and jawline and really frustrate me.

    • Zuzana says:

      I have the same problem!

      • Karlka says:

        They could be milia? .. Small hard white spots that don’t budge? Don’t try squeezing them (scar easily and they’re under the skin).. Go to a facialist who is trained in removing them and use liquid gold! Worked for me no end :-)

    • Ingrid says:

      I have these too! Actually, mine started up only recently and my skin on my forehead has also gotten quite oily lately. Would love to hear a solution!

      • charlene says:

        I would LOVE to know the answer to this too! Mine just suddenly appeared ALL over my face and neck. I’ve started using alpha h now but would love to know the answer to solving this. Pick this question Ruth!!! Xx

        • Debbie says:

          Me too!! Bumps under the skin on my forehead.. I suspect its a type of skin allergy maybe… from either products or environmental stressors… I would love to get this answered!! thanks Ruth <3

    • kelly says:

      i have had this problem as well! i went to my doctor who prescribed a retinoid and also clindamycin a bacteria killing solution. everything was super gentle and fixed the problem!

    • Jenya says:

      Those bumps may be flat warts which are signs of one strand of HPV. They can spread to other places on your face and/or body. Eventually they will go away, but that might take years.
      Talk to a dermatologist.

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