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Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment

Lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall blemish in just 1 week
Lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall blemishes in just 1 week. Salicylic acid combines with lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebacic and glycolic acids in Penta-Acid Technology to clear skin of blemish-causing bacteria, oiliness and blackheads while minimising dryness and irritation.

Clinically proven to reduce pimples, blackheads and whiteheads in just 1 week.*


    Which skin type is it good for?
  • Oily
    Formulated without:
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates
  • Gluten
  • Animal-derived ingredients

Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissappointed I bought this product about a month ago and didn't notice any difference, my skin was either great or terrible, so nothing new. Won't be purchasing it again unfortunately.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not suit my skin I’m a fan of Murad products and love everything I’ve used so far! However, this particular product was an exception. I have combination skin and occasionally get blemishes. I wanted to try this blemish cream after looking at the great reviews. This cream had a great pearly texture. However, after just two uses, I started to have sensitive reactions. My skin became red and blotchy and itchy. Quite disappointed by with this purchase as I have always been happy with other products.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product I bought this product for my daughter and it appears the only one that has worked for her.
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breakthrough!!! This really helped with my breakouts. It left my face very clear for other products to absorb in. Highly recommending this angel
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A slow burner, but an absolute must! Amazing! I initially started using this product at the beginning of August and at first, the product actually brought to the surface my underlying blemishes making their appearance seem worse. However, after a week or so, the product really started to work wonders and has since been reducing the risk of breakouts and fighting against my blemishes in the areas of my face which suffer the most. My skin in the affected areas feels so much smoother, healthy and oil-free after using the Outsmart Blemish Clarifying treatment for the past few weeks – I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hormonal Acne Hero I bought this a week ago as I was curious to how it worked and it worked perfectly for my hormonal acne! And works well with sensitive skin too. I did have break outs in the first week but it has to get worse before it gets better just keep a positive mindset!! Definitely recommend this to people who suffer hormonal break outs
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cleared my breakouts! I have been using this product for a few weeks and it has cleared my skin of breakouts and reduced black heads. As with the other reviews i agree that my skin was worse before it got better, for me it took a week for the product to start working. I normally get breakouts in the summer as my skin is oiler but this has really helped! I wouldn't say it has reduced the shine on my face.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works really well I've been using this product for just over 2 weeks and it's really made a difference to the quality of my skin. Don't be worried when you first start to use it - it's going to get worse before it gets better as it brings out the impurities! My blackheads have noticeably decreased and my skin looks much smoother overall - my Mum noticed an immediate difference when I went to visit. I would definitely use this again - unfortunately I'm nearly out!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Results I started using this product a week ago and initially my blemishes worsened as the product bought to surface my pimples but after a few days this seemed to improve on one side of my face. I am happy with the results and will persist on with it. I have also found my skin to be less oily and best of all I have not found this treatment to be too drying on my skin which I have found with other products.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing for all skin types My daughter (15) and myself (37) have both been using this for the past week and the results are amazing. It is non drying and cleared up the few summer induced blemishes I had as well as considerably improving my daughter's teenage acne prone skin!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all Ages I received this product just in time, I am a woman of 40+ and still suffer from hormonal outbreaks, after the 2nd day of using this product in my routine my flare-ups calmed down and kept any new spots at bay. My teenage daughter who suffers from spots has started using this product on a daily basis and loves it, I would recommend for all ages.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from even for us oldies! Suffered with blemishes to some degree most of my adult life so tried just about every range, wish I had discovered Murad long ago! My skin has never been clearer and this is a fab addition to an already excellent range. Have already recommended it to my brother!
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improvement after only a few days Recently my skin has suffered with more outbreaks than usual, but already after just a few days of using this product I have noticed an improvement with existing blemishes getting better, and no new blemishes appearing. The gel also feels quite lightweight when putting it on, and unlike some treatments that target blemish prone skin, this hasn’t dried my skin out at all.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my oily skin! I had my eye on this product when it launched in the US, so was happy to see it in the UK! I've been using it now for a few days and already noticed an improvement with my existing spots and the oiliness of my skin.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product and range Murad's antiblemish range is brilliant - my teenage daughter has been using the range for some time with really good results. She loves the oil free moisturiser, and we both use the spot treatment. I find the mattifier great when in Asia for work - keeps you matte and non-shiny all day. She has been using this clarifying treatment for the last week and it's made a difference. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-07-13
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Solution for:

  • Blemishes and breakouts
  • Excess oil and shine
  • Large or clogged pores
  • Whiteheads and blackheads


This product is:

  • Alcohol-free
  • Non-irritating
  • Non-drying
  • Cruelty-free


Dr.’s Inspiration:

“I have seen many patients develop a tolerance to prescription acne treatments, and when they stop working, it’s devastating. Treating blemishes demands a more holistic approach that includes lifestyle, nutrition and advances in topical skincare. I developed Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment to be used as part of a whole-person regime to help skin stay consistently clear.” – Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD



Natural citrus fragrance includes a combination of lemon, lime, tangerine and lavender notes.


*On 96% of subjects through clinical expert grading.

How To Use

To Use: AM and PM.

  1. Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying product.
  2. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer.
  3. Follow with Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA++ during the day, and Skin Perfecting Lotion at night.


Sensitivity test for new user:

Apply the product sparingly to 1 to 2 small affected areas during the first days of use. If no discomfort occurs, follow directions as stated on the label.


Use with:



Penta-Acid Technology

Dr. Murad’s combination of 5 powerful acids—salicylic acid combined with lysophosphatidic acid, hydroxydecanoic acid, sebacic acid and glycolic acid—help clear skin and prevent future breakouts.


  • Salicylic acid

  • Salicylic acid reduces the severity of acne, helps keep skin clear by preventing formation of new acne and allows skin to heal.


  • Hydroxydecanoic acid and sebacic acid

  • Commonly found in royal jelly, these two ingredients are fatty acids with purifying properties. Clinical testing has shown that these ingredients can reduce sebum and are fast-acting sebum regulators.


  • Lysophosphatidic acid

  • Lysophosphatidic acid, bio-molecule derived from soy beans, helps reduce the appearance of pores.


  • Glycolic acid

  • Glycolic acid is a high purity, low molecular weight alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane that helps skin renew and helps rid the skin’s surface of cellular debris to keep pores clear.

Honey extract, boswellia extract and rice extract


Honey extract, boswellia extract and rice extract

These three extracts combined have soothing and hydrating benefits that help counteract dryness and redness.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane/Silica Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Salicylic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Oligopeptide-10, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycolic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Allantoin, Honey Extract, Sebacic Acid, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Silver Citrate, Glycerin,Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, 1,10-Decanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, CaprylylGlycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum), Blue 1(CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)