This acne treatment is going viral for bringing down cystic spots

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Acne sucks. Anyone who has ever struggled with their skin knows how a bout of breakouts can really get you down. And it doesn't stop at the emotional toll: sometimes, spots are physically painful too.

There's a whole host of products out there that promise to tackle acne – but they don't all deliver, right? Cystic acne, in particular, is especially hard to treat given that a salicylic acid gel might not penetrate deep enough into the dermis.

So many factors can aggravate cystic acne, from genetics to stress, and of course touching, picking and popping. These inflamed, deep-rooted spots develop beneath the skin surface, so most topical treatments aren't able to work effectively.

So, when we came across Murad's new Deep Relief Blemish Treatment, which is going viral on Tiktok, we had to dig deeper – and turns out it’s trending for all the right reasons. US-based beauty TikToker, Lala Luv Beauty, shared her five-day journey to clearing cystic acne, and the video has since received almost 2 million views for the incredible transformation that the treatment has made to her painful skin.


The beauty influencer’s mini tutorial shows her using a small amount of the Murad Deep Relief on her 'deep-set acne', applying once every day for five days (via a clean cotton bud). Each day, the visible changes are genuinely staggering and by day five her red and inflamed acne has completely dried out.

After a bit more research into something that still seems 'too good to be true', it turns out her review isn’t the only top rating. One reviewer said: 'This is the best spot treatment I have found so far, especially for painful under the skin acne. It significantly aids in the improvement of blemishes and the decrease of acne.'

The Deep Relief Blemish Treatment is a riff on the Rapid Relief spot gel, designed to work instead on deeper, inflamed spots. It delivers instant as well as long term benefits – and clearly, it really does work.

Tracey Wilmot, Murad International Education Director, says that while the most well-known ingredient is the salicylic acid, it’s the ground cherry extract that sets it apart from the others.

'The key to its performance is ground cherry extract, a ‘phytosteroid’ that works in a similar way to hydrocortisone and can be very effective for the most severe forms of breakouts,' says Tracey. 'The treatment is designed to calm the inflammatory response, reduce pain and swelling of the skin associated with severe blemishes.'

Photo credit: Murad
Photo credit: Murad

The treatment is also formulated with amino acids to specifically target the bacteria that causes severe breakouts, without stripping the skin of the healthy kind (this is where most spot treatments go wrong, and why they leave you with peeling, dry skin).

Founded in 1989 by dermatologist Dr Murad, the brand was one of the first to marry science and skincare. With its manifesto 'skincare is healthcare', Murad has shown a generation of people that clinical, science backed treatments can be accessible and easily understood. The brand has continued to expand, developing its unmatched scientific formulas that, in particular, have been ground-breaking for anyone suffering with blemishes or acne.

So, you can clear away the hoards of disappointing promises and place your trust in this very promising acne treatment instead. While £40 certainly tips towards the more investment- level end of skincare, for something that genuinely works, it really is worth every penny.

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