Everyone needs a basic, gentle cleanser. While extras like peptides and anti-oxidants are sometimes added to cleansers, I'm not sure that many of them are very helpful to your skin as these expensive ingredients are often washed off before they can do any good. What makes more sense to me is to add ingredients that are not washed off or are able to compliment the action of the cleanser for the short time that it is on the skin.
Dr. Murad seems to agree with me, as he's added both alpha and beta hydroxy acids to this basic cleanser. While the directions say to use this 2-3 times a week, truthfully I've been using this cleanser twice a day for weeks on end without any irritation or redness issues. This is a gentle cleanser that does a great job of cleaning every bit of oil and makeup off of my face without giving me after wash tightness! It also has some small beads to help exfoliate, though I'm not sure they are really helping. At least they are small and round, minimizing any tearing of the skin they might result in.
Continue reading for the ingredient analysis...
Ingredients (refer to the cleanser post):
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Surfactant that can cause irritation in those with very sensitive skin
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: emollient
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Extract): anti-inflammatory
Polyoxymethylene Urea: bulking agent
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: humectant
Glycol Stearate: emollient
Propylene Glycol: humectant
Sodium PCA: humectant
Glycolic Acid: alpha hydroxy acid
Lactic Acid: alpha hydroxy acid
Salicylic Acid: beta hydroxy acid
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C): anti-oxidant
Polyquaternium-4: glossing and anti-static agent
Carbomer: thickening agent
Sodium Hydroxide: pH adjuster
Disodium EDTA: chelating agent and stabilizer
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate: preservative
Murad's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser