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Ingredients: Deionized Water,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Cocamide DEA,Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Sodium Chloride, Glycolic AcidMatricaria Extract,Yarrow Extract, St Johns Wort ExtractChamomile ExtractSage Extract.

Product Description: “For dull, congested skin, this lathering, deep cleanser has the exfoliating powers of Glycolic Acid to break down build-up from skins surface, reduce minor discoloration and leave skin radiant and smooth. Formulated with Herbal Extracts for soothing benefits. Best when used 2-3 times weekly or as recommended by your skin specialist based on your skins needs”.

My Experience: So, I’ve put this review off for some time because I’m in two minds about this product. I think it’s a godsend, but I also wince every time I look at it. First of all, it’s not a pretty product (and that’s not the main reason it makes me wince!). The packaging is basic and clinical, like most Mario Badescu products, and the liquid is a cloudy yellow. Certain bodily fluids spring to mind. But that’s okay, because this does exactly what is says on the tin. Not many products give instant results like this. You only need a tiny amount to do the job, and it lathers well. After only a minute or two, the texture of my skin feels noticeably smoother. And that’s what I love about this cleanser. You can feel it working the instant its spread across your face. After a couple of weeks, the over all texture of my skin also improved. Stubborn little bumps cleared, blackheads reduced. Now onto what I don’t like. It’s very harsh, although Mario Badescu claims it can be adjusted to your skin type, and those with sensitive skin should only use it 1-2 times per week. I used this twice a week, then once, then every other week, and my skin was still dry as the Sahara. I spent a month nursing my skin back to health with gentle cleansers and intensive moisturizers. I’m so sad over this. But I’d still recommend it to those with more robust skin, because it doesn’t cost the earth and it really does improve skin texture.

The Skinny: This works wonders at smoothing and improving skin texture, but those with sensitive skin must beware, because it can be very drying.


UK: £13.95 from BeautyBay

USA: $15 from Mario Badescu

Rating: 3/5


Ingredients: Aqua, isopropyl alcohol, sodium sulfate, zinc oxide, hydrolyzed serum protein, hydrolyzed yeast protein, pyridoxine, niacinamide, panthenol, propylene glycol, allantoin and biotin

Product Description: An overnight treatment that significantly reduces the severity, size and frequency of  breakouts, specifically targeting cystic pimples and large clusters of acne.

My Experience: I never had acne as a teenager, but now I find that it crops up occasionally and when it does, it’s always on my chin. It usually goes away within a couple of weeks, but for some reason it kept flaring up and a month had passed without any change, so I went in search of something to help. I’d heard rave reviews of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and was considering purchasing that until I came across the Buffering Lotion, which is designed to target my exact problems: I had a painful, red cystic pimple on the left side of my chin and a small cluster of acne on the right side. This product is full of ingredients that calm, soothe and promote healing as well as reduce redness. You must shake the bottle and apply the lotion to all affected areas with your fingertips. The texture is watery  and white, and I applied a small amount to both areas of my chin. The very next morning I noticed a difference. Both areas were smaller, less red, less painful and had stopped itching. As instructed, I waited a day before using it again, and this morning my cystic pimple is practically gone except for a tiny bump and the cluster of acne has reduced to mere dark flecks. I’m so impressed with this product that I’m kicking myself for not buying it sooner. This is a little miracle worker in a bottle. And considering the tiny amount you need to use, it will last ages so I also think it’s reasonably priced. I’m really, really pleased with this product.

The Skinny: Easy to use and very effective – it’s full of great ingredients and minimizes cystic pimples and clusters of acne while reducing redness, inflammation and helping skin to heal.


UK: £15.50 from

USA: $17 from Mario Badescu

Rating: 5/5