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Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit

Mario Badescu

Acne Starter Kit

Item #: 2263619

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Reveal the clean and clear skin you were meant to have with the Acne Starter Kit. This four piece collection calls upon the effective powers of salicylic acid, sulfur, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera to help treat blemish-prone complexions and reveal healthier looking skin.

A $40 value!

Includes:
  • Acne Facial Cleanser (2.0 oz.)
  • Special Cucumber Lotion (2.0 oz.)
  • Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 (1.0 oz.)
  • Drying Mask (0.5 oz.)
  • Drying Cream sample size
Acne Facial Cleanser: Twice daily, gently massage on face in circular motions, avoiding eye area. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry. Follow with toner or astringent.

Special Cucumber Lotion: Morning and evening after cleansing, apply to face with a cotton ball or pad, wiping in an outward direction. Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into eyes, rinse well with water. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17: After cleansing and toning, apply before sun exposure and daily all over face, avoiding eye area. Re-apply frequently to maintain protection and after perspiring or swimming. May be used under make-up or alone.

Drying Mask: Apply a thin layer on clean skin avoiding eye area. Wait 20 minutes and rinse with tepid water. May be used 2-3 times a week all over face or on problem areas only including back and chest.

Drying Cream: Apply sparingly on pimples by dabbing with fingertip until cream blends into the skin. Best when applied after moisturizer, before make-up
Acne Facial Cleanser: Deionized Water (Aqua),Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera (Barbadensis Leaf) Gel, Hyaluronic Acid, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Extract, Chamomile (Chamomila Recutita) Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol.

Special Cucumber Lotion: Deionized Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Sulfate, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Extract, Nonoxynol-9.

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17: Deionized Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnimate, Cetyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Myristyl Lactate, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben.

Drying Mask: Deionized Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Starch, Calamine, Ichthammol, Propylene Glycol, Colloidal Sulfur, Titanium Dioxide.

Drying Cream: Deionized Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) Gel, Cetyl Alcohol, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Extract, Colloidal Sulfur, Ervol,Octyl Palmitate, Ichthammol, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol.

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Mario BadescuAcne Starter Kit
 
4.0

(based on 131 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (78)
  • Effective (73)
  • Good value (70)
  • Lightweight (60)
  • Smells great (21)

Cons

  • Not effective (11)
  • Poor texture (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (88)
  • Oily skin (55)
  • Women (37)
  • Men (17)
  • On-the-go (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (50), Brand buyer (37), Beauty conscious (6)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (48), 30 minutes (41), 1+ hour (8)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (6), Oily (3)

Reviewed by 131 customers

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5.0

The face products I've been dreaming of!

By Marissa

from Corona, CA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Pros

  • Gentle
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne
    • Daily Use
    • Sensitive Skin
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

    I didn't have acne as a teen but when I turned 20 I got really bad cystic acne all over both of my cheeks and jawline. I tried prescriptions, tons of different products, and eventually started using Proactiv. It did help to clear up the acne but my skin wasn't great. It was dry, uneven, and I still had breakouts somewhat frequently (but they weren't as sevre). I continued to use Proactiv out of fear that my face would break out in cystic acne again because it was awful the first time. I decided I wanted something better for my skin and that was gentler because I knew how bad Proactiv was to be using. So I bought this kit and after about a week I could feel that my face was smoother, more hydrated, and overall just looked better. Also, the breakouts I was having started to quickly and nicely clear up. I've been using it for a little more than a month now, and I did get the Anti-Ance Serum from Mario Badescu but have only been using it for a few days to clear up my more stubborn pimples. But I am so happy to have my face basically cleared!! I do have hyperpigmentation and acne scars left, but I plan to use the Whitening Mask soon to see how that does. I HIGHLY recommend this kit if your struggling with acne!

    • Skin Type:
    • Oily
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    5.0

    I love this product. Something I know it works for my skin.

    By Lucy

    from Palm Springs

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Smells Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

      Best product. I just wish the store would carry more of this product.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      5.0

      i would buy this product again

      By Rosie

      from livermore ca

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Non-Greasy
      • Smells Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

        totally has been helping for my breakout, love it so far! one week down

        • Skin Type:
        • Normal
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        5.0

        I absolutely LOVE this kit!

        By Liv

        from Morganton, NC

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

        • Bad Smell

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

        The drying mask smells terrible but it works! The cucumber lotion astringent is amazing and feels so cool and clean. The moisturizer feels so refreshing aye a good deep clean.

        • Skin Type:
        • Oily
        • Age:
        • 18-29
         
        5.0

        AMAZING difference in just one week!

        By Music Mom

        from Queen Creek, AZ

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Gentle, yet powerful acne fighter
        • Lightweight
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Prevention of new acne
          • Redness/ Blotchiness

          Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

          Although I went through menopause early, naturally as well, I started getting horrible cystic acne on both cheeks. My t-zone was mostly regular, small pimples.
          About the time I began researching the Mario Badescu line, I was starting to get 4 to five bumps, future flare ups, along my jawline. I went to Ulta the next day and purchased the Acne Starter Kit. The price was great considering that I didn't want to invest a lot of money to try the whole system.
          On day 7, my skin has calmed down significantly and my flare up disappeared.
          The only thing I would advise is that you just deal with the smell of the drying cream. If it were not for that and the mask, my face would be a mess right now. (I only used the cream and mask at night after cleansing, so it wasn't a huge issue for me.) The actual cleanser, toner, and moisturizer do not have a strong smell and get the job done.
          I'm very happy that my skin looks and feels much better!

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 45-59

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Only thing that works!

          By Beth

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Acne
            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

            I LOVE this kit! I'm 36, I don't have severe acne but I'll have multiple pimples at once and big pores. Especially when I'm stressed. This is one of the only products I've ever used that works on my skin (proactive didn't even work for me!). I was using Lush products which was the 1st regime that's ever worked on me but those got pricey. This kit is affordable and works even better! It only took about 2 weeks or less using morning and night to see significant results. HIGHLY recommend for acne prone skin!

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Give it some time, it works!

            By Alyssa

            from Northridge, ca

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

            • Bad Smell

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

            On a normal bases, I have good skin, there are those stress filled weeks, or just off weeks where I break out somewhat. But lately, my skin has been out of control. I felt stressed out looking at it, and I was tired of trying all the over the counter medications and going to the dermatologist's office spending too much money. I happened to be at ULTA for the benefit brow bar, and I was wandering down the rows, and came across this brand and kit. I'd read online reviews of it, and felt confident about my purchase. Now it's been four days, and my skin is amazing. The smell may not be the best, but you get use to it. It took the four days for my breakouts to calm, but they are going away, without leaving a dark spot/blemish behind. I would suggest, that you use the mask only on the areas you need it, not the whole face, it will dry you out and may cause more breakouts. Also, I suggest a night cream, so that you do not over dry the face. It's amazing. I will be using all the products from now on.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 18-29

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Soooo Good for Acne Prone Skin

            By Connie

            from Boston, Ma

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Redness/ Blotchiness
              • Sensitive Skin
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

              This kit is a gift from God! I have used countless products for my combination, sensitive, light rosacea skin and acne prone skin. I decided to try this kit and the results were amazing. The first night I used it, my rosacea calmed down so much. My acne has been decreasing since I started using this. I use it twice a day. I haven't tried the drying cream or mask yet because I have been loving the cleanser, cucumber lotion and moisturizer so much! Great steal and all our TSA size approved!

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 18-29
               
              3.0

              Results

              By Sam

              from Kissimmee, Florida

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Moisturizes
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

              • Not Effective

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Enlarged Pores

              Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

              I feel like this product hasn't really done much for my skin. Although it does the basic, cleaning the face. I really did`t see much results in face.

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
               
              5.0

              I would buy this product again.

              By Jessica

              from Hawaii

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit:

              I had a cystic ance and inflamed. It was painful as well. It helps calmed my acne and heals it. Now all those bumpy and red acne went away. Finally, my face feels smooth and clear.

              • Skin Type:
              • Oily

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              • Q:

                My acne has been really bad this past year, and just recently after looking more into the Mario Badescu products I now realize a majority of my acne right now is cystic acne. I was wondering whether you would suggest tackling my acne by purchasing this acne kit, or if i should buy the buffering lotion and see how it works out first?
                Asked on 7/10/2016 by Beauty Baller from San Diego, CA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  To combat your acne you should put yourself on the proper skin care regimen - our Acne Starter Kit is a great place to start. In addition to a proper skin care regimen, you should also be spot treating those deep bumps with our Buffering Lotion.

                  Answered on 7/12/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                I am suffering with adult acne which is only around my mouth, chin and sometimes jawline. Interested to know if these products would help with hormonal acne ? I have combination skin; oily in tzone.
                Asked on 7/7/2016 by Ann from Chouteau OK

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Choosing a skin care regimen that focuses on addressing oily, acne prone skin is essential in combating adult acne. Our Acne Starter Kit is the perfect option. Often hormonal acne includes those deep under-the-surface bumps that appear around the jawline. We offer a product specifically designed to target this issue- Buffering Lotion (Item #: 2209805).

                  Answered on 7/10/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Is there a certain order you should use these products in?
                Asked on 7/3/2016 by Erin from Atlanta, GA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Yes - you should CLEANSE (Acne Facial Cleanser), TONE (Special Cucumber Lotion), MOISTURIZE (Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17), and TREAT. You can use the Drying Mask 2-3 times a week and the Drying Cream nightly to address areas of concern.

                  Drying Mask: Apply a thin layer on clean skin avoiding eye area. Wait 20 minutes and rinse with tepid water. May be used 2-3 times a week all over face or on problem areas only including back and chest.

                  Drying Cream: Apply sparingly on pimples by dabbing with fingertip until cream blends into the skin.

                  Answered on 7/8/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                i have very oily acne prone skin. i also suffer from fairly severe hyper pigmentation. my acne is mild right now. i'm wondering which kit you would recommend?
                Asked on 6/27/2016 by jayce michael from Sacramento

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  I would recommend the Acne Starter Kit. You can also incorporate our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (Item #: 2209926) into your regimen 2-3 times a week.Once your acne is under control and you are not experiencing any active breakouts, you can begin to incorporate more products that will address the hyper pigmentation - specifically our Whitening Mask (Item #: 2209901) and Vitamin C Serum (Item #: 2209815).

                  Answered on 6/29/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Can I still use retin A nightly while using these products?
                Asked on 6/27/2016 by Erin from Atlanta GA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  When using topical prescriptions, we always recommend consulting with your dermatologist before adding any new products to your skin care regimen.

                  Answered on 6/29/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Funny question- I have no idea how to use the drying cream?? Can you tell me how to use it and how oftin?? Thanks!!
                Asked on 6/26/2016 by Nikki from Blue springs MO

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Mario Badescu Drying Cream is intended to target those small under-the-surface bumps. Dab small amount onto affected areas until product blends into skin.

                  Answered on 6/29/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Are these products okay to use if you have very sensitive skin? Are there any harsh chemicals in the products?
                Asked on 6/22/2016 by Lauren from New York

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  The Acne Starter Kit contains products that are not generally recommended for sensitive skin. Sticking to a skin care regimen geared for super sensitive skin is a better option. You can use the products in our Acne Repair Kit to spot treat the different types of blemishes that may occur. (Item #: 2209794)

                  Answered on 6/22/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Do these products help your acne or congested pores by bringing everything to the surface before it begins clearing? I haven't seen any reviews or read any questions about this. I know a lot of products help by bringing the problems from your skin out before it begins to clear and I just wanted to know if these products do that
                Asked on 6/7/2016 by Leighanne from tax

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  The products in the Acne Starter Kit work to dry out existing clogged pores and to remove pore clogging debris to prevent future breakouts. Depending on the type of blemishes you are experiencing, the products in the kit will either penetrate the blemish to dry it out or draw out excess pore clogging debris. For blemishes that do come to the surface - instead of popping - use our Drying Lotion to effectively target them. (Item #: 2209808)

                  Answered on 6/8/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                After using the drying mask can i use the cucumber lotion toner and the oil free moisturizer afterwards?
                Asked on 5/31/2016 by Jeck from Philippines

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  After removing the mask, you may follow with the Special Cucumber Lotion. At nighttime, you could skip the moisturizer and simply apply your spot treatments - such as the included Drying Cream. But make sure to apply the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 during the day.

                  Answered on 5/31/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Is the lotion the same as toner?
                Asked on 5/25/2016 by Olivia from Wilmington de

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Yes - Special Cucumber Lotion is a toner.

                  Answered on 5/26/2016 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
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