Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review This is a lifesaver!!
I almost never review products because usually the results I get are just okay. This product, however, has been a true life saver...or should I say, face saver. I'm 40 and have been dealing with hormonal acne ranging from mild to severe, since my early thirties. A year and a half ago, when my acne got super severe, I found a great dermatologist who really helped me out. Despite that, I still have some frustrating breakouts here and there and have pretty much tried everything under the sun to try and prevent them. Then I found this product. It's been my best friend since day one.
You can use it as a spot treatment which I do, but I also like to use this product the week before I get my period which is when I'm especially prone to breakouts. I'll cleanse and tone my face and then apply this product to my acne prone areas, namely my chin and cheeks. I let it absorb for about ten minutes and then I apply any serums or moisturizers on top. If I have any hint of a pimple emerging there is usually no trace by the morning.
Even the most non-comedogenic of foundations can make me break out so another trick I employ is to put it on before my foundation. I usually do my eye make up first and my foundation last so I'll gently tap and press a fine layer of this onto my chin and cheeks and let it sit while I do my eye make up. It has worked wonders to stop breakouts from my make up.
I know not every product works well for everyone but coming from someone who has tried everything, it's worth a shot. I hope this works as well for everyone as it did for me. xoxo
Most Helpful Critical Review Original Formula Has Been Changed
This formulation has changed. I used the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion for years with great success, but the company recently changed the ingredients unknowingly to me at the time and the new ingredients caused my sensitive skin to become dry, red and irritated. This once great product contained wonderful benefits to the overall texture and tone of my skin not just on acne. The new ingredients are now probably only suited for a spot treatment only. Be sure to check the dates of all all the glowing reviews...I did a comparison of the "original" ingredients vs the new and they are indeed quite different. So just be aware of the change. I was not aware they had reformulated a once tried and true product and it caused a very adverse reaction on my skin. I think it's very irresponsible for a company to change their formulation without letting the consumer know.
Reviewed by 504 customers Nope.
CML from Missouri
I didn't see that the first ingredient in this was isopropyl alcohol, or I wouldn't have purchased it. It was incredibly drying and I don't know how it would work on under the skin cysts - all it did was dry the top layer of my skin out. Even after 1 use, the next day my skin was flaking and looked terrible under my makeup. Maybe this would work better for someone with extremely oily skin, I have combination skin and this didn't do anything positive for me.
Works insanely fast with pimples and redness
Jessica from Connecticut
I have the worst skin and constantly get acne Between cystic acne and normal pimples. I also have a terrible habit of picking when stressed. My skin is very dry and sensitive, I searched all over the place to find something that doesn't completely dry my skin out and make me break out more, and something that works extremely fast. This is the only product line I will ever use to help minimize and fight my acne. I love this product so much I've been using it for a while now. I will use it every other night or every two nights before bed after washing and toning as soon as I apply this onto my red and acne areas, it's almost as if it completely illuminates majority of my redness, and works so fast overnight within one day at least 80% of my acne was gone. It does burn a little if placed on a pimple or scratch but then it goes away fairly quick. This is a great product if you need fast results. It does dry white a little so be sure to wash your face the next morning. If you also have dry skin like me, do not use during the day, and use every other day or every two days. And be sure to moisturize it is very strong hence why it acts so fast, if overused your face can dry out which will cause more breakouts. This is probably one of the first products I ever bought from him and after so many more purchases of his products this is probably my most favorite.
Clambo from Maryland
I don't often review products unless they leave a huge impact for me. I bought this on a whim when I had a massive cystic pimple on my chin. I typically get them 1-2 times a month from hormones. This has changed my life. Within just a few hours of applying it I felt the size reduce significantly. Now for the past few months As soon as I feel one start to form I apply and they never get as massive as usual and go away within 1-2 days. I no longer have to live with cystic acne on my chin and can no longer live without this product
Amanda from Illinois
Love this product first surfaced acne and use salicylic for under the skin bumps. I will say if you have dry skin definitely definitely use a moisturizer or rose hip oil alongside it as this is meant to dry a little bit (acne treatment usually does). It's not advertised as a moisturizer though. One of my top three products from Mario Badescu. Love it and the niacinamide does help with acne scarring which is a plus.
Love this for sensitive skin!
Tiff from Cleveland, OH
I rarely ever get major breakouts and it's hard to use any facial product of an kind on my skin because of how sensitive it can be. I tried this stuff on one of my breakouts on my upper lip and overnight I noticed it already went down! I didn't have any burning or irritation at all. The only con I can give really is how liquidy it is, so it was harder to apply on just one pimple.
Kimbre from Syracuse
Ok . I've Dealt with acne my whole life! It was bad as a teen awful during one of my pregnancies!!! I'm 34 , I STILL get it , I'm assuming it's hormonal I break out bad during ovulation and menstrual. Most of it I can feel coming it hurts and it is under my skin, takes days to surface and days to heal, by then I have five more popping up, it's crazy!!!
Yes they hurt bad bad bad ! My face hurts. Ok , I've seen bad reviews for this and I don't know why. This has STOPPED about 90 percent of my acne under the skin. Cystic hormonal acne, this is the first thing I've found helpful!!
Get this. Use it the minute you feel a pimple starting and put it on ALOT! I clean my face, I exfoliate and use sea salt. My acne is almost gone, if i get three starting one might make it through because I missed it when it first started but all the others start to dry up inside and go away. Good luck this is working and worth it I lost one bottle and bought another just to have and found the other bottle that's how much this works!!!
Made my forehead worse!
Elsie w. from USA
I really wanted to like this product. The first time I used it, it worked. But after a while cystic acne started to appear and many more small forehead bumps. After I stopped using it, I still have some mild acne on my forehead but it's NOT nearly as bad as when I was using this product. Mario badesco is just not cutting it these days :(
V from Chicago
I love this product, I always haves this for back up when I get big cyst on my face , when I use it for 2 days the swollen of the cyst lowers down and it is disappearing by less than 7 days . It is very liquidity so I will try my best not to spill a lot out so I will use fingers to apply , don't use the the qtip it will just absorb it and not go on your skin well .
Works great for cystic acne
Emaisgr8 from GA
This works great for under the skin acne. I shake it up and pour a small amount on a q-tip to apply on my face. It drastically decreases the size of the bump over night.
Literally a miracle worker!
Jordan from California
It works overnight!!!! I have combination skin, so maybe this won't be a miracle worker for those with large cystic acne, but I found it works right away on medium to smaller red bumps. The only con I have is that it gets less and less effective overtime using the same amount, so try and only use a little bit at first because even a little goes a long way. I find the best way to use it is to drip some on my finger, tilt my finger at an angle so the liquid forms into a singular droplet on the tip of my finger and dab it onto the spot, leaving an obvious patch there of the formula. Rubbing it in doesn't do much after a while. Additionally, q-tips are ineffective for application because the formula gets filtered when it passes through the q-tip, so there is less of the powder when you apply it to your face. Otherwise, it works extremely well, and it is a huge life saver when I need it to present myself well in school or in other formal spaces for the next day.
No drastic results
Julia from Alabama
The only thing this does is SLIGHTY reduce the size of my hormonal acne. And its not fast acting. I've been using it on a spot for 2 weeks now and it's still pretty noticeable.
Wish I tried this sooner!
NEPA mom from Wilkes-Barre, PA
I typically get the occasional hormonal breakout. Some are surface blemishes while others are those deep cystic type. My face also has a tendency to break out when the seasons change, especially summer to fall and winter to spring. I have been using the Unblemish regime from another popular MLM company. It was not clearing my skin at all, in fact, I think it was making it worse! Along with blemishes, my face was breaking out in little bumps. I am not sure if some of it was due to warring a mask and the stress of the pandemic, but I never had my face break out to this extreme. After a few nights of applying the buffering lotion, most of the bumps have gone down and my acne is clearing significantly. I am pleased at not only how quickly this product worked, but also how affordable it is.
Needs to be in rollerball form
Natalie from Denver
This is a great product but the packaging is horrible. It just drips all over where you want to put it and makes a mess. This really needs to be in a rollerball bottle.
Stops deep blemishes from progressing to the surface
MB from Wisconsin
This stuff works. Great at stopping emerging deep blemishes.
Emaisgr8 from GA
I was extremely impressed by the buffering lotion. I used it on an under the skin bump before bed. The next morning it was drastically reduced. I used it the next two nights and the bump went away completely. I will continue to purchase when this bottle runs out.
Layla from Philly
Doesn't do anything. Save your money
This stuff is a life saver!
Caitlin from Raleigh, NC
This stuff is great! I swear by it. The trick is putting it on the cystic acne/under the skin pimple RIGHT when you notice it. It is a watery product, but shake it well and use a q-tip. I apply it to the q-tip, and then am able to really target the spot I want to get rid of. I use the other side of the q-tip to wipe away any extra that may drip. It dries in about 10-15 minutes, but keep your hands off it and let it do its thing. I normally use it over night and by the morning my pimple is reduced in size and reduced in redness by 40%. By the next night of using it, it is reduced almost 80%. Be consistent with it and use it on clean skin so it can penetrate and do its job. It absolutely works from the inside out for those pimples that never come to a head, but you have to start treating the pimple early to see maximum results. It is drying, so if you use it for more than 3 days in a row you may see some redness or flakiness associated with dry skin, just a FYI though it has never drastically dried out any area I've used it on.
A skincare must have!
Emma from Dallas, TX
I have never found anything to treat my hormonal breakouts on my chin, I've tried birth control, prescriptions from the dermatologist, but nothing works like the Buffering Lotion! I noticed a difference with just one application and have had the best results! If you get those painful, red under the skin bumps, this is for you!
This is a miracle product!
mclemens from Dallas, TX
This is the best product I have ever found found for bumps, pimples, sores, ect.. on my chin and face! I was finally told that most of these type problems are caused by hormonal issues and that regular acne products used a different approach to healing then what I needed. This stuff works from the inside out and really does clear up these terribly painful and ugly sores. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Jen from Colorado
this stuff is amazing!!. it works to shrink pimples under the skin and helps heal the smaller ones quicker too. there is no overnight magical remedy to make pimples disappear but this product does speed up the process by days! make sure to shake the bottle before use. I apply each night until the pimple is gone which usually takes about two days!
Excellent for Cystic
Ble from Biloxi, MS
This product does overnight miracles on my cystic acne.
When it works, it WORKS
Kea from Sea Haven
Firstly, the texture is awful. It's like water with undissolved powder in it. It's very difficult to apply. I have found the best way is to drop it onto my finger, angle my finger so it runs to the tip and then tap it onto my face. No rubbing, just tapping so the "powder" part is concentrated where you want it. Besides the texture, I do like it. It works very well for cystic acne. I have not found it effective for regular acne. It is not drying to me because I only use it on specific spots and only at night and only til the bump is gone. It does clear up those cystic bumps quickly though (a couple of days). I have had a couple of spots where I felt like it did nothing, but looking at it overall - I would still say it's worth a try.
My Holy Grail for Cystic Acne!
Mandy from North Carolina
I've been dealing with some serious cystic acne for the past few months on the sides of my face and my neck. I was desperate for anything that would help, and I'm so happy to find this. It literally reduces the appearance overnight, and truly helps remove the cystic acne. It's a lifesaver. Yes, the smell is strong, but it's so worth it to me because it takes a bump that would take literal MONTHS to be gone and removes it within DAYS.
Skincarequeen from New York, New York
After reading so many great reviews about this buffering lotion, and loving the drying lotion, I decided to get it. I am in my 20s and get hormonal break outs that are mainly under the skin bumps. I am in disbelief that all these reviews are so positive, that I'm convinced they are fake. The first time applying this product, which was extremely difficult due to its consistency that basically feels and smells like pure rubbing alcohol, I got red burning blotches all over everywhere I applied it. Nothing like this has never happened to me at all in any extent and I don't typically have sensitive skin. And this awful burning feeling or the red patches didnt go away for an hour or so!! The next morning it did NOTHING! In fact, it made me break out with 10 new under the skin pimples within 24 hours of the first use. I will never be using this product again and will in fact be sticking with the drying lotion which had been my holy grail for the last year. Do not buy!!! Go for the drying lotion!
You need this if you are prone to breakouts
Britt from California
I suffer from under the skin breakouts. Pimples that would last weeks sometimes months. And would never break above the skin surface. They are hard to get rid of and usually left me with a dark spots. Now with this product, after just 2 nights of applying, the breakout completely disappears ! I apply at night after cleasnsing and toning and after I apply the buffering solution I do not apply anything else on top. Let it sit overnight and in the morning breakout diminished by 75-100% if you are prone to under the skin pimples or pimples in general, this is a life saver