Rated 4.23 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I love this product!!!
I use this product in the shower. I wash my face first with dove soap to remove my makeup and then follow with this cleanser. I don't have to use a lot, just a small squeeze. I use my fingertips and gently rub it all over my face, and over the affected areas. At first I though it wouldn't work because it is so gentle and doesn't form a lather which made me wonder if it was "working." After the shower, I let my face air dry and then with clean hands put on Mario Badescu's A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer. Together it has improved my skin dramatically. I started using Mario Badescu's product on March 29, and began taking pictures every 1-2 weeks to see if my skin was improving. It definitely has improved and no other product has been able to do this. It is now August 4, and my skin is more clear than it has ever been. The scars I hated and attempted to cover with makeup have faded away and I have had 1-2 pimples but even those disappear quickly and the scars fade fast. Don't feel discouraged if you get a pimple, take pictures and continue, you will see it works! I am extremely happy! Also, I have not had to purchase another bottle of either one; but I will soon, since I'm almost out, and I use both every single day. Definitely worth the money!
Most Helpful Critical Review Unless you're highly oily, it will make you bone dry
Yet another Mario B. product that has disappointed me. I wanted to like this, because it has minimal ingredients and no fragrance that can irritate skin. But I am not extremely oily, so using this all over my face outside of my slightly oily T-zone was a big mistake. It did clear up some bad blemishes I'd gotten from a horrible foundation I'd used, but after they were gone and I kept washing with this sometimes twice a day, my entire face began flaking and painfully peeling. I had to use moisturizers to try and fix it, which just sadly started the acne cycle all over again! I wasn't as adamant about checking ingredients when I bought this impulsively, and lo and behold, it contains straight up Isopropyl Alcohol that makes normal to combo skin bone dry. Mario B. seems to love using cheap ingredients like IA yet upcharges as an elite brand, what a joke! Use this at your own risk. I guess if you have extremely bad skin drenched in oil, it might be a temporary fix, but it's not good for longterm acne solutions.
Reviewed by 763 customers love but..
kels from ms
i really do love this cleanser. it's helped my skin so much, but i literally went from combo skin to super oily skin.. so watch out i guess
waste of money
TallBean from Florida
I bought this and used the entire bottle and I still had acne. It was a waste of money and there are better acne washes out there.
Pretty Drying But Works Well
bonco from Oregon
I have pretty bad hormonal acne and this product clears it up so well. I usually don't use many products because my skin is sensitive and oily so choosing quality products is a must. Would highly recommend this product to be used with a good moisturizer because it can be a little drying without other products. Personally, I use this with the Skinfood Peach Sake Toner and Too Cool For School All-in-One Moisturizer and it works pretty well. Been using it for over 5 years and haven't needed to switch since it manages my acne very well.
B from Humble
Please don't use this, I was told this would help with my acne. I broke out so much with this and I even started breaking out on my face I didn't before.
It has significantly reduced my breakouts.
Izzy from Michigan
As of the last few months I've been having more breakouts than normal. Usually, I'll get maybe one or two pimples but lately it's been 4-5. It's mostly been on my chin and my t-zone area and it worse around my period. I decided to give this a go because I have used it before a long time ago and as far as I can remember, my skin was quite clear then.
after a couple weeks of using this, I can honestly say it's been doing it's job. Again, I usually break out right before my period but this time, my acne was significantly less than what it was before. I only had one major blemish but it cleared up pretty quickly. The cleanser is a bit drying (I knew that would be the case) so I use my Mario badescu toner and some moisturizer and my face is glowing.
Please give this a try and just remember, if you have drier skin, invest in a good moisturizer.
Fail: Changed formula, now smells like Uncle. Pls revert.
Dr. G from PA
I have used this product everyday for so many years I've lost track (10?). I have always loved it and could rely on it to keep my skin in perfect condition while being fragrance free with few ingredients (as recommended by derm). I just used my new bottle and was immediately knocked down by the fragrance and looked at the bottle bc I was sure I purchased the wrong item. I love my uncle but I don't want to smell like him, nor do I want a product with so many ingredients. So sad to have my staple gone without warning. I can't do fragrances due to migraines, but also not happy about all the new ingredients. Why'd you do it, Mario?? Bring back the old formula, please.
Wow actually works
Saki from Oregon
Only been using for less than a week but it's actually making a difference. Not a huge drastic difference but definitely seeing less acne.
Didn't make worse
KillerQueenKitti from Chicago
It's expensive getting hormonal acne. I had perfect skin my whole life. For the last 3+ yrs I got hormonal ance. After seeing a Dr., it seems I have tried everything on the market. For us older women (48) who don't have Twitter, Instagram or Facebook It's just trying stuff. I was surprised this worked better than brands way more expensive.
After trying abt 15+ cleaners, I like this & Clinique foaming in the blue bottle as my constants. I wasted so much $$$ on chemical peels for 6 months that made it spread.
I haven't found ANYTHING to make it go away but some make it worse.
That is why -1☆
My Go To
Summer from Arizona
After getting awful acne from masks, I experimented with all kinds of face cleansers that would help rid me of my acne. This not only helped get rid of most of my mascne, but also my normal acne. It's a great consistency and a little goes a long way. I wash my face twice a day but the same bottle has lasted me several months now.
Ulta lover from Ulta
I tried this product and it felt like it didn't really do its job. I love Mario, but this product disappointed me. I probably won't be buying it again.
DO NOT GET
Jess from Virginia
This says it is for acne but it made me breakout WORSE THAN EVER. I though it was just because i switched cleansers but i used it for a good 6 months and I was getting breakouts in places i have NEVER gotten before. I'm not recommending this or buying it ever again
Amby from Florida
I am one to never leave reviews but this thing has changed my face completely. I have been consistent using it every morning and using the toner after as well as the moisturizer. It has cleared my stubborn acne!
Only thing that works
Vee from Virgini
34 year old female, with oily, combo face. I've always used Clinique and as I've gotten older it just stopped working or just was never working. Can't figure it out. Mario's acne facial cleanser works miracles! I even had a cystic bump on my back one time and I rubbed some cleanser on it in the shower, it went down drastically the next day. I keep mine in the shower because I use it in the morning. I love it!
Love it from Arizona
I have sensitive skin with eczema and this product works great for me
Not For Me
Ash from WA
I've liked every other product I've used from this brand, but this one just wasn't for me. I have light to moderate adult acne that is more manageable depending on the products I use. My nightly routine is a light cleanser to remove makeup first and then I use an acne wash, followed by a toner, serum, and a moisturizer. The only thing I've changed lately was the acne wash, and yet I've been noticing more blackheads (something I haven't had an issue with for quite a while) and more acne breakouts over the past month. I also usually feel a difference in skin texture with other cleansers I've used, my skin actually feels tighter and cleaner after each wash, THIS cleanser doesn't have that effect. I only bought this product because it was cheaper than the other acne cleansers I've used, and I've liked other products from this brand, unfortunately, it seems I'm going to go back to the more expensive cleansers.
Buying product again
Kxg from Albuquerque, New Mexico
It's really light. Doesn't have a scent to it which is great!
I NEVER WRITE REVIEWS - ever.
Yassss! from USA
This product absolutely has me shook. I feel like my skin maybe never was clean before... now ? I have struggled my entire life with combo dry skin , which for me means winter is particularly rough. This winter especially bc out of nowhere my skin freaked out on me and I've been FULL of stress acne for well over a month now with no improvement only getting worse. Due to my sensitivity I typically don't venture out of what I know works already, except it hasn't been working so I really researched and was hesitant first but am so far very impressed. The only reason 4 instead of the 5 stars is bc I need to still see if it's going to over dry me out . Will update this post.
(Also bought other products from this line as well! And a fancy little scrubber deal! It makes a huge difference! )
Smay from Tennessee
Bought this a couple months back. I do not enjoy this facial cleanser. It feels like I'm rubbing slime on my face and does not sud up any.
Melanie from Arizona
I really liked how this cleanser made my face feel really clean, and it has helped my acne, but it doesn't really lather, at all, which took some getting used to. but other than that my face feels so clean and fresh after using it and my acne has really started to improve just a week after using it daily. also, I have insanely sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate it like many other acne cleansers can. it can make your face feel a little dry directly after using it, which can easily be remedied by using a moisturizer or serum right after cleansing your face. it's definitely a great option for anyone with stubborn acne or oily skin. it won't clear up your acne after one use but you should start seeing positive results in about a week or so.
Maria from Cleveland, OH
This facial wash is AMAZING. I have very oily skin with large pores. Working in healthcare/mask mandate during the pandemic has caused the absolute worst acne of my life. I love this facial cleanser because it makes my face feel so clean/less oily for much longer than any other drugstore brand I have tried. I use a Cetaphil light facial wash beforehand for a double cleanse. In less than a week I have had a significant decrease in breakouts and people have already noticed a difference in my face clearing up. I can't wait to continue seeing results!
Ally from Petaluma
Iuse it every night before I go to bed
Abby from Sacramento
This product has been AMAZING! I have hormonal/ cystic acne and also work in healthcare. Wearing masks for longer periods of time have definitely caused some maskne. This helped reduce and dry up active acne and doesn't make my skin feel super dry or stripped. I have really sensitive skin and this has worked great for me! this is my new favorite and plan to always use it.
Hannah from Columbus Ohio
I have been using this for about a month now and it is doing a wonderful job at keeping my face clear of acne. I have semi combination skin, I don't find it drying. It get all the gross extra oils off my face but doesn't completely strip it. I have sensitive skin and it works well for me.
I love this product so much
I have no more pimples from FL
So I have bad skin
NI was looking and looking and looking for years for a soap that will cleanse me from my pimples
And I found it and I love it and everybody needs to buy it now
My skin has never been so oily
Nicole from Wisconsin
I've been using this for about 3 months and it's done nothing to help my skin. I have oily skin, but this makes it worse than ever. My skin is so broke out. I never break out on my chin, but right now I am. This didn't work at all for me.