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 532 customers Oh my god?
exc from Cali
I have been battling cystic acne for a decade. Usually I poke and prod and often just make it worse and it gives me pretty bad indented scars. So when I bought this I was like, eh prolly won't work but worth trying. Oh my god! I had two identical, very angry under the surface cystic spots that hurt so badly. I dripped this product on them, let it dry and did it once more. Woke up with them nearly entirely painless, and completely flattened. Shocking. How is a product that should be so drying (alcohol is the first ingredient) work so well!!!!???? No clue but please try it if you struggle with under the surface, painful cysts!
Ally from Easton
Love it so much ! Works great, I apply this on those stubborn bumps at night after cleansing skin. Wake up almost clear !
Corrie from Boston, MA
I've been using this for years and it's some sort of sorcery. It's like a magic position for cystic acne. It works sometimes overnight or within a couple of days at reducing or completely eradicating cystic acne. It's such a quick working product and for acne that can be painful, it is a godsend. Especially with the whole maskne situation with Covid.
wish I had this in high school
Jass from AZ
Overnight miracle worker.
Great for hormonal cystic acne!
Zts from California
This stuff is MAGIC! I started suffering from hormonal acne as a result from the morning after pill and was beginning to think there was no solution. I've tried clay masks, ACV, BP 10% gel, Aloe Vera, changing my diet, and nothing has helped I went hours searching for a solution until I found this mentioned in a discussion thread. It has been 2 days since I bought this and my bumps have diminished 85% are almost gone! It's super watery which is why I took off a star. I use a measuring spoon (tsp) and put 3-4 drops and use my fingers to apply, makes it much easier than putting it straight on ur fingertips
not sure if it's worth it
mxRae from 99216
I was starting to get a pimple/red bump on the bridge of my nose where my glasses sit. I used this and saw it almost disappear after several hours. but the alcohol scent/vapor is soooooo strong and the thin liquid just runs all over the place. I'm gonna try using a cotton swab to apply next time to see if it works. but there are other products that work for me which are easier to apply so I dunno...
Cystic Acne Oily HERO
Cystic Savior from New England
I thought I had solved my cystic acne issues with BHA AHA treatments in the past.....but with mask wearing and new hormonal cycles due to an IUD, I have been cycling through really predictable but really tough cystic acne. Painful, under the skin bumps, that if you try to pick at, will leave scarring and more zits and more scarring.
This bottle is an amazing ally for fighting the oil and big ouchie bumps. I have sensitive skin but this product has only ever helped my oily angry spots. YES the product is liquid and YES it has a strong alcohol smell. But it WORKS. As a single spot treatment, I would use a qtip. For an affected area, I usually drip it right onto my skin, let it roll down, and pat it in. HUGE difference in 2-3 days instead of suffering the acne for weeks.
Magic in a bottle
Christine from Cincinnati, OH
I thought there was no solution for my cystic acne until I found this product. I've repurchased numerous times because it helps so well. You just rub it on and one day you notice that your bumps are gone! I know there's a shelf life for this stuff but obviously it's not something you use daily if you have no more bumps on your face so it lasts longer than usual, but I've never had any side effects from keeping and using a bottle for too long.
jass from Arizona
Gets rid of the painful under the skin pimples fast! I wish I had this is high-school.
Keke from Atlanta, GA
How are you supposed to even use this? It literally has the consistency of water. Because of how runny it is it's hard to actually spot treat with this because it drips and runs. I can even see how this would absorb into the skin because of the watery consistency. I didn't see any results from this buffering lotion at all. It was literally like dabbing water on my face. They should really make the consistency thicker because this is such a headache to work with.
Saw a difference after the first use
Cmp from Cam,CA
Looked up product recommendations for cystic acne. I found this product and read the reviews. Decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. I started working after the first use. I will purchase again.
Go-to for cystic breakouts
M.Lee from Houston, TX
I don't get cystic acne very often but as soon as I feel one coming on, I use this stuff every night until it's gone. You have to put it on as soon as you feel a cystic blemish coming on and DO NOT PICK AT IT during use, it doesn't work on blackheads, closed comedones. But definitely works with continued use for a cystic breakout.
Wyok from Casper, Wy
This stuff is amazing!! I suffer from overactive oil glands that leave bumps under my skin. I noticed a difference after the first night. After a few weeks of use the bumps on my face are practically gone.
DO NOT USE THIS
CG from Pa
I would not recommend this product to anyone. The number one ingredient is isopropyl alcohol, which can be drying and cause sensitivity in your skin. The entire Mario badescu line is terrible for your skin. I would recommend la roche-posay and the ordinary for acne treatments.
A MUST BUY!!!!
Kira from Florida
My occasional hormonal and deep acne shrinks overnight with this stuff and it's completely gone in about 2 days!
Helpful for bad acne bumps
Emily from MD, USA.
I usually get acne when I don't follow my skin routine mostly. But with having to wear a mask recently I've been getting a lot more under the surface bumps. I applied this to the more severe areas and after a few days of applying at night it really made a difference. I don't use it every night, only when I have bad spots to make sure it doesn't dry out my skin too much. It does sting at first but to me that means it's probably working then it calms down.
Long term acne sufferer.. buy it!
Meva from Va
This stuff is amazing. I'm 40 and have had acne as long as I can remember, plus cystic acne. I've been applying this at night after cleansing and in the morning under make up before moisturizer only in my bad spots. Tricky for use under makeup but it's doable. This has seriously calmed the deeper spots without drying me out or making my skin worse. I used almost a full bottle before reviewing. This has made a significant difference for me. Acne is not 100% gone but it's much better than it was before I started using it and seems to have calmed some of my excess oil as well.
Highly recommend and plan to buy bigger bottle works great.
Rohnda from California
Amazing for big blemishes
Kelsey from New Jersey
This product is AMAZING for those big, under the skin blemishes that are impossible to get rid of. I put it on at night and when I wake up in the morning the swelling goes tremendously down. I have repurchased this product 3 times it's so good!!!
For Bumps & PIMPLES
Ruth from Houston
I started getting acne late last year and it is working WONDERS on my under the surface bumps and pimples. My pimple and bumps are GONE after a few days or putting this on.
I also use the drying lotion for pimple scarring (black spots) when I pimple is dying down or you try to pop it.
Sophiathe1st from Texas
I've been using this product for over 10 years and I recommend it to anyone who is experiencing cystic acne. I use it as soon as I feel an under the surface breakout and it really helps keep my skin calm and under control.
Falling Waters West Virginia from West Virginia
I used it on that stubborn acne that returns every so often under the skin that's super sore and never comes to a head and it was almost gone in the morning!
Alex from Watsonville, CA
After having COVID my face broke out so bad! I have never battled with bad skin. I'd been trying out different products, but by far this is my favorite! I use at night after I shower, a little goes a long ways. It's only been a few days, but I see a big difference! I have oily/dry skin, pretty sensitive skin! Recommend this product and ordering another😊
Ladies it's your best friend!
Monie from Texas
This stuff cleared up both the deep bumps and more Ingrown type bumps on my private area... in days!! I also use a glycolic wash in the shower but ladies use this, it doesn't stain panties or sheets, doesn't burn, and simply works... it a THING!!
smells like something you would sterilize an OR with!
Helen from Minnesota
works really well, wish I had discovered this sooner