I've struggled with bacne since I hit puberty. I've tried the basic acne body washes like Neutrogena, and none ever did anything for me, so I pretty much gave up. I recently discovered the amazingness of Mario Badescu products, and when I saw this I had to try it. I honestly counldn't believe that it actually worked! It didn't cure me completely, but there was a significant improvement in a fairly short amount of time (started noticing a change after 1 week, major change 1 month). I was also using the aha body soap at the same time, so maybe that has something to do with it too.
This is the best product I have used, thus far, to keep back and chest breakouts under control. It is very drying, so you'll need a good moisturizer to avoid the "aged skin" look. The price is a little high for the product. Packaging is nice-- standard MB packaging.
I use Special Cleansing Lotion O with the Botanical Body Soap and Papaya Body Lotion. This is a great combo!
I only signed up on MUA to review this product.
I love it so much.
It has cleared up ALL my back acne and I really do think it is amazing. I use Clinique Anti blemish spray on my back afterwards and this seems to work well alongside it.
I will be repeatedly buying this product 100%.
I bought this for my chest acne and had high expectations because it smells like prescription acne medication (well, at least it smells strong). Unfortunately, I can't say it's done a whole heck of a lot, other than to dry out my skin.
This acne-fighting astringent from Mario Badescu is for use on the back and chest only, it's too harsh for facial skin. I was skeptical about it because of its odd ingredient list: Deionized Water, Boric Acid, Isopropyl Alcohol, Camphor, Gum Benzoin, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein. I'm used to using anti-acne products with BP, AHA, or BHA (none of which were reliably keeping my back clear!) Anyway, after using it twice a day for a week, all the breakouts on my back were gone! It has kept my skin consistently clear. I am amazed and very pleased. Will definitely repurchase.
UPDATE: This seems to have stopped working. :( I guess it is no match for the heat and humidity! continued >>