I had several problems with this cleanser. The first day I used it, I was extremely optimistic, hoping it would help my skin clear up. After the first wash, I felt like my face was still dirty. I followed with Mario Badescu's Special Cucumber Lotion. I had to use both sides of TWO cotton balls until my face came up clean. This led me to believe that the cleanser doesn't remove makeup and/or dirt and oil that well. Each time after that first time, I still had to use both sides of a cotton ball to come up clean.
I continued to use this cleanser for two months, hoping I was going through a purging period since my skin was breaking out pretty badly in tiny pimples on my cheeks, which has never happened to me before (my breakouts are usually on my forehead, temples, and jawline). However, the acne got worse and worse. It got so bad that my face literally hurt, which I have never experienced from acne.
I would NOT purchase this product again nor would I recommend it to anyone. All it did was break out my skin more than I have ever experienced. I used it for nearly two months with no clearing.
It does help clearing my acne, but only at the beginning.
This is a non-foaming, gel-type cleanser that works well on my sensitive skin. It's no miracle cleanser, but at least it leaves my face clean and super soft without causing any more breakouts.
I'm not terribly acne-prone, just a few bumps here and there, so it works OK for me.
I love, love, love this cleanser. Although I don't have terrible breakouts, after a few nights out on the town or sleeping in makeup, I can have problem skin. I've used both Cetaphil and Proactive but the Mario Badescu is fantastic. It leaves my skin so soft I barely need moisturizer and it comes in a pretty big bottle. Love it!
This cleanser, along with the Special Cleansing Lotionr and serum, worked absolute wonders on my 14 year old's acne. He was having a bad breakout (the kind of break out that's more pimples on top of the skin than under the skin). I got on the Mario website and researched, and also called for recommendations. His zits were almost 100% gone within 2 days, and after 2 weeks of using just this cleanser and the toner (I had him stop using the serum after the first few days because he didn't need it anymore and didn't want to take any chances on harming his skin), his skin is super clear and even glows. The great thing about MB is if you email them and fill out survey on your skin condition, they will send you very generous samples of several products so you can try before you buy.
For a MB product I just was not impressed. I do have acne and I need a little something extra to keep it under control. From my previous experience with MB products I have learned that it takes awhile for their cleansers to make a difference on your skin. While I love the other cleansers (Enzyme, Glycolic, Seaweed, Botanical) I found that this one did nothing for me. I really wanted it to work and used it for over a month. I did not notice any difference in my skin. The best part of this cleanser is that it did not irritate or dry out my sensitive skin (or lip area). The downfall of this cleanser (besides it not working for acne) is that it did not cleanse well. I wear a moisturizer with concealor in my problem areas (and undereyes) with mineral makeup on top. After using this cleanser I was still wearing my top layer of light mineral makeup (with the concealor underneath). After dual washing (washing two times in a row) I was still wearing makeup (or acne creams in the morning)! Yuck. I have read some reviews where people have used the Botanical or Enzyme cleansing gel (face wash) to remove makeup first, but this just seems like a waste of time and money to me (unless it works). MB is really good about returns though. I usually call their NY salon and order the products I want along with all my requests for samples. This way I am not restricted to just three samples per purchase. I am also able to return or exchange any product (usually within 30 days).
I am prone to breakouts, sensitive but combination skin. I started using this cleanser with the cucumber lotion and I have not had a breakout since I've been using it. I went to mariobadescu.com and bought their suggested skin care 'kit' and I've loved and used it to it's last drop and will never switch.
I have tried EVERYTHING for my hormonal breakouts (35 years old with combo skin). I bet I've spent over $1,000 in prescription creams, cleansers, toners, lotions, etc..... I strongly believe what works for one person, won't work for everyone. I can write what finally works for me. My routine consists of AM: Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleaner, Kate Sommerville Anti-Bac lotion, and BECCA tinted moisturizer. PM: Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser, Kate Sommerville Anti-Bac lotion. This routine will probably be extremely harsh for some some people, but it's the only thing that really works for me.
I did not like this cleanser at all. It didn't do anything for my acnes! Luckily I found Proactiv! I gave 2 lippies cuz it smells nice & the packaging is clean-looking plus my b.f liked it & says that it worked for him. Oh well! continued >>
I tried this product and 2 days later i had 2 large skin irritation bumps under my skin. for some reason my skin didn't do well with this product. i normally use a salacitic in my toner so its not that but must be some thing else. After I stopped using my face was back to normal.