If you have been following my skin story for a while, you’ll know I’ve been suffering hormonal acne since February, when I finally went off the pill, Yasmin. I made a YouTube video where I talked about the products which worked over the years, and the ones which didn’t make any difference.
Although its fair to say that when you suffer from hormonal acne, products can only really ‘assist’, and not quite cure.
I’m in the middle of trying to get myself to the doctors for blood tests and a scan of my ovaries, to see if the reason I’ve had acne for almost 20 years is something more serious.
But in the meantime, I’m still trying out skin treatments (like peels) and acne products, to try and ease it whilst it’s very much active.
A brand that have never let me down over the years is Mario Badescu – a skincare brand I discovered in Australia 5 years ago. I swear by two of their products: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser.
The Drying Lotion has become really popular for being more of an overnight effective acne treatment. It’s made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid, in which you apply directly onto a spot before going to bed.
It doesn’t vanish overnight, but it certainly shrinks and has the redness taken out. I’ve been swearing by this to keep my skin looking less angry for years…
The Acne Facial Cleanser is a newer one for me, as I used to use the Enzyme Facial Cleanser a few years ago. But now my acne has returned much more angrier, I’ve been giving the Acne wash a go.
This one is a daily cleanser for oily, acne-prone skin types. It’s actually vert gentle and effective, designed to be used twice daily as part of both a morning and evening skincare routine. It is formulated with a blend of botanical extracts, soothing the skin as it removes makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping of essential oils and moisture.
It’s packed with my favourite acid Salicylic Acid, and so far I find it’s keeping my breakouts reduced a little bit. It’s far from drying, so I tend to get on fine using it twice a day…
So, lets take a look at some of the other products from Mario Badescu I’ve been working into my skincare regime too. These are all newbies for me, and I do find that when I’ve been using these products all together as part of a strict Mario Badescu regime, they all work together really well…
Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion
This is a yellow tinted cleansing lotion for oily, acne-prone skin. To be used twice a day, I simple apply it to a cotton pad after cleansing, sweeping it over the skin. The Special Cucumber Lotion aims to reduce the appearance of blemishes and surface shine.
I do notice it is very good at removing excess oils and stubborn impurities on my face, whilst soothing and refreshing. Never leaves me feeling dry, and has a lovely refreshing scent.
Mario Badescu Drying Cream
The Drying Cream is a treatment for acne-prone skin, in which you pat a small amount over affected area until blended in. It aims to shrink the appearance of blemishes and under-the-surface bumps, as well as purifying and treating the skin.
I apply this directly over any affected areas, leaving it to work its magic and to draw out dirt and oils, whilst the Aloe Vera and Vitamins soothe and balance.
It’s a thick consistency and I was a little dubious at first, but I’ve started using it at night now and I find it works much better for me this way. It is slightly tinted, meaning it covers up any redness, so you could get away with wearing it during the way.
Mario Badescu Cucumber Drying Mask
This powerful purifying mask is designed to effectively deep cleanse any congested skin. I find for me it helps to tighten and minimize the look of any enlarged pores, and really refines my skin.
It completely absorbs any oil, leaving me with a real fresh, matte finish to my skin. I like to use it once/twice a week, depending on how oily I get.
Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum
This one is one of my newer favourites. This Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum is a non-oily gel formula which has multiple benefits: the first is that it doubles up as a layering product to use over day or night moisturisers for extra hydration. I use it on the days I’m staying in and not wearing makeup, so I have extra moisturisation when my skin is feeling dry.
It can also be used alone as a lightweight hydrator for oily skin. It is packed with Ginkgo Extract, Ceramides and Ginseng Extracts, aiming to stimulate tissue and also aid with wrinkles too. I’m really liking it so far! A fabulous, silky texture doing exactly what it says it does.
Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser
This SPF30 moisturuser also supplies anti-aging protection in the newest lightweight, easily absorbed, daily moisturiser. Although a thick texture, it is totally non-pore clogging, with a paraben-free formula providing UVA and UVB protection.
It contains moisture locking Aloe Vera to hydrate and soften the skin, while St. John’s Wort offers soothing and reparative benefits for delicate skin. I used it on an everyday basis when trying this out, and it literally is really comforting for the skin. It absorbs quickly, provides moisture, calms redness and provides a perfect base for makeup.
I usually shop Mario Badescu from Beauty Bay, or you can buy direct from Harvey Nichols stores too. I honestly recommend this brand a lot – especially if you want comfort for your acne without using harsh retinols.