In my mid-49s I am plagued by cystic acne. The dermatologist recommended oral medication. I tried a ton of OTC remedies to try to avoid it. None worked. Then I found Buffering Lotion. It is a miracle. It completely healed my chin - which was covered in huge cysts. Not only that, but I continue to use it and it seems to prevent the emergence of new cysts. I cannot believe how well this reality very inexpensive treatment works. THANK YOU for creating this awesome product. I highly recommend!
Lacie W. | Wednesday, May 07, 2014 | VA
Buffering Lotion is a win!!
The Buffering Lotion was my first MB product.... I am in love! I have sensitive/dry/acne prone skin. Any thing that zapped the acne dried me out so much it was painful. This lotion did the trick! It sinks in fast and eased the pain of the cystic acne without drying or causing flaking! I love this product! Can not wait to try more MB products.
Sara F. | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | OR
works like magic
I have tried so many products and the buffering lotion amazed me the first morning I woke up to have my blemish almost gone. I repeated application the next night and it was completely gone. I cannot recommend this product enough to anyone who has suffered from acne.
Carole J. | Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | FL
Wish I had known about this product years ago. Works wonders. I use it every-other-night as directed and my face has been breakout free since about a week after I started using it. I have been using it for about 4 months and am delighted with the results!
Stephanie O. | Sunday, November 17, 2013 | ME
The only product that I have used that actually works on cystic acne. Awesome!
Wan Xuan L. | Sunday, July 07, 2013 | NY
I use this almost nightly. Once a week I give my skin a break and only use the drying lotion. So far it is working, my acne is under control. After facial yesterday, I was bare skinned and met my husband for dinner afterwards. He asked me if i was wearing makeup, he said my skin looks good. =
Dariela P. | Friday, January 25, 2013 | NV
Works well when i get a break out on my back...
hollie c. | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | NV
This lotion has saved my jaw line. I wish I would have known about this product when I was younger. I have tried salicylic acid and benzyol peroxide products which are way too harsh for my skin. Neither of those worked and were highly irritating to my skin. I am 30 now and get cystic acne on my jawline and neck. I rub a small amount on those areas and I hardly get any pimples there. I am not pimple free however the 1-3 much smaller ones I might get each month menstual cycle, is a great impovement. Oh, I use this every other night rotating it with the Vitamin C Serum.
Jen S. | Thursday, September 13, 2012 | OH
The only product that has worked!
The Buffering Lotion is the only thing that has worked with my hormonal acne. Even these little white bumps that eventually try to be cystic, this lotion helps so much! It actually lasts me a long time too even though the bottle is on the small side. Mario Badescu please try to make this in a larger size. Amazing product!
Erin B. | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | CO
Best and not too drying!
I love this product! Great for hormonal starts of breakouts, and not too drying.
Courtney Z. | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | MN
LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!
After going off birth control, and then getting pregnant my skin had been a nightmare! I was very limited in the products I could use while pregnant, and what I could use was not helping. I decided to try this product after doing a web search, and am so grateful I did! I put a small amount on the areas of my face where I typically break out and it has worked MIRACLES on my skin. Even the small flesh colored bumps on my chin and forehead are getting much better! Thank you so much for this product, it has changed my life.
Ellen R. | Friday, July 29, 2011 | MI
This product really works!
I use this in conjunction with the drying cream and my face has NEVER looked better. This product really works and I am so pleased I found it. Try it you will not be disappointed, its totally changed my skin!
Shelly E. | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | NY
A product that works!!!
I started to develop cystic acne on my chin. I saw the reviews on the Buffering Lotion and decided to give it a try. I am so pleased and relieved that it actually worked.In one application, the pimples were less swollen and painful. I think you should call it your Miracle Lotion!!! I love your products overall and I will continue to use your products to control my acne. Thank you!!!
misty h. | Saturday, July 09, 2011 | VA
I have used alot of acne products and this product is great. I use it in the morning underneath my makeup and at night before bed. I have used prescription acne meds that dont work as well as this. Great buy/product for 17 dollars. Very calming and soothing to skin!
Celia G. | Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | FL
Buffering lotion is the best!
I get occasional cystic pimples which have been painful and difficult to manage in the past. After discovering this lotion, I no longer have to suffer. It decrease the size of them within 24 hrs and by 48 hrs they are dry.This buffering lotion is amazing.
Lindsey D. | Monday, March 28, 2011 | NY
Amazing at reducing swelling
This product does just what it claims to do. I use it at night on pimples and swollen whiteheads and when I wake up they are relieved of all pressure and lay flat. They are still slightly red, but the pain and the inflammation are gone. I use the drying cream in the morning to conceal any redness that is left and to continue the drying out process.
jessica n. | Monday, February 21, 2011 | IL
A MUST HAVE!
This buffering lotion is awesome! I cannot say enough good things. Its not a lotion, but more of a liquid. Shake it up and wear EVERY night. Immediately calms skin and breakouts.
Sarah S. | Friday, October 01, 2010 | TX
This is the only product that will actively treat my cystic acne. It brings the cyst to the surface in just a few days and then it will heal completely in only a week or so. I would highly recommend this product to any one who suffers from cystic acne.
Theresa T. | Friday, September 17, 2010 | CO
I have had horrible acne since fifth grade I am now a junior in college. Nothing cleared up my skin until I found Mario Badescu a few months ago.
Whenever I feel a deep cystic pimple starting to come up under my skin I just rub the buffering lotion on there and then it goes away within a few days. No more painful deep pimples!!!!
Robyn G. | Friday, June 18, 2010 | MI
This stuff really works. Totally shrinks blemishes, especially the big, painful cystic type. This is the first product I have tried that actually works. I love MB!
Trish S. | Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | TX
I love this stuff!
I have combination skin that gets irritated very easily and this is the only product I have ever found that helped with my under the surface blemishes! This has been such a life-saver!
Lauren B. | Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | NY
This is an excellent product!
This is a fantastic preventative product. I use it daily, under my makeup, and it really prevents the large, cystic blemishes I used to get. I am hooked! Keep in mind though, this product works best when used frequently to prevent blemishes- it can only do so much once you develop a large, painful one!
jessica L. | Saturday, October 03, 2009 | MA
best product ever!
this is an amazing product that really clears up your skin. it took mine 3 weeks to clear up but this is the best product ive ever used. i would recommend it to anyone who is sick of trying al the prescription products that just didnt work.
Dawn S. | Friday, July 24, 2009 | NY
I recently purchased the buffering lotion and notice a considerable difference with my acne an acne scars, it stings a little when you first apply, but nothing majors, would definetly recommend.
Cecilia A. | Monday, July 06, 2009 | FL
i applied it to an oncoming cyst and was shocked to find the growing bump shrinking in no time. it was pretty impressive. i would definitely recommend to anyone who gets large, painful cysts.
Lisa W. | Monday, May 25, 2009 | IN
I have had acne since I was a teenager, not horrible just some here and there pretty much all the time. Well, now I'm 39 and it has gotten worse, on my back also. Everything else I have tries just doesn't work for me or makes it worse...this is wonderful!!! It started to clear me face up overnight. My back is clearing up a little slower, but it's better. It is also working for my 11 year old daughter. YEAH!
DEBORAH F. | Monday, May 18, 2009 | CA
If you have sensitive, acne prone skin - try this!
I suffer from adult acne have sensitive skin. Benzoyl peroxide dermatologist prescribed creams were too harsh - causing causing redness, burning swelling. This product changed my skin! It clears up my acne doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. It isn't too drying - I use it almost every day. I can't live without it!
Maria S. | Monday, April 27, 2009 | MA
I am 38 and have always had issues with my skin, which has now evolved to adult acne....actually it's gone now since I bought this product!! This is amazing because I always had cystic acne on my jaw line and small "bumps" along the jawline too. I am THRILLED because now I no longer have EITHER!! If I sense anything popping up I make sure to use this lotion in that area as well as on my jawline to keep my skin clear and it is gone the next day. For $17 this is a STEAL! And it is not drying, which is key too. You won't be dissapointed with this. TRY IT!!!
lagena g. | Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | OK
I just got the buffering lotion and the drying cream it just keeps getting better, along with that i also purchased the glycolic cleansing lotion, its only been a few days but im already seeing results, oh and i also got a sample of athe glycolic acid toner will see who that goes. I also purchased the acne facial cleanser! I know that now i have a full line of MB's products and i will use nothing else, if i could just get passed the sulfer smell but i think thats a small thing to get upset about, since i see the dramatic change in my face in just 2 weeks! Cant wait to order more. Thanks for your products MB!. You have saved with my skin
Kim A. | Sunday, February 01, 2009 | AK
noticable difference in one night!
I have had cystic acne since age 11.The painful kind.Now that I am 28 my skin is alot better, but I do get painful cystic breakouts on my jawline every month due to hormonal changes.I used the lotion last night on my jaw, and when I woke up this morning the swelling was gone, the irritation and pain was gone, and the pimples have alreay started to disapper.I am very happy with this product!
Katie S. | Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | FL
Worth every penny!
The lotion has tiny beads or scrubbing agents that remove oil and unclog pores without irritating my skin. It definitely helps to keep occasional acne at bay. I have oily skin and it removes oil without stripping the skin from esential moisture. Great under the drying mask when you feel really oily!
Jackie A. | Sunday, January 11, 2009 | MA
I am 17 and I have just started to use this and I have already seen a SIGNIFICANT change in my skin. I don't have cystic acne but I have a lot of smaller ones all over my face, especially on my t-zone. I use it every other night and it has truly done great things. I have bad acne scarring and it has actually helped it. I plan to keep using this with my regular routine. I love Mario Badescu products. Thy have done wonders for me!!
Kelli G. | Saturday, December 20, 2008 | MI
I really like this
I just recently started using this and I must say that it has made a difference in my skin. It heals existing blemishes and seems to prevent new ones from appearing. I will be adding this to my routine.
kathleen k. | Monday, December 15, 2008 | MD
Lives up to the claims!
I have had cystic acne for years.The only thing that ever kept it at bay was birth control.Lately even that did not do the trick. I gave this a try after reading the reviews. After one month of use I had no painful cyst show up even during my menstrual cycle. It is amazing to me something at this price can control cystic acne. I have never had a product work on it like this. Its nice I can try to get off the Birth control now. I like that this MB product does not have parabens. I use this and the drying lotion to stay clear!! Thank goodness for these products. They are a God send for me.
Karina M. | Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | NJ
A Product That Lives Up To It's Name
This product didn't really start working for me until about 2 weeks into trying it but afterwards, the results were tremendous. I have gotten compliments on my skin and while I still get breakouts - my skin is less oily and the breakouts are much less severe. Don't waste your time in the Dermatologist's office, just buy MB products! I love the healing and soothing cream as well as the spf 17 moisturizer.
Gabriela S. | Sunday, November 09, 2008 | MD
I have been plagued with severe cystic acne ever since i was 17. My breakouts were very painful, they would leave my face so inflamed and sore it felt like I got hit in the face. The large bumps would stay there long after they healed. Over the counter and prescription treatments were useless because my pimples were very deep below the skin. I am amazed by this buffering lotion. It speeds up the healing process significantly. This is the only product ive tried were i have seen true results. My complexion has improved. My prayers have been answered!
Sonia H. | Tuesday, October 07, 2008 | CA
This along the the drying mask are the only thing that have been able to control and keep the cystic acne away. I've been using it for a week and I've started getting compliments on how great my skin looks. I apply it at night before going to bed and also apply it in the morning after washing my face. I then apply my mositurizer and foundation. Before I started putting it on in the morning my chin would start feeling oily around 3pm and the past few days my skin looks radiant and not shiny. I recommend this to everyone. The product does have a medicinal smell but I happen to like that smell. The product that smell takes some getting use to is the drying mask which I use along with this product. Wish I'd had this product with I was a teenager.
Melinda M. | Saturday, July 05, 2008 | IL
There are no words...
to describe how happy I am with this product! I can't say enough good about it. I have pretty good skin for the most part, but it's very oily and as a result I get cystic pimples all the time. I've been plagued by them for years and I've tried everything. Nothing worked...until I discovered this product. I was a little skeptical at first, but with all these great reviews I figured "What the heck..."
I put a little on at night and I was AMAZED with what I saw just 8 hours later...it was almost gone, and in just one use! It used to take weeks to go away with my old acne creams. It would hurt and blister. This stuff is amazing, it works wonders.
I have hyper sensitive skin and most acne products are really harsh and pretty much kill my skin. Even though this product is so potent and effective, I have no problem using it this product even with my terribly sensitive skin. It does, however, dry me out a little bit, but if you just really moisturize the spot your treating with this stuff it's ok. Besides, I'm more than willing to put up with a few dry spots for a few days then spend weeks with a painful and ugly cystic pimple!
But this stuff now, it's SO worth the money. You can't put a price on a like this, it's incredible!
Christina M. | Friday, June 27, 2008 | 00
I have acne prone skin and this is the only product that will get rid of a pimple or blemish overnight! Works better than anything my dermatologist has ever presrcibed me!!!
Donna S. | Monday, June 02, 2008 | KY
I Can't Live Without it!!!
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!! I've been using this product now for 3 years and can't live without it! This is the ONLY product that will keep my cystic acne away. I have tried eveything the doctor prescribed even Tazorac didn't work for me but this did and it only cost 17. A small price to pay compared to all the other products and this actually works!!
Daniele X. | Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | GA
This is the ONLY product that will prevent and treat cystic acne, and believe me, I've tried them all, including prescription meds. The best I could do before trying this product was to dry out the skin terribly and hope it didn't look too horrific while it sort-of healed. Using the buffering lotion, I'll have the cyst for less than a week as compared to months if left untreated, and there is absolutely no drying or scarring. Absolutely the best!
Danielle Y. | Thursday, May 22, 2008 | WA
I don't get cystic acne that often, but when I do, it's really bad. The cysts get huge and are so painful. I've tried other topical treatments with no real success. this week i had a terrible cyst on my chin that i could tell was just going to go out of control, so i searched on the internet and i found some reviews about this product. I didn't think it would work but I was desperate to stop it from getting worse, so I went and picked a bottle up right away. It started to get smaller the first night and was way less painful. I've been using it for 3 days so far and it's been shrinking away. I think it would have been more effective if I'd been able to use it right when I felt it starting. I felt another big cyst on my back the same day i bought this and used it immediately and that one was quicker to go down. Although it works slower than I'd like, it does work very well and I've found it to not be drying at all even when I've used it every day instead of every other day like the directions suggest.
Kendra A. | Monday, May 12, 2008 | IL
I'm a BELIEVER!!!
I am 38 and have had cystic acne under my jawline for a few yrs. now, however, the rest of my skin is pretty clear. I have tried EVERYTHING to clear the cysts up, but nothing kept them away for good. As soon as I started using this, the cysts shrunk. I am a HUGE skeptic, but this stuff works! It doesn't dry my skin out or irritate it, either. I am in love with this product and will probably resort to hoarding it! :-) I even requested a sample of other acne products and they sent me a whole regimen! I LOVE Mario Badescu. Thanks for giving me my skin back.
Jeannine Z. | Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | IN
I love love love this product. I am definitly a product junkie and have tried everything from perscriptions to over the counter, and this is the first time I can say something actually works. My only advice with this product is to use it sparingly and as directed. I was a little overzealous the first time I used it and applied it twice a day for 3 days and it dried out my skin too much. Now I use it exactly as the bottle directs and it works wonderfully.
SANDRA M. | Monday, April 28, 2008 | TX
It's actually pretty good.....
I had seen these products on magazines for a very long time now. But i never made a purchase because i asumed that because of the price, it must of not be good. Well i was wrong. This buffering lotion does what it says it will do. I started to have really bad cystic acne around mi chin. I went to the dermatologist and she put me on hormone blockers and a cream to dry them up. 2 months later.....the same thing. I finally saw an add again about Mario Badescu and i decided to give it a try. :) It is great, what the cream the dermatologist gave me could not do in 2 months this cream did it in less than a week. I have now purcahsed a whole skin regimen, its great.
Andria A. | Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | SC
This really, really works. Believe me, I've suffered from cystic acne for years and have tried EVERYTHING else out there, from drugstore creams and lotions to expensive prescription products. This stuff works much better than all of it, more quickly, and doesn't leave my skin all red, scaly and burnt-looking. It's keeping the huge, painful cysts away, and the few that do start to pop up, disappear overnight if I hit them with the combo of Buffering Lotion and Drying Mask. My face is all glowy - it hasn't looked this good since before puberty (and I'm in my 30's!)
Erin F. | Saturday, March 15, 2008 | NJ
I cannot believe how amazing this product is, I suffered from hormonal acne for awhile now, and nothing worked to get rid of it, so I tried this stuff out and within one night also all the bumps had gone down. It truly is a miracle potion!!
Maria V. | Friday, February 22, 2008 | OH
Great product that actually works
I have hormonal cystic acne that would typically erupt into an unsightly blemish and take 1 or more weeks to improve. Since using this product, I am able to prevent my cysts from coming to a head and even one night of use on a new cyst makes a tremendous difference. I will continue to buy this wonderful product!
Joanna C. | Friday, February 15, 2008 | VT
Thank you Mario Badescu
Stick with using this for at least a week and you will see a miraculous change in your acne. I use this every night and it has cleared up my chin. Amazing product!
Juliet V. | Wednesday, January 02, 2008 | MN
Update on this miracle product
I've been using the Buffering Lotion since April, 2007 and I have to say my chin is looking better than it has in over 20 years-because in keeping those cystic volcanoes away,it is preventing new scarring.It is also working on the smaller,non-cystic bumps that won't respond to BP that crop up occasionally in other parts of my face.I find this product SO soothing to put on,it doesn't hurt my dry/oily/ sensitive face,it doesn't dry,it just works! I've had much success in keeping the horribly painful cysts away by using it all month long,and am still on my first bottle! Please try this if you have cysts!!!
Suki H. | Wednesday, December 19, 2007 | 00
Clearing my Cystic Acne around my jawline!
I suffer from cystic acne for 2 months, nothing help to clear those painful deep bumps near my jawline.
This is the best product I've tried! I had this massive bump that wouldn't go away for ages,it was painful to touch. I applied this solution last night,and this morning I can see a HUGE improvement.
It really helped to clear it up, it is literally gone!I can't believe it! Thanks MB for creating such wonderful product!
Shana M. | Friday, December 14, 2007 | WA
Buffering Lotion REALLY WORKS ON CYSTIC ACNE
I have struggled with cystic acne for 10+ years and this lotion helps to soothe, reduce and eventually remove deep cystic acne. It will not dry out your skin so you aren't left with that super tight dry skin feeling after using it, but it does give off a very strong astringent odor - not offensive, but strong. MB recommends applying every other night, but I use it faithfully every night and I can always see an improvement by morning. I adore all of the acne-fighting products from Mario Badescu - they've been a God-send to this thirty-something gal and are truly effective. The descriptions with each product are real, not promotional.
Christine M. | Thursday, November 22, 2007 | NC
Oh my goodness this product is so amazing it works so great. I had a mild case of cystic acne, though it only came up when it was that time of the month and you know those kind of zits last a lifetime! But after using the buffering lotion after 3 days my face was alot clearer and it makes my skin feel so nice. I used it with the sample of healing cream i received and i love it soo much.
Elizabeth S. | Friday, November 09, 2007 | SD
helps cystic acne!
The best treatment I have ever tried to clear up my deep cystic acne on my jawline and neck with out drying out or causing it to become irritated! Thanks MB!
Ladonna O. | Thursday, November 08, 2007 | KY
I have been bothered by cystic acne for years. I have tried everything including antibiotics, prescription creams, etc. Nothing worked until I used the Buffering Lotion. I apply the product at bedtime when I feel a cyst forming, and the difference the next morning is amazing. I even use it AM and PM on the areas where I have blackheads and I am amazed at how they are disappearing. I use this along with the Drying Lotion and my skin has never looked this good. Thank you for such amazing products.
Stephanie H. | Thursday, November 08, 2007 | NY
Can this product come in the mail any sooner!
I am so so so anxious to try this product after reading these reviews. I really hope that these success stories are true and I have the same success! I have a mild case of cystic acne-- few when hormones act up; and I am going on vacation with my boyfriends family in 2 months and really am hoping this works before then! Can anyone say anything about the time it takes for effect??
marissa B. | Saturday, October 27, 2007 | CA
I wake up the next morning with significant difference. It clears up any small blemish spots and works great whether or not I use the drying mask in congruence.
Yan-Ting S. | Sunday, October 21, 2007 | UT
I live in Salt Lake City where there's no Mario Badescu store and I also don't read woman/celebrity magazines - so it took me a while to finally meet any of Mario Badescu's great products. I started using the buffer lotion (together with the drying lotion/cream/mask) about 6 months ago, and my breakout (which had bothered me for years and cost me thousands of dollar and grief) was immediately improved the minute I put MB's acne products on, and was cleared in a week. I now use them occasionally, when there's a sign that a breakout is about to start.; I've found that, when used early, a combination of the buffer lotion and the drying lotion/cream is sufficient to get rid of any "pending" breakout within a day or two. So I haven't had any visible breakout for the longest period that I can remember. My daily routine includes: the glycolic foaming cleanser, special cucumber lotion, oil-free moisturizer (SOF 17) (AM), oil-free A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer (AM), the oil-free Seaweed Night Cream (PM) and the Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream (PM). Together they've improved my fine lines, kept my skin hydrated, and minimized breakout. I'm 35 and proud of telling people my real age; I am often mistook for a student on campus (I teach), and my skin is as good as, or even better than, students in their 20's. So, yes, these products do work!
Heather M. | Friday, October 19, 2007 | 00
I'll NEVER give it up!
After having perfect skin in high school, I developed cystic acne when I was 27. I looked everywhere and spent thousands (yes, thousands), of dollars on all types of skin care products designed to treat cystic acne. All had failed. Just after I turned 30, I found Mario Badescu. I bought the Buffering Lotion right away, and I couldn't believe the difference! This product REALLY works. If I had to give up every skin product I used but one, I would pick the Buffering Lotion without hesitation.
Pedro T. | Monday, October 08, 2007 | FL
This stuff really works. Thank you so much for a great product.
Roberta K. | Wednesday, September 05, 2007 | IL
I'm 32 and just started to have an acne problem. Most of my acne is cystic, bumps under the skin that hurt and take forever to go away. I've tried benzoyl peroxide products but they dry my skin out and don't do anything. My dermatologist gave me a prescription for clindamycin lotion - didn't work. So I tried the buffering lotion. After 1 month, I have hardly NO acne! It really is amazing. I have very sensitive skin (dry, some eczema, and allergies) but I can put this on twice a day and have no problems. This gets rid of the cystic acne, and the whiteheads that crop up here and there. Give it a try!!
Jennifer W. | Monday, August 13, 2007 | IN
Finally, a product that works!!! Jenny, (IN)
I am so happy that I found something that worked. I have had cystic ance for years now and I tried everything in the stores and from the doctor and it irritated my face more, with the buffering lotion, it never irritates my face and clears up my flare ups within a day or two. Thank you for this miracle!!
Penelope C. | Tuesday, July 31, 2007 | MA
Thanks for reminding me!
I just read the rest of the reviews for Buffering Lotion and feel hopeful for the first time in months. I suffer from cystic volcanoes on my chin, typically every other month. This month was so bad I decided to visit a new dermatologist to see if she had any new solutions. Nope. I could either take a daily oral medication to keep hormones at bay or use a topical solution to prevent infection. Nothing to fight or soothe the painful volcanoes other than a special, costly visit for a cortisone shot.
Happily, I already have some MB Buffering Solution on hand. And, after reading of other people's success with it for "my" problem, I marched right into my bathroom and applied some to my itching, hurting chin. It feels calmer already.
I'm excited to see how it helps me. Thanks to everyone for sharing. It helped to know I'm not the only one with Mt. Rainier on her chin.
Christy F. | Thursday, July 05, 2007 | AL
Best Stuff in the WORLD!!
I have been using the buffering lotion for about a year now, and have had only a few zits since, none of which have been as bad as they used to be. This is the best product EVER!!!
Alice S. | Thursday, June 07, 2007 | IN
in pregnancy and beyond!
I have had trouble with cystic acne all my life. Luckily I usually only get a one or two a month at that "special time" and they crop up one at a time. Then I got pregnant, and my hormones went nuts.... and so did the enormous, deeply seated, angry-red, "volcanos" that not only came in groups but were dime sized or even bigger all over my face, neck, chest, and shoulders. HIDEOUS! They took 2 weeks to resolve on their own, left red marks for 2 weeks after that, and I literally would not leave the house for fear of frightening children. I tried this product out of desperation. I wish I had gotten desperate LONG before now. Buffering lotion is MAGIC! I had my doubts - how could a thin liquid be effective against cysts that start so deep and get so nasty? I don't care HOW it works, I just know it works, and NOTHING I mean NOTHING else ever has. And my OB approved of it for use during pregnancy, which means it is safe enough to be used just about anytime for anyone.
Nakia S. | Monday, May 21, 2007 | NC
I was surprised that this product does not burn at all on the skin.I use this more as a preventative and it works great!
I have also found an unconventional use - I use it on my bikini line after shaving to prevent ingrown hairs. I'm not sure if I should do this but it works pretty well!
Jennifer P. | Monday, May 21, 2007 | NY
On May 16th, i developed a zit on my chin that perhaps after attempting to fix myself, turned into a Cystic zit. I hauled myself to the Mario Badescu on 52nd street and today, May 21st, i am happy to say the bump is gone and all i have left is a faint red mark. The mark is MUCH more faint that it would have been has i not used the buffering lotion and just picked at it. It never had to become a scab - the zit itself shruk tremendously overnight left alone being pretty much gone on 3 days later. I am SO Happy i have it and feel much better about the next time i feel one growing on my face.
Juliet V. | Thursday, May 17, 2007 | MN
No Eruptions This Month!
After trying almost everything to control the hormonal cysts that came every month,I bought this and was thrilled to see it work on them-it flattened and dried them up,after soothing the red,painful surface.This month I used it a week before the expected hormone attack,and for the first time in 20+ years,not one cyst formed-I was absolutely amazed! This works better than any other acne product I've used,and I am so happy to have finally found something that fights those angry,painful,underground 'volcanoes',waiting to erupt! Thank you for the miracle!
Andrea L. | Monday, April 30, 2007 | MI
This is amazing!
I decided to try this product after reading other testimonials and I'm so glad that I did! This product is as effective as getting a cortizone shot! That means I don't have to pay the outrageous amount for the dermatologist and I don't have to drive across town! The Bufferig Lotion works amazingly well and doesn't sting. I would encourage anyone who has cystic acne to try this! I've also been using the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, the Cucumber Lotion, and the Healing Cream. I love them all!
Judy B. | Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | 00
The only thing that works for cystic acne
I have used this item once before, when I had a bout of bad breakouts a few years ago and nothing - I mean NOTHING else worked. This time, I am pregnant, and I don't want to use anything with salicylic acid. I broke out all over my face. I knew I had to return to this product, because it's the only thing that has ever worked for the red, swollen pimples! So, I bought one, and used it only one time, and the next morning I woke up to see all the zits have flattened and not even red anymore. They are gone! AMAZING! Best of all, it's pregnancy friendly too! Thanks so much for creating it!
Sandra H. | Monday, April 09, 2007 | PA
This product truly works in keeping my face clear and does not irritate my sensitive skin.
Heather M. | Friday, December 29, 2006 | MO
I have tried many products, including pro-activ! And none of them worked for my cystic acne. Ever since I bought this I have not had one cystic pimple! I cannot believe it. What I do, is I put a layer of it over my face at night after I wash (enyzyme cleansing gel)and tone (special cucumber lotion). The combination together, I have been cystic free since I started this. I also received samples of the healing cream (to heal up those brown-red marks they leave) and I have been putting that over my face after everything at night as well. Then during the day I just wash my face, then tone, and wear my foundation! My face is getting better every day, I can't wait to see what it is going to look like in a couple of months! Thanks!
Julia L. | Friday, December 29, 2006 | CA
I love this as much as their Drying Lotion. It immediately clears redness and calms my skin. Although it's a small bottle it lasts and is worth it. Don't believe other products that claim to "heal" the skin. This is the only thing I've tried that actually does that. The entire line works wonders. I use the Acne cleanser, special "c" lotion, drying lotion, and this! Thank you for my last 2 weeks of being cystic free!
Paula C. | Friday, December 08, 2006 | NY
P Gallo (NY)
This does everything it claims to and more. It almost eliminated the oil my skin was producing daily altogether. This is turn kept blackhead from being formed and brealouts from occurring. It really does reduce redness. I noticed a few weeks after using it my skin was actually healing over old acne scars from 15+ years ago. Unbelievable!! Worth its weight in gold!
Joy Evangeline B. | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | NY
Was a sure cure for me
I used this diligently when I had really, really bad cystic acne and it helped to clear it up. I wore it under my makeup everyday and it made a world of difference!
Sarah D. | Tuesday, September 19, 2006 | NY
Again, a great product!
I too have cystic acne (well, had) I have been using this in conjunction with the Special Cleansing lotion "C" and the botanical cleanser and I have been cystic free for almost 6 months!
Cynthia C. | Monday, September 18, 2006 | IN
It is hard to find a product for cysts. I was skeptical. But it works! I'm addicted to it. It is very gentle, nondrying, and soothing. It penetrates the skin, getting deep into the cyst. I don't have as many cysts now, but I have to have it in my cabinet!
Shannon S. | Monday, September 18, 2006 | IA
Mario's Miracle lotion
I have been plagued with cystic acne on my chin for 5 years. 3 weeks ago I cut caffeine, sugars, saturated/trans fats, and switched to whole wheat pastas/breads, which are thought to be causes of cystic acne. I felt healthier, but I was still getting new cystic acne. I just received my buffering lotion 5 days ago. Since I started using this product, my face doesn't hurt or itch, and the redness is almost gone. My cystic pimples are going away and I have not had one new cystic pimple form.
Brandi G. | Sunday, September 10, 2006 | CA
Holy Grail product
wow this stuff is amazing! ive had cyctic acne on my left cheeck since high school (im 23) and this is the ONLY stuff to get rid of it. its 75% gone and ive been using this for a week. i did use some other MB products before ordering this one so im sure that helped, but major clearing happend after the buffering lotion became part of my daily beautification ritual. my face doesnt hurt anymore and the redness has cleared considerably. thanks mario! woot woot!
Nancy C. | Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | AZ
After 25 years of dermatologists, antibiotics, prescriptions and expensive products, my chin is free, entirely, of cystic acne. Applied morning after washing and evening before bed. This really works, all promises met.
Diana P. | Friday, August 18, 2006 | VA
An absolute godsend!
This product is an absolute godsend. I used to suffer from cystic acne and anything I tried just would not help. I almost decided I had to learn to live with these painful, horrible inflamations that cropped up every month or so on my chin. Until I found this buffering lotion, that is. As soon as I feel one forming below my skin, I douse it with the buffering lotion and reapply for a couple days, and it's gone before it is even visible to the eye. I can't imagine not having this product on hand at all times.