Friday, February 27th, 2009

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion ($15.00)

After I use the Acne Facial Cleanser, I pat my face dry (with a towel used *only* to dry my face). I squeeze a little bit of the Special Cucumber Lotion onto a cotton round, and then I use apply it to my face. You basically apply it the same way you might remove makeup. I wait about 30 seconds or so, and then I splash my face with ice cold water.

The Special Cucumber Lotion is considered an astringent, which means it’s designed to dry up existing acne. It contains sulfur, which has been known to be used to help fight acne. I find this acts like my toner, and I like that it has alcohol in it, because it helps sanitize my skin. I don’t feel like this particular product is drying, either, despite having alcohol in it. It also doesn’t burn or sting on any healing or irritated areas on my face, which lends me to believe the alcohol content has been quite diluted (compared to grabbing your bottle of isopropyl alcohol from your medicine cabinet).

Again, Mario Badescu recommends that this product is best for combination and oily skin. I’ve had no issues with it drying me out whatsoever, and it doesn’t make my skin feel tight either. I don’t necessarily know if this is an essential step in my regimen nor if it’s actually doing the majority of prevention against acne or not. (It’s hard to know since I’m using multiple products as a system vs. just one product.) Like the cleanser, it costs the same and will last you just as long, so I’m willing to hedge my bets and keep using it.

Next to be reviewed is their famous Drying Lotion…

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8 thoughts on “Acne-Prone Skin: Tone with Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion

  1. I LOVE this stuff. I can have sensitive skin sometimes, and this doesn’t aggrevate it at all. Doesn’t leave my skin tight or itchy. I, too, use it like my toner. I don’t use it every day, just when I feel like extra oiliness might be on its way.

  2. Emma

    Just FYI–pores do NOT open & close like windows. That’s a widespread (and unfortunately widely believed) falsehood. Just letting you know.

    • The terminology used is a misnomer in a sense, but the concept still applies. Hot water/steam increases oil production while cold water can reduce excess oil production. When your skin is steamed or warmed up, it can also make exfoliation easier/more efficient, as well.

  3. Sofia

    So that’s what astringent means! lol.

  4. Meta

    Does it have the icky smell of sulfur Christine?

  5. Jennie455

    My skin is extremely oily and acne prone. I think I should try this product. I was even recommended the same product by myskin.com for my skin type.