The Best Acne Products: Mario Badescu and Citrus Clear

Is it just me or any of y’all still having breakouts? I am in my early 30’s and I thought breakouts would be a thing of the past…but they’re not! If you’re a regular reader on the blog you know that I’m a huge fan of Mario Badescu facials. And you also know that although I’m offered many free spa treatments that this is where I go and pay full price because I think they’re the best. They’re the only spa in New York that I trust at this point. I have come to believe that the major reason for my skin’s recent success rate of reduced breakouts is because of Mario Badescu products as well as one other new natural company: Citrus Clear. A few friends have asked me lately what I use and which products are my favorite so I thought I would share it with the rest of you as well.

Best Acne Cleansers:

Mario Badescu Acne Cleanser

I switch off between Mario Badescu’s Acne Facial cleanser and Citrus Clear’s Antibacterial Acne Wash. Mario’s Acne was gives a super fresh feeling. It contains a combination of soothing as well as acne treating fighters. There is chamomile and aloe vera to heal and also salicylic and hyaluronic acids to help maintain my skin’s moisture balance.

Citrus Clear Acne Wash


I usually use Mario’s cleanser at night and then use Citrus Clear’s Acne Wash in the morning. Citrus Clear is a holistic skincare line that I found. I love that their acne products use lots of natural ingredients like potent citrus juices and extracts. Plus, it’s a great product to start your day–it smells wonderful! All lemony and refreshing!

Best Acne Treatment Products

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Mario Badescu’s drying lotion is probably what put the brand on the map. It’s a cult favorite by celebrities and makeup artists. This spot treatment works on your blemishes while you sleep. It sucks the pimple dry. It has healing and anti-redness properties from the calamine and zinc as well as salicylic acid and sulfur. It’s a genie in a bottle! I’m not kidding. I applied this to a few blemishes I had and when I awoke in the morning they were half the size they were the night before. They had significantly shrunk and were far less red. This is a new and imperative part of my evening cleansing routine. I even chase my husband around to attack any blemishes he’ll let me get!

Another product I like to use is Citrus Clear’s Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatment. It’s basically just a super high dose of salicylic acid. It helps treat as well as prevent. But unlike Clearasil, it’s made with 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C. I use this stuff in the morning on current blemishes but also as a preventative treatment. I love this because it doesn’t dry my skin out the way Clearasil and Oxy products used to yet is just as effective minus that burn you got used to in high school.

mario badescu silver powder

Another star treatment product that I adore is Silver Powder by Mario Badescu. This powder works to help loosen clogged pores and blackheads. You use it once or twice a week to keep up a healthy complexion. I love this, it’s like a way more effective version of those dumb Biore strips.

So there you have it. These are the goodies I use to keep my skin looking its best. And notice I didn’t say perfect because I definitely still get breakouts. But after 30 years of dealing with them and trying every single product out there, these are definitely my two favorite brands and these are my superstar products that I use daily. I’ve found them to work better than Retin-A, Differin Gel, Cleocin, and every other product I’ve tried out there.

If you haven’t read, my other favorite product that I use a few times a week is my Clarisonic.

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