Mario Badescu Control Cream UPDATED

Mario Badescu Control Cream

UPDATE 6th August 2015

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen Mario Badescu Control Cream around for a while, it’s because it’s been removed from sale as a result of a lawsuit filed against the company.

In a nutshell, the Mario Badescu skin care products Control Cream and Healing Cream, were found to contain undisclosed ingredients, namely, steroids.

A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit filed against Mario Badescu Skin Care Inc. in February 2013.

The complaint alleges that the company fails to disclose that its Healing Cream and Control Cream products contain Hydrocrotisone and Triamcinolone Acetonide, both steroid substances that can cause serious side effects, including burning, itching, and skin atrophy.

There’s some very interesting reading on MakeUpAlley about Control Cream and details of a support group set up on Amazon. Apparently, some of the serious skin complaint problems people were suffering from came about when a new formula was introduced without the steroids.

The ‘reaction’ is from not applying corticosteroids which one’s skin becomes accustomed to after long-term use…we all understand that we are suffering from topical steroid withdrawal.

For US consumers, part of the proposed compensation Settlement, (as of today’s date, I believe it’s still under appeal, because I can’t see any sign yet to say it’s been resolved) stated that:

Anyone who bought Mario Badescu Healing Cream or Control Cream since February 15, 2009 may be entitled to one or two $45 Certificates that you can use off of any Mario Badescu product or at the Mario Badescu spa in New York City.

I’m not sure this will ever go through, and I bet there’ll be all sorts of tricksy criteria you’ll have to meet before you’re eligible for this back-handed refund, but I wouldn’t be particularly happy to be compensated with a gift voucher to purchase more products/services from a company who kept quiet about such an important, and controversial ingredient in their products.

The Mario Badescu skin care company is still going strong, although Paula’s Choice has something to say on the little matter of cloaking the ingredients.

Mario Badescu products engage in a bit of deception by disguising their use of commonplace ingredients such as mineral oil and petrolatum with trade names. For example, rather than listing mineral oil or Vaseline in their products, Badescu uses trade names such as Sonojell or Protol. Copyright – Paula’s Choice

The lesson is to always read your ingredient list throughly and (what I do), Google any name you’re not sure of. Of course, if the ingredient list is too long and contains every letter in the alphabet, then perhaps you should put it back on the shelf.

UPDATE 17th June 2013

I think I’m beginning to see the light with this product. I’ve been using it on my cheeks only, at night and in the morning, they are noticeably less red. Plus, I’m always really flushed after a (warm, never hot – the heat will dilate the blood vessels) shower and the redness is significantly reduced.

UPDATE 11th June 2013

This is a tricky one, yes, it does immediately calm and cool down red skin, but personally, I can’t then apply make up over it. It is very economical, you really need the tiniest amount, but the problem is that it remains too tacky to apply foundation on top of it (or should I not be doing that?)

It really does remind me of a blue, gloopier Sudocrem so you can imagine how difficult it would be to apply a layer of make up on top of that.

If it’s to be used on skin at night, then I wonder how people manage to not rub it off on the sheets, I couldn’t get it to absorb properly at all.

I think reviewing this is a work in progress. I will only use it at night and see if the redness improves over time and not just instantly.

By the way, I completely agree with MommyDelight’s comment below regarding bacteria – the one thing you don’t want in a skin care product. I’d suggest decanting it into little pots and using them up one by one. It’s very messy to use, make sure you peel back the foil lid just a little and do not take the whole lid off if you can help it.

I’m going to keep plugging away at this one.

I love the internet. Reading an article in the ‘Femail’ section in today’s online edition of the Daily Mail about magic face powdersI came across this comment in reply to a woman complaining about her terrible skin.

Try using Mario Badescu Control Cream, it is without a doubt THE best face cream for troubled skin. I suffer from rosacea and this cream controls it perfectly.

This interests me because I have mild rosacea that tends to flare up in summer and winter.
So then I did a search on the net for reviews of this wonder product I’d never heard of and encouragingly, found loads of positive ones.

I tried everything that I could find to control/heal my eczema. I was blown away how it stopped weeping, scratch rashes that I had it for months.
This cream is amazing on redness and irritation on my skin.
Truly the best cream for irritated skin I’ve ever tried.
This cream has worked amazing healing effects on my red, bumpy, and flaky skin.
I recommend this to anyone with redness problems, regardless of cause.
The redness doesn’t go away immediately, but it definitely makes a noticeable difference. The main benefit of this cream is that it calms your irritated skin and reduces inflammation.
I bought this for helping calm a rosacea breakout and it worked like magic. Highly recommended.

 £14.95 for a tiny 0.5oz (about 14g) pot, but it seems you don’t need to use too much product.

Official Mario Badescu website .


  1. April 23, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    I have used Mario Badescu products in the past, and the Control Cream was by far my favorite moisturizer. The only reason I stopped using the MB products is because of the packaging… The tubs can expose the products to too much bacteria, which could take away from the benefits of the cream, unless you use a clean spatula every time (which I wouldn’t take the time to do!)…

  2. May 7, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    I’m just started to use mine this week, it is very messy! How long did a tub last you though? I can’t see me finishing this anytime soon!

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