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Hidden Ingredients in Mario Badescu products

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Jenna Bradford, Feature Editor

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Everyone struggling with acne may know the cosmetic brand Mario Badescu.

Mario Badescu makes a long line of products that are trusted and well-liked to help with multiple skin issues. Although you might love their products, you may not be aware of all the ingredients in the products.

Mario Badescu was recently sued by 31 customers who reported having reactions to certain creams. The products claimed to have had only “botanical” ingredients in the Control Cream and Healing Cream, but steroids were found in the products.

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The creams apparently contained hydrocortisone and triamcinolone acetonide. Triamcinolone acetonide is a “synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agents” (rxlist.com). The side effects of this product can be deadly. Hydrocortisone is a cream used to treat a number of issues including poison ivy, eczema, rashes, and insect bites (webmd.com).

These Mario Badescu creams had higher than prescription levels of the drugs. The plaintiff’s skin had become addicted to the steroid and when they stopped using it, they had severe and painful withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms were cataracts, glaucoma, mood disorders, heart issues, elevated cortisol levels, adrenal system suppression and Cushing’s Syndrome, a condition that causes uneven levels of weight gain and loss in different areas of the body. They claim that because they did not know of the steroid in the product, they were unable to inform their doctors to get relief from their symptoms (wbmllp.com and thoughtcatalog.com).

In 2012 the company was sued for having steroids that cause skin atrophy, a condition that causes the skin to thin, resulting in possible infection, diseases, fungal growth, rashes, and blistered skin. When Mario Badescu did not disclose the ingredients and slightly changed the way it was made, people suffered major withdrawal symptoms from the steroids inside (observer.com).

The Control Cream has been removed from U.S shelves and Mario Badescu still has yet to inform the public of what is in their products. There have been numerous cases against the company for the reactions people have had to the products. It does beg the question, what is really in these products?

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