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M2 Advanced High Potency Skin Refinish

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Back by popular demand, M2 Advanced High Potency Skin Refinish is the original, celebrated Mama Lotion formula. Ideal for spot treatment of stubborn dark spots, acne blemishes, acne scarring, and deep wrinkles, this is the most advanced strength of Skin Refinish. It controls breakouts, reduces pores size, and evens skin tone, for a flawless, youthful appearance. (Formerly called Mama Lotion Formula)

M2 products are safe for use during pregnancy
Not tested on animals

30 ml

who it's for
Ideal for all skin types, especially hyperpigmented, mature, and acne-prone. Safe for use during pregnancy.
key ingredients
Mandelic Acid is naturally antibacterial. Malic Acid protects skin from damaging free radicals. Algae Extract moisturizes skin.
how to use it
In the evening, apply to clean, dry skin. Wait 10-15 minutes before applying moisturizer. Use only every other night for the first two months. If irritation or excess flaking occurs, decrease frequency of application or discontinue use. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 is required for best results.
full ingredients
Water, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid, Algae Extract, Polyacrylamide, Potassium Hydroxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ubiquinone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance, Squalane, Laureth-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, and Butylparaben
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I frequently used the 20% refinish until this came out. I've been using it for about 2 months now and completely love it! Yes, there is a weird smell, but it isn't unpleasant and it keeps my skin clear, so I don't mind it. I would breakout after shaving sporadically, but I haven't since I've used this.
Best product for acne
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I have used Benzoyl Peroxide on my skin for years to help control my acne on my face, chest and back. I was tired of the long process of putting it on, waiting for it to dry and only wearing white cloths in fear that it will ruin the rest of my wardrobe only to get semi-effective results. So, I read many reviews on this product and decided to try it out. It literally is a miracle worker. My skin has never looked this good in my entire life. My face is tighter, pores are smaller and my break outs are basically gone. Only down side is it is expensive and can be a little bit sticky, but I will take that over benzoyl peroxide any day. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! If you never found a product that really helped with acne, please try this out.
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This refines my routine. I have roseacea (which is controlled by IPL Fotofacials ), & comination skin. So many cosmetics & hair products make me breakout, so my routine of Philosophy cleanser, serum & moisturizer have been my staples for years. I still needed something, because I had little white bumps & small pimples, & I'm starting to get wrinkles. Exfoliating & retinods aggravated my skin. So, I heard about mandelic/maelic acids -what a help this is to my skin! In just 3 uses my pores started clearing up, the little white bumps are going away and there are few if any tiny pimples. There is some stickiness, but I either live with it or add a tiny bit if moisturizer over the M2 after it dries. My rosacea isn't aggravated at all! After a couple of weeks, I started to get some slight peeling, but cutting back to every other night helped. Great product.
M2 skin refinish vs. MaMa. Pump breaks. Hyaluronic Acid problems.
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I have been using M2 since they made the old MaMa formula and throughout the time they changed it to this (M2 Skin Refinish 20%). I have medium-soft skin with a slight olive color (French/Italian), a thick spongey texture, large pores and oily T-zone. Frequent breakouts especially in the past few years from age 35 since I stopped taking the Pill. MaMa original really kept my post-pill breakouts in check, gave my skin a more even and smooth texture (makeup goes on like a dream) and most importantly, kept my dark spots from sticking around too long after the occasional blemish. I'm glad it's back on the market (Used to be called "MaMa Lotion" and is now available again, as "M2 Advanced High Potency Skin Refinish") but sad that the bottle is so small it really seems to be around 2X the expense. Would be worth it if I hadn't found that MD Skincare's steps 1 & 2 in the morning do the same if not better job for me and I prefer them! I used to get MaMa lotion instead since it was a bit more cost-effective but now that it's almost as pricey, I just go for the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel 60 Packettes and enjoy the convenience at a (now) similar price point. That said, it's still a great product but the bottle is a problem. The pump always clogs, eventually breaks and sadly I was throwing much of it out since I couldn't get it out of the bottle. Now that MaMa is only 1 oz, you really can't afford that problem (tho I think maybe the manufacturers are hoping you'll run out before the pump dies in the new package!) Finally I overcame that by breaking open the outer-sheath thingy at its gold band. You actually have to kind of snap it open because it doesn't screw off. I think it's glued. Don't be shy, just twist it till it breaks. Then pull the product cavity out of the outer sheath and just use that as the container. I throw the outer part out, although it's pretty, but it just gets in the way. Now if you're lucky you can still manage the pump a while longer but when that fritzes out you can screw the weird top pumpy thing right off. It doesn't look like it, but you can just screw it open normally and dispense onto your finger to apply. Another couple of comments: I don't see what's the big deal on the stickyness. You just wear it at night when you sleep and wash your face in the morning, so for me that was a non-issue. You get used to it after the first couple of nights and it becomes like high heels - they're never really comfy like tennies but you deal, right? Anyhow, I guess the makers say that the way to reduce stickiness would (at least to their current knowledge) require adding stuff you don't need which may risk pore-clogging. Yikes, I'll take the natural stickiness of Mandelic and Malic Acids anytime. Lastly, a comment about the new M2 Skin Refinish vs. the original. My problem with the new one was Hyaluronic Acid. I can't use anything with that in it - unfortunate because makers are now shoving it into just about everything! I get it, it's moisturizing because it assists your cells in retaining water, but for me it's a nightmare!!! It makes my otherwise manageable zits turn into giant water postules which I could only refer to as "boils." My skin will get a deep cystic start of something, which I used to try to ignore until it went away, but anything with Hyaluronic Acid in it exaggerates the surrounding moisture in a cyst until it becomes like a huge water blister deep under my face. It will throb and turn red, sometimes even so puffy as to make my face look distorted. Eventually, it gets hardened, oozes (I'm not kidding) fluid for maybe 2-3 DAYS, then finally dries out and becomes a big dark thin scab area which eventually (with the help ironically of Mandelic and Malic Acids peels and goes away. This process takes maybe 2 weeks so since I usually have about 2 of these per month in my cycle, I spend about half of my life with the acute pain and ugliness, then about 2 weeks with the dry scab to cover up before 2 new ones form again elsewhere. The effect of Hyaluronic Acid on cystic blemishes is an absolute horror. Its effect on a normal average zit within my skin is to make it puffier and fuller of fluid. It takes longer to heal and because there is a layer of little water-ballooned cells just below the skin surface, layers above the water-retaining layer are thin delicate tissue-like as if the skin covering a blister. I was in danger of accidentally wiping the top couple of layers of skin right off just by using a washcloth, so I had to be very careful. Once the skin would get rubbed off on top, the area would ooze like crazy. Big drips seeping out from the area that I had to blot with a cotton ball and check for oozing throughout the day. It's super moisturizing powers are like an inflammation exaggerator to my skin type. If you have this problem and wonder what's going on, take a look at the back of your products and see if this ingredient could be the culprit. This is not meant to scare you, but if you see that happen, maybe your skin responds like mine to Hyaluronic Acid! It took me about a year to figure it out, especially since it's also in the M2 Skin Recovery Moisturizer as well as other products. If you don't like this product, I highly recommend the original MaMa Lotion formula, which doesn't have H.A. and also others claim it works much better for their skin. I think the stuff is awesome. Would be 5 stars except: Minus the crummy bottle. And hiked up price. I have a blog with thoughts on stuff. Find me on Blogger: Laywoman Shawoman
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Have you had a blood work up? Do you have candida? Do you have excess heavy metal toxins?
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Thank you so much for the info about H.A.! I have cystic acne problems and I had no idea it could be the H.A.. Will stop using anything with it to see if this makes a difference. Blessings!
Great, but a few major complaints...
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I'm really glad they brought back the original MAMA Lotion formula as an option. I've been hoarding the old formula bottles, and sometimes using the revised formulas (both 20% and 12%), but to me the original formula works better for me. I just received this bottle though, and was floored to realize that it's MUCH smaller in size that either the other M2 Skin Refinishes or the original MAMA Lotion. The photo in this listing is quite deceptive if you ask me. I realize it's cheaper, but not proportionally, and besides they have to take some ingredients OUT compared to the revised M2, so it *should* be cheaper in the full-size bottle. For the size and price, will have to give it only 4 stars instead of 5.
MaMa Lotion
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I do not normally write reviews but I felt compelled to talk about how amazing this stuff has been for me! I have been using it for two weeks now, a first time user and I must say it has transformed my face!!! I used to get some bad pimples that took like 2 weeks to go away but since using MaMa, i barely get any! If I do get any pimples, they are not as big and they go away in one or two days if I keep using the MaMa lotion! It is so expensive but I think it is extremely worth it. I use it 6 nights a week and it can get itchy but that feeling is worth it if my face continues to look this great!! I could probably go without wearing makeup most days because of this stuff! Please do not ever stop selling this amazing product! :)
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Love this stuff! So glad they brought back the original. I hope they always, always keep this formulation on the market!! Thanks!!
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I frequently used the 20% refinish until this came out. I've been using it for about 2 months now and completely love it! Yes, there is a weird smell, but it isn't unpleasant and it keeps my skin clear, so I don't mind it. I would breakout after shaving sporadically, but I haven't since I've used this.
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I have a caramel complexion with both acne scars and dark spots from too much sun exposure (without any UV protective face products). I am currently in cold weather, however, and wanted to try out this product before I went back to high sun exposure. My current skin regime is to (at night) wash my face with Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash (with the exfoliating beads in it), then use this refinishing formula (not too much - I put a tiny bit on each face quadrant, then rub it in). In the morning, I will wash my face with either the Neutrogena wash again, or with Cetaphil - depending on the dryness of my skin - using a skin buffer. Then I put on the M2 Skin Recovery Moisturizer and either Aveeno lotion or Oil of Olay moisturizer for the extra dry spots. Yes, the refinishing formula does dry out the skin and I would recommend daily exfoliation with a good buffer (I use EcoTools bamboo facial buffer). I use the refinishing formula every other day so as to avoid excess drying out of my skin. But I use the Skin Recovery Moisturizer every morning. In the past two weeks that I have been using the products, others have noticed a significant improvement in my skin - both in lightening current dark spots and acne scars, and in preventing acne flare ups. However, I have also changed my OCP from estrogen-based to purely progesterone. That could also have an impact as estrogen-based OCPs are known to cause darkening of the skin on sun exposure and increase in oil production. When I return to warmer weather and sun, I will be replacing my Oil of Olay moisturizer/Aveeno lotion in the morning with Neova DNA Damage Control Everyday SPF 43. I will comment back when I see how that impacts my current face regime results. Lastly, I do hate how the bottle is made - a normal bottle where I can just pour a little out or stick my finger in the get the amount I want would be more convenient. That is the only reason I didn't give the product 5 stars!
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Hi there, I wanted to see what others thought of the return of the old formula vs. the new and your post caught my eye. Pease feel free to ignore my unsolicited advice. I think that you are over exfoliating your skin which actually causes more breakouts and uneven tone. You should only wash your face once a day and exfoliate once a week or once a month as I do. I go to a super well known dermie and that is the advice that she gave m, she also recommends Cetaphil face wash (I hate it and don't use it). My soao box now is I would love it if you researched how awful of a company Proctor and Gamble are (they are the company that makes Oil of Olay. I know that they are so difficult to avoid bc they pretty much have a toe hold in almost every aspect of our daily lives) but with a little bit of research it can be done, I have. Best wishes
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the entire reason for replying to your post was that I wanted to say that over exfoliation actually dries your skin out more, as it aggravates your already sensitive skin it. I have tried pretty much every pill and chemical due to melasma and cystic acne since I was 12. Recently due to stress my skin just went bananas two months ago so I am back on a high dose of Spironolactone which is actually helping but once I stop it the acne will most likely return as soon as I stop unlike Accutane which lasts for years. I did four cycles and wont do it again due to bad side effects but I loved the end result. It used to be a tough decision vanity vs. health...oh capricious youth. This line almost completely removed my melasma my dermie no longer recommends getting laser treatments. She was really surprised by the change on my forehead (that felt really good)!
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Allyson, I am wondering if you can share exactly what M2 products you use that you feel has greatly improved your Melasma. I have moderate to severe Melasma, also still have some acne issues. I have used the 20% Refining lotion and I have been happy with the results as far as skin texture, pore size, and reduced breakouts. With that being said, I'm not sure it's helped with hyper pigmented skin. I have not used any of the other products. I use a 10% hydroguione cream (prescription) off and on. It is very expensive, and results are temporary. I have had some invasive laser treatments as well. I can say it is better, but always a struggle to keep in under control, especially in the summer. I do use a good sunscreen every day. Just wondering if you have attributed your skins improvement to a particular product to regimen.
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I don't use the face wash as it is too drying. I use the 20% once to twice a month depending on how my skin is reacting (if it is too red or dry then I just skip it and use it when my skin is so reactionary) I am super stoked to buy the original formula as that is how I was introduced to the line. In summer I use their moisturizer both day and night, in winter it depends again on how reactionary my skin is. I love using the Arcona Triad pads in place of a face wash if I have no make up on. It takes time for the product to work, and you have to just be patient. Just don't over do it on the exfoliation there is no reason to do it every day as the skin's turnover rate isn't that fast. I can a test to the fact that this line almost completely removed my very large melasma spot on my forehead I used the product for years, a lot cheaper than lasers and now I don't need them. What laser was used on your skin? IPL? I hope this helps a bit!
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This has made my skin look 5 years younger in the last 3 weeks. So far it has taken the dullness completely away. The dark spots around my mouth from being pregnant have faded dramatically. It seems to be preventing acne flare-ups which is an added bonus. The only downsides are the flaky skin (which I buff away with baking soda in the morning before moisturizing), and my skin seems to get much greasier by the end of the day which I am not sure if it is because of the product drying my skin which is causing it to overproduce the oil or if it because it has completely unclogged my pores allowing the oil to flow freely.
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M2 is a great line of products and mama is my favorite. I used to use this stuff years ago and it really helped my face so happy its back. All of there products are great. It makes my pores smaller and keeps my face clear kinda sticky and smells funny but it is so worth it. Nothing works for me like M2s products this guy is a customer for life thanks mama.
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It does not perform like the original from 2003, 2004. I used it and loved it. Bought the new version....no results. So, i was very excited to see the original version was back. Bought it.....No results, this does not perforn like the original version, at all. Not the same
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I called the manufacturer and it is the EXACT same ingredients as 2003's version. Maybe your skin has changed? It worked wonders for me just like in 2003. :)
MaMa is Back!
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Loved this product. Purchased it immediately when I saw it was back and have seen amazing results so far.
So Excited to See it Back!
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This was my favorite skincare product and I am so happy that they returned to the old formula! By far this is the best cream to use on the market.
same concentration of malic & mandelic acids? 0
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what is the percent of mandelic & malic acid in this formula?
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It is 10% mandelic and 10% malic acid - same as the regular HP Skin Refinish. Just the base ingredients are different.
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Is the MAMA formular the same potency as the 20%?? Which is the better as in stronger product?
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The MaMa doesn't have as many soothing & moisturizing ingredients and is more aggressive or may feel more aggressive on your skin.

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