Monday, August 11, 2014

All Dried Out: Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion


Let’s face it (pardon the pun), zits happen. They happen when we’re stressed, when we’re sick, when it’s that time of the month… They usually happen right before an important event, which is always nice. I’ve found a product that doesn’t make them vanish overnight — because when that happens? it’s a miraculous event, not the norm — but does make them manageable. 

Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is formulated with calamine, camphor, colloidal sulfur, salicylic acid, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and talc. You use it by taking a q-tip, dipping it into the pink guck at the bottom of the bottle (there’s a layer of isopropyl alcohol on top to prevent the drying lotion from, you know, drying out), and applying it to any nasties.

I find it especially good at treating those volcanic zits that have already come to a head and are about to blow. (TMI? We’ve all been there!)

As someone with hypersensitive skin, I was terrified the first time I used this product. There was a slight burn at first, but that quickly faded. Best of all, I saw a noticeable difference in the inflamed area the next day. 

It’s pricey at $17 for a small bottle, but considering you only use the tiniest amount, I think it’s well worth it. 

Have you tried drying lotion?

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