Say hello to my new best friend. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17) is designed to use as a spot treatment and I was in search of one that actually produced some results--because, let's face it...no matter how much we take care of our skin, those pesky pimples always appear right before an important event. A spot treatment is important any girl's (or guy's) skincare emergency kit.
The product is separated in the bottle with a pink sediment at the bottom. You are only meant to apply the pink formula to your skin. Just stick a Q-tip all the way in and apply that to the desired areas. There's no need to rub it in. Since it is pink, I would only apply this before bed (because the rest of the world doesn't need to see the slightly un-glamarous side of you). The formula dries quickly so I haven't found any residue on my pillows.
It works like a traditional spot treatment, in that it dries the pimple to reduce it's size. The one's I've tried in the past, however, have been over-drying and don't produce noticeable differences. I find this does not affect the surrounding area of the pimple at all. The first night I used it on an active pimple, it was a mere bump by morning. Mind you, I don't suffer from acne and I'm not blemish-prone so I can't say how effective it would be in severe cases. The second night I used it (I didn't really need to but wanted to review it for you guys so I tried it out), it was virtually non-existent in the morning and I was one happy lady. I also noticed that the blemish didn't leave as dark a mark as usual on my skin. Since then I've applied it at the first sign of any break out and I find that it will stop a whitehead from forming. For my skin personally, I only need to apply it the first night.
The ingredient list is chock full of different acne-fighting heavy hitters, like Camphor, Calamine, Salicylic Acid, and talc. I believe that the combination of all these ingredients is what makes a difference--it's able to combat many types of acne all in one tiny bottle (although it is marketed primarily as a whitehead treatment). It does have a strong, chemical scent that you (or your loved ones) will notice right away. Since it's proven to work for me, I can overlook this one. A little goes a long way, so while the price is more than any drugstore spot treatment, I feel it's easily justifiable if you consider how long this will last you and how effective it is.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Oh, and HAPPY FRIDAY (finally.)