This is an epic product. My entire life I’ve heard that it worked wonders. As a young teen, I saw it advertised in the back of zillions of fashion mags. Even as a young teen, I had my doubts. Nothing could “shrink” zits. Right? Well, as an adult I’m finally using this product after hearing tons of beauty bloggers and beauty editors rave about this “magic” pink brew.
Mario Badescu looks and smells like a witches brew. It is a “gross” mix of ingredients: a alcohol, calamine, camphor, colloidal sulfur, salicylic acid, and a few other things. The “pink” stays on the bottom and the “oil” rests on top. This product isn’t visually or olfactory pleasing. The smell is really gross. It’s nose hair singing alcohol and camphor. The dry-down is sulfur. A product this gross could only be around so long only if it worked, right? Well, maybe the answer is yes, because this product has a cult following.
I have normal skin. It is usually happy. My skin rarely breakouts. I’m not bragging. I’m telling the truth. When my skin does breakout, I feel it is something that I couldn’t have predicted or prevented. However, I do get blemishes and they piss me off. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion does nothing for “those” blemishes, you know, the ones that are just unproductive and “there until they want to leave” blemishes. However, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has worked wonders on ingrown hairs. My heritage makes me hairy; I apologist for the TMI. I wax and tweeze frequently. And this pisses my skin off. I’m too familiar with ingrowns. MB Drying Lotion helps with that. I believe it’s the salicylic acid that helps me. The company Mario Badescu recommend this product for whiteheads, I rarely get those. I’m not the “ideal” person for this product.
This formula other than smelling gross, looks gross. I dip a cotton swab in the mix. Resist the urge to shake the mixture! I apply the pink lotion to my blemishes. This, of course, is less than sexy. I don’t care what you choose to wear in your boudoir; you are going to look quite silly with pink dots on your problem areas!
I like Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I don’t use it very often since it drys my skin out big time. I only use it on spots that I know can be sped up by this stinky wonder lotion such as white heads and ingrown hairs. I do not use it on those small, “gonna budge when I want to” blemishes. MB Drying Lotion does nothing for them. I had <meh> results using this product but I know other people that love it. It seems to work for them. If you have used this product before, what do you think?
A 1 oz. bottle retails for $17 at Mario Badescu Skin Care. Being a spot treatment, you don’t use too much of it.
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