Mario Badescu makes two killer pimple busting products, Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. Actually they have a whole range of pimple and acne targeting products – but I’m focusing on these two today.
I’m a long time user of the Drying Lotion to clear up any break outs, and I’ve recently added the Buffering Lotion to my ever expanding collection of products. I thought it was time for a run down of each product, and to discover which one reigns supreme!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
What: A spot treatment made of salicylic acid and calamine that separates into two distinct layers when left to settle.
How To: There’s a bit of a learning curve with this product. You don’t want to combine the two layers, instead you want to dip a cotton bud into the bottle and cover it in the pink calamine solution. Then you need to dab it over your pimples and leave it to dry. It is going to be bright pink and very obvious – there’s no way of covering it in makeup! For this reason I tend to put it on overnight and wash off any residue in the morning. Results: I honestly think this product is a miracle worker. Although they say it’s for whiteheads, I use it on basically every kind of break out. It really helps to shrink down big pimples, and it makes whiteheads and smaller blemishes almost completely disappear. It’s magic!
Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion
What: A potent lotion designed to treat outbreaks of deep cystic acne. Made from B vitamins, amino acids and herbal extracts.
How To: Like the Drying Lotion this settles into two layers, but with this product you want to shake it up to combine everything. Then use your fingertips to apply it to cleansed skin. It’s quite a watery texture, so I kind of tap it into my skin to make it stay in place. This one dries pretty much clear, so even though the instructions say to use it overnight I have worn it during the day under makeup.
Results: I do find that it helps to shrink big pimples slightly, but nothing drastic. I have recently had a few cystic style pimples, and while I do think wearing this during the day helped reduce their size I don’t find myself reaching for it over my beloved Drying Lotion at night.
The Verdict: My favourite of the two is absolutely the Drying Lotion. Honestly this should be an essential item for every blemish prone person in the world. However, the downside is that you can only wear it at night, which is the one advantage the Buffering Lotion has. The Buffering Lotion does an okay job, but it’s nothing that special. Go for the Drying Lotion and just make sure you’re sleeping alone when you use it!