February 20, 2015

The Blemish Lotions


You know when you've found a product so great, you kind of give up the quest to find something that'll blow your mind even further? Well, that's how I felt when I discovered Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion (MB). A cult-classic when it comes to blemish treatments. Would it be too far to say Mario Badescu is like the God of acne-prone-proof skincare? Maybe, but it just worked. That being said, with my current venture into green(er) skincare, I've been looking for some natural alternatives. Meet Indie Lee's Blemish Lotion (IL). She's a keeper.

In short, Indie Lee's Blemish Lotion is an overnight spot treatment. You dab a q-tip/cotton bud in the liquid and apply that directly on the spots. You're not supposed to shake it, as the pink paste is the stuff that does the magic. It's my go-to when I'm particularly spotty, as it dries out spots (nearly) overnight, draws out a head and just manages to make my skin appear less angry/inflamed.

I've had the Blemish Lotion for a month now and been playing it for quite a few weeks. At first glance it looks the exact same as the Drying Lotion, but it's the inside that has the biggest differences, and is basically a talc-free version. It contains Sulphur (to absorb oil), Salicylic Acid (to disinfect), Mineral Clay (to draw out toxins and impurities) and Camphor Extract (to diminish redness and inflammation). For a more detailed ingredient breakdown, head over to Jade's very extensive and helpful post.

The times that I've used it, I couldn't note any major differences in use. You'd expect it'd be less potent or effective, because it's got no chemical ingredients, but that's not the case at all. I think it works just as good, if not better than MB's Drying Lotion. Some points I did notice is that whilst I tend to wake up with the pink paste on my face when using MB, I haven't noticed that with IL. Also, I find that the skin around the blemish is less dry and flakey. And that's a good thing. NB. Be warned, you may look like you've got the chicken pocks. Oh, the things we go through in the name of clear/flawless/gorgeous/fairy skin beauty.

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  1. I need to try one of these! I have acne prone skin and use some stuff from the drugstore, with a lot of chemicals, and I really want to use less chemicals in my routine ;)


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  2. This sounds amazing! I have Mario Badescu's drying lotion, and it's not the overnight miracle worker for me as it is for everyone else (sigh), but it does help a lot--just takes a couple of days for me, at least!


    Miriam || happiness comes from

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  3. Nice post miss! I heard a lot of good things about Indie Lee lotion. x

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  4. This would fit the bill perfectly then!

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  5. For me it really depends on the 'type of spot'. Some spots take a bit longer and some have results overnight.

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  6. So cool that you've found a similar product! I haven't tried the Drying Lotion but I've tried the Buffering which is the only thing that works for my cystic acne so huzzah!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  7. I've been using the Kate Somerville version of the drying lotion, when that runs out I'll have to see how the Indie Lee one compares! [=

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  8. I haven't tried either of these before, or anything similar to them! I use the Clinique spot treatment and I can't lie, it burns sometimes. I'll have to keep these in mind and check them out. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  9. I've actually been wanting to try the MB Drying Lotion so this is perfect timing! I'm definitely looking into the Indie Lee one, it's something I haven't heard of before.

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  10. I'll definitely look into those. I'm using the Origins Spot Treatment but, if I'm completely honest, I don't notice such a big difference on my spots when using it. So I'm on the hunt for a new one!

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  11. I've actually been so intrigued by the Buffering Lotion! May have to try and pick it up when I run out. Is it very drying though?

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  12. Oh I'd love to hear your opinion on both!

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  13. It's quite heavy on Salicylic Acid, which is probably why it burns quite a bit. As long as it works, I'd say haha.

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  14. I'd definitely recommend trying Indie Lee's alternative!

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  15. Yeah, I've tried the Origins one a few years back because everyone was raving about it. Didn't think it worked at all on my skin.

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  16. It actually isn't! I was surprised :) It feels like nothing on the skin.

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