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.