I’ve noticed Mario Badescu at Sephora Singapore for a while now, but it first caught my eye on Luxola (which is now rebranded as Sephora.sg). I’d never heard of the brand before, but it has received unusually strong reviews and boasts rather clinical and clean packaging, which is a nice change. Research pointed me towards the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($36 from Sephora), with my interest being further piqued when I found that it was a staple in many a model’s arsenal.
Unlike most acne treatments, this comes in a dual-layered solution. Instead of shaking them together, you’re meant to leave the layers separated, dip a cotton bud all the way through the liquid and into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and pull it out without mixing the formula up. Dab the saturated cotton bud wherever you need the lotion, and you’re good to go. I’ve tried a similar one by the brand Methode Swiss which also requires the same application method.
I find that this product does a decent job at shrinking cystic acne and drying up popped pimples, but the brand doesn’t recommend using it on open skin (it will sting quite a bit). It’s also rather drying, as the name suggests, which is something to keep in mind as you may have to use it several nights in a row if you have a large pimple.
It might also not work for all types of pimples, but if you’re looking to reduce redness and inflammation and dry up your zits, this will probably do the trick at a decent price point (compared to the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Dots I raved about a while back).
Having said that, this is not the mildest product by any means, so I would recommend exercising caution and spot-testing it on your arm if you have sensitive skin, because this does contain alcohol as the primary ingredient. Other ingredients include calamine, camphor, sulfur, salicylic acid, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and glycerin.
This drying lotion will also help bring larger pimples to a head, which is good news for anyone who knows how to safely pop a pimple! Just keep in mind that your cotton buds should be kept in a sanitary environment, so use the end of the cotton bud that isn’t constantly exposed to air.