Beauty Dish

November 6, 2013

My skin will never be 100% breakout free. I’ve accepted this as my reality and really, it is what it is. Lately I’ve been dealing with more than one bad “ugly spot” (the words Sally and I prefer to use for “pimples”)…you know those really horrific ones that are under the surface and are huge and hurt really badly? Ugh, I’ve had multiple in the past few weeks. Just lucky, I guess! Aside from doing my every-day wash and care, I’ve been trying my best to avoid picking at the problem and instead use dots of pink potion at night.…

My skin will never be 100% breakout free. I’ve accepted this as my reality and really, it is what it is. Lately I’ve been dealing with more than one bad “ugly spot” (the words Sally and I prefer to use for “pimples”)…you know those really horrific ones that are under the surface and are huge and hurt really badly? Ugh, I’ve had multiple in the past few weeks. Just lucky, I guess! Aside from doing my every-day wash and care, I’ve been trying my best to avoid picking at the problem and instead use dots of pink potion at night.

Mario Badescu skincare is known to be great for treating acne but their most infamous product is the Drying Lotion. Used before bed, you clean and moisturize as usual then apply a dab of lotion directly on the ugly spot using a Q-tip. You don’t rub it in, just make a dot and move to the next spot. The lotion will dry (you’ll look like a freak but it’s worth it) and in the morning you wash off whatever didn’t flake off white you were sleeping. The magic stuff that looked so weird when you were applying it literally shrinks your worst nightmare acne spots. It took a few nights of me using it to get my painful underground problems to go away but gone they now are. And I didn’t do any of that bad picking or popping in the process! That’s a win.

A big tip for when you get a bottle—because let’s face it, we all need a bottle of miracle potion around—do not shake the bottle. I made that mistake when Sally first got hers and I thought the separated layers of clear liquid and pink sediment needed to be combined. If it get’s shaken it will be okay, just stand right side up and let the pink settle down at the bottom, but when you use it you only want to dip your Q-tip straight down and pick up the pink sediment to put directly on your skin. Don’t ask me why. That’s just the Mario Badescu rule. Hope you all like it as much as I do…if I have to use acne treatment at least it’s pink and takes care of business.

Image taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(Mario Badescu Drying Lotion // VIETRI Incanto White Stripe Salad Plate c/o // Fortuny Interiors)

  1. It sounds like you have cystic acne. I’ve had a horrible battle with it. It is beyond frustrating! I’ve recently switch to glycolic acid and my skin has been a lot better. Try Mario’s glycolic foaming wash- it helps keep the cysts manageable. Also try Peter Thomas Roth’s unwrinkle pads- they helped alot too!

  2. Hi!
    I have a perfect solution for the cystic (under the skin) acne you speak of! This line, called Unblemish, is just for cystic acne, and let me tell you..it works wonderfully. I have not had a breakout since July, shortly after using this line. 60 day supply, 10% off, free shipping, and can be found here. Maybe we can talk about a collaboration..? https://bsoileau.myrandf.com/Shop/Unblemish

  3. So, I’ve also discovered that honey works wonders. Like, WONDERS. i now keep a little honey packed in my purse.

    Im a wierdo i know, but it is the best things i’ve found.

  4. I need to try this apparently! I’ve never used any product from that line before but my skin has started acting up again. Are you still using the organic face line you raved about a few months back? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  5. I tried this stuff years ago and thought it dried out my skin too much. I now swear by Philosophy’s ‘Hope In A Bottle.’ Works wonders and doesn’t dry me out! I also use Tazorac cream, a prescription retinoid, twice a week. I keep it on for 5-7 minutes and then wash it off. Any longer and my skin will flake uncontrollably! It’s made a huge difference and I love how refreshed my skin looks the next day! A lot of derms prescribe it for its anti-aging benefits as well so I like to think that I’m tackling two problems 🙂

    Kristin
    http://www.dressedandfed.com

  6. I’m so so glad you posted this! I just saw this at Ulta last week, but didn’t get it because I hadn’t read any reviews yet. I always get those “ugly spots” that are under the surface and get so sore. I’m so glad to know that this works on those! Grabbing a bottle this week.

  7. My unsolicited advice: I’d ask your dermatologist for a Retin A prescription. It will help with your acne, and give you beautiful, “glowy” skin. When you first start to use it, it will dry your skin out like crazy and will probably scare you. But stick with it and the results are incredible.

  8. i think one of you has a gluten issue but i am not sure which one. if you have not tried going off gluten for a while, try it. my mother & 2 siblings had gluten issues that were digestive. although i had no symptoms, i went off of gluten too, as a precaution. my skin cleared up in about a month. exactly what you describe- gone. worth trying. you also never know what other internal damage the gluten is doing.

  9. hey mbm!
    I have had struggles with my skin recently too, especially around my chin area. (I used to have perfect skin and then I hit my mid 20s and something completely changed). I tried everything: topical creams, different detergent, a face brush. I finally went to a different dermatologist and he told me that what I was experiencing was hormonal acne and that it is very common for females between the ages of 24-30. He prescribed me 2 different oral medications and the redness and the bumps are gone!! I wonder if something like that would help you too? Skin issues are so frustrating and I thought mine would never go away!!!
    Just thought I would share my experience with ya 🙂

  10. I used to use this stuff and thought it worked okay. Then a about six months before my wedding my skin started freaking out (like large, painful spots everywhere when I usually only get a few in my t-zone). So I made an appointment with a fancy dermatologist that also did some cosmetic work. I had gone to bunch of other dermatologists before but I felt like all of them did not take adult acne seriously. Even though it’s not skin cancer, acne is still a problem for people who have to live with it. I wasn’t going to risk walking down the aisle with a face full of acne. Any way, I brought to her everything I was using so she would know what my routine then was. I brought this Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and she basically laughed at it. She said it was the equivalent of putting tooth paste on a zit. She said it wouldn’t hurt my skin but it wasn’t going to help it either, so basically I was throwing money away. She put my on some prescription meds (both topical and oral) and my skin cleared right up! She then worked with me to ween me off the meds and get my skin normal. She also completely hooked me on the Skinceuticals line. Which is the best, ever!! I would recommend finding a dermatologist that will take acne seriously and work with you to find a long term solution because it can happen!

  11. I was under the impression that my skin would somehow become breakout-free now that I’m in my late 20s – boy was I wrong! I’ve been using tea tree oil to clear up spots, but I’ve heard so much about Mario Badescu. I just bought this and the buffering lotion and have high hopes for it! Thanks for the recommendation.

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