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DIY | Drying Lotion for Acne! Mario Badescu Dupe!

posted in Skin & Body
11/03/2016
  • Drying lotion may sound a bit absurd considering one often thinks of lotion as moisturizing, not drying. The term was coined by Mario Badescu (a super popular skin care line) along with the idea behind drying lotion. 
    Drying lotion may sound a bit absurd considering one often thinks of lotion as moisturizing, not drying. The term was coined by Mario Badescu (a super popular skin care line) along with the idea behind drying lotion
  • This stuff works so well! But I don't have $18 to keep buying it - especially when it's so easy to make at home! 
    This stuff works so well! But I don't have $18 to keep buying it - especially when it's so easy to make at home! 
  • DRYING LOTION is essentially rubbing alcohol, salicylic acid + calamine lotion mixed together to form an interesting (+ somehow expensive) concoction that magically shrinks blemishes overnight. I’ve loved using this stuff on occasion for those cystic-type acne breakouts, but once I started running out it was time to make my own version. Forking out $18 for a new bottle seemed a little steep to me when it seemed really easy to make it myself.

I'm telling you-- IT WORKS! 
    DRYING LOTION is essentially rubbing alcohol, salicylic acid + calamine lotion mixed together to form an interesting (+ somehow expensive) concoction that magically shrinks blemishes overnight. I’ve loved using this stuff on occasion for those cystic-type acne breakouts, but once I started running out it was time to make my own version. Forking out $18 for a new bottle seemed a little steep to me when it seemed really easy to make it myself.

    I'm telling you-- IT WORKS! 
  • This stuff is so weird! I haven’t seen anything else like it. It’s basically a layer of sediment topped with a layer of rubbing alcohol. To use it, you dip in a clean q-tip until you hit the sediment + dab it on blemishes before bedtime. The calamine lotion sticks onto the blemish while the rubbing alcohol/salicylic acid mixture goes to work drying out your offending zit while you sleep.
    This stuff is so weird! I haven’t seen anything else like it. It’s basically a layer of sediment topped with a layer of rubbing alcohol. To use it, you dip in a clean q-tip until you hit the sediment + dab it on blemishes before bedtime. The calamine lotion sticks onto the blemish while the rubbing alcohol/salicylic acid mixture goes to work drying out your offending zit while you sleep.


  • Using rubbing alcohol on the skin may sound a bit too harsh, but we’re only dabbing a tiny bit on unopened blemishes. The alcohol will pull moisture from the area allowing the blemish to dry up + appear smaller, sometimes after the first application. I know from experience that I can get a zit to diminish almost completely after just a few dabs. Of course you don't want to put on too much

  • The use of rubbing alcohol as a method of extraction is nothing new in the world of herbalism either. You add your herbs to the rubbing alcohol, let them macerate anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, strain + apply to the skin as needed for joint pain, stiffness + blood circulation or you know-to shrink zits.

  • This is known as an herbal liniment- a highly effective extraction method that uses rubbing alcohol as a means to pull therapeutic properties from herbs that rapidly penetrate + evaporate from the skin. They're are also highly antiseptic + disinfectant making them perfect for treating acne.

    Whatever herbs you use will be deeply absorbed into the skin allowing them to get working! For blemishes white willow bark is going to be the best choice- it will increase cell turnover + regenerate the skin.

  • (+)  A small bottle with a wide top (a q-tip must be able to touch the bottom)
(+) rubbing alcohol (you can sub witch hazel or vinegar but it won't be as well)
(+) white willow bark or white willow bark capsules fthis herb contains the salicylic acid)
(+) Bentonite clay (can also use kaolin clay, Moroccan clay or French green clay)

    (+)  A small bottle with a wide top (a q-tip must be able to touch the bottom)

    (+) rubbing alcohol (you can sub witch hazel or vinegar but it won't be as well)

    (+) white willow bark or white willow bark capsules fthis herb contains the salicylic acid)
    (+) Bentonite clay (can also use kaolin clay, Moroccan clay or French green clay)

  • (1) Pour your rubbing alcohol [or the substitution you chose] into the little bottle [this will allow you to see how much you need] leave 1 inch of space from the top. (2) Add in 4-6 capsules of white willow bark into a clean jar [or use 2 tsp of loose white willow bark] (3) Add your measured rubbing alcohol to the white willow bark. (4) Let it sit for 2-4 weeks (5) Strain. 
    (1) Pour your rubbing alcohol [or the substitution you chose] into the little bottle [this will allow you to see how much you need] leave 1 inch of space from the top. (2) Add in 4-6 capsules of white willow bark into a clean jar [or use 2 tsp of loose white willow bark(3) Add your measured rubbing alcohol to the white willow bark. (4) Let it sit for 2-4 weeks (5) Strain. 
  • 1) Pour your rubbing alcohol [or the substitution you chose] into the little bottle [this will allow you to see how much you need] leave 1 inch of space from the top. (2) Add in 4-6 capsules of white willow bark into a clean jar [or use 2 tsp of loose white willow bark] 
    1) Pour your rubbing alcohol [or the substitution you chose] into the little bottle [this will allow you to see how much you need] leave 1 inch of space from the top. (2) Add in 4-6 capsules of white willow bark into a clean jar [or use 2 tsp of loose white willow bark
  •  (3) Add your measured rubbing alcohol to the white willow bark. (4) Let it sit for 2-4 weeks 
     (3) Add your measured rubbing alcohol to the white willow bark. (4) Let it sit for 2-4 weeks 
  • (5) Strain. 
    (5) Strain. 
  • AFTER 2 WEEKS | (6) Add bentonite clay (or one of the others I mentioned) slowly into the bottle until you have a nice thick layer on the bottom (7) Add the infused rubbing alcohol back into your bottle;  NO STIRRING NECESSARY! [you will see the clay slowly absorb the liquid]  (8) Once finished, you can use it right away!

Will last indefinitely + can be used on body + face
    AFTER 2 WEEKS | (6) Add bentonite clay (or one of the others I mentioned) slowly into the bottle until you have a nice thick layer on the bottom (7) Add the infused rubbing alcohol back into your bottle;  NO STIRRING NECESSARY! [you will see the clay slowly absorb the liquid]  (8) Once finished, you can use it right away!

    Will last indefinitely + can be used on body + face
  • (6) Add bentonite clay (or one of the others I mentioned) slowly into the bottle until you have a nice thick layer on the bottom (7) Add the infused rubbing alcohol back into your bottle;  NO STIRRING NECESSARY! [you will see the clay slowly absorb the liquid]  (8) Once finished, you can use it right away!
    (6) Add bentonite clay (or one of the others I mentioned) slowly into the bottle until you have a nice thick layer on the bottom (7) Add the infused rubbing alcohol back into your bottle;  NO STIRRING NECESSARY! [you will see the clay slowly absorb the liquid]  (8) Once finished, you can use it right away!

  • Once finished, it can be used right away!
    Once finished, it can be used right away!
  • When acne rears its ugly head, clean the blemish (you don’t want oils interfering with the drying lotion), dip a q-tip into the sediment at the bottom to coat the end + then dab it on the blemish before bedtime. 
For discreet day use, just apply the liquid part, wait for it to dry + then apply your makeup.


    When acne rears its ugly head, clean the blemish (you don’t want oils interfering with the drying lotion), dip a q-tip into the sediment at the bottom to coat the end + then dab it on the blemish before bedtime. 

    For discreet day use, just apply the liquid part, wait for it to dry + then apply your makeup.

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