When I first saw this product I thought “no…that can’t be. Can it? Is that Calamine Lotion in there with the salicylic acid?” Yes, yes it is. Let’s take it back a minute to a time when young Jamie was constantly covered in either bug bites or poison ivy because, yeah, that was my reality. My parents stockpiled Calamine lotion which, by the way, is BRIGHT PINK and, now that I think about it, the fact that I was always covered in pink dots may be a big contributor to my affliction to the color, but I digress. The MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION is pretty amazing at not only calming the itch out of mosquito bites (and it DOES do that, trust), but the formulation of calamine mixed with salicylic acid and other acne-fighting ingredients really gets rid of whiteheads FAST.
I definitely recommend using this product at night though, going with the whole “covered in pink dots” story, but I love that my skin doesn’t get irritated from it (which happens with some overnight products). So here’s how to apply it: you dip a clean q-tip into the pink “sediment” (yeaaaah, here’ the fun stuff) at the bottom of the clear glass bottle and then apply the lotion directly onto the whitehead. You let it dry (don’t rub it in) and then rinse it off in the morning. Done deal. Remember not to shake the bottle because you want the calamine (the pink stuff I’ve been ranting about) separated.
Did you guys use calamine lotion for bug bites and poison ivy when you were young?