I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
There's no denying the hype that surrounds the entire Mario Badescu line, and for good reason: The products usually deliver. One product, in particular, has an impressively large cult following. You guessed it: MB's Drying Lotion, a sulfur-based acne treatment that blasts zits away with a fury not unlike that of Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator.
But what if I told you there was a dupe for this miraculous product--one that's less than half the price for the same size. And what if I told you this dupe worked just as well, perhaps even better in some consumer experiences, than the one everyone fangirls over? You'd think you were dreaming, right? Well, you're not, because such a product does exist and I'm pretty darn excited about it.
Meet ByeByeBlemish Drying Lotion, which comes in a bottle that's a near exact match for the MB version. Not only that, the product inside looks, feels, and smells almost exactly the same. The only difference is the price tag: $8.
The reason for the similarities is probably because the ingredient lists are almost identical. I'm sure there are some differences in terms of quantities used, but the two lists do look like mirror images. These ingredient lists were both pulled from Acne.org:
Ingredients in ByeByeBlemish Drying Lotion: Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Resorcinol, Salicylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin
Ingredients in Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion: Isopropyl Alcohol, Deionized Water (Aqua), Calamine, Camphor, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid, Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc
I am not sure of the sulfur percentage (the active ingredient) in Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion, but ByeByeBlemish's is 10 percent, which is the max allowed.
I discovered this product while on the prowl for a sulfur-based acne treatment. I've used similar products in the past with much success and wanted to see what my options were. There in my Google search, along with MB's Drying Lotion, was ByeByeBlemish's product.
After doing a little research, my skepticism faded away as I read about positive experience after positive experience. I pulled the trigger on my Amazon shopping basket, scooped the package off my doorstep a few days later, and then (excitedly?) waited for a zit to appear.
You apply this the same way you would apply the MB lotion. The bottle strictly says you should NOT shake and to only use the liquid-y part, not the starchy pink stuff that settles on the bottom.
To use, dip a cotton bud into the liquid and then spot treat your acne. You can use it pretty much anywhere, including on your face, chest, and back.
I obviously don't have a zit on my hand, but I wanted to show you that the product applies clear. That means you can use it discreetly during the day, or apply it at night before bed--even if you're staying the night at a special someone's place.
So, does it work as well as the MB product? I can share my anecdotal experience with you, and you can read plenty more on review forums, but I'll give you the short answer: YES. It absolutely works and I love, love, love it. Sometimes I even look forward to getting a zit because it's fascinating to see it shrivel up and DIE, practically overnight.
I apply the lotion at night, after my oil cleansing method and foaming cleanser, directly on top of any blemishes. Some people say the drying lotion works best if you have an opening in the pimple, but I don't like to mess with needles and have found that the product works well on a non-messed-with zit.
By the time I wake up, the blemish in question is greatly diminished in both redness and size, without fail. I consider it a godsend where those underground pimples are concerned, as it'll get rid of those stubborn spots in a matter of days versus weeks of waiting. Seriously, somehow this stuff brings pimples to a head way faster than any product I've ever used.
So there you have it. An $8 dupe for a hyped cult fave that works miracles. Try it, people. You won't be disappointed!
Have you tried ByeBye Blemish? Tell me your favorite low-cost product dupes!