In the SPOTlight: I’m obsessed with… Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion

Katherine Power I love you. You told Into The Gloss about your first ever brush with adult acne and I had a huge “Ah-ha” moment (and now clearer skin by the day…)

You said: “Last year I went on a round of really strong antibiotics, and it completely messed up the bacteria in my gut, so I broke out with adult acne for the first time in my life—it was terrible. The reason it got better was because I took a lot of probiotics and worked on my stomach.”

I too had my first experience with acne – basically ever – around September 2015. It was so depressing, and I thought it was tied with my recent PCOS diagnosis (I’ll write about that another time). But when I read those words I was like the clouds parted. Because I too had had a round of really strong antibiotics after I contracted tonsillitis on a trip to Italy with Louis Vuitton. I’ve never been so sick. And I had pretty much every drug and antibiotic going pumped into my system. No-one ever told me to take probiotics. I had zero clue about this – but of course it makes complete sense. Antibiotics kill the bacteria in your system, even the good ones. Like the ones in the gut, the gut ‘flora’, which “help to neutralise some of the toxic by-products of digestion, reduce harmful substances (such as toxins and carcinogens), and discourage ‘bad’ bacteria and yeasts. It also helps to stimulate the digestive process and aid the absorption of nutrients, as well as producing vitamins including B and K.”

So if you have a problem with your gut, and low flora, it will show on your face. Because the gut is one of the most important organs in the body, and keeps everything running smoothly. I mean you’ve heard of “gut feeling” right? There’s a reason for that saying. The gut pretty much controls everything.

Actually I’m cross that the doctors didn’t prescribe probiotics when I left the hospital, or mention anything about the importance of them. I could have avoided all of these side effects. But as with everything, this journey has it’s silver linings too: I am pretty much a probiotic nut now, and will probably supplement them for life. I tried colonic and coffee enemas for the first time ever (fully recommend both) and my skin is finally returning to its normal clear status. I have a greater understanding and respect for my gut, and I’m on the road to recovery.

However, I still experience the period/ovulation spots that plague a lot of women and here’s another reason why I love Katherine Power. She introduced me to Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. The subject of this post. So I’ll stop waffling about probiotics (but seriously, get involved. This product is excellent) and get onto the beauty stuff…

Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is a miracle product. I know it’s a bold statement, but I honestly don’t know what I did without it before. It’s amazing. So how does it work? If you feel like you are getting a pimple, or you wake up with one, you simply dab the pink lotion with an earbud on the zit and after a few goes it’s ready to pop, or goes completely. It basically speeds up the process, which is amazing because lets face it: spots can go die, die, die!

I purchased mine from Harvey Nichols in the UK and brought it over on a recent trip. I’ve seen it’s also available on Amazon, who deliver here. I don’t think it’s available in any physical store here in the Middle East yet? Desert Cart will ship it in for you, but best compare prices. This is an excellent product for any acne problems, cystic, minor or major. I think it’s just important to use some soothing masks or moisturizing serums, lotions, after the offender has gone, since it does what it says on the tin – and is a drying lotion.

Now I’m searching for a product/treatment to remove the red patches I’m left with from my zit war. So holla at me if you have anything to recommend and I’ll keep you posted on my journey…