Repechage Drying Lotion Helps Acne Heal

Beauty Cred on 11 Sep 2008 at 7:38pm

 If you're familiar with Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion, then Repechage HydraMedic Clear Complexion Drying Lotion will sound quite similar. In fact, they share some of the same ingredients including Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, Camphor and Salicylic Acid. But I was curious as to how the Repechage HydraMedic Drying Lotion would stack up vs. the Mario Badescu one.

I had the beginning of what looked like a blemish--I don't get breakouts frequently, so when I do, it's an event and I go through the, "hmm, wonder how that happened" preplexed look in the mirror. And then I pull out the artillery. There are 2 camps of people when it comes to zits: those who swear by Benzoyl Peroxide, and those who side with Salicylic Acid. I'm with the latter bunch, so it was a perfect opportunity to try Repechage HydraMedic Drying Lotion.

The Repechage formula is white in color and comes in a little slender container with a dip-stick for application. It goes on easily, without dripping. The first thing I notice, which is similar to the Badescu formula, is the drying sensation. HydraMedic Drying Lotion dries leaving a white spot on your skin, but let's face it, when you put on an acne treatment, you're not thinking of heading out for a GNO or to go shopping. You're staying inside for the duration.

The key to any drying lotion for acne though isn't how it feels going on--it's what it leaves behind (or more importantly doesn't) as it's coming off. So I left the lotion on overnight (which Repechage recommends doing) and was happy to find that in the morning my blemish had definitely subsided and didn't appear to be cause for alarm any longer--I just had to wait for the remaining--but now dry--red mark to disappear on its own.

WiWi: Was it Worth it? I can't say whether Repechage HydraMedic Drying Lotion would work as well for more serious acne. But in this instance, it did help dry up a minor blemish. I also like the fact that Repechage also contains fruit and alpha-hydroxy acids to help with exfoliation. The only downside is that it costs about $25 for .25 oz., compared to Mario Badescu's $17 for 1.0 oz.