An Ethical Dupe for Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion

A cult-classic in the modeling world, Mario Badescu’s drying lotion gets a lot of praise for it’s whitehead fighting power. In fact, it claims to zap pimples overnight; a powerful declaration for models and non-models alike.

But MB’s drying lotion sadly falls prey to the same vice as every other acne product on the market. While the active ingredients are pretty benign, they are toxic in large doses. To combat this, companies top off their salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide at a certain percentage (like 10%) and use a carrier product, like lotion, to dilute them even further. And it is in these carrier gels, lotions, soaps, and scrubs where things start to get hairy, and untraceable palm-oil comes into the picture.

What if I told you that there’s a conflict-free dupe out there that could go toe-to-toe with what you know?

Photo Credit: Zabana Essentials

Zabana Essentials' French Clay Drying Lotion is the answer to that particular call. 

A great drying lotion is quirky - it has to dry and moisturize in equal parts, because your skin is already agitated. Zabana nips whiteheads by first cutting down inflammation and redness with witch hazel extract and then drying delicately with French green clay. Coconut-derived glycerin acts an emollient, arrowroot soothes, and zinc oxide (the basis of calamine) heals. Essential oils of tea tree, clary sage, lavender, and grapefruit tag along to tone, and simply lift the spirits. And if you're sensitive to salicylic acid, camphor, or sulfur, then this is a better option for you, too.

Purchasing your skin care from Zabana Essentials also means supporting a 100% palm-oil free and vegan company, which Mario Badescu is unfortunately not, as they sell products like Egg Shampoo. And at $8.63 an ounce Zabana blows the competition out of the water, which clocks in at a whomping $17 an ounce.