An Acne Treatment That Soothes Mosquito Bites

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Last night I had such an incredibly strong itch on my forearm and wrist that it disturbed my sleep. The clock showed it was about 1:30am. So it was right at that point where I had finally reached REM sleep and was in a peaceful slumber. But, that’s how bad the itch was-it woke me. It turns out, I was sleep-attacked by a hungry, female mosquito. And it makes sense since it is mosquito season-summer.

Unfortunately, I’m not one to keep bug repellants or treatments in the house, so I did what any woman in need of beauty sleep would do. I searched through my beauty products and turned up my old faithful Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17). No, it’s not made to treat mosquito bites, it’s actually an acne solution (that works!). The key ingredients are salicylic acid, sulfur and-the magic anti-itch ingredient: calamine.

I applied to it to my mosquito bites just like I would a pimple. I just poked a cotton swab into the solution (making sure to double dunk into the pink calamine) and coated the bites with a thin layer of it. Seconds later, the itching calmed and I plopped right back into bed. The best part: I woke up with no trace of a mosquito bite anywhere. It was like magic. Tada!

And that’s usually how it works on breakouts too. After cleansing my face, I just dab, dry and sleep. The dried pink dots aren’t good looking, so keep that in mind if you’ve got a new beau (in my case, the husband has seen it all so I don’t care). Other than that, it’s a good product to keep in your house for those unexpected breakouts, and of course, hungry mosquitos.

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