Indie Lee Blemish Lotion

INDIE LEE Blemish Lotion

This pink blemish lotion promises to work its magic overnight while you sleep. And from my experience with this Indie Lee product, the best results were from leaving it on the entire night rather than simply leaving the lotion on for several hours.

While this product is very easy to use (though a little tricky to retrieve from the bottle), you do have to keep the bottle upright – it’s the sediment at the bottom that you apply to your skin.

Be prepared for a little bit of a mess – the product tends to flake off once it has dried and can stain clothing and bedding.

I can’t help but think there’s something to the fact that this little bottle of blemish treatment contains sulfur, zinc, and iron – perhaps it’s like a little multi-vitamin for troubled skin?

MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION

  • talc-free
  • no artificial fragrances
  • free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates
  • not tested on animals
  • “attacks blemishes and imperfections, helping to even skin tone, reduce redness, and soothes the skin” – from IndieLee.com
  • recommended for use overnight
  • product size is 1 oz (30 mL)
  • made in USA
DISCLAIMER: This product was purchased by the blogger. Neetzy.com received NO compensation from Indie Lee for this review. This review does not represent medical or professional advice, it is an opinion only. Photographs may not depict the exact color of the product.

Indie Lee blemish lotion

THE REVIEW

APPEARANCE

  • light baby-pink (similar to the color of calamine lotion)
  • a heavy, wet clay with a clear aqueous liquid floating on top

AROMA

  • strong alcohol scent
  • the dried lotion smells like clay and lightly of camphor (medicinal, earthy menthol-like scent)

HOW TO USE

The directions on the package state: “Do Not Shake; allow product to settle to the base of the bottle. Dip a cotton swab into the sediment and dab onto affected areas. Allow product to sit for a couple of hours or overnight before removing with warm water. For external use only.”

When I tested this product on stubborn acne, I discovered that using a thin, transparent layer of lotion returned no results. While you don’t need to glob it on, to get results you need to apply an opaque layer.

I got the best results when I left this Indie Lee product on overnight. From my experience, it seems that it’s not just the ingredients that are helping the acne, but the seal that the product makes with your skin, keeping it out of contact with air and moisture.



You’ll need to use soap and a textured wash cloth or sponge to really get the product off your skin. Although the product dries to a powdery, caked surface, it has a somewhat oily consistency that requires soap and a little elbow grease to completely remove (otherwise you’re left with a chalky, pink complexion).

Also, using sturdy cotton swabs for application is a necessity as you really have to dig down into the bottle to scoop up the actual product. This product is basically a sediment of colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide, magnesium, clay, camphor, and iron oxide. Therefore, you have to carefully dip your cotton swab down into the sediment (which is suspended in a water and alcohol-based solution), and scoop it out of the little bottle. Be prepared to get it on your fingers and hands – and as you use up the product, it gets messier to retrieve.

Indie Lee blemish lotion

USES PER BOTTLE

I treated the majority of my neck 4 times, my entire back once, plus spot treated about 1/3 of my face about 6 times from one bottle (1 oz/30 mL).

INGREDIENTS

Purified Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Colloidal Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Salicylic Acid, Magnesium, Aluminum Silicate (Clay), Camphor, Iron Oxide.

NEETZY’S THOUGHTS

This past year I’ve struggle with stubborn acne that didn’t respond to my go-to treatment of tea tree oil. So, I was happy to find this little pink gem by Indie Lee.

From what I can tell, my acne was the result of taking too much of a vitamin B12 supplement. I took a daily dose of 5,000 mcg of vitamin B12 for about a week, which resulted in the strangest, peskiest acne which took over 15 months to clear up. Fortunately, I seem to have gotten my breakouts under control with the help of supplementing with 10 mg of zinc daily, and this blemish lotion.

Primarily, I used this Indie Lee blemish lotion on stubborn white heads. I got the best results by dabbing a good blob of this product on these spots, leaving the treatment on overnight, then extracting the spots in the morning. The product seems to work by drawing the impurities to the surface of the skin. And from what I can tell, the way the lotion dries and keeps the acne covered and away from air and moisture, seems to play a big part in the healing. I really saw no results when I left the product on for a couple hours only, or when I used a really thin layer.

Indie Lee blemish lotion

There is a bit of stinging (due to alcohol) when applying the product. The alcohol smell might be a bit much for some people, so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to this aroma. I don’t think I’d recommend using this product on severely broken skin as it did sting my slightly irritated skin. Also, given the consistency of this thick product, I don’t think it would easily wash out of really deep sores. Keep in mind that the alcohol is slightly drying, which can result in some dry skin the next morning.

Basically, this product draws out whatever is stuck in your pores by morning. This allows easy removal with an extraction tool after rinsing the lotion off with warm water.

And a few words of warning. Firstly, don’t shake the product. It tells you not to right on the package, but if you’re like me, you have a strong urge to shake anything that’s in a bottle. The actual product you use is the sediment that’s at the bottom of the alcohol-water solution.

Secondly, be careful if wearing this product to bed – it flakes off as it dries, and it tends to stain light-colored fabrics. I’d suggest brushing off any dry bits before heading to bed, and sleeping with a towel on your pillow. You’ll also want to avoid using white wash cloths or face sponges when removing the product as the pink color tends to stain.

Indie Lee blemish lotion

Lastly, be prepared for a bit of a mess – not only because the product flakes off somewhat as it dries, but getting it out of the bottle is a bit of a challenge, especially as you use up the product.

If you don’t see perfect results by morning, wait a few days for the impurities to continue drying out before you do another treatment. My acne wasn’t completely gone by morning with each treatment, most of my spots healed up significantly within a few days. Keep in mind, my acne was very stubborn – for milder acne and spots, you will likely see better results.

Indie Lee blemish lotion

WHERE TO BUY

This product can be purchased directly from IndieLee.com for the price of $26 USD. Canadian consumers can get this product from Well.ca for the price of $32 CAD. These are the current prices as of September 2017.

Neetzy.com is NOT an affiliate of Indie Lee or Well.ca.

ABOUT INDIE LEE

  • created her skincare collection in 2009 after surviving a brain tumor
  • her product line is intended “to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour”

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