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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.51 / 5 based on 8,090 Reviews


The award-winning on-the-spot solution. Helps dry up pesky problems overnight. Features Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Calamine.


Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Sulfur, Camphor, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

How To Use

DO NOT SHAKE THE BOTTLE. Before bed (after cleansing and toning), dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Dab directly on the surface blemish; do not rub in. Let dry and rinse off in the morning. Do NOT use on broken skin.

Do not apply to eye area. If product gets into eyes, rinse well with water.

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  • does this really works? I want to buy.6 Answers
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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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6 reviews
Amazing product! I have in the past struggled with finding spot/overnight creams (I've tried toothpaste and it sucks) and none of them have topped this one. The formula is made especially to dry out your pimples, but it does much more. The morning after using this product is like making a bunny disappear from a hat. lol, anyways amazing product and no less than 5 stars.
Olivia C.
172 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This was my first non dermatologist recommended acne "help." I would dab it on my pimps each night and they would be dried out by the morning. I have very sensitive skin and although this did dry it out I didn't mind it since my acne was so bad! I need to pick up a bottle for the new year.
Gina S.
Grand Haven, MI
392 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I love this for the perfect spot treatment for those occasional breakouts. I don't like using a cleanser with salicylic acid so this works great at tackling those pimples spot on without irritating the rest of my sensitive skin! You should give this one a try, just blot on with a qtip and let it rest overnight! Do not shake the product- just dip into the pink rested part!
Claudia C.
San Diego, CA
141 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
My miracle pimple vanishing cream! I dont tend to break out very often, and if i do it is around that time of the month a pimple or 2 thankfully! So i use this when i feel the bump coming or the redness and leave it overnight, and when i wake up in the morning the swelling and redness are gone! It doesnt complwtely vanish the pimple but it speeds up its process so much! Love it
Shaveh M.
Vancouver, WA
4 reviews
This product is AMAZING! I have struggled with acne for years, and finding an effective product is just a nightmare for me, as most treatments tend to break me out and make it worse. I heard many good things about it and finally purchased it from Ulta. I have been amazed with the results! This will be a part of my skin care regiment forever. It is definitely very drying, so just remember to exfoliate and moisturize the next day.
Kollina D.
Syracuse, NY
220 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I just did the math and I've been using Mario Badescu products for 10 years! Wow. This one has been a staple in my skincare routine as someone who is very acne prone. Sulfur is one of the most effective ingredients for addressing my blemishes. This drying lotion absolutely reduces the life cycle of my blemishes. It's effective, lasts forever, and is super cheap! Love it.
Hilary G.
Beacon Falls, CT
95 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
These are a cult classic for reason. Extremely effective, and very affordable. I recommend these to anyone who gets even the most occasional acne because it’s so simple to use. As a stomach/side sleeper I can’t wear this in my sleep because it just rubs off on my pillow, so once I have cleansed my face after work I will wear it around the house until I go to sleep.
Lizette M.
Key West, FL
62 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I love love love this acne spot drying lotion by Mario Badescu . This drying lotion will make any cystic pimple disappear the next day or in a few hours of application . I usually apply it overnight when I wake up my zit is gone . I have to have it ; this is an amazing spot treatment :)
Jacey V.
Lutherville , MD
77 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
You can feel this product start working immediately. You dab it on with a q-tip making sure not to shake it before hand. And dab it onto your acne spots you want gone. Then go to sleep and wash it off in the AM. It has definitely become my go to spot treatment. The smell isn't too bad, and it really really works. It works on small pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and hormonal acne.
Emma M.
Madison, WI
135 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I love love love this stuff! It smells like straight alcohol which can be alarming at first, but you'll forget all about it when you see how well it works. If it doesn't get rid of the breakout after 1 night, it'll be greatly diminished and gone on the second or third night. It works so well to get rid of breakouts but doesn't irritate my skin like other spot treatments do.
Gaby O.
Burlington, NJ
12 reviews
I've heard a lot about this drying lotion or like other girls call it "pimple cream". How many of you have tried it and honestly have had a good out come? Would be nice to hear from the girls next door 🙂
Tina N.
61 reviews
Is this item worth the hype?
Gina d.
Branford, CT
202 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
About how long does this bottle last you?
Heather C.
15 reviews
Has the alcohol in the product irritated your skin?
Miranda L.
Placentia, CA
11 reviews
Is this good for dry skin?

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