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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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  • 2 Stars3%
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4.51 / 5 based on 8,074 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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  • Is it worth the price? And I’m not quite sure if I got it...4 Answers
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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Philadelphia, PA
2 reviews
I’ve used this product tons of times and its amazing. Its definitely strong but has never overly dried out my skin which is surprising. Its my go-to for diminishing acne spots overnight! 
Annie M.
Akron, OH
602 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
MUST HAVE oh my goodness… This has been a lifesaver. Any zits, popped or trouble blemishes I feel I just put a dab of this on my skin after my routine is done at night bam, next morning noticeable difference. Perfect for summer because I like to wear less make up but get self-conscious about my acne! A must have for anyone also super inexpensive for how effective it is!!
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.
Lea B.
50 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This product is a holy grail of mine. Whenever I suffer from a breakout, I pop this on it at night, and in the morning, my breakout will be practically gone or significantly less red and large! I originally tried this out as a sample, but as soon as I finished that I bought the full size because I was in love. I recommend this product for anyone that gets breakouts!
Kayla C.
Middlesex, NJ
170 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I use this drying lotion whenever I feel a breakout coming on or have a breakout I want to go away real fast! It dries out the breakouts without drying out my skin. I like to leave it on overnight since you look pretty crazy with pink spots all over your face! I find the next morning my acne spots are about 50-75% better. It's also a pretty affordable price as well!
Megan B.
Waukesha, WI
142 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This stuff is so great! My skin is acne-prone so I spot treatment pretty often and this is hands down the best thing I've used. It doesn't dry my whole face out like some other products containing salicylic acid do. It may seem a little pricey for such a small bottle but it actually lasts quite a while. If you struggle with break outs I would highly recommend this product.
Chandra B.
189 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This drying lotion works really well. Anytime I have a blemish pop up, I use this liquid and it is either gone or a lot smaller then next morning. This works better than any of the products I have used when I was growing up. I wish I would have tried it sooner!
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.
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.
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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