Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%


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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  • Would you apply moisturizer before or after applying this...4 Answers
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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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StevyRae T.
5 reviews
I was excited to try this product because of all the rave reviews on it. I have combination, acne prone skin and I just felt like this product didn't work for me. I would  put it on top of a breakout at night and when I would wake up in the morning the pimple would be even bigger! If it was a red bump the night before, in the morning it would be a white head.
Emily T.
Seattle, WA
16 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This is a strange product, but it does work. You don't shake it before you use it, my method is to dip a q-tip in to where the pink substance is and use that as the applicator. I put it on at night before bed, it does sting/dry a bit, and it helps to clear over night. One note, it is in a glass bottle and it does break if you drop it, learned that the hard way!
Morgan M.
42 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This does help most bumps MINIMIZE though it doesn't usually make them disappear as one would hope. It's great for white heads but that's about it. Blackheads: no. Cystic acne: no.
Tip: don't shake the contents, use a Q-tip to dip into the pink solution at the bottom and then apply that to your problem spots.
This is a spot treatment so don't put it everywhere!
Yadira R.
Las Vegas, NV
128 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff is too good. I put it on a pimple, sleep with it on over night and omg its gone or almost gone. Its literally the size that it looks but worth every penny. I got mine at ULTA for $17 it definitely has lasted me awhile Ive had the same bottle for a year. I dont break out much but when I do this is my go to product Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Bella B.
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I use this only any pimples or blackheads that I get and let it dry overnight. There are many cons to how it looks on my face- it's pink and bold and gets everywhere but I've found it's really great at reducing my pimples. It isn't as effective with blackheads but it still works. The best way to use it is to dip a cotton swab into it and swipe onto the area. 
Cristina R.
Orem, UT
95 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I sincerely was trying to love this so much! I have it so many opportunities especially for the high reviews. It would flake off after 5 mins & the pain was still there & the pimple wasn't always dried out. I know it says not to use on open wounds but I do after piping a pimple. It would not leave any mark and absorb the bacteria but it was painful. But worth it.
Kayla S.
79 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I like this product a lot but I have to use it sparingly. It definitely is a drying lotion and it dried out my skin every place I used it. It is more on the pricey side but you get what you pay for. This was my first time using this product and I would recommend it to people with normal to oily skin. If you have normal to dry or combination skin, use sparingly. 
Casandra A.
El Paso, TX
110 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have dry skin, and this would be horrible for it. BUT once in a while I will receive a small breakout and I apply this anywhere I see the breakout/pimple and it completely dries it out and turns my pimples into little scabs that eventually just peel off. It's great for the price, inexpensive and a little goes a long way so it will definitely last you for a long time.
riley k.
pound ridge
23 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
i think that Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is pretty good. i think it is a bit pricey but it definitely lasts for a while. i put it on before i go to bed and in the morning my pimples have either stayed the same or decreased in size. sometimes they are gone or smaller but not always. i think i would bit it again though and it is definitely a great product.
Melissa G.
Atlanta, GA
122 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
My go to product when a pimple or whitehead pops up on my face. Easy to use, just dip a q-tip into the bottle and dab on the pimple before bedtime. In the morning, it has basically disappeared on its own. It's a bit pricey but well worth it, in my opinion.
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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