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 8,173 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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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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Imani L.
18 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Okay hands down best product ever. I tend to break out in the summer time and this is pretty effective. A little goes a long way and the packaging is small and light weight. It happens to be super light on my skin as well. I have already recommended this to my family and clients!
Brittany J.
West Columbia, SC
267 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Amazing amazing amazing! I recently tried Mario Badescu products and I'll never use anything else. I suffer from acne bumps throughout the month and normally they tend to bloom whenever I have upcoming events. With the drying creme it literiallt reduces the size and reduces any redness within 24 hours. I would highly recommend to a friend! 
Kariann R.
Westerly , RI
72 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This product definitely lived up to its expectations. I applied it on problem areas before bed and the next morning the breakouts were significantly smaller. It didn't dry out my skin like most spot treatments do and didn't have a harsh smell either. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to clear up a breakout quickly and easily.
Rebecca B.
Edison, NJ
238 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I haven't noticed this do anything. Granted I've only used it three times but I used it on pimples that hadn't fully come out yet and ones that had reached the surface. I used as directed and in the morning there was no change to the size or redness. I will say though that the lotion stayed on the spots all night and didn't rub off so that was impressive.
Haley H.
20 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I've been using this for two days and I can already see my blemishes shrinking! The only think I don't like about the product is that you're supposed to let the product dry overnight while you skeep, but some of the product usually robs off as I sleep. It is working, though! I can't wait to see how well it will have worked in a few more days! 
Erika V.
Ontario , CA
36 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This stuff is a miracle in a bottle! I can have a huge pimple on my face and just a dab of this makes it shrink in size or zap it away entirely. You have to make sure not to shake up the clear liquid with the pink. Use a q tip and just cover your pimple with it. It may sting a lil but it's a good sting. Takes pimples away by the third day if you catch it sooner almost overnight!
Jacinta M.
Manchester, NH
84 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I think this is a very effective product if used correctly. The brand overall is hit or miss in my opinion. I only say that because of certain products and their price. But this is good if you have oily/acne prone skin and need a good spot treatment. But only for blemishes ABOVE the skin such as whiteheads. This is not going to help cystic acne.
Hailey Y.
Brigantine, NJ
90 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This is my HG product for diminishing pimples overnight, but let me warn you THIS STUFF STINGS (especially if you have popped or scratched your pimples)!!! With that being said, I still love this stuff and it works and I will repurchasing because I have been using it for years.  Remember, apply with a q tip and DON'T SHAKE the bottle beforehand.
Samantha N.
10 reviews
This formula used to do wonders for my stubborn cystic acne spots that crop up one week out of the month without fail. I'm not sure if it has changed over the years, but it doesn't seem to treat my spots overnight like it used to. I still almost always have a bottle somewhere, but I might need to try other options as it has lost its efficacy.
Saream K.
Elk Grove, CA
117 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I like this product a lot but I didn't give 5 stars because I always run out of the product on the bottom first lol but it's so good besides that. I'm on the end of my second bottle and would definitely repurchase. I suffered from cystic acne in my late 20s and this helped me get through the tough time. I still use it when I notice an oncoming pimple.
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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