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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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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Caitlin W.
Brooklyn, NY
72 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This is the best acne medication! All you need with this is a q tip with it. It brings down my blemishes and doesn't dry out the rest of my skin, just the blemishes. And a bottle lasts you a while! Just make sure to not shake the bottles... the clear acne medication should remain separate from the pink calamine lotion as the lotion is what calms your skin down.
Laura T.
117 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
LOVE THIS PRODUCT !! i actually love all of mario badescu's products but this product is simply amazing for clearing up pimples. it also works on cystic acne ! you can literally see results over night. might not be totally gone, but pretty close and much less noticeable.
Sarah P.
Fayetteville , WV
6 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I bought this product after hearing all of the hype about it. It definitely lived up to its expectation! I suffer from hormonal, spot acne every month around my “time”. When I feel a pimple coming on, I apply this as a spot treatment and leave on overnight, the next morning it’s almost gone! I sill continue to buy this product again and again. 
Christyn T.
Van nuys, CA
19 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff is fantastic. But don't make the mistake of shaking the bottle first. The calamine should stay separated. Just use a cotton swab to reach the calamine and get the cleaner in the top in the process. It's sure to clear up any spots and be gentle on your skin without all of the harsh chemicals of typical drugstore brand acne spot cleansers.
Victoria N.
19 reviews
The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is one of the best spot treatments I've tried. It's pricier than anything I'd pick up at the drugstore (I bought mine from Ulta) but it works wonders on my blemishes. I apply a small amount on targeted areas before going to bed and wake up to visibly reduced spots. Strong smell and pretty harsh but you get results.
Helen L.
114 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I love this product for spot treatment.  I think I've gone through at least 5 bottle of this since I was introduced to it.  I'm so happy I can get it at my local Ulta store.  I would recommend using this during the night (as it says on the bottle) and out of sight (since you'll look like you have pink spots all over your face from putting it one...)
Rachel H.
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This product is amazing! I've heard a ton about it from celebrities and friends but I didn't understand the hype until I tried it myself. The formula and way it works is unique but easy to navigate and understand and soooo easy to use. I just put it on blemishes and pimples overnight and when I wake up, most of them are smaller and less inflamed.
Erica L.
Hastings, FL
100 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This stuff is awesome. Use with caution as always but if you get a breakout this is perfect to dry it out. It has to be shaken up and best to apply with a q tip to the breakout. It has almost a menthol like smell and it's the color and consistency of calamine lotion. It works wonderfully though. Your breakout will be dried up over night. It's a life saver. 
Jennifer G.
Long Beach, CA
281 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
My favorite product when I had cystic acne. If you have regular pimples it does a great job and drying pimples. With cystic acne it would not dry it up but it would bring up the infection and help clear out sooner than if nothing was used. The smell is kinda strong. Just make sure to put right in the pimple and use a good moisturizer to avoid flaking
Brittany T.
Jacksonville, NC
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Love this product for when I feel a new blemish starting to take form, just dab some of this on it at night and it keeps the blemish from growing and starts to shrink it! Didn't irritate my skin at all, has a strong scent but not necessarily unpleasant and it goes away after application. My husband also searches for this in my bathroom drawer when he feels a blemish coming on as well.
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 🙂
Gina d.
Branford, CT
217 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
About how long does this bottle last you?
Tina N.
61 reviews
Is this item worth the hype?
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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