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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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4.51 / 5 based on 8,100 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
Reviews (8100)
Q&A (357)
Media (356)
Amy E.
29 Palms, CA
5 reviews
This stuff is liquid gold! I'm in my mid-twenties with acne and I've never had anything help with the big zits that pop up, until I bought some of this stuff! It'll literally shrink a zit overnight and speed up the healing process. It's seriously amazing stuff that you need in your life! 
Patricia P.
42 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This is amazing for breakouts! I tend to get cystic acne every once in a while and this drying lotion is so easy and quick to use but super effective. I out it on after cleansing and moisturizing my face and leave it on over night. By the next morning my pimples have already shrunk a ton!
Sydney R.
Naperville , IL
38 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I would put on the pimple at night and in the morning wash it off. It reduces inflammation but the pimple was still there it speeded up the process of getting rid of pimples and last quite a long time. Would decently recommended but would wish it would do a little more than reduce redness.
Josie C.
Edinburg, TX
127 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I usually get in grown pimples before getting my period, and I'm sorry if that's TMI, but it's true. I usually get a cotton swab and just poke the end of the bottle till I get some pink stuff and on my pimple I'll add the pink stuff. Not even kidding , in two days your pimple will be gone!
Catherine C.
Atlanta, GA
12 reviews
I have been a Mario Badescu customer for about a year now. I have tried a range of products, but the Drying Lotion has stayed a consistent part of my skincare routine. I use it overnight to dry up blemishes and it works extremely well. If I notice a spot, I put some of this magical lotion on it and it spot will be gone when I wake up.
Amanda W.
Brooklyn, NY
163 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I picked this up at Anthro because I've heard that this stuff works wonders. It isn't a miracle cure for all breakouts but it does help. I've noticed that it works best for zits above the surface rather than those annoying little bumps. I'll keep using this product just not for everything. 
Sophia B.
88 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Most of the time, this gets rid of pimples pretty much overnight, or at least decreases their size. I prefer the glass bottle over the plastic, it feels much sturdier. I wish it didn't flake off so easily once it dries, it feels like I'm not getting the full effectiveness once it's gone!
Emilie L.
Sarasota, FL
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I LOVE THIS. I never will be caught not owning this product. You can feel it working as soon as you put it on your blemish. The packaging comes in either glass or plastic, super nice. But man, this stuff works... put it on a spot at night and wake up to either no more and no more redness
Caylen S.
Nashville, TN
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This stuff is crazy. Whenever I have pimples starting to form I apply this lotion on at night and within three days the blemish is a thing of the past! I was throughly impressed with it, however I didn't like the smell or how difficult the lotion was to remove from the face every morning.
Joanna M.
Richmond, VA
46 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I tried this product to try drying whiteheads-- it definitely worked on certain types of breakouts but didn't really help with cystic acne or blackheads since those are different beasts entirely. The product is bottled in glass, which helps it stay potent, and the price is so reasonable! Only use it as a spot treatment since it is so drying.
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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