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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
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4.51 / 5 based on 8,090 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
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Cassandra C.
Streamwood, IL
346 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
A favorite of mine. There are lots of more expensive products but they are all basically the same thing, so no reason to not go with Mario's cheaper option. This isn't good for cystic acne but for the little spots that are coming to a head, this works wonders in a night or two.
Samra C.
Kenosha, WI
36 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This is magic. It works overnight while you sleep. The packaging is small and easy to store. It dries your imperfections fast and thoroughly. I have been using this for a month now. The formula is gentle and still gets the job done without irritating the rest of your skin!
Hannah J.
Greeneville, TN
6 reviews
This product is amazing. I purchased this product at Ulta Beauty. Its great for those small bumps and whiteheads. The price is a little steep for 1 oz of product, but so worth it. The glass bottle gives the product a nice look and feel. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone struggling with those tiny bumps!
Kelsey V.
Bothell, WA
70 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This stuff is my JAM. Put it on before bed and my zits are clear in the morning. It's SO effective and such a killer price point. Plus, it's cruelty free. It's great for every skin type and is a holy grail for acne sufferers- both cystic and otherwise. I totally recommend this!!
Edden K.
15 reviews
After seeing this popular product all over the internet, I decided to give it a try. Although it doesn't vanish all your pimples over night, it certainly speeds up the process. I have recommended this product to many of my friends and will continue to use it, and repurchase.
Kayla H.
Port Richey
11 reviews
This product consistently does exactly what you would expect.. dries up breakouts! It works great every time. It doesn't leave my skin feeling overly dry but my face is pretty oily. If you're looking for a quick fix for an occasional break out this product is what you need.
Destiny O.
18 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Okay this drying lotion does wonders! I was surprised on the results I got from the next morning. I put this on my problem areas and in the morning my problem areas became smaller, I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from acne. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Jackie V.
320 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I love the drying lotion it's literally a holy grail in my skin care routine if I have a zit I put the drying lotion on and the next day it's gone also really love the packaging and how you have to stick a Q-tip down there that way you don't put your fingers in it so that great packaging
Aryanna C.
Irvine, CA
54 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
First off, this product is a lifesaver. After my full nighttime skincare routine, I'll use a Q tip and place it in the bottle to grab the pink substance. I dot it onto my fresh pimple and they're dried out the next day! Do not use on popped pimples or exposed wounds though. 
Jen K.
Flushing, NY
51 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
i know... i know... everyone goes crazy for this product. but to be honest, i am not sure why. i did buy a bottle and i have used it a few time... but it is hard to not shake the bottle at all, and you have to use a Q Tip every time you want to get any product... i dont love this and i think there is just too much hype around it... 
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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