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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
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4.51 / 5 based on 8,091 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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Kenzie U.
South orange , NJ
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I bought this because I heard it worked miracles! I was hoping it would do the same for me and diminish a spot overnight, sadly it didn't. It has a very strong smell so be ware of that before buying. It doesn't clear my spots or make much of a difference at all. 
Agnes F.
Tampa, FL
57 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This is the best spot treatment for acne I've ever used. My breakouts are always tamed the morning after I use this product. I have now been using it for 3 months. Will definitely repurchase and has become a staple in my skincare routine. I love Mario Badescu products!
Gabby T.
66 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I never saw a difference in my white heads, or acne in general. It smells awful, which was expected. You aren’t supposed to shake the bottle which is hard if you are taking this with you somewhere. It’s okay. Maybe I haven’t used it enough to tell much of a difference
Samantha L.
11 reviews
The perfect spot treatment! I feel like this helps to dry up a breakout very quickly. Since it is so drying, but careful about how much you apply and to what areas of the face. This is not something to be used on a large section of the face—just individual breakouts.
Airess T.
Columbia, SC
61 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I purchased this spot treatment after it was recommended to me by a sales consultant at Ulta. It was easy to use and I believe that it did help to minimize bumps that I had but it didn't make it go away completely. I recommend this for someone that has occasional breakouts.
Charlotte W.
Omaha, NE
245 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I love this stuff! It dries up my acne the next day after I applied it the day before. I like how it goes on wet but dries down do you can apply it before bedtime and it won't get all over. It also lasts for being in such a small bottle. You only need a little on each pimple.
Jessica B.
Warsaw, VA
87 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I am almost done with my second bottle!! I never thought anything could help my cystic acne. I had been through the pricey ointments from the dermatologist that weren't so great. This is my holy trail for breakouts. Please never stop making this. It is truly amazing.
Jordan A.
Phoenix, Az
30 reviews
I struggle with adult acne. My acne has never been as bad as it is in my mid 20's. I bought this product in hope to save my face. This product is AMAZING! I applied it at night on my blemishes and each morning I could see the getting smaller and then gone! It does have a burn right when you put it on but it goes away in a couple seconds. This will be my main product I make sure to never run out of! Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Heleny C.
Miami, FL
45 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
The most amazing spot treatment ever! I have tried countless other brands for spot acne like Murad and Kaye Summerville but they never quite worked. This takes care of things instantly and works wonders without messing up my skin. Love it and will never be without it!! 
Ramona C.
Shawnee, OK
29 reviews
I have extremely oily skin but have a few breakouts about once a month. I tried this spot treatment and it did not work for me. It seemed to make my spots worse. They would not heal at all. Very disappointed in this product.
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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