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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Is it worth the price? And I’m not quite sure if I got it...5 Answers
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Reviews (8090)
Q&A (357)
Media (356)
Julianna Y.
Berea, KY
71 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Smells really badly of sulfur (which is the main ingredient), which I personally can't stand. It's expensive, and I can't really tell that it works at all. It had no effect on my acne and bumps. I received a free sample, but I probably wouldn't purchase this.
Delia F.
College Place, WA
60 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I always get a lot of acne when I'm traveling and this product has become my life saver! I put just a tiny bit on the actual pimple before going to bed and when I wake up the pimple is usually completely or mostly dried out and significantly reduced in size.
kayleen b.
7 reviews
I just recently started using this product because I've been breaking out a lot and it's pretty effective. It's gentle but can be a little drying, hence the name drying lotion. The product is pretty unique and I would recommend it if you're having skin issues 
Molly G.
Chicago, IL
17 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I’ve been using this product since I was in grade school and it has always been a go to for when I have breakouts! It’s super effective in drying out pimples, especially cystic acne which I tend to have now and then. I would recommend this product to anyone!
Hannah L.
Westland, MI
8 reviews
These products continue to amaze me, they do absolute wonders on my skin. I have purchased this product multiple times now due to how well it works for problem acne spots. I can put it on at night, fall asleep, and wake up with the acne gone! Highly recommend.
Maria J.
Pittsburgh, PA
12 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I have used this once in order to get rid of a problem pimple. It seemed to work, but did not necessarily live up to the hype. I would probably buy and try again since so many people swear by it, but it seems like it is rather expensive for such a tiny bottle.
Madison Z.
8 reviews
LOVE this!  It is perfect for spot treating.  It dries up acne spots overnight.  I also find the way it's packaged so that you have to dip a Q-Tip in it is sanitary and different from most spot treatments.  I would definitely buy again!  It is a wonderful product!
Karly P.
Venice, CA
51 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I like this product, but it's pretty potent, so make sure you just put it on top of the acne/pimple and let it dry for a second so it doesn't smudge on your face. I usually just dip a Q-Tip into it and make sure you get the pink stuff on it. For a spot treatment, it's good.
Amy O.
75 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I really wanted to like this after all the positive reviews I read and videos I watched, but for me personally it just did not work out. I tried it on cystic acne and it did nothing. I tried it on smaller spots and I didn't notice any results. Just not for me, I guess.
Rehana R.
Randolph, MA
115 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Very effective. A little difficult to use since you need a q tip to get to the pink sediment and to apply it. Ultimately though it significantly reduces pimples overnight, so it's worth the hassle. Try to buy the plastic bottle as the glass can easily break.
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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