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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
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  • 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
Reviews (8090)
Q&A (357)
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Rachel H.
College Sta, TX
115 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Haven't noticed this does much. If you are thinking about finding something to spot treat, just go with a good ole retinol. It dries the pimple out way better than this. You'll find more success in a retinal.
Chandler S.
Huntsville, AL
28 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
The makeup artist for one of my best friend's weddings used this on each bridesmaid. It seemed like a wonderful product and my makeup stayed great throughout the day--even with the southern humidity!
erin h.
120 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I have only used this a few times and I have not seen any changes. I do notice a slight sulfur smell after washing it off with water. I like the way it feels going on and it doesn't irritate my skin.
Jadyn H.
Rio, WI
90 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This bad boy is a classic and a must have. I have bad breakouts sometimes on my face and my chest, and putting this on overnight makes a HUGE difference. I genuinely have nothing bad to say about this product. 
Allison H.
Normal, IL
65 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
There's a lot of hype around this. This is great for one or two pesky pimples however I put them on my spots as night treatment and woke up to it being kind of hard to remove and not as drying as I hoped
Bianca R.
13 reviews
This is either a hit or miss for people. Unfortunately for me it was a miss. Paid 20$ for a very small bottle but like I said it was effective for me. Tried it multiple times and I never saw a drastic difference. A good alternative if it doesn't work for you is tea tree oil.
Michelle L.
138 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I love this for small breakouts. If you put it on overnight your breakout with reduce half in size. It will not completely go away. It can sting a bit if your skin is sensitive but it does work well!
Logan P.
Jamestown, NC
402 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Great stuff for drying out a pimple but if you go overboard then it will dry out surrounding skin which could create dry patches that foundation might cling onto. Used sparingly it's a great product.
Jill P.
7 reviews
This is the best overnight acne treatment. I literally put it on before bed and the next morning the pimple is flat and much easier to conceal, since at the point there's only redness and no bump. Will continue buying this product!
Samantha C.
Council Blfs, IA
287 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Dont understand the hype with this. I applied this to a few pimples at night and slept with it on. Woke up with no difference at all, still just as red and still the same size. I would not recommend this.
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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