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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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4.51 / 5 based on 8,096 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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Caitlin D.
Woodbridge, VA
133 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff is the BOMB!!!! It dries up blemishes overnight. It has a really strong smell but if you can deal with that I would recommend this product. It should only be used on unbroken skin because it works by drying out the skin. The bottle is really small and you need to buy q-tips for proper application!!!! Be careful not to tip the bottle over and do not shake it!!!
Neftaly L.
Riverside , CA
102 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
THIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL!! It's amazing and works magic I have no idea why more people don't talk about it. As soon as I see a pimple coming, I put some on and the following day it's literally almost gone!!
Emilly B.
Napa, CA
242 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is a very good product. I heard lots of great things about it from family and then bought my own. I used it mostly at night and it helped a lot but when I woke up it left me with a big white head. I didn't know if that was normal but I wanted my pimples to go away not to come back. It definitely does dry them but just turns your pimples into whiteheads, at least for me it did.
Julie G.
Marlton, NJ
28 reviews
I'm not someone that gets alot of breakouts but when I do they are around for a while. I suffer mostly from hormonal acne which sometimes becomes cystic. This drying lotion has changed the game for my breakouts and I will always keep this product in my rotation. The ingredients are simple yet 100% effective and I recommend it to anyone suffering from acne/ breakouts Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
DeAnna H.
Odessa , TX
247 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This clears my problematic areas over night and makes my skin so much clearer. I only apply to affected areas before bed and by morning they're virtually gone. This also does not dry my skin out. Recommend to anyone
Bridget M.
15 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This treatment is something that I don't realize works as well as it does until I start using it again. It dries up tough acne spots overnight and after a day or two of application, my skin usually clears up significantly. I have a lot of different acne treatments but this is one that I keep coming back to and am surprised again and again by just how well it works.
K. E.
36 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I know everyone says this is a miracle product and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mario Badescu's products, however, this didn't do all that I hoped it would for my acne/breakouts. I tried it several times and unfortunately didn't see a difference in the areas it was applied to. I have a caramel complexion and so I could not wear this during the day (for obvious reasons). Maybe that would've helped but wasn't an option for me. I was better off using treatments picked up at my local pharmacy. This might have been a great product for others but just didn't work for me!
9 reviews
Great for knocking out a blemish. It does sting with the alcohol but it will knock out some of those deep acne spots we get from time to time. Worth the money and I purchased mine at Nordstrom. 
Jennifer W.
Greeley, CO
89 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This stuff is $17.00/oz. in the catalog before any promo codes or discounts. It's made with Calamine and salicylic acid. It has a funky smell, but it's not intolerable. Definitely dries out pimples fast! It's a brown kinda runny mud like substance. Great product! Highly recommend!
Carmen K.
22 reviews
I love this and have repurchased this 3 time! The bottle last forever and doesn't have a super strong smell. It dry's it out and by morning my pimple is almost completely gone! Its really a miracle 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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