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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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4.51 / 5 based on 8,080 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 (8080)
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angelica t.
yigo guam
250 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I use it when I have spots or when I feel like I'm going to have a pimple, usually the next morning the redness is gone and the spot got a lot smaller and less painful. I have dry/sensitive skin but this didn't cause any irritation or dryness on my face. I would totally recommend this products! It really works for me!
Jordan H.
Kansas City, MO
61 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Love love love this spot treatment for my pop-up acne spots. I put it on at night and when I wake up the spots are significantly smaller, if not completely gone. Make sure to read the bottle and DO NOT SHAKE the product before you use it - you only want to apply the pink sediment on the bottom (reminds me a bit of calamine lotion). The only thing I don't like about the product is the smell, but it isn't so overpowering that it actually bothers me.
Jamie C.
Jacksonville, FL
44 reviews
Got a pimple or one of those under the surface pimples that has no plan on surfacing? Yeah this will dry it up like a grape in the sun. Make sure not to shake the bottle dip a q-tip straight down in to the liquid, one q-tip per pimple or affected area. Make sure that you have cleansed and toned your skin before applying this. Wake up next morning cleanse, tone, moisturize.
Natalie F.
Little Rock, AR
145 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
My all time favorite. I only use Mario Badescu products for my skin care routine. This brand produces some of the best quality, while being effective and budget friendly. Specifically, the drying lotion has tremendously helped my acne. This brand has helped clear my face up, and definitely restore some of my confidence.
Katherine B.
220 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
LOVE using this whenever I find a huge pimple. I put it on using a q-tip after I shower and moisturize. It usually takes about 15 minutes to dry fully and then I go to bed and wash it off in the morning! I would definitely recommend this to a friend!
Saily L.
10 reviews
This is my holy grail!!!!!! Can't live without this. I came across this ny googling what was the best acne drying product. This was #1. Went to my local Nordstrom and purchased it. Thank the lord I did! I love to pop my pimples but they usually stay red and swollen. This baby dries it immediately. I will say this, I use it every day so it runs out quickly and it's a little pricier than normal acne drying products. Definitely worth every penny.
Janine T.
Port Jeff Station, NY
3 reviews
I absolutely love this product. I was experiencing blemishes more than usual two months ago and I decided to invest in this. It is a mix of sulphur, alcohol and other ingredients that ensure your pimples disappear immediately. The price being under $20 makes it a value when you consider how much treatments and other products by Mario Badescu cost. This is another beauty staple.
Hannah C.
Eagleville, PA
18 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I just bought this because I had heard good things about it and because I got one of those painful zits that I was looking to get rid of ASAP. I put this on before bed and woke up to a zit that was greatly reduced in size and was no longer painful. It's not completely gone yet but I imagine by tomorrow it should be. This has worked way better than any other spot treatment I've used over the years and it doesn't get all over my pillow like others.
Irma P.
Tampa, FL
5 reviews
I came across this product on Ulta and had to try. I put it on at night or if I know I am going to be home all day and let it work it's magic. I have tried countless other products that seem to dry or irritate my skin worse but this seems to work perfect. I wash off after 5+ hours and my trouble spots seem to be dramatically reduced. I highly recommend this product for people that have sensitive skin like me. my complexion looks dramatically better.
Elisa S.
Flushing, NY
10 reviews
This product works really well for problems over the skin, like whiteheads and pimples, but not cysts. Also, its more effective to use it BEFORE popping a pimple- using it after doesn't have much affect. It seems very expensive, but it lasts for such a long time. Finally, it's supposed to be worn overnight, but it'll usually eld up getting smudged over your covers, so try using it for about 2-3 hours in the middle of the day and then washing it off.
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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