Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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4.51 / 5 based on 8,179 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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Zachary G.
Newtown, PA
8 reviews
This is my absolute favorite beauty product for keeping acne at bay! Anytime I begin to feel a spot coming on, I apply this before I head to bed, and by morning the spot reduces or is gone altogether. I never have to worry about an unsettling acne in my future with this drying lotion!
Danielle N.
Yorba Linda, CA
174 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff is the stuff of dreams!!! It works shockingly well, insanely fast and surprisingly makes any new pimples you felt coming on go away practically overnight!! Sometimes literally overnight!!! It really packs quite a strong punch! Just wish I had known about this when I was much younger. Could've saved me some stress for sure! Absolutely a holy grail product for anyone with blemishes! Love it!!!
Amanda G.
San Antonio, TX
80 reviews
This is the best kept secret in the beauty world right now! So much like the Eradi-Kate this drying lotion is NOT meant to be shaken, let the pink gook stay at the bottom. You put it on your forming pimples or ones already full blown and the next day they will significantly go down!
Morgan S.
Cincinnati , OH
29 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I don’t know if I wasn’t using this right or what but it didn’t make a difference in my upcoming pimples. I applied it as it says to and my pimples only continued to grow. I don’t have acne prone skin but when I do break out it’s one or two pimples that start deep in my skin (I can feel them coming) and they stay for about a week and a half. I love the other products from this line but not this one.
Rebecca P.
Buffalo, NY
305 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I started using this recently when I had a series of bad breakouts. It helped clear up my skin in a few days. It's easy to apply, although I constantly have to remind myself not to shake it. This product smells like chemicals, unfortunately. The price point for what you get is pretty good. Since you only use a tiny amount of product at once the $17 I spent on this product will last me for probably a year.
Alex S.
Saint Louis, MO
15 reviews
I suffer from deep cystic acne and this stuff (as weird as it looks) is a MIRACLE. The pain is gone overnight and there is no more new growth. Even the worst cystic spots are gone within a few days. I have extremely sensitive skin and have no irritation and bottle lasts me 3 months after heavy use, so it's definitely worth the money!!
Lia X.
49 reviews
This is hands down my favorite spot treatment. I always see immediate results. Any pimples I have go down at least 50% with one use. It's really drying though so I would only use it every other day or every couple days, and it's a little pricey but sometimes you have to pay for quality.
Marika R.
Gardner, MA
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I'm not going to lie...I only bought this because Kylie Jenner recommended it and its the first thing she recommended I could actually afford. However, I am now a life long user of all things Mario Badescu because of using this product. When I purchased it my face was absolutely disgusting with about 15 random pimples. Within a week my face was completely cleared up. A ride or die product for me.
Tori G.
Temecula, CA
212 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I love this product!!! Yes it stings at first and yes it smells bad but it really really works. i put this on a zit at night and in the morning its either gone or way smaller. anyone with pimples needs this in their life right now! you only need a little so it will last a long time
Linda L.
San Francisco, CA
219 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Love this stuff! Works great on areas were I feel like a break out is coming. I believe it is the calamine powder at the bottom that is doing the most work. It really helps "suffocate" the blemish and minimizes it a lot! I highly recommend for people with break out prone skin :)
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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