Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%


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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Stacy U.
29 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff is my holy grail! If i even feel the slightest pimple coming on I will dab a bit of this on my pimples and voila! They are either gone or reduced so quickly. It does have a strong smell but it isn't bad. I like that they have a glass bottle option as well as plastic for traveling.
Alex H.
Louisville, KY
30 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Love this little bottle of magic and will continue to repurchase forever! I use at night with a q-tip and dab it on anything that might potentially turn into a blemish. My boyfriend thinks I look like a crazy woman but I don't care! It's amazing at drying up angry zits and works well on closed comedones too. I get mine from Anthropologie or Ulta. 
Jenifer N.
82 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Wow. This. Product. Is. AMAZING. I purchased this on Amazon. And the first time I used it, it was mind blowing. I placed it on my acne and the next day, the pimple diminished. I was amazed. Make sure not to shake the bottle. The pink stuff is meant to be at the bottom. & sometimes offer a discount on Mario's product. Just be on the lookout 
Athonia B.
Seminole, FL
126 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
If you have an annoying pimple that pops up & you literally need to get rid of it OVERNIGHT, but this & don’t hesitate because I did & I regret going to work, or hanging out with that mark I could have got rid of. Do your regular skin care routine & then just dab this on the effected area & overnight it will either be completely gone or 90% reduced! Does not disappoint.
Jordan M.
Saint Cloud, MN
3 reviews
I'm obsessed with this drying lotion! I had a huge zit so I put this on it & left it over night, it was practically gone by morning. definitely worth purchasing but use sparingly for sure. it works well with the Mario Badescu buffering lotion :)
Daniela M.
San Jose
2 reviews
After seeing so many advertisements swearing by the drying lotion I was very intrigued and excited to try it. I hardly break out but saw the kit at ultra for a very reasonable price. I have only used the product about 3 times in the span of 6 months and sometimes I wish I would break out more to have a reason to see this product work it's magic!
Rosemary G.
Raleigh, NC
20 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Best remedy for deep blemishes. This was one of the first skin care products that I remember seeing in a magazine, touted as the zit zapper remedy of the stars. I was obviously keen to try it, and promptly ordered a bottle online. Drying Lotion is really good for those wince-inducing blemishes that are hiding deep below the surface of the skin,...
marizel y.
47 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I SWEAR BY THIS PRODUCT. it dries my pimple(s) overnight. its $17 but its beyond worth it, you can get it at urban outfitters, ulta, sephora or online. no product has ever worked so well on my skin. its a must have for anyone with acne prone skin
Jenny Y.
New York, NY
52 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I am still experiencing large breakouts on my cheeks even though I think I have my acne on control. This product is very effective in drying out any upcoming pimples without causing any other irritation. I learned that it's best to use this right when the pimples are coming/emerging out or it won't work as well! The smell is a little strong. 
Bri R.
Rocky Top, TN
368 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Just gotten a sample of this like 3 days ago and it actually helps my acne! I suffer from bad breakouts that other face lotions just didn't seem to clear it up! I'm defiantly recommending this to everyone with acne like mine because it works amazingly! :)
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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