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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.51 / 5 based on 8,100 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 (8100)
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nomi m.
27 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
The hype surrounding this product definitely lived up to my expectations. It is the biggest life saver EVER. The lotion is easy to apply and does not irritate the skin. Perfect for those who get the occasional break out. Pick it up at Ulta!
Ashley R.
61 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
The BEST way to stop your small pimples from growing into gross, gigantic eyesores. This "lotion" has calamine in it, so it helps to stop the inflammation during breakouts. It is gentle, unless you apply it to something that you have already picked...then it stings a little bit.
Vivian T.
61 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This stuff is a life saver and by fair the best acne spot treatment I've ever tried. I usually put it on a breakout before bed and in the morning the breakout has decreased in size significantly. It makes my breakout disappear in about 2 days.
Neilyn R.
32 reviews
Greattttt for zits and on coming pimples. It's quite harsh in the sense that is dries the skin, but it is effective on doing what it advertises. It went beyond me expectations. It'd be flawless if it didn't dry the area it touches as much.
Jane M.
Tucson, AZ
12 reviews
I really like this product for small breakouts. They really do dry out overnight, and typically that means they shrink with it. Its one fatal flaw is that it drys everything else out along with it. My skin surrounding that zit and under the zit will occasionally peel and feel tight.
Jes K.
Oak Forest, IL
37 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Love this stuff. It's clears acne almost over night. Use it at night as a spot treatment and wake up with it instantly gone or a whitehead . I saw the hype on instagram so I wanted to see what it was about and I'm so glad I did . It's in my go to night time routine
Anya B.
71 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I picked this product up at Urban Outfitters originally because I heard it was a cult classic and everyoneeee was raving over it. It's an amazing spot treatment and I highly recommend it for people who get larger pimples as opposed to whiteheads. 
Bria G.
31 reviews
This stuff is amazing! The combo of sulfur and calamine lotion seems to really eliminate all my acne! The only thing stopping me from putting 5 stars is that it contains alcohol which isn't the best for your skin. I will continue using though!
Lindsay K.
Miami, FL
31 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I don't know, this didn't seem to work for my husband or myself. Maybe for mild blemishes, but for blackheads & acne it just doesn't do much. Not something I'd repurchase. At least it didn't irritate our skin.
paige b.
281 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff works the best at spot removing blemishes. Be sure not to mix this stuff up, let it stay separated. Dip a q-tip all the way to the bottom and then apply to blemishes, they will be dried up and gone the next day. Definitely recommend.
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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