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
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Niki M.
Indianapolis, IN
81 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I love this ‘lotion’. It is so nice to have on hand for when I get zits and other annoying bumps. It literally makes them disappear. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Although, I’m not sure I’d call it a lotion.
Isabel M.
Van Buren Twp, MI
133 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This is my go to whenever I have a breakout or random big pimple. If you leave it on overnight when you wake up your acne will be minimized! It lasts a while although it is a pricey product for how small the bottle is.
C A.
Fort Wayne, IN
12 reviews
This product for me was not what I expected. I expected redness to go away within a day or two of the pimple appearing but instead it did absolutely nothing to any of my acne except severely dehydrated my skin. I would not recommend if you have dry skin.
Anna W.
Wahiawa, HI
160 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I have cystic acne and this doesnt dully remove them but it gets rhem to q manageable level, regular acne it does dry up. I just dont like the bottle, you cant shake it and have to use a brush or q-tip to apply this.
sofiya a.
58 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
this product stings at first but afterwards it helps my acne so much. the drying lotion shrinks my pimples bit by bit. put this on before going to sleep and then leave it on all night. then wash it off in the morning. its really helpful, I saw major improvement. 
Hailey T.
San Francisco
15 reviews
I kept hearing good things about this product, so I thought I'd go out and try it myself. I had some issues with pimples in before and wanted to check out the hype. It wasn't all that. When I woke up the next day to wash it off, it showed no difference :/
Mary K.
Landis, NC
35 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: ULTA
I am a huge Mario Badescu fan and this is my favorite product from the brand! It was helped my acne bug time. I always put it on before bed and would wake up and see a difference! But I had to watch how often I used it because it can easily dry your skin out but it’s worth it!
Alyssa F.
135 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Purchased at: ULTA
This drying lotion is the best for those pesky blemishes. It reduces the size from 50-100% in one night. It reduces the redness and helps get rid of the blemish in about two days. I’ve been through about three bottles of this and plan to continue to use it
Fahren W.
Myrtle Beach, SC
88 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This product by Mario Badescu is an absolute God send! My fiancé has such oily skin, and he works outside in the heat with sweat and dirt, and other factors that can cause break outs. Since buying him this drying lotion from Ulta, it is an absolute must have staple in his routine and he absolutely cannot go without it. If he sees the sign of a pimple/white head/ breakout, he cleanses his face and spot treats with this Mario Badescu drying lotion. He swears hands down this is the best product he has ever owned for his breakouts, and boy have we tried a lot. From drugstore brands like Clearasil creams and spot treat tubes, astringent wipes, Biore charcoal scrubs,foaming cleansers to gel cleansers, exuviance, toners, all the way to Peter Thomas Roth clear blemish treating circle dot stickers that you place on your pimples- Mario Badescu drying lotion trumps them all. I had a patch on my chin that looked like there was going to become a few future pimples, & he dabbed the drying lotion on my face and low and behold, it all was gone and clear in the morning. And, it's not too drying to the point where when he wakes up after spot treating that his skin, is broken or cracked or super dry, it's just enough to eliminate the break out, but we have experienced that with other brands and seen it happen in the past undoubtedly. I am so thankful for this Mario Badescu drying lotion it is absolutely five stars, we will continue to repurchase this product, and it's so inexpensive, and you don't need much product at all so it lasts!!! It's a total win all the way around! And I would absolutely recommend this product to others! Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Sway S.
Humphrey, AR
124 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I love this product, it helped with those stubborn little zits. I use it once a week, if that. Also, it has a strong smell. Use this as a spot treatment overnight mask. The packaging is nice, glass bottle with a twist cap.
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
217 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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