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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars21%
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  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.51 / 5 based on 8,090 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
  • I’ve been thinking about getting this for a while but it’...6 Answers
  • 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
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Jennifer B.
21 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This product initially helped clear what i thought was hormonal acne however it left scarring on my skin (cleared by exfoliating) and scabs. Personally I think my acne was hormonal rather than reoccurring so this didn't help as it dried my skin out too fast. would recommend in some cases tho. 
Jenn T.
Ottawa, OK
199 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
At first I was sceptical, but this product really does work on whiteheads!
Beware that it smells horrendous and strong, but the scent doesn’t linger for long plus the product does dry down quick as well.
Depending how large the pimple is, it will be able to get rid of it completely after 2 nights of using it in my experience.
Definitely worth the money if you’re looking to find a quick way to get rid of white heads.
Jackie Y.
257 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I’ve seen this all over YouTube and just didn’t think it was going to be as amazing as they all said but OMG I was wrong. It dried out and cleared up my spots over night before they even arrived properly. I got mine from beautybay in the uk. One think I didn’t like was the smell it’s bad but worth it. 110% recommend this
Kimberly K.
17 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I’ve tried countless things for my acne and very few products ever worked, but when I tried this drying lotion I could see a difference VERY quickly.

In just a couple of days I could see my pimples and redness starting to go down. I follow the instructions and use a q-tip to dip down into the pink substance then I dot it onto my problem areas before bed and leave it on overnight.

The only downside is the smell is incredibly strong, it smells exactly like that gel you rub into your chest when you’re sick. But once it dries on your face the smell thankfully goes away, so it’s not a huge problem.
Maria M.
60 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I love it! At first I was afraid that I won't be able to use it( because of the shipping, it was shaken and it mixed itself-every where on the internet is written not to mix the two liquides of it). But after I put it on a plain surface, it was brand new. I used it twice and I can say that, after 10 hours, my acne dot almost disappeared. Buy it and you won't regret it!!
Ellie M.
8 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I bought this after hearing so many good reviews and I've not been disappointed! I'm generally quite lucky with my skin but every now and again I get a few nasty blemishes. I apply this before bed and by the morning it has significantly improved! The product lasts so long, I've owned this for a few months now and have hardly made a dint in the bottle. Highly recommend!
makeup a.
133 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I've been seeing this product everywhere on social media so of course I had to try it! I suffer from cystic acne at times so am always looking for anything that will help. I've now used this quite a few times, at night I just dip a cotton bud into the pink powder at the bottom and dab onto a spot or acne cyst that's forming, it dries quickly and by morning it's either reduced a lot in size or disappeared completely! You can almost feel it working. It can sting slightly but nothing bad. This little bottle of magic will last and last. Would love to try more of their products if they work as well as this! null
Awura-ama O.
Toronto, ON
7 reviews
Very difficult to use and can be messy with the application. It tends to sting upon application, especially if the pimple has been popped. It also rubs off easily onto bedding. All of that would be fine if it actually worked :( I can’t recommend it as I’ve used my bottle multiple times and woke up the next morning with little to no improvement on pimple size.
Meg B.
3 reviews
Had very high expectations for this product and it rose Upto those expectations !!!! The drying lotion works wonders ! ! You go to sleep with a huge spot and wake up with it either half the size or totally gone !!!!! Only downside to the drying lotion is the size of the bottle, however, it lasts a lengthy time for the size it is. I will be buying again !!!!!
Kate S.
44 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I put this on to a cotton bud and apply to my blemishes before i go to sleep. I find it works a lot better than sudocreme but it is also a lot more expensive. That said, it is a good and quick way to dry my blemishes out making them easier to cover. However, i don't think i will be repurchasing just because sudocreme is a cheaper alternative for me. 
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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