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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 8,096 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 (8096)
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Prisha T.
London, London
74 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Great product. Helped my cystic acne go down in a few hours. Has a very strong smell and stings at first but it definitely does the trick. I bought this off of beauty bay for £16
Ray-Ann R.
Miami, FL
100 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This product is legendary and life changing for people who suffer with acne. It clears up acne is as little as overnight and works great for all skin types including sensitive.
Ameera Q.
135 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I like this a lot. I think it’s great to dry out any acne. It lasts a long time and it’s not too expensive. It reminds me a lot of the Kate Somerville drying lotion. I would recommend this one because it does exactly what it says.
Lara S.
35 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This stuff really works! I would rate it a full 5 stars if it weren't for a few things but I'll get into that later. The product is really fun to use while being super effective. As an 18 year old, I still get quite a few spots on my face and they can get quite bad at times. But if I put this on a pimple at night, it is almost completely gone by the next day, if not by the second night of using it. It really works and I've never seen anything like it! This has saved my life so many times.

My one downside is probably more my own fault than the product's fault. A lot of people can't help but pick at their pimples or pop them and I am sadly one of those people. And this is definitely not something you want to put on a pimple you've popped or have prodded at because something in it makes the area sting really badly, to the point where I can't handle having it on. It also smells very strongly of chemicals but that's what makes it work in the end. So if you have a lot of patience with leaving pimples alone, I definitely recommend this product as it is the only treatment I have ever used that has shown me results in a day or two.  Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Joyce S.
4 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
It is a good product for acne. When applied on pimples it reduces the redness and size of the pimples. For some stubborn pimples it takes about a few days to reduce in side.
Lissette R.
30 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Loveeeeeeee thisssss!!!!! It's a disappear next day pimple!! Apply in the night and the next you will shine!!!! Have a little bit of a weird scent but results worth it!!!
28 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
The best spot cream I’ve ever used saw such a difference in just a month been using for probally about a year now and absolutely love just put on the clay and at the most ur spots gone in a week
13 reviews
The best product I ever have used! I swear by this. Great for targeting blemishes and even better for drying out ingrown hairs! I use this product for absolutely everything and it works wonders! The price is amazing, the smell is a little bit strong but definitely bearable for the overnight results that this product leaves.

TIP: DO NOT SHAKE THE BOTTLE. I like to apply this with a Q-tip, as all the active ingredients are the at the bottom of the bottle. You want to take the pink "goey like" substance and apply it to your problem area, whether that be a blemish or even an ingrown hair. I promise you that when you wake up in the morning it will have reduced inflammation, if not fully gotten rid of the blemish! 
The only downfall I will say, is that it does dry out your skin so ensuring that you hydrate your skin with a moisturizer before applying to the problematic areas will definitely be beneficial for you. 
Go go go and get this product if you are one who suffers with stubborn acne and ingrowns! The price is right and the product is ahhhhmazing! 
Brittany S.
2 reviews
This product is a miracle worker! It’s completely cleared up my pimples, redness and scarring after only 4 weeks of using it daily. So extremely happy with my purchase!
Andie S.
10 reviews
This drying lotion is the best of its kind - it really does work! I apply the lotion with the end of a cotton bud. I simply dip the end into the pink fluid and dab onto my worst areas where I feel I need it most. I use it before bed if I have a spot on the top of the skin / arriving on the skin, and by the morning it will have dramatically reduced in size. It is extremely affordable for the results you get. I got it from Urban Outfitters, with student discount, so I believe it costed me just £15. I have had it for over a month now and there is still a great deal of product left to use. I recommend this to everyone and anyone I meet - it's better than any serum or treatment I have received from my Doctor also. I recommend leaving the bottle upright, in order to keep the pink fluid at the bottom, as this is what you apply to the face. The only small downside with this product is that it isn't great for travelling as it is not possible to always keep the bottle upright, and hence, the pink fluid separates amongst the white liquid. Other than that, love it!
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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