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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Amie L.
Rugeley, Staffs
7 reviews
I got this product after a recommendation from a friend. I was having a bit of a break out and didn't know what to do. Panic! I like the idea of the lotion and how you dip the cotton swab into the sediment when it's all settled, but it's a bit hit or miss as to what it does to your spots. I've had it for a while, and while I think maybe it takes away some redness, it hasn't been a miracle for my spots. I'll continue to use it until it runs out, but it's expensive for what it is and I won't be purchasing again. 
Lea S.
9 reviews
I have used the drying lotion for a month now and i don't really know if i like it or think that the product was a waste of money.

I have dry skin and a little problem with pimples and acne and the drying lotion helped me reduce my acne but i also got dryer skin on my forehead.

I think the product is good but i would recommend it if you have normal or oily skin or if your pimples aren't on your very dry skin
Rebecca R.
York Street, Runcorn
25 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Everyone on YouTube seemed to love this product and as someone who struggles with spots I'm always on the look out for a good treatment. It works really well on those spots that are painful and under the skin and I do think it definitely reduces some spots however I really hate that it has a pink cast and you have to wash it off in the morning, I wish it was just a gel that just sinks into your skin. I was impressed with how long the product lasts though, used it a lot and don't even seem to have made a dent!
Francesca W.
4 reviews
One of my holy grail products! Whenever I feel a spot coming or see one surfacing on my skin I will put this on and leave over night and the next morning it will appear less red and feel less painful. Its strong stuff so does have a quite a strong chemical smell and once applied to skin does have a burning sensation as it starts to work on your spot but this does stop and you wont even realise its there. If you suffer with acne or just an occasional spot honestly give this a try, I cant recommend it enough.
Olivia L.
6 reviews
Mario Badescu Drying LotionA small pink bottle full of wonders, Mario Badescu drying lotion is an overnight lifesaver for acne. It's not gentle in the least so don't use on broken skin but the luxurious packaging and ease of use make this a must have for problem skin.All you need to do is dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply on any breakout's (again, not for use on broken skin) you may have, leave to dry and go to bed. The product dries out the oils and sebum in the problem areas and the pink in the mixture brightens to ensure you wake up and that horrible acne or blemishes are gone!Just wash off and exfoliate in the morning and day goodbye to spots!
Alexia A.
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I don't know if this actually healed my pimples, but I love the way it tingles on your face as soon as you apply the product. I've also noticed that one of the ingredients is calamine which is used for rashes on the skin so I would suggest avoiding the eyes when using this. 
Alice I.
2 reviews
I loved the packaging, but the fact that it could not be used if shaken was a huge disadvantage. Would not say it was extremely pricey, especially because it lasts a lot! I have sensitive and acne prone skin and I was looking for a less harsh product. Even thought its smell is strong, it did not affect my skin in any way, but i was a bit disappointed because it did not do what it promised: get rid of pimples overnight. Of course, it contributed to the healing process, but nothing miraculous. 
Steph G.
33 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I discovered this product because a Youtuber mentioned this was her holy grail/secret weapon to making blemishes disappear overnight. I decided to try it because a pimple randomly showed up on my face before my cousin's wedding! It is WORTH THE HYPE!! It was almost gone the next morning. It does burn if you have sensitive skin but I just think it's working it's magic. I still use it till this day - on my third bottle! If you need a quick solution to shrinking a pimple, this is your product!
Paige M.
49 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Oh my god this stuff is a god send!! If you have any spots or you think your getting a spot and need it gone by the next day or two out this on. I get a cotton bud and dip it into the sediment on the bottom of the jar and dab onto spots and areas where I can feel I'm getting one and leave it to work over night and as if by magic most of them are gone and the ones which remains have reduced dramatically in size and aren't as red. It is very cheap and I cannot recommend this product enough!!
Chelsea D.
Manchester , Royton
34 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This is a cult classic for a reason.. it actually works!
It’s difficult to find good skincare that actually works as there are so many gimmicky products about these days, so it’s nice to find a product that actually gets the job done.
I pop this on over any problem areas after I’ve finished my skincare routine at night and if by magic the spot has either completely disappeared or has completely calmed down and any swelling has been reduced. The only problem I have with this product is that it does tend to dry my skin out if I use it too often.
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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