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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  • Would you apply moisturizer before or after applying this...4 Answers
  • Does this irritate your skin?4 Answers
  • does this really works? I want to buy.6 Answers
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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Jana M.
Dubai, Dubai
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This really helps drying out pimples and scars. i usually apply it at night before i sleep, a couple of nights in a row and eventually a few days later my pimples would be gone. of course results will differ, it just depends on how your skin will react to it, whether it will accept the product or not.
Al F.
Ottawa, ON
25 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I really love this stuff. Anytime I have a pimple that needs to surface so I can squeeze stuff out of it (lol) I put this on. My only complaint is it is hard to use, especially when you are getting close to the end of the lotion. Its super messy and gets all over your hands when you are trying to dig out the lotion at the end. It does work though! 
Danielle F.
Dunfermline , Fife
18 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Been using this for a few weeks now and it’s make my acne a million times better. Really gold value for money and 100% does what it says on the packaging. A bit nippy when it first goes on but after a couple of seconds you can’t feel it anymore. Only downside is the fall out of product as it’s drying
Chelsea F.
14 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
THIS IS MY MIRACLE PRODUCT!!!! I have STRUGGLED with breakouts for years and this product has helped my gain back control of my skin. I swear to you this product works like magic. It is priced a little high, but 100% worth it to me. Also, super unique application with using Q-tips. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Niamh L.
Middleton, Manchester
592 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I heard so many good reviews about this, I barely ever get spots I just get the odd one or two but when I do it frustrates me. I put this on before bed I apply with a cotton bud on the area. It helps with small spots but with big ones you do have to use this 4/5 days in a row for it to go smaller.
Andrea P.
Chicago, IL
3 reviews
This product did not work for me. I do admit I did not sure it for an extended period of time due to the fact that application was painfully unbearable. The sting was so bad that I could only bring myself to use it twice. I have sensitive skin so that might be a factor. I will not be repurchasing.
Mina B.
Ottawa, ON
70 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I use this product on my active breakouts to dry them out and help them heal faster. I notice that it works really well on cystic acne which is great because that usually takes the longest to heal. I order mine online (which is rough because the shopping to Canada is expensive) but I think it's worth it.
Paige T.
4 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I cannot even begin to express my love for this product. I know; many beauty bloggers over-hype products, I can almost feel you clicking off already and I wouldn't blame you. Most of the time, in reality, these sort of reviews are a huge anticlimax. By the time you've wadded through endless streams of 'THIS IS THE BEST SPOT TREATMENT IN THE WORLD' or 'THIS YEARS MUST HAVE SPOT TREATMENT', you are so utterly convinced that this product will change your life, and vanquish your pimple popping nightmares that you hastily buy several bottles, before you have the realization, a week and £40 later, you'd been better off grabbing your nearest bottle of toothpaste and being done with it. So I get you should never judge a product solely on the fact that some faceless reviewer tells you they love it. Therefore let me provide you with something more concrete. I have always been, shall we say, unfortunately troubled, when it comes to my skin. Like most angsty, puberty ridden, teenagers, by the times I was 13 I had enough spots and blemishes to create a rather comprehensive dot-to-dot pattern on my face. Unlike most, the dot-to-dots never really left me. In my early 20's my skin was still very much the same, a spotty mess, and no manner of spot treatments would fix it. Then, I found Mario Badescu. I can wholeheartedly say that this Drying Lotion, has done what many other failed to, it has tackled my acne and finally made me feel less like an over grown adolescent and more of a confident adult. Well that's the thing about problem skin, it makes you feel less confident. Which is silly really when you think about it.  All it takes is a few dabs of drying lotion directly onto my spots overnight and by the morning they have halved in size and are well on their way to completely vanishing. Most importantly though, unlike other spot treatments I have tried, this lotion is neither too harsh nor too drying on the skin, something I can find is a real problem when finding effective skin solutions. You can take this review with a pinch of salt, or even dismiss it as 'just another blogger review', but what if it isn't and this product could really solve all your pimple popping problems? Don't take my word for it, they say a picture is worth a thousand words; and I have two. Of course it wouldn't be a proper review if I didn't add in one sincere beauty cliche, so let me end by saying I really couldn't recommend this product highly enough!

Millie Y.
Toronto, ON
680 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I really like this drying lotion. Whenever I feel a pimple starting to form, i just dab it on at night and it stops the pimple in its tracks. it works great for any larger cystic acne that i can, sometimes it can take a couple days of use, but it still works great at really preventing it from getting bigger.
Brij P.
18 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have tried every acne product and nothing worked till now! This thing is a life saver! Don’t shake the bottle, let it rest and then dip a q-tip into the pink stuff and apply to blemishes before going to bed!
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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