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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 8,101 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
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Natascha N.
Montreal, Quebec
38 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This thing is bomb ! I knocked off a star because it doesn't do much for my cystic acne. It simply dries out a pimple I already lanced. Most of the time I only need to wear it one time overnight but sometimes I need to apply 2-3 nights in the row to completely eradicate the infection. It does sting on application but that totally means it's working it's magic !
Irene L.
253 reviews
Ive been using this for a couple months now. Ive been suffering from acne for a couple years now and haven't really found a solution to cure it.. Although this product doesn't entirely clear up my acne, it does reduce the size of my pimple when i leave this product on overnight. Definitely will recommend for someone who just wants to reduce the size of acne overnight!
Katherine D.
94 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This is a great spot treatment! It shrinks the size of whiteheads, pimples and cystic acne over night! It also decreases the inflammation of the spot. It’s easy to apply and it stops me from picking at my skin and doing more damage! Definitely worth the money
Kristen L.
Scarborough , ON
90 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
You look crazy when you dot this all over your face but it works wonders on angry looking blemishes. I found mine at Ulta but there are a few places here in Toronto where you can find it. Don't double dip into your solution though as you don't want to contaminate the entire container. If you're prone to breaking out this might be a great addition to your skincare routine
Charlie B.
21 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This spot treatment effectively clears my breakouts and helps control and fight future breakouts. I bought this due to the hype surrounding it and I agree with the hype. This product effectively dries my spots up overnight leading them to be much smaller and controlled by morning. This is amazing for anyone looking to fight nasty blemishes and acne
Charlotte S.
12 reviews
I love this product for when I have breakouts! I apply this to the effected area and sleep with it on, it dries out the pimples and in the morning it's nearly gone 
Zana G.
10 reviews
Not a miracle product by any means but it definitely speeds up what I call the pimple death process! I put this on at night with a q-tip, it does sting a tiny bit upon application but this quickly goes away. As I mentioned, it's not a miracle product and my spots don't miraculously vanish the next morning but they are noticeably smaller. 
tumblr a.
15 reviews
I actually was quite fond of this spot cream. I think it is well priced. But sadly for me it didn't work at first so I started to use the Aesop spot cream but then when I finished that I went back to the Mario Badescu that worked really well. I'm a big fan of Mario Badescus products as I think they are all really effective and are well priced
Larkin W.
4 reviews
This is the best acne product that i have ever used and would recommend this to anyone. I have very sensitive skin and this did not break me out or make my skin get red. When using this product never shake it and take a q tip and dip it into the bottle and then apply the product to any acne spots that you have. I would apply this at night and in the morning my acne would all be gone
Liberty S.
46 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Uh 5 stars isn't enough for this product!! This is something that is deffo in my top 5... when my skin feels bad, or I get some break outs, I just pop this on and leave it for a bit, bam the next day the colour has dulled down and seriously looks smaller! I would 10/10 recommend, for the price and for the results you can't go wrong really.
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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