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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Stephanie M.
28 reviews
I borrowed this from a friend when I had the worst pimple ever and the pimple was literally gone the next day after using this. Had to buy my own right away, this product is seriously amazing.
Hopee G.
2 reviews
It helped reduce my acne a lot, it was very quick and was never a super long process to get rid of. It was a quick and easy fix for all of my blemishes that I had been struggling with 
Angela K.
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I never used this product until last year of November, but it has helped me so much with my acne and it even comes in a simple package. It could be a lil harsh for sensitive skin but it really aids in reducing my acne. I will definitely buy this again. 
Ashley P.
34 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This product really helps treat acne spots. I put it on overnight and by morning, it helps improve the size and look of the pimple. It's easy to use and it's a great value. I'm on my second bottle already and will continue to purchase it in the future.
Alyssia S.
57 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
HOLY GRAIL GO-TO! This is a constant in my routines. I use it on more-than-normal oily parts of my face at night and the next day I’m drastically less shiny under makeup. Love this.
Amanda D.
Waterford, CT
595 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I LOVE this stuff!! I literally just used it last night and I am so impressed with the results! I had two rather good size pimples on my face. I put some of the drying lotion on and went to bed. When I woke up, both pimples were reduced by more than 50%! I am amazed! I'm so glad I purchased this item!
Abby Z.
Twinsburg, OH
74 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Purchased at: ULTA
So the drying lotion wasn’t my favorite Mario Badescu product. I found it to be drying, but not pimple killing. I wouldn’t buy it again but it works if I don’t have anything else!
Courtney J.
10 reviews
First and foremost, for anyone dealing with “adult acne”/hormonal breakouts this product is absolutely amazing. After deciding to take a break from birth control, which I’d been on since I was 15 for cycle-related complications, my skin went through a purging phase, resulting in horribly painful “blind” flare ups on my chin. Prior to starting my birth control regimen,  I’d never suffered from acne, so as you can imagine, I was rather devastated when I started routinely getting these painful flare-ups.  I honestly think i tried every product under the sun to get rid of pesky hormonal flare-ups with little to no success until I discovered this product. Although it has a rather strong smell, it seriously works so well for “blind” pimples! Would definitely recommend to anyone suffering from adult/hormonal acne! 
Alissa S.
40 reviews
This is my new favorite product. I was at first skeptical of this since it is relatively cheap compared to other skincare products, but I decided to give it a try after reading other positive reviews. After you wash your face, you apply this product using a Q-tip. You have to be careful not to shake the contents, but the pink sediment at the bottom is what will be needed to be applied to your breakouts. I applied this onto active acne and woke up the next morning with noticeably smaller breakouts. I did notice that it will extract other inactive acne that might be under the skin, so you might notice a few more pimples than normal, but this should go away once your pores have been cleared. Be sure to use an oil-free face moisturizer after since this is drying lotion and when your skin is dry, you produce more oil, thus causing more breakouts. For best results, I pair this with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rose Water, Herbs, and Aloe.
Mikayla E.
1 review
This drying lotion is my go to for any pimples that pop up on my face out of no where. I love how it feels on my skin like it is really cleaning the affected area, I usually wear it before bed and it does wonders it truly does shrink the pimple in a few hours and that is why I love this product so much. Disclaimer: this does make my skin a bit more dry so I make sure to put on a moisturizer the next day.
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 🙂
Gina d.
Branford, CT
217 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
About how long does this bottle last you?
Tina N.
61 reviews
Is this item worth the hype?
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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