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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 8,074 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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erica b.
Pittsburgh, PA
377 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
The miracle lotion to get rid of a pimple fast! I have seen dramatic results with using this at night .By the next morning most of the redness from the worst blemish is gone, and the pimple is almost completely dried out and unnoticeable. Let it settle if the bottle mixes, then take a cotton swab and dip it straight in and out then apply!
Reigh D.
Knoxville, TN
178 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Magic pimple eraser!! If you have a pimple dip your qtip straight into the bottle (DO NOT AND I MEAN DO NOT!!!! SHAKE THE BOTTLE AT ALL) Through the alcohol and into the pink liquid and pull straight out and dab it onto any pimples you have and leave it. I suggest at nighttime or when your not going in public because it leaves a pink spot where you apply it. It dries out the pimple and you may need to do it for a couple days but it does work and leaves no scar.
Catherine G.
Miami, FL
114 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I saw several people recommend this product for acne, and decided to buy it because I was desperate to remove it. I really did not like it so much, I did not see it make any changes or dry my acne. I guess for some people it works and for others it does not. My brother used it and helped him a lot with his treatment for acne, but for me it did not do anything. I do not recommend it, but it's weird because for other people do work. Maybe I use it in a wrong way
Sahar R.
94 reviews
If I ever need my acne spots gone or if I feel them coming, I immediately put this on before bed! I hear some people leave it on for 30 mins then continue to do their makeup, honestly that's not a bright idea.
Apply this overnight on area specific sites and sleep with it! My spots heal either overnight or on it's second application. Everything is noticeably reduced. It's also pretty cheap for the amount of super powers packed into it!

Janet M.
Portsmouth , VA
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This drying lotion is very gentle on my skin. I use this at night before I go to bed and sometimes when I have nothing to do I'll wear it during the day around my house. It doesn't dry out my skin and leave dry patches. It doesn't 100% get rid of pimples but it definitely diminishes the redness and size of them. One downside is it smells absolutely horrendous. I will repurchase when I run out of this one, which will be a while because a little goes a long way.
Katie G.
Pittsburgh, PA
100 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This product is great as a quick overnight spot treatment. I have found that it really helps with redness and inflammation, but as the name says it is quite drying. I have used this my own acne and on my husbands as well with excellent results each time. Despite the apparent priciness of the product, I anticipate that this bottle will last a very long time because each application uses such a small amount. When I do run out eventually, I will definitely be purchasing it again.
jakie R.
Houston , TX
112 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
After my finally trying this product, I had to leave a review to help other people in my position with acne I use a lot of products and they don't want to dry my pimples the second I use this i put this for my spot treatment it makes such a big difference it removes my pimple on a quick instant it makes my skin clear and it's worth every penny I love products that work and are effective like this one if you struggling with acne this is the thing for you 
Alexa W.
Anderson, SC
40 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
First of all, this smells absolutely terrible! I really didn't see a huge difference and it only dried out my skin. I decided to purchase after watching Jaclyn Hill speak about this product. She has dry skin, pretty clear while I have oily skin prone to hormonal breakouts. I think this can work well for mature skin (although mine technically is), but it's a drying lotion, and it's just that.. drying! Not to mention, the hubs hated smelling this on me (I hated the smell, too). 
Leonardo C.
Houston, TX
90 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I would give it 5 stars only because the bottle is too small I think and it should be bigger I don't know I guess it me, but It actually works. I saw that Kylie uses it and I love it too. The smell is kinda weird to me every time I put it on. Also I go to sleep with it. One think is important don't shake it.
Brandy J.
Ben Wheeler, TX
191 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Let me tell you....don't be fooled by the smell. I opened this up and the smell hit me, I was doubtful, but after reading so many positive reviews I sucked it up and dabbed this on every single one of my pimples then went to sleep. When I woke up and cleaned it off, I was amazed! They all shrunk a remarkable amount. This is a person with acne dream.
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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