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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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4.51 / 5 based on 8,096 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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Kate S.
Parker, CO
55 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I really like this product it works amazing and it gets rid of my trouble spots which I am really happy about !  It does have a really strong smell but it goes away but it's super light and dries pretty well and you don't feel it on your skin! One thing that is a downside is if you accidently touch it it will crumble off so make sure you don't touch your face at all !
Amelia A.
73 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
For what it’s supposed to do it does a great job in drying out my pimples. But listen do NOT use this if you don’t have to! When I have a big day, sure, but active acne should always be hydrated to prevent scarring. I’d much rather have a pimple for a week than a scar for months. Use an acid toner and oil instead (unless you have a party or wedding to attend to the next day)
Kelly N.
Macungie, PA
51 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Great dupe for the Kate Somerville drying lotion. Be careful not to use too much on the breakouts if you're going to bed because it'll just flake off but there's alot of product in there and lasted me over a year and actually dried out before I could use all the product. Would repurchase!It did calm down my larger breakouts but did not work well on whiteheads or blackheads.
Isabella S.
San Francisco, CA
63 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This drying lotion has been recommended to me by ll of my friends and even Kylie Jenner on social media. It completely dries around your zits/acne and removes any excess oil. I have a habit of picking my zits and this product masks them enough when I sleep to prevent me from picking them. If you have oily skin go pick up this product at Anthropology or Sephora, like I did. 
Jessie H.
Centerville, OH
143 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I am in love with this stuff. I put it on a break out before bed and the next day it's gone. It's very affordable and a little bit goes a long way so a bottle will last forever. Do not shake this product, I was shaking the crap out of it before use and it didn't seem to work well. Spoke to the sales associate at Ulta who said not to shake it. I let is separate back out and then it worked great
Savannah H.
240 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I got this because it was insanely hyped. After using it for a while, I kinda see why. It's alright. It works great for drying out problem spots. I have decent skin so it's not life changing for me but I can see how it would be if you have a lot of problem areas.
Philadelphia, PA
2 reviews
I’ve used this product tons of times and its amazing. Its definitely strong but has never overly dried out my skin which is surprising. Its my go-to for diminishing acne spots overnight! 
Janet B.
Huntsville, AL
47 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I absolutely love this product!! If I ever feel a blemish coming up, I dab this on before bed, when I wake up it's gone! It gets rid of existing blemishes in just a few days at the most! The price is great. The packaging is cute. Just make sure you don't shake it!
Kayla B.
New York, NY
31 reviews
This stuff works my friends. Overnight, it works to dry out problem spots. The only downside of this product is I look like a clown after I put it on before bed, but luckily my boyfriend loves this stuff too so we wear it together lol. I definitely recommend for acne prone skin.
Hannah B.
Columbia, SC
9 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This lotion is amazing! All you have to do is dip a q tip into the bottom of the bottle and place the pink cream onto any of your blemishes. Every time I've used this (at night) I've woken up with clear skin. Therefore it works so well, but it is a drying lotion, so it does leave my skin flaky in some parts. I would recommend this heavily for those with pesky acne spots. 
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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