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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 8,093 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
  • I’ve been thinking about getting this for a while but it’...6 Answers
  • Is it worth the price? And I’m not quite sure if I got it...5 Answers
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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Crystal O.
71 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This stuff is really good! My random pimple won't last long when I use this at night! Instead of lasting more than 3 or more days it will only last 1 to 2 days! Just like it says on the package, don't use over broken skin! It will burn, I have a high pain tolerance and accidentally added some to a pimple I had just picked at and even for me it burned for a few seconds!
Delaney E.
Melissa , TX
50 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I would say this product is alright, I tried it for a while to test it and see if it even worked. At first I thought it worked, but after a while I noticed that it really wasn't doing anything, but sting for like a split second, and it would come off super easy. I don't feel this product should be 17 dollars especially if it doesn't do that good of a job, of drying the imperfection.
Brina H.
447 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Bought this from Ulta during one of their sales. I get the occasional breakout and wanted to try this based on reviews. It did shrink the size of the breakouts fairly quickly, and without drying out the surrounding skin, but I didn't feel as if this product performed any better or differently than a couple of drugstore products from cvs that claim to do the same thing.
Amanda W.
Chambersburg, PA
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I absolutely love this brand! This drying lotion is perfect for drying out nasty whiteheads! Definitely worth the price (which personally I think is much more affordable than other brands)! Can sting a little bit when using but I feel like it's taking care of any problem spots as soon as it touches my skin! Would definitely recommend as I have a couple bottles on hand!
6 reviews
Amazing product! I have in the past struggled with finding spot/overnight creams (I've tried toothpaste and it sucks) and none of them have topped this one. The formula is made especially to dry out your pimples, but it does much more. The morning after using this product is like making a bunny disappear from a hat. lol, anyways amazing product and no less than 5 stars.
Aerial G.
Carthage, MS
471 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
THE BEST SPOT TREATMENT I'VE USED. Works best when NOT shaken before use. Just take a Qtip & get the powder at the bottom & apply to the area you are wanting to treat. It dries it up & reduces it in size over night. I have found this works best on white heads, & not those bumps you can get under your skin that just hurt. The price is VERY good for the amount of product & how long it will last you. Will continue to repurchase from this brand!
Danae O.
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I had no noticeable difference in my pimples when used exactly as directed. I had high hopes for it because my acne isn't severe enough for a huge regiment of treatments, but I get the occasional white head or deep down hormonal pimple. I love to pop but the pink clay paste was a fun way to remind myself not to and would have been great if I'd ever seen it help a pimple.
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! 
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. 
Annie M.
Akron, OH
602 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
MUST HAVE oh my goodness… This has been a lifesaver. Any zits, popped or trouble blemishes I feel I just put a dab of this on my skin after my routine is done at night bam, next morning noticeable difference. Perfect for summer because I like to wear less make up but get self-conscious about my acne! A must have for anyone also super inexpensive for how effective it is!!
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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