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CLAIM TO FAME: Mario Badescu’s award-winning spot treatment for whiteheads

FAST FACTS: Helps dry up pesky pimples overnight; draws impurities from the skin with salicylic acid, sulfur, and zinc oxide; relieves any itchiness or discomfort with calamine; original, fast-acting formula makes it an effective spot treatment to remain a best-selling favorite amongst beauty editors, celebrities, and professionals worldwide

PERFECT FOR: Minimizing red, inflamed pimples

Best spot treatment I’ve ever found
January 2018
”I’ve had severe acne for 5 years and every spot treatment I’ve tried just leaves my skin dry and irritated. This one ACTUALLY gets rid of the pimple. Practically overnight. I will repurchase this.”
–Zoey the skincare enthusiast (from mariobadescu.com)

I use this product every night!
January 2017
”At night after I cleanse and moisturize, I apply Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on affected areas. This stuff works so well and I always expect real results. Over the course of five days, this product has minimized acne to the point where it is almost untraceable! I am actually excited to wake up in the morning and see the results. As long as acne is at bay, I will always keep using this product!”
–Hannah M (from mariobadescu.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Drying Lotion
NET WEIGHT: 1fl oz
INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Sulfur, Camphor, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

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 whitehead; 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.

No matter how tempted you are, don’t shake the bottle. Don’t worry if you do—simply set the bottle on an even, flat surface. Leave it undisturbed overnight and voilà: your Drying Lotion is settled and looking brand new.

Mario Badescu

Mario Badescu had a vision to bring to New York City his European-style facials—and it was in 1967, out of his two-room Manhattan apartment, when the world-renowned salon and product line were born. News of his unique philosophy and loyal following (which included a star-studded roster of in-the-know New Yorkers) quickly spread and Badescu’s home-turned-studio flourished.

Over 50 years later, Mario Badescu is the name that continues to transcend generations and span the entire life-cycle of skin: from powerful acne solutions to potent anti-aging treatments, Mario Badescu customize regimens for every skin type and concern imaginable. Simple, gentle, and effective skin care—that’s the Mario Badescu philosophy for skincare.

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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 23

Clear Skin!

I've been looking for a spot treatment that easily makes my zits small until it disappears. At first i was reluctant to try since almost all the products i use on my own that are not referred by my derma usually makes my skin worse. This helped. I'm glad I got to try this!

3 days ago
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 16

Waitlist game strong!

Always wanted to try this because i have seen a lot of influencers use it. Im so excited that it has finally arrived at beautymnl! I really want to try it kaso it’s always out of stock. But from what i know and from the things i have heard this is a real holy grail. Can’t wait!

11 days ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 28

Holy Grail!

This is magic in a bottle! I have acne prone skin, so this drying lotion is seriously a life saver! It is a spot treatment that actually works for those pesky hormonal acne! Make sure to use it correctly. First wash your face with a good cleanser, tone, then apply this spot treatment on your zits and leave overnight. I noticed a huge difference since the very first time I used it. The product itself is long lasting as you only use it as a spot treatment. Please do not apply this all over your face. Also, if you have deep zits, give it a couple of days (approx. 2-3 days) for it to work it’s magic. You will not regret buying this little magic potion!! ❤️

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 26


Hesitant pa ko nung una kasi pricey pero dahil sa dami ng magagandang reviews claiming it can dries out acne overnight, dun na ko napabili. Pero based on my experience, 4-5 days minsan umaabot ng 1 week bago magdry hormonal acne ko even sa maliliit na bumps matagal din. nagiiwan pa ng scars. 💔

about 2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair

Just an honesSad to say, hindi siya effective. Lalo lang lumala yung whiteheads at pimples ko. Sayang ang money. Huhu. Ang pricey pa naman.

Just an honest review, sad to say, hindi siya effective. :( Lalo lang lumalala yung pimples and whiteheads ko sa face. Nagkaroon pa ng bumps yung katabing areas na inaapplyan ko nitong drying lotion. I thought it will work since pricey siya. Kaya lang, hindi pala. Sayang lang money ko. Huhuhu.

3 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza

I love this

I have sensitive, dry & acne prone skin. I've tried a lot of treatments, and this has the best combination of strong and mild at the same time. It doesn't burn off my skin like other treatments, because it's somewhat mild, but with enough use and precision, you can get it to be more concentrated so you can only dry up the pimple itself and avoid the surrounding skin. I love using this, and will keep on buying as long as needed.

3 months ago
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