Drying Lotion

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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
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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  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 24


In the event that the product does get into your eye, is it recommended that you thoroughly flush your eye with cool water until all of the product is removed. Although it is recommended that all eye contact should be avoided, a thorough eye flushing should remedy the situation. If irritation or further issues occur that eye flushing does not resolve, we suggest you seek the advice of your doctor.

7 days ago
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 24

Made breakouts worse

I really wanted to love this product since all my friends use and love it, I used it roughly 5-10 times with breaks in between and I'm not a girl who gets a lot of acne but this made my face a mess. I haven't broken out this much in years, I tried to use it a few times to see if maybe it was just purging my skin but it's causing pimples where there were none. Just beware that people either love or hate this product, what works for others may not work for you and if you get bigger/more pimples stop use right away

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7 days ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Facial Features Morena


i bought this kasi my friends are pressuring me to buy it hahaha. it's effective raw kasi it worked for them so i tried it out na rin. shookt ako kasi sa overnight, na ddry out niya talaga yung pimple lalo na if the pimple's so red and parang may pus na sa loob. it's expensive pero tipid mo rin kasi siyang magagamit so it will last u long

12 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 32

Effective for a while

It shrinks the pimples after 3 nights of continued use, it is quite drying, and there is still marks afterwards. It won't address the issue if you have a very problematic skin or if you have acne who are quite persistent in recurring. I think this product will be best if you have clear skin and minimal pimple appearance.

23 days ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 15


Yoo this lotion is really drying so careful with the amount you apply it really dried up my pimple and zits also my skin that doesnt have pimples tried it on blackheads too it worked fine i'd want to find a better product that doesn't super dry your skin but works the same way on removing your pimple

29 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 25


Amazingly effective!! It’s time of the year na nag bbreak out ako and I’m stressed every time there is new pimple and I usually use hydrocolloid patch for cystic pimples and now I have my holy grail that is effective in every pimple of mine. I’m loving this!! Some pimple will be gone overnight, some may take 2 days. Tiis ganda lang talaga. Definitely worth a try!

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