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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 Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 29

Overnight pimple zapper that doesn’t trigger flare up’s

I bought my first bottle in Rustan’s (same price as posted here) just to try the product. You only need to apply this on areas with blemishes and not recommended to be applied on your whole face. This works best on pimples with a pus. Although in my experience it also works on pimples under the skin (blind ones) but takes a few days to dry out. Only downside is it makes my skin flakey so moisturizing during the day is a must. It also didn’t aggravate my dermatitis so that’s an awesome plus point.

about 2 months ago
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I bought this product to aid my breakouts. And this surely bring that drying power that no product (I guess?) can be compared to. Just my opinion and based on my experience tho. So it initially stings a bit upon application @ night but when you wake up, the area applied or the zit/s , pimple and etc, is uhmm dry enuf and it kindaa helps flatten that unwanted bump, aaaaand also helps in reducing redness. Although the downside is, its very pricey for a small product, buuut then it gives immediate treatment like overnight. シ

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 22

There are cheaper options

Mga sis ok naman siya, it does its job right. Dries my pimples well overnight. Pero Ive tried other brands with a similar appearance, packaging, etc. as in color pink din, halos same ingredients and formulation and does just as good as MB but around 200 pesos or so cheaper. I don't think I'll purchase this again bc personally im kuripot, but sure is worth a try if you only trust certain brands!

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 30

Amazing product!

I SWEAR by this stuff. I usually don’t break out much but when it’s before the time of the month or if I forget to take my makeup off after a night out my skin breaks out and gives me trouble But when I use this stuff my spots go down drastically overnight It doesn’t completely disappear until after a few nights but it’s an amazing product that I highly recommend everyone to give it a go.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 54

Big help!

This actually worked miracles for me and I wish I had some of it right now. If you have acne you really should go try this out. Putting this on your acne will literally help it overnight and at least it did for me. It comes with lots of product and is very affordable for what it does for your skin.

2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 22

Life saver

I have been using this for 5 months and it really dried up my acne esp. in my T zone. Although it may cause too much dryness, it really is worth to try. Also it is smelly at first pero nawawala naman yung amoy later on and super effective! I even recommended this to my friends and they loved it as well.

2 months ago
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