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


Noticed how fast my pimples would dry up. I have been using this for almost 2 weeks already almost every night before bed. I use it after I wash my face and put some toner. My pimple would really shrink in two consecutive nights of application. For transparency, it would actually sting for a few seconds (not really painful) 👍

6 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 17

Pimple, where?

This really does what it's supposed to do. I bought mine last May, it's already the last week of July and I'm not even halfway this little bottle. It depend on how many spots you have but I used to have plenty before this product. Depending on what kind of pimple you have, this lotion can REALLY dry up that insecurity in 1-3 days. I said goodbye to unwanted zits 2 months ago. Make sure to use a moisturizer the next morning, the skin around your pimple might create dry patches.

22 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium


ACNE is my number one problems when it comes to my face!! I've tried so many products but this one is definitely worth the money! I used to pop my pimples but thanks to this product, I don't have to do it anymore. This dries put my pimples overnight. Works best though if the pimple is already coming out or showing puss.

about 1 month ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 19


Yes, it's effective but only for small pimples that are already on the surface. You can find other products naman having the same effect with with a way looower price tag than this. But if you have the money naman and you want a product that truly works, then get it girl.

about 2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 23

Not for me.

I bought this product because my brother and his girlfriend uses it and it seemed effective to them. I have a lot of acne on my T-zone so I apply it on the acne there. It makes me doubt whether it is really fast-acting because it takes a week or so for my pimples to even get less inflamed. it does not really help with my whiteheads and blackheads either. The good thing is it doesnt dry out my skin a lot as I thought it would do. It helped for slightly inflamed pimples but thats about it. I don’t think it’s worth the price.

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 21

life saver!

I love the drying lotion, I really feel like it dries down and flattens my pesky little zits. I loved this so much, I got my mom and brother to buy it as well. Their faces improved since they started using this product. The hype is real and the results are real.

about 2 months ago
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