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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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Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 24

Best product for acne!

This is actually very much worth the price kasi it will last long, but if you're looking for an alternative then the COSRX patches will also be good, I've also tried this together and it works wonders! This is better for cystic acne, as I've heard, but for tiny pimples maybe not.

about 1 month ago
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  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 29

Good purchase but not as fast-working as I hoped it to be.

I have an acne prone skin. So I really prayed for this product to work on me. And it did. However, hindi sya yung overnight lang, kinabukasan, wala na. No. It works pero mga 3days bago mo mapansin na dried up na talaga un pimple. What I like about it though is parang on the 1st day na nilagyan mo yung pimple, parang pinapatigil nya na talaga na lumaki or huminog pa yung pimple. Haha. So still a good purchase. Hindi lang sya as fast working as I have hoped it to be. 😀

about 1 month ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 19


THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST. I bought this in December 2016 and it lasted until March 2018. It was just recently that the alcohol dried up. I first used this on a big zit on my cheek, it has a stinging feeling but you'll get used to it after a few times of using it. The next day, my zit was completely gone! The skin around the zit, however, peeled. It stopped working for me after a few months-since I used it almost every night for my forehead breakouts-but after a while I used it again & it's still the best. Definitely worth the price!!

about 1 month ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 24

HG!! Effective for me!

Finally found an effective treatment for my cystic acne since CosRX's pimple patches don't work on me. If I apply early enough the pimple bumps disappears overnight! While for bigger ones, I apply every night and after 3 days the painful bumps disappear! Highly recommended. Hope Beautymnl starts to carry more products from this brand like its facial wash!! :)

about 2 months ago
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena

Holy Grail for pimple drying

I first purchased this product 5 yrs ago as I've heard that this easily dries out your pimple. And it just does what it says. Although it's a little bit pricey but you can use the product for more than a year! You just need to put it directly to your zit make sure to apply generously. We all have different kinds of skin type so it'll really depend on your skin on when will the zit/pimple dry. I use Mario Badescu and COSRX pimple patch together.

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 27

Saved my face but it stings

Purchased this since I am having a problem with surprise hormonal acne that pops before my period and they are so big and usually pops on the center of my face. I am in a client-facing job and having those acne cause a lot of stress. I used this hoping it will heal a pimple on my nose. Normally if left untouched, it will heal within a week or two. But when I used this drying lotion, my pimple was less inflammed after 2 days. It was already big when I used this, hence, it cannot heal over night. Will continue to use this to control those unexpected pimples. Word of warning though, it stings. Less 1 star for that.

about 2 months ago