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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 fl. oz.

The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.

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not as effective as other Mario Badescu products

I’m not really sure what all the hype is about with this product, but I’m happy that it turned me on to the brand. The Mario Badescu buffering lotion, drying cream, acne cleanser, and special c clearing lotion were very effective. I also like that the formulas are simple without a lot of extra added chemicals. Although this particular product didn’t work for me, a bunch of his other products have. This is a great brand!

Mina Boswell, PA

Nothing Happen for me, but you decide yourself

This did nothing waste of money. I put it on for a month on Cyst pimples and tiny spots. I still had them.

Eddie Barre, VT

Great for General Acne, Not for Cystic Acne

I have used products in the MB line for months now and have tried various products including the buffering lotion, silver powder, healing powder, drying mask, special healing cream, and of course the drying lotion. Out of all of them, I like the drying lotion best and reach for it most often over the rest of the MB line that I own. As others have stated, it is best used in the evening, since it is not formulated to work with makeup. Apply with cotton swab and dab on each pimple until coated in “pink,” and let dry. Typically the pimple(s) are greatly reduced by morning, if not gone, which is why I love this product. For an acne treatment intended for evening use, this is the best I have found. Kate Sommerville makes a similar product, but it did not work nearly as well, so I would skip that one if you were thinking of going with that one instead.Please note that this product does not intend to clear up stubborn cystic acne. MB does not use a one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne, since there are several types of acne that can form on the face. Rather, they have developed acne specific products, targeting the actual acne you are afflicted with. If you have cystic acne troubles, use the buffering lotion, which is formulated to help reduce cystic acne. Their website actually has an acne guide explaining each type of acne and how to treat it with their products, which is worth checking into. Since MB has many product offerings, I suggest completing their skin analysis online and let them send you free samples of what they believe will work for you from their product line.

Shelly Dwarf, KY


Love this stuff. Works like a charm. Mario Badescu has some great products and I love the drying lotion. I have cystic acne that never goes away and this takes care of it. I’ve tried Proactive, Actutane and loads of other things that couldn’t touch it, but this really works. Plus I have sensitive skin and this doesn’t bother it at all.

Ernestine Dillsburg, PA

Helped acne, but not a miracle cure

As a breakout prone adult with oily/combination skin, I’m always on the hunt for beauty products to help keep my skin clear and blemish free. This particular drying lotion is actually applied by dipping a q-tip into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and then dabbing that pink sediment on to any visible blemishes. I found that this drying lotion does work, but it’s far from a miracle cure. With this drying lotion, my blemishes did tend to dry up and shrink in size a bit faster than had I applied no product, however, I’ve found this drying lotion is not a one night fix. Several applications (each night) are required before seeing a noticeable difference. I do like the fact that this product was not overly drying; I had no dry/flakey patches on my face after washing the product off each morning (as I typically do with products like Persa-Gel 10). As another check in the "con" column, as this product does dry a Pepto-Bismal pink color, which isn’t exactly ideal for any romantic situations. Overall 4/5 stars, I do think I will repurchase in the future.

Heidi Georgetown, MA

Very disappointed

I’m so disappointed with this product. After hearing so many good reviews I had to try it. I used the drying lotion as directed and when I woke up my pimples were bigger, redder, and overall worse then before! I feel like the pimples I used this on took twice as long to heal. It also smells horrible and burns when you put it on. I’m glad it works for some people but obviously not for me.

Deidre Pearl, MS

Great product!

At first I was a little skeptical about this working, but it really does work! When I apply it to my face it burns a little bit but in the morning when I wash it off, I can notice a huge difference. I even tried it on my boyfriend a couple times and he noticed that it helped clear up his acne too! Seems like this product is going to last me a long long time. I got it a month ago and it doesn’t even look like I have used any of it, when in reality, I’ve used it 3 or 4 times a week! Definitely worth the money.

Beverly Massapequa, NY


This is my holy grail product. I’ve been using this for around two years now and it’s the best weapon I have against my acne.This is NOT for cystic acne. It doesn’t by any means work on my cystic acne, but I have other products for that. But hey, it might work for yours.This product works on those raised above the skin zits. This will dry them out so fast overnight or even in a couple of hours. It also dries up nasty looking whiteheads, which i think are the worse.I do think at around 20$ it can be a little pricy. But it works so fast and gets rid of ALL of my on top of skin zits and clogged pores. I actually pour out the clear liquid and throw away the pink stuff at the bottom. I think that clogs my pores and just makes my face look a hot mess with pink dots all over it. Then that why I can put the clear liquid on a cotton pad and apply it to my face easier without pink dots.

Kara Junction City, WI

Wish I had this as a teenager

As the heading says, I wish I knew about this stuff when I was a teen. I have no idea how or why this works, but it does work great. I will buy it for my child when she hits the teen years. The bottle has a clear liquid and a thick bottom layer, sort of like a calamine lotion. To use it, take a Q-tip, and swipe it through the thick bottom layer. Put it on your blemish overnight,and voila, it will be dried out the next morning. I have used this on large pimples that haven’t come out, as well as small white heads, with great sucess. A couple of comments- this has a strong medicinal smell. Not bad, just a bit strong. Also, this is not something you would want to put on during the day. It is a thick liquid- again kind of like a calamine lotion, and would very noticeable if you wore it during the day.

Tameka Santa Rita, GU

Would not recommend.

I purchased this from Ulta. I enjoy a couple of MB other things, so gave this a try. I have sensitive, combination oily, acne prone skin.I used this item maybe 6 times during a 3 week period. I followed the directions closely, and used it on a few acne spots on my face. Out of the few, only one whitehead disappeared within a few days. I don’t know if it’s because of this item, or the fact that I for once didn’t pick at my skin and left it alone, or that I used a Clarisonic brush on my face daily. But since the other acne spots didn’t disappear either, I contribute it to the fact that I didn’t mess with my face and tried very hard to keep my face clean and moisturized.I think this stuff is overpriced for the value. I have better results using drug store brands, changing pillow cases and towels every other day, and keeping my hands off my face.I returned it.

Cleo Clinton, LA

Waiting for it to work

I REALLY want to love this drying lotion as so many other users do. I bought this expecting my breakouts to magically disappear overnight. When I received it, it was definitely shaken so I’m wondering if that has something to do with it not working.After letting it settle, I dab it on any trouble areas using a q tip. You have to go down into the pink stuff at the bottom. I will say, I like the smell. It makes me feel like its doing the job. It also burns a little after I apply it. Then I typically go to sleep (hoping I don’t run into anyone in the middle of the night- it leaves little pink/white spots on your face) and wake up in the morning and wash my face as usual.So far, it hasn’t been working that well. I’m reading others’ reviews with the hope that maybe I’m doing something wrong. But, until I figure it out, it’s a solid 3 stars for me.

Cassie Lockbourne, OH

great product but expensive

This product works great on regular acne and I have found that even my cystic acne does reduce some with use. I cake it on at night and use a little in the morning. I switched to bye bye blemish its pretty much the same ingredients and a heck of a lot cheaper. I have very dry mature skin and I find this to be my go to acne product. My teenagers love it also.

Janell Vienna, VA

This really works!

This Drying Lotion has worked so well for me, my husband and my friends. I’ve been using it for nearly 10 years whenever I have a pimple developing. You can feel it’s effect immediately and after a day or so of use the pimple is immediately reduced, sometimes doesn’t even fully develop. I recommend it highly!

Kathryn White Marsh, MD

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Mario Badescu Mario Badescu Drying Lotion will dry your acne and I have very oily skin. It was worth the price and works, until you use it you won’t believe me so try it yourself, otherwise they will refund you money.

Lorrie Martinsburg, MO

Glad I bought into the hype!!!!

Heard about this on a blog and it got rave reviews. I was skeptical that it would reduce my zits so quickly. But my skin doesn’t bounce back so quickly after getting zits so I was willing to try anything that would get rid of them before they became a problem. Lucky for me I had 2 zits to try them out on as soon as I got the product. One zit was practically gone over night, the other took a couple of days but I was impressed enough that I will always keep this on hand. Great product for small zits.

Erin Ponca City, OK


I did not purchase this on Amazon, but I was looking through the other Badescu products and thought I should review this one, since I LOVE IT SO MUCH! I read about it in an article on The Huffington Post and since I’ve tried and am willing to try anything for my hormonal chin breakouts- I went to Ulta and bought it. It does exactly what it is supposed it. If I get any acne, at all, it’s gone (COMPLETELY GONE) in two days. The redness subsides over night and it does not make my overly sensitive and insanely dry skin, flakey.I’m a 24 year old girl with dry and sensitive skin, who gets hormonal breakouts. I can literally put my pimples on a calendar. This stuff works, period.

Cornelia Forestville, MI

Much less expensive alternative available

I used Mario Badescu drying lotion several years ago, just to have on hand for the occasional pimple. I always like to have something on hand…”just in case.” There is a fantastic alternative I have used for years now and you can get a good sized bottle for under $5. It is an essential oil called Tea Tree. You can pick it up at Whole Foods. I put a small drop directly on my skin (called “neat”) rub it in and do it once or twice a day for a day or two. It works better than anything else. My 15 year old son also uses it. I wouldn’t be without it. My only caveat is that if you have very sensitive skin, you may want to dilute it. It’s powerful.

Kathrine Beulah, MO

This really works

I’ve been using this for a few years but decided to go back to the cheaper Clearasil of my teen years. What a mistake! I had a bad reaction from the Clearasil and got red patches on my face which looked like sunburn. Even though this is a bit more expensive it works great for my sensitive skin. I’m sold on this stuff!

Erma Seven Mile Ford, VA

Seems to work for alot of people, but not for me

I’ve dealt with acne for over 20 years and i’m always on the look out for a better solution…after seeing all the great reviews for this product I had to try it. There is nothing wrong with this lotion, it just doesn’t seem to work for me. However, if you have cystic acne like I do, you have to try Mario’s Buffering Lotion, that product is great. It really helps to shrink my cyctic spots in days. Unfortunately not everything will work for everyone, but for the price, you should give it a shot!

Pamala Thatcher, AZ

Don’t Shake it

Will get rid of redness within a few hours. Doesn’t always get rid of the acne but always tones down the redness.

Arline Castor, LA

Best drying cream for pimples

Anyone who has had a breakout to ALOT of break outs, this is for you. Especially as a girl, it’s tough. Don’t do this unless you’re in for the night, or don’t care who sees you. Take a cotton tip, dip and apply to spot. I thought putting alot on would make it go down faster, it doesn’t. Just cover the pimple with the pink liquid, and in the morning it’s almost gone. The smell sucks, but it works.

Pam Vashon, WA


This stuff is amazing! Put it on any blemishes that come up and usually by morning they are well on their way to GONE. Occasionally have to use for 2 to 3 days in a row..but with each application there’s a noticable improvement. Love it!

Annmarie Howells, NY


As usual, i thought this would be another gimmick. I was wrong! I LOVE THIS. I always bought those spot treatments from the drugstore for my pimples (clean and clear, neutrogena, etc) I thought this would be the same but an expensive version that doesnt work. SO WRONG. This is expensive for a small bottle but it looks like it will last a very long time. Very worth it.I put this on a pimple before bed and kept it till morning: the big pimples- swelling went down a lot and the small pimples practically disappeared. I recommend this to anyone!

Callie Success, AR

Pretty good

Strange looking product, but works pretty good. You dip the Q-tip in the bottom pink part and apply it to the skin. I imagine that the pink part is calamine lotion, so it definitely calms the skin and makes it less red. I wouldn’t say this does miracles, but it does a decent job of shrinking the blemish overnight. Warning: if you’re putting this stuff on your face at night, your pillow case will be covered in pink smears the next morning.

Marylou Farmington, UT

it works!

I really didn’t expect a whole lot from it, but, I figured I would give it a try, since it’s received such rave reviews.I HATE those nasty, unexpected… unwelcome suckers that pop up out of nowhere when you least expect them! This stuff seriously kills them overnight. I mean, it doesn’t eliminate their presence entirely, but it literally prevents them from ever getting to the “whitehead” stage and reduces them to a pathetic excuse of what they’d ever hoped to be.When I feel/see one brewing, I will slap some of this on it before I go to bed – when I wake up and wash my face, that which felt like an iceberg that would have a big nasty head on it upon waking (at least one) has been reduced to a little pink dot or bump with no whitehead whatsoever! Then it just heals like a normal zit would once it got past it’s glory days.It just helps you skip over that few days of squeezing and being aggravated and possibly scarring. It’s pretty awesome!No clue how it works, but it DOES work!

Janice Caledonia, MS

IEasy to use, the effect of rod

A friend recommended me to buy, really good effect is worth buying. I sometimes sleep is not good will take the acne, buy extra good.

Jeannie Bloomingdale, GA


This is first aid for any pimple! It is an absolute essential to have this magic potion in your home. It is tried and true and WORKS fast…especially for deep pimples.

Geraldine Glover, MO

Amazing product!

I LOVE this product. I get big under the skin zits that hurt and take forever to come to a head so you can pop but this product I put on right when the zit started forming and it was gone within 2 days without getting big and hurting!This is truly a miracle product, I’ve tried everything and this is the best product I’ve ever used to get rid of zits fast!

Hollie Saint Paul, MN

Excellent product that just works

I’ve been using this incredible product for 10 years now, and I’ve found nothing that works better. It’s a bit pricey, but it works, and a bottle lasts for a long, long time. The liquid can be replaced with water — the sediment and it’s healing properties are still fine. I love this stuff!

Dianne Pottsville, PA

Very good product

I really like this product. The only reason I did not give it five stars, is because maybe I relied on some reviews that said this item was almost "magic". It is pretty good for local acnes, and get the job done with a couple of applications. I am satisfied with it, but it is no magic, as now I realize, it couldn’t be.

Charity Conesville, IA